Sunday, October 07, 2007

Opening the Old Box

For those of you who don't know, I've been trying for months to get my European Citizenship through Portugal. My dad'side of the family migrated to Brazil in 1920 and accourding to the Portugal's law I can get my citizenship if I can prove my great-grandfather was born there.

I gathered all the documents I could find and everything the consulship asked me and I sent it to them, waiting for the answer. If they found the old man the citizenship would be on my hands and if they couldn't I'd try it through another country.

This week I've got an email from Portugal's Consulship informing me that they couldn't find my great-grandfather's birth certificate. That sent me to another trip through the dusty old documents to find something that can help them to find the man.

I had no idea my grandma had so many old papers in those boxes. Those documents helped me to recreate my family'story.

My great-great-grandfather and my great-great-grandmother were both born in 1890 and got married in 1917 the same year my great-grandfather was born. In 1919, because of the poverty that fell over Portugal after war, their ranch wasn't enough to feed them all plus a new baby. So, they decided to abandon their land and all they owned and came to Brazil.

On the ship, the baby got sick and died and so my great-grandfather was the only child that arrived in Brazil in 1920, his little sister's body was thrown in the ocean.

Anyway, in Brazil they worked just fine, but unfortunately for me they didn't register at the consulship. They just got their Foreign ID and their permission to stay here permanetly. Nothing else.

Looking through the documents I found two rarities that came from Portugal: The first is a declarations that my great-great-grandmother wasn't coming to Brazil to hide from Potugal's government, that she never commited any crime. And the second document is a certificate that my great-great-grandfather was given a passport and permission from Portugal to leave the country.

The following picture is the family and some kids from their relatives. The baby is the one that died in the ship and the boy in the bike is my great-grandfather. The adults are his parents.

When they arrived here both got their Foreign ID. Obviously the document is in portuguese. This is my great-great-grandmother's.

This is my great-great-grandfather during The First World War.

These are both my great-grandfather and my great-grandmother (was was Brazilian) in the first years of marriage. He died in 1989 and she died in 1999. She was awesome, she had a secret recipe that nobody can cook.

I've found tons of old pictures and eventually I'll post them. I think it's fascinating to reconstruct their story. Meanwhile, I'll see if the consulship will use these documents.


Anonymous said...

Hi there lil' sis!!! Gee, how nice to see ya again! Greetings by otouto!

So, how's life going? What about the surgery? We've been missing you around here, lady!

Nice to see pictures you've got from your granddad. Wish you all the best with that tiring, boring stuff of papers; getting documents is always a pain.

Ah, and I've posted the suggestion you made last time you've visited the Writer's House. If you care for a visit... leave your coment ~_^

Kisses and hugs

Louco said...

Hey there again! Greetings by otouto!

Just one more thing... How did you like the translation for 'Wuthering Heights'? I'd like to know your opinion, as someone who knows the music and is able to understand it in its mother language as well.

I'll wait for your view on the topic, ok?

There I go again... hey, and your page is pulling my leg! I did put my usual 'Louco' signature there, I shouldn't be 'annonymous'! Hnf!

Kisses and hugs, dear!

Louco said...

Hey yo, let's go! Yep, thats'a me, otouto! ^_^

Third in a row... wow! Hey, I'm just visiting to mention that I might take some time, really, but it doesn't please me to know that you're still zoada, c'mon!

I remember my other sis, Elaine, had some troubles in her own surgery, but I'd expect you'd be okay by now. shouldn't you return to the damn dentist and urge him/her to put you in order, child?

Take care of yourself, lil' sis... and check the maillist for some resume of the CAIniversary ^_^ Your humble otouto tried to put everything there, and by now, I expect the others have put their parts as well. You might like it ~_^

Kisses and hugs, and take care of yourself, child. I'll send my answer as soon as possible, promise *crossing heart*


Electronic Music Freak said...

Você linda e inteligente... rs

Acho que vou treinar meu inglês aqui e desenferrujar um pouco ele...


Anonymous said...

hi vivi! I'm lazy to sign in again.. it's me, alora.. It nice that you found a box full of those documents and stuff.. Too bad for your great grandfather's sister. She died and her body was thrown in the ocean. :c

I gotta go.. My dad will bring our CPU to a repair shop.. BYE!!!