Are you interested in learning more about your Portuguese ancestors in Hawaii? Perhaps you’d like to explore the times they lived in, explore a map to find their village, need to learn some Portuguese words so you can translate records, or want to know more about the countries they left behind. All of these resources are available on the web for free. Have fun and explore your heritage!
1900: A Year in the Life of America
A look at changing life in America at the turn of the century.
1911 Encyclopedia Britanica
Ever wonder what was known about the world during your ancestors’ time? Now you can view the 1911 Encyclopedia online. Interesting information about Hawaii, Azores, Madeira, Portugal, and more.
An explanation of cousin relationships with a calculator to help you figure them out.
Explanation of Primary and Secondary Sources
Understand the difference between primary and secondary documentation.
Freedom of Information Act
How to use the Freedom of Information Act.
Glossary of terms used in Genealogy.
Latin Genealogy Word List
Latin is the language of the Catholic Church and used in Hawaiian church records. Learn words you might encounter in your research.
This section covers occupations past and present.
Old Occupations Explained
Definitions of old occupations.
Reading Old Handwriting
Understanding old handwriting is key to reading the documents of our ancestors.
Portuguese Hawaiian Heritage and Research
Anti-Annexation Movement Background
Historical information and documents on the anti-annexation movement, 1897-1898.
These are the actual petitions that were signed and turned in in protest to annexation.
The First Hawaiian Sugar Plantation Was A Failure
William Hooper set out to run the first successful commercial sugar plantation in Hawaii.
Hawaiian Language Dictionary
Some early civil records are in Hawaiian. Here’s a dictionary to help you translate.
Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame
Hawaiian music history and hall of fame inductees.
Hawaii’s Many Cultures Bring Variety to Soups
Lina Medeiros who has researched old cookbooks looks into why soup was important for the many cultures of Hawaii.
Hawaii’s Sugar Industry
An introduction to Hawaii’s Sugar Industry.
History of the Grove Farm Plantation
History of the Grove Farm Sugar Plantation of Kauai.
The Immigrant Wave
A look at the various migrations to Hawaii.
Keiki to Kupuna
Interesting collection of stories on the diversity of Hawaii. A couple of stories refer to Portuguese descendants.
Lihue Sugar Plantation Closes
Lihue Sugar Plantation on Kauai closes for business.
Macfie Sugar Operations
Historical information on the holdings of Macfie Sugar Company.
Oahu Cemetery Shares History on the Internet
Oahu Cemetery announces it’s new historical website.
Obituary of Robert S. DeMello, Author of Passport Books
The author of Madeiran and Azorean passport index books passed away.
Portuguese Hawaiian Genealogy: Information to Help You Explore Your Roots
Some of the basics for exploring your Portuguese roots in Hawaii.
The Pokiki: the Portuguese Traditions
Article written by Chris Cook about the Portuguese in Hawaii.
Register of the Hilo Coast Processing Co. (Pepeekeo Sugar)
A history of the Pepeekeo Sugar Company (PDF File)
Waipahu Turns 100
100 year anniversary of Waipahu.
Portuguese Heritage and Research
Azoreans to California: A History of Migration and Settlement
A book on the migrations of Azoreans to California. Includes historical information about the Azores Islands.
Carlos Paredes: Master of the Portuguese Guitar
Have you ever heard Portuguese music? Carlos Paredes was a talented musician who could play many instruments including the Portuguese guitar.
Catholic Encyclopedia: Azores
Historical information on the Azores Islands.
Finding Your Portuguese Roots
This research guide contains helpful information for Portuguese researchers in the US as well as Azores, Madeira, and Portugal.
Genealogies of various Portuguese families. (9 volumes covered)
Geographic Terms in Portuguese
Ever wonder what Portuguese terms like achada, arco, lombo, or ribeira mean? This list compiled by Rick Barletta gives the definitions of many Portuguese geographic terms.
Journal of 156 Days
The only known journal written by passengers of a voyage from Madeira to Hawaii during the sugar plantation era. The journal was written by Joao Baptista d’Oliveira and Vicente Ornellas. It covers their journey on the Thomas Bell.
O Portal da Historias
Biographical information on the Kings, Queens, and Presidents of Portugal.
Portuguese Bread Baking
Gloria Rapozo looks back on bread baking in the brick oven the woman once baked Portuguese bread in.
Portugal Dicionario Historico
Historical dictionary of Portugal.
Portugal: A Country Study
This book covers the history and heritage of Portugal. It includes information on geography, early history, the monarchies, family, demographics, and so forth.
Portuguese Genealogical Word List
Excerpted by Kathy Cardoza from the resource published by the LDS Church Family History Library.
Some Sample Documents
Portuguese baptismal, marriage, and death records translated line for line into English. Scroll down the page to the list of documents.
Stories of Californian Azorean Immigrants: An Anthology of Personal Life Sketches
A collection of stories about Azorean who migrated to California
Several historic maps of the Azores.
Map of Brasil.
Historic maps of the Hawaiian Islands.
Map of the island of Madeira.
Map of Portugal.