I haven't checked the Violante message board for a long, long time, but here I am now. I do have some relatives that moved from Portugal to Brazil . I am guessing it was in the last 20 years. I do not know these relatives. But they are children of my fathers first cousins. My dad died 6 years ago. I recently spent time with one of my dad's brothers and I asked him why these cousins moved to Brazil. I was wondering if some of my family originated from there. He said they just moved because it was a Portuguese speaking country and that we have no family origins in Brazil.
My father came from a small village "Foz do Arelho", near Caldas da Rainha, and Obidos. Most relatives in town can give me the whole family tree back to my great grandparents, but beyond that, no one seems to know anything. I have been lucky enough to find in my dad's garage attic, my great grandparents original marriage certificate, and other paparwork just as special, but nothing earlier than that. I hope to return to portugal this spring.. I will ask more questions and if I discover any info about Brazil, I will forward it to you. Good Luck.