I have been trying to locate a record for what would have been my grand-aunt in Brazil. She has no doubt passed by now. I do not know what name she went by when she got off a ship there in 1913 as women from Portugal often did not follow the patriarchal naming that we have now. As I write this I see that there are 24 people in Brazil at RootsTech who are using what was my grandfather's (her brother's) last name of Rosa. It would be wonderful if there could be a way to inquire if any could be related to me via DNA as I have no idea how else I could make the connection. I believe I know her first name but have no idea if that was a birth name or simply a nick name or even if I have spelled it correctly. I looked through some shipping records but could find nothing. She was originally destined for Hawaii but was not allowed off the ship and sent back toward Portugal, but disembarked somewhere in Brazil, but there are no official ship's records of that, only the oral family history. Perhaps at some future RootsTech people could include their DNA to find their connections.... A girl can dream, can't she?
Why don't you do a DNA test in Ancestry? I have done a DNA test, as has my mother, all my siblings, my hubby's sibling, and 100% of their spouses, several cousins, several nieces and nephews and their spouses. 2 of those individuals were adopted. I manage 14 DNA tests in Ancestry and have them all linked to various trees. In doing family history research for any of those family (to include adopted family) branches I work in both Ancestry and FamilySearch. If I find someone has made a questionable family connection in FamilySearch and I go to Ancestry immediately, build that connection into my tree and see how many "common ancestors" shake out in Ancestry's ThruLines with DNA matches. You have to be careful as this is indirect evidence, not proof. On occasion I have built alternate trees in Ancestry using DNA tests of siblings that I manage to compare the common ancestors. In one case it was hugely revealing and I have built the alternate set of parents into FamilySearch. There are so many nuanced ways to use DNA in Ancestry to collaboratively work on the FamilySearch tree that I highly recommend you pursue this. Take the time to read help articles in both systems so you understand what you can do.
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Hi Deborah, I’m Brazilian and we have a huge community who which can help you with your research.
Also we have some gov database related to immigration between 18XX so we can search for some records, most of the gov platform only works in Brazil.
I recommend you input your raw data from DNA teste such as 23andMe/Ancestry or other and upload at MyHeritage.
Why? most of the Brazilians use Myheritage platform to search for DNA Match and compare with trees and breaches trees trying to find the relations between they ancestors and families.
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Oh, my goodness! I didn't see this comment from you Gabriela. Thank you so much for the tips. I will try MyHeritage. I will also see if my cousin will put her mother's DNA on the same as she is closer to my missing grand-aunt and so might have a better chance of finding the match even though she is 90 years old now. I will keep in touch. Thank you again for reaching out! Bom Dia! Debbie0