Dear Mr. Mira,

I recently ordered and recieved your melungeon book. I am enjoying the wealth of facts and ideas you present in it.

I saw the address of PAHR on the first page and tried to contact you today via your receptionist while I was passing through Franklin on the way to the Clinch River area. I apologise if my spontaneous actions and enthusiam startled anyone in your office.

Currently I am in Wise Virginia and am in melungeon country for the first time even though I live in Decatur GA and have been reading and hearing about all this for years.

Thanks to you and others for writing about this hidden and important part of American History !
Sincerely, Ryan Almond


Wow! What an informative site! I was shocked and proud to see so many Portuguese-American people who have influenced and/or continue to influence, our world.
Thank you so much for providing such a great list. Keep up the good work!

Susan Vieira
Cambridge, MA
(Portuguese parents, S. Miguel, Azores)


Greetings and Salutations,
I changed my last name 5 years ago back to what it originally was. I was born in Massachusetts with the name Rogers and have changed it back to Rodrigues. I understand it was common practice to change one’s name to a more “anglo” sounding name in order to make it easier and expedite through Ellis Island. Do you have any suggestion as to what site I can look up to find the origin (Azores, Madeira, Sao Miguel, Southern Portugal etc etc.) of the Rodrigues family name that changed their name to Rogers and settled in Massachusetts? My great grandfather I believe lived in Cambridge, MA. and had his name changed already to Rogers. My grandfather “Jesse Rogers” lived in Roxbury and Mattapan, MA. Any help or direction would be greatly appreciated. I am often asked why I changed my name. I respond by saying Rogers was not my family name and that I am proud to change it back to what it should have stayed as. Thanks again for any assistance.
Best Regards,
Jeff Rodrigues


From Cincinnatti, Ohio

Hi, I too am a recent arrivie from Toronto Ontario Canada and of Portuguese decent.  My new address is in the Cincinnati Ohio area.  I am in search for Portuguese in the area but have found that there is none.  At least none that is vocal enough to be heard. How could I make certain of these findings? I thank you in advance for your help. 
Raul Romeiro.


From Calgary, Canada

Hello, First, I want to congratulate you for your work in gathering this type of information on a very distinct culture of people, the Portuguese. Being of Portuguese descent myself, I am very proud of my roots and of my heritage. The list you have compiled is very impressive and I am sure it will continue to grow... 
Dennis Correia


Wow!! I can't begin to thank you enough for this incredible information! My family and I are so deeply grateful for all you have done to research this!! I wish you were here in person so I could give you a hug!! I'm just thrilled!!
Warmest wishes and happy day,
Judy and Family*


Love the website. I was just on a search engine and came across the site. Both of my parents are from portugal and I lived there till I was 8 before moving here.
Nice site.






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