About five years ago, I became a volunteer at the local Family History Center at the Mormon Church located in Annapolis, MD.

YES, you read it correctly, I spent many Saturday mornings and occasional evenings during the week at a Mormon Church just so I could get direct access to genealogical records! When I first learned the Mormon Church had archived Church records for each of the islands in Cape Verde and the only place I could see them was at the Center I did what any logical genealogist would do to get unfettered access. 

I spent countless hours ordering then scanning each record for the islands of Brava, Fogo and Boa Vista. I felt like the luckiest person in the world armed with quite a few flash drives painstakingly filled with baptism, marriage and obituary records of my ancestors. Life was good. But now it’s gotten better!

Had I known that one day ALL of the records would be available online I could have saved some money and spent my Saturday’s doing something a bit more exciting. Now anyone can have access to these vital records though the Family Search website available through the Mormon church. 

Cape Verde Church Records, 1787-1957 




8 Comments on “Cape Verde, Catholic Church Records, 1787-1957 

  1. That is so interesting, considering how there are not very many Cape Verdeans in Maryland! I visit Annapolis to see my father’s side (non- Cape Verdean) of the family often. I still find myself having to explain to my father’s side (from VA, MD, GA) of the family about Cape Verdeans lol. They do not know much besides some of the older people meeting my great-grandmother who had a thick accent, although she spent many years here. Growing up in Virginia, people would tell me that I made Cape Verde up, as if it were a place that didn’t really exist lol. That is life outside of New England for you though (the heavily populated CV places anyway). You also gave me a new piece of information as I did not know that you can have direct access to records from Cape Verde through that website. This will definitely help to expand my search! Thank you.

  2. Are you aware of the people of Cape Verde who settled in New Bedford, MA and St. Eustacia Dutch West Indies can you shed any light on the possible migration.

    • Hi – Cape Verdeans have been in New Bedford for a very long time. Whalers originally settled around the Nantucket Island area and around the rest of the Cape. New Bedford was very much a part of the whaling migration of CVs in the country. As the whaling industry started to die down, CV’s would migrate seasonally to places like Wareham/onset to work in the cranberry bogs and go back to New Bedford to work in the factories. I am not specifically knowledgeable about those particular islands but wherever whaling ships stopped there were probably Cape Verdeans!!

      • I have many questions as there is a great disconnect between my family and our cape Verde an roots. As a matter of fact my grand father never referred to cape Verde but mearly told his children we were Brabas. It wasn’t untill i came along and dug into it. Many cape Verdeans and came to Hawaii on whaleing ships like my great grand father and assimilated into Polynesian culture. I’d love to find out more about my lineage.

  3. Hello, my name is Phillip Delgado and I live in Philadelphia PA. I’m 49 My grandfather came to the US in 1911. I have some info about him. His parents names and I believe he was born in Santo Antao. I have a copy of the manifest from the ship he sailed to the US on. I dont have much info about him like his family there(brothers or sisters). I really want to find my relatives still living in the Cape Verde Islands. Please let me know what I can do.
    thank you in advance

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