Join us for a lunchtime program about Portuguese and Azorean immigration to highlight the NEHGS’s recent acquisition of microfilmed Azorean records including Catholic church and civil records, consisting primarily of birth, baptism, marriage, and death records from the 16th through the 19th centuries.
Preserving and Promoting Ethnic Heritage, Identity, and Representation in the U.S.
Sonia Pacheco, Librarian/Archivist at UMass Dartmouth, will provide a brief history of Portuguese immigration to the United States, and share the resources available at the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives.
Immigration of Azoreans to the United States: Through the Documents of one Family
Michael J. Hall of FamilySearch will demonstrate how documents can be used to reconstruct the history of a family, and the importance of preserving all documents for the family historian. Follow the journey of the Brilhante Family from Relva, Sao Miguel, Azores to Fall River, Massachusetts. The story of Azorean immigration, told through the eyes of Antonio Brilhante, will unfold through photos, newspaper accounts, government and religious records, and personal documents created in the Azores and the United States.
Free and open to the public.