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  • Manuel De Ponte Ribeiro? There were 2. My grandfather came to Cape Town in 1910, and my Uncle, same name, lived in Johannesburg, Germiston i believe, 1940 - 1990. Bear in mind, there are hundreds of "Manuel Ribeiros" in South Africa. More deta…
  • HI Carla This is actually becoming quite a common problem. I know of 3 other South Africans, including myself, with the same issue, i.e. trying to sort out inherited land. There is quite a bit of legal wrangle and clauses for property protection b…
  • Do you have an email address for Maria Aruaja perhaps?
  • That would be me. You can private message me by clicking on my name...
  • I am sure Portugal had its revolution in 1910? The rest of the world is a bit behind....
  • I think the above answer was quite informative and correct. It may not have been the answer you are looking for, but it is pretty accurate. He was very helpful in providing background information on starting a business etc, and the answer he gave …
  • With South African immigrants, like my father, when he arrived in Cape Town in the 1940s, the local immigration office at Home Affairs messed up thousands of surnames. As an example, my original family surname, for the last 300 years, was "De Ponte …
  • Hey Manuel There are hundreds of these kind of situations, which mostly stem from the massive "exodus" of emmigrants in the 1900 - 1950s where alot of residents left Madeira to start lives in other places. There are laws and rules in Madeira which…
  • I am looking into this as well, and had to do a bit of googling and searching around online. The best site for this, that I found at least, is to look at Banco Espirito Santo's online site. It has English and Portuguese versions. They have a whole…
  • Hi Donna Looks like there is a whole family of "Gomes de Caires" in Sao Roque...from the 1700s... Check the link below: http://www.arquivo-madeira.org:81/bds/casamentosuk/Ccasamentoslist.asp?psearch=Gomes+de+Caires&psearchtype= These are for…
  • Even though it does seem like jobs are scarce, what about self-employment or creating a viable business. See what kind of business opportunities exist in Madeira, and start your own. This would be the best option, me thinks.
  • Hi Joao Thanks ... I will try contact Anibal. I do have family, but they are estranged. My father and his sister who lives there, are always argueing. This is the main issue, because I think that my aunt or her children may have transferred to t…
  • Hi Joao I know that my Grandfather, when he died in 1949, that the "Inventory" of his estate and property is logged with the Arquivo da Madeira. I had a researcher, who was researching my family tree, find it and sent me a partial fax copy. On th…
  • Thanks Joao Unfortunately, I dont live in Madeira, but In South Africa, and I am stuck in a situation where I need to see who owns the land, before I come over to Madeira, so that I dont waste money on a flight for nothing. How would I go about ge…
  • Joao How would I go about finding out who owns the land? Who would I speak to or who can i contact for this information?
  • If they are building on the land...and the land is still in your name or your familys...then ...you could simply take over ownership of the house, since it is on your property. So whoever is building on the land, is doing it with benefit to you. B…
  • Actually managed to trace my family tree down to 1752... My great great great great grandfather, Antao Ribeiro, married a Maria de Ponte in 1752, and from here, all descendants adopted the "De Ponte Ribeiro" surname. Was hoping someone could give m…
  • Hi there Its quite a process to find the file. I had the same issue originally, but i found the Arquivo regionale de Madeira (RAM) to be the best source for initial research. There is an English and Portuguese version. http://www.arquivo-madeira…
    in Menezes Comment by phrost February 2009
  • Hi Tim Well I would say, that you would need to find the closest Embaxio (Embassy) for Portugal. I recently obtained my portuguese citizenship, but still retain my South African one, and the process should be pretty much the same at all embassie…
  • Sorry to "hijack" the post, but can anyone give me contact details for someone or a company that could help me find out about property that my Grandfather owned at the time of his death? From the Madeira Archives, his inventory said that he had 32 …
  • But if Rosaria is now a minister, will she still be able to assist with property issues?
  • What kind of business opportunities are there in Madeira? I have read lots on the forums, but its mostly negative. What I need to know is, if I wanted to start something like: 1. Dvd Rental/Purchase store? 2. Small food outlet (not restuarant, bu…
  • Hi Michele Regarding your queries above, ...I am still living in SA, but also want to emigrate to Madeira in a year or so with my wife... I spoke to Fernanda at the Portuguese Embassy in Cape Town, and she suggested that I simply register the marr…
  • thats a bit strange... As I only get the "new" next to the messages posted SINCE the last time I logged on. Perhaps you should mark messages as read, log out, close your browser, and then relogin again...?? hmm??
  • Hi Miguela Could you send me an email, as I would like to ask you something regarding your properties in Madeira. Manuel
  • Hi Robin I have hunted and trawled the Internet for this book "Families of Madeira" and I cannot seem to find any place that sells it. Could you perhaps let me know where or how I could find it? Manuel
  • I was doing a bit of back tracing on my surname, Ribeiro, and discovered that in the late 1700s, one of the ancestors, went from "Ribeiro" to "Ponte Ribeiro" after marrying a Maria De Ponte and this became a heridatery surname. Well..right up to me…
  • My Father, Joaquim Ribeiro and his brother, I beleive its Manuel Ribeiro, came over to South Africa in 1948/1949. I beleive that the other brother, Joao Ribeiro, emigrated to Venzuella or Brazil at the same time. Joaquim Ribeiro settled in Cape Town…
  • Would the surname "Rebelo" be a deviation or possibly a name change from Ribeiro? I noticed someone mentioned, John Ribeiro.. I am trying to trace family of my grandfather, Manuel Ponte Ribeiro, and I am wondering if they may be related?
  • Do you have any suggestions as to which company or attorney I could contact?