Some years ago while doing extensive research for my maternal Grandmother Isobel's life story (Searching for Isobel) I was connected with her nephew, a Primo in Canada I had never known. Another cousin of my Mom's from whom I was trying to elicit information all of a sudden said, "Call Primo Gilbert in Canada, he has done a lot of family research! " Imagine, we had never known of each other's existence!
I love this photo of Gilbert, informal and laughing. He has since passed on but it is a great blessing that we - he and his wonderful wife Claire - were able to connect families. Through Gilbert I learned of Aqua d'Alto in Sao Miguel in the Azores where my Grandmother Isobel and her family were from, and also of her siblings some of whom settled in Bermuda. I will never forget when we had our first teary phone call and all the emails and phone calls that followed.
Ask me again why researching one's family is so important! Finding Primo Gilbert and his wonderful family was a very special gift I will always treasure.
Gilbert and his wife, Claire, went to Aqua d'Alto and met more of our family there.
What better and more fitting way to introduce
the Azores than to introduce you to my Primo Gilbert.