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Let me tell you a bit about myself

Some of you may know me as that IslandRoutes lady. I've been teaching Portuguese Hawaiian genealogy in one form or another for the past 12 years.

I've been researching my family tree since 1990. I started with a few handwritten letters exchanged between my grandmother and myself. From there I was hooked.

My lines are Azorean, French, Irish, Australian, and British. My Azorean lines stretch to before 1400 and hit royalty, so I am all over Europe and a little bit of the Middle East.

I was once a volunteer chat host for AOL's Golden Gate Genealogy Forum. I was also a volunteer moderator and part of the web design staff for Genealogy Chats Inc. (aka

I branched off on my own to create, a place where Portuguese Hawaiian genealogists could learn about their heritage. It has recently morphed into

I run the blog, The Research Journal. Here I explore all branches of my tree. I try to share my knowledge of genealogy research as well as explore different aspects of family history.

Hope to find others researching the same areas as me--and maybe a cousin or two!

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What surnames are you interested in researching?
Pacheco, de Braga, de Mello Castanho, Algravia, Algarva, Algrava, Pimentel, Boteilho, Botelho Rocha, Ferreira, Melo, Ferreira Grota, Silva, Furtado, Pacheco de Rezendes, Medeiros
Jackson, Jones, Haywards, Kelly, Dolan
Lassalle, Mazeres dit Salanave, Lacrouts, Segalas, Breilh, Laplagne Maucor, Labourdette, Loustaunou, Maisonauve, Lartigau, Capdeville, Tiret, Roquebert, Boulan, Mazou Berges

Not my lines, my brother-in-law's:
de la Grange (LaGrange), Sitterly, Blesser (Blaser), and Porter from the Albany and Schenectady, NY area. Omie de la Grange and Annetie de Vries were his ancestors who came over in the 1600s.

Also, Boisvert, Murphy, Higgins--Canada and US ancestry
What countries and other locations are you interested in researching?
Kauai, HI; Oakland, San Francisco, Monterey County, CA; Maia & Achada, Sao Miguel Island, Azores; Ogeu les bains, Castet, and Izteste, France; Sidney, Australia; Bristol, England; Co. Roscommon, Ireland
What is your level of genealogy knowledge?
Advanced Family History Researcher
If you are a genealogy expert, what are your specialties?
Portuguese Hawaiian Genealogy; Oakland, California; Kauai, Hawaii
For what reason did you start genealogy research?
My Grandmother wanted someone to pass on the family story to. She wrote me four letters and said she was done. From that point on, I was totally hooked.
Do you have a genealogy website or blog?

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Who Were My Maternal Great Grandparents?

Posted on August 8, 2009 at 9:02pm 2 Comments

Moving over to the maternal side...

The parents of Joao Pacheco (aka John P. Smith) were Theodoro Pacheco and Maria de Braga. Theodoro was born in the town of Achada, Nordeste, Sao Miguel Island, Azores. He migrated with his mother and siblings to Kilauea, Kauai, Hawaii in 1882 on the SS Hansa to work the sugar plantation.

Maria was born in Maia, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel Island, Azores. She migrated to Kauai, HI in 1882 on the SS Monarch with her parents and siblings for the… Continue

Who Were My Paternal Great Grandparents?

Posted on August 8, 2009 at 8:48pm 4 Comments

Continuing up the family tree...May I introduce my Great Grandparents...

The parents of Jean Lassalle were Pierre Lassalle and Elizabeth Segalas. Pierre and Elizabeth were from Ogeu les bains, France. They lived their entire lives in Ogeu les bains.

The parents of Anna Madeleine Mazeres were Charles Mazeres dit Salanave and Brigitte Breilh. Charles was from Ogeu les bains, while Brigitte was from Castet, France. Charles came to San Francisco in the early 1890s. He was… Continue

Who Were My Grandparents?

Posted on August 6, 2009 at 7:06pm 0 Comments

My parents were both natives of Oakland, Alameda County, California. My Grandparents all met up in Oakland, but came from disparate roots.

My Dad's parents were Jean Lassalle and Anna Madeleine Mazeres.

Jean was born in 1888 in Ogeu les bains, France. He came to America to avoid conscription in France. He arrived at Ellis Island 9 Apr 1907 on the Kaiserin Auguste Victoria. He was going to San Francisco, California to see his cousin, R. Leclerge. I've yet to figure out who… Continue

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At 2:49pm on September 19, 2009, Benjamin Brandao said…

At 4:29pm on July 11, 2009, Erin Bradford (freeaainnc) said…
Definitely! and now we don't have to nag people for content like we did on GF! LOL
At 12:03pm on July 11, 2009, Erin Bradford (freeaainnc) said…
Hey! I'm glad to see you here!
At 10:48pm on July 8, 2009, Tammy said…
Hello, Wise One. Thanks for the tip!


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