Re: When SILVAS became ALAMEDAS
Thank you!At last a response!I know that it seems strange but this is how the family story goes.It was some generations ago but I am sure it was before 1892.My husband was born in 1929 and it was before his time.
My own grandfather was born at Ellis Island in 1894 so I am pretty aware of what happened there.
My husband's family has always told about when they came from the Azores, the quota was closed for them and they were forced to go to the Hawaiian Islands, stay a year to beome Islanders, and then they could migrate.There was some sort of quota and they changed their name to Silva.There to this day is an ethnic quota but I am not sure about names.Maybe they assumed the ethnic group by the name.
I would like someplace to start the research.I have nothing on my husbands father's side as his father was the preverbial "back sheep."There are many Alameda's and I know that he does have "Silva" relatives.Would like to find more of that side of his family.
His mother's side, Dominguez, one of the founding Santa Barbara, CA., families, is very easily tracable but his father's side....remains a mystery.
Any leads would be helpful and most appreciated.