n. a record of a family from an ancestor, a family history.
Be sure to check possible variations on the name of the person you are researching.
Names were altered, Anglicised, or just changed for many different reasons:
assimilation, easier pronunciation, simplifying compound names, etc. Some
of them will surprise you.
Spelling variations, examples:
Sylvia, DaSylvia, Silva, DaSilva, daSilva, Silver, Andrews, Andrade, de Andrade Rodrigues, Roderigues, Roderick, Rodericks, Rogers, Rodgers, Rodricks Pina, Pena, DePina, DePena, Depina, Depena, Penha, Depenha Garcia, Graca, DaGraca, Grace Gilbert, Gilmette, Guilbert, Guilmette Gibau, Gibeau, Gibault, Guibault Britto, Brito, DeBritto, DeBrito Goncalves, Gonsalves, Gonsales Rosario, Rozario, Rose, Rosa, Rose, do Rosario, do Rosario, da Rosa Crus, DaCruz, Dacrus, Cruise, Crews, Barros, DeBarros, deBarros, Barrows, Costa, daCosta, DaCosta, LaCosta, Koster, Lima, Lema, Oliver, Oliveira, Olliviere
Fermino = Freeman, Pedro = Stone, Pereira = Perry, Meireilles = Morris, Leitao = Leighton ,Andrade = Andrews, Conceicao = Conception
The family Ramao do Cantu may be either Raymond or Canto. The Freitas-Coelhos may be either Freitas, or Coelhos. The Lopes Da Silvas may be Lopes, Silva, or Da Silva or any variation thereof
The following are libraries, collections and archives that are very useful for searching the Cape Verdean family tree. They are best utilized after you have started your basic research with you relatives and have reviewed family records. Once you have noted birth, marriage, and death dates for your immediate family and your immediate relatives, the search to fill out your tree has begun and you are ready for serious research.
This is the most comprehensive collection of documents pertaining to the history and arrival of Cape Verdean immigrants in the last 125 years. Here one can find microfilmed passenger lists and the names of the actual ships that these immigrants arrived on in the Port of New Bedford. New Bedford was the Ellis Island for Cape Verdeans, along, to a lesser extent, with the ports of Providence and Boston. If your family arrived before 1920, the record of their arrival should be here. If you are descended from whalers, you will fmd here records of the actual voyages of the Cape Verdean whalers.
For a fee the government of Cape Verde will research birth records in the Islands. The older records are held in the National Archives and are no longer kept by the Churches. Be patient and hope for the best. I did and someone in Cape Verde searched for and found my great-grandmother's birth record in Brava in 1854!
Click here for the form developed by the staff at the Cape Verdean National Archives to be used when requesting genealogical information in Cape Verde.
The Library at the New Bedford Whaling Museum has hundreds of logbooks from actual whaling voyages. If you are lucky you may even fmd a microfilm of the actual whaling log book of the voyage that brought your ancestors to America...and even see how much they got paid.
Birth and marriage records are available through 1910 for family members. All death records are available. Birth, marriage, and death records bear very useful information: parents names, addresses, dates, birthplaces. If your family arrived in the 1800's there is probably a birth, marriage or death record in New Bedford City Hall.
At the National Archives you will find copies of all citizenship applications. If you know the date that an ancestor applied for citizenship, or the number on his certificate of citizenship, you can find very helpful information here: like the name of the ship they arrived on and the actual day that they arrived in America.
Passenger Lists for the Port of Providence are available here.
The Cape Verdean collection here is the most extensive collection of general information on Cape Verdeans in the United States. It is another good starting point for someone getting started in genealogy. There are back issues of Cape Verdean community newspapers here. Obituaries are a great source of family information.
This organization does not keep records of Cape Verdean Genealogy. However,
the history of the Portuguese and the Cape Verdeans in America is so intertwined
that their records can in fact be useful, especially cemetery records.