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From: Ms Betty Fredericks <>
Subject: [GENMASSACHUSETTS] Portuguese Immigrants (Cont'd.)
Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2010 04:48:44 -0700 (PDT)
Someone has reminded me of the other town in MA where many Azoreans settled and which has a large Portuguese section is Hudson, MA. I couldn't remember that the other morning. Oh, and I just remembered this moment that another place where man Azoreans settled is Martha's Vineyard. And, I believe there is a List or a Board for discussing the Martha's Vineyard Azoreans.
Also, I don't know if everyone knows there are genealogy "Groups" at both Yahoo and Google. And for a few years I've belonged to the Google/Group for the Azores. Someone on that Group just mentioned that a long-time resident of the "South Coast" of MA has produced a movie on the Azores Islands. It will appear on PBS TV in March 2011.
There is more about the man on the Group, but here is part of the story:
Rebelo, who is of Azorean descent, has also been working on another documentary. He recently traveled to the islands of his ancestry to document the difficulties that the Azorean people faced in a film called "Island of My Dreams." The 60-minute piece highlights why these islanders came to the United States.
Although the islands were lush in semi-tropical fauna, life for the inhabitants, explained the cinematographer, was excruciatingly difficult. Rebelo noted that the impoverished island inhabitants, most of whom didn't travel more than seven miles from their homes, "couldn't eat beautiful scenery," so they voyaged to a new, hopefully better life across the Atlantic Ocean. The film, funded by University of the Azores in connection with the Luso-American Development Foundation, will air on PBS in March of next year
There is an Azores List, but it is not very active.
By the way, in my (now) husband's extended family, his grandparents and his EX's parents also seem to have come over between 1905 and 1915. And, I have no idea whether the people knew each other before they arrived in Massachusetts.
Antonio PACHECO and "Elsie" MOURA (Elsita ??)
Franciso MOURA and Philomena ROSE
Gabriel F. SANTOS and Mary "Bella" SOUZA
(and this couple, they seem to have had their 1st marriage in late 30's)
Betty (near Lowell, MA)
P.S. Because of my List for CAN-USA-Migration, I also know that many Azoreans migrated to Canada. And, I think one of the towns they settled in there is Cambridge, Ontario, Canada.
P.S.2 "Tony" PACHECO was in a 1920's era (open?) car with 4 other Azorean men from Cambridge, MA, when it crashed. They were in Raynham, so it is assumed they all worked in the town. They were taken to a hospital in Taunton but I don't know if he was the only one who died.
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