Up until last year I had no inclination of doing family genealogy research but, all of a sudden it was awaken in me the sense that since our parents generation was quickly disappearing, in the future our own children may be looking back into their genealogy and have nothing left to them. I realized that to know who I am I must have a clear understanding of our family history. Who were my ancesters? What were their names? What was their story? These are the questions that are leading me on this road of discovery.
I interview family members but, this proves a little difficult as memory is a delicate thing and some information tends to get distorted.
We now have a family book, where everyone signs and updates their records during our family reunions.
The internet has been my "main library". Through Ancestry.com I researched for Atlantic passenger lists to the USA, which proved to be very useful as I found my gg and g uncle and aunt Vicente and Costa Lagoa. It is proving more difficult tracing them and their their children and g children in the USA.
I have also resorted to o Portal do Cidadao, a user friendly Portuguese website where I was able to obtain birth records, at a fee of course, for up to 100 yeas back. Any records over the 100 year mark have proven difficult to obtain simply due to the payment requirement via Bank deposit. I tried Bank wire transfer but the cost is very high i.e. one record costs $0.80 Euros and for the Bank wire transfer fee, which the Portuguese rep Bank in Toronto declined transferring, would cost at least $20-$25 Canadian.