I just found out my family came from Lajes, Pico.I knew about Pico, but now I have some baptismal and marriage certs from Lajes on the Soares, Bettencourt, da Rosa/Roza, Cardoza, Cardosa families.These were on the maternal side of the family.
The Silva /Santo connection has been a pure mystery.The documents I have stated "Western Islands" or Spain.The Western Islands are thought to be the Azores.Maybe at one time they were part of spain.I do know my family did not speak English or read it at the time they came to the US between 1889 and 1892.I don't know if my gg grandfather knew my gg grandmother before coming here, but apparently acc. to a 1900 N. Easton, Mass census report, he came in 1889 and she came in 1892.Sure wish they had phone books or city directories back then, sure would help.The ship records have dozens of people by their given first+middles names and also their first and last names and similar ages.Hard to tell which listings are my family.
Anyway, would be really neat if we were related somehow.
I believe they may have come through NY and rode to Mass, may have first settled in Cape Cod, by 1895, they were married by a Hyannis, Barnstable Co., priest, I guess in the same area; 1896, their first daughter was born there.By 1898, their son was baptized in a N. Easton cathedral, and by 1910 they appear on the Eustis, Lake Co., FL census. By the time they were in high school, many of the children left for other cities/states.
I will close, I hope this may help a little. Have scanned pictures to share.