My husband's Portuagese family is from California.Mostly they lived in the Niles area which is now Fremont, Hayward, Centerville.
His father, evidently, was the black sheep of the family and I am having a very hard time finding anthing on this side of his ancestry.His Grandparents owned orchards all through the Niles valley down to Mission San Jose.
My husband's name is Martin Leroy Alameda b. 1929 in Santa Maria California.His mother's name is Margaret Ruiz, she married Anthony Alameda.I can follow a lot of his mother's side of the family, she descended down from the Dominguez and their families owned land grants in California, Santa Barbara area but....
I have been told that the family came from the Azores to the Hawaiian Islands and then migrated to the US after spening a year in the islands.I have also been told that they original name of the family was Silva and they changed the name to Alameda when they migrated to the USA.