Published: 1996 by Fundação Oriente, Instituto Cultural de Macau,Instituto Português do Oriente
Cost: Out of Print, no longer available for purchase
The 3-volume 1st Edition by Dr. Jorge Forjaz is the precursor to the 2017 6-volume 2nd Edition.
- Volume 1 A-F
- Volume 2 G-P
- Volume 3 R-Y
“Three volumes with 7.5 kg, 3500 pages, 245 chapters, 250 photographs and 440 families registered and studied, here we could summarize the work Families Macaenses, by Jorge Forjaz. A work that the Foundation had prepared for the more than 1200 Macanese who, in 1996, landed in Macao for the Second Meeting of the Macanese Communities. The result of more than five years of uninterrupted work on several continents, the work is, after all, also a meeting, this much larger, and unique planetary dimension, of all the Macaans today scattered throughout the world.“
“Researching family history in Lisbon, Portugal I was blessed to find this invaluable 1996 publication which contained my complete family history going back to 1770, with links to further history going back to 1497. Bravo to Jorge Forjaz and the Fundacao Oriente on this most important and monumental work.”
Paul Lawrence dos Remedios
The Jorge P. Forjaz Collection is at the California State University at Northridge, in the Oviatt Library, Old China Hands Archives
Jorge P. Forjaz is an historian and published author whose works focus primarily on the genealogies of Macanese families, most notably Familias Macaenses, published in 1996. The collection consists largely of research materials compiled by Forjaz and used in Familias Macaenses. Records include correspondence between Forjaz and numerous contributors who provided family histories, legal documents, photographs, and memorabilia; the author’s typescript, and manuscript, both with handwritten notes; extensive research records, notes and photographs compiled by the author.
Jorge P. Forjaz is an historian and published author whose works focus primarily on the genealogies of Macanese families. Forjaz was born in the Aszores in 1944, and attended the University of Lisbon where he earned a Doctorate in history. Forjaz served as the Director of Cultural Affairs for the Azores, and Director of the Museu in Angra. Between 1989 and 1992, Forjaz served as General Secretary of the International Music Festival of Macau. During this time he decided to research the genealogies of the Macanese. His resulting exhaustive work, Familias Macaenses was published in 1996.
Scope and Contents of the Materials
The Jorge P. Forjaz Collection consists largely of records compiled by Forjaz to be used in his exhaustive genealogy of the Macanese, Familias Macaenses. Records include correspondence between Forjaz and numerous contributors who provided family histories, legal documents, photographs, memorabilia, the author’s typescript and manuscript, both with handwritten notes, extensive research records, and notes and photographs compiled by the author. The family histories and particularly the photographs often illustrate life in Shanghai and other regions in China where many of the families lived. The collection is arranged in three series: Correspondence and Familial Information (1805-1996), Manuscript and Typescript (1995-1996), and Research Records and Notes (1704-1996).
- Series I, Correspondence and Familial Information includes correspondence between Forjaz and those who provided familial information for his research. The records include correspondence, legal documents (copies and originals), photographs, and memorabillia. The materials in this series retain the original alphabetic arrangement by family name, established by Forjaz.
- Series II, Manuscript and Typescript contains several draft versions of Forjaz’s Familia Macaenses. The series is divided into two subseries, Subseries A, Manuscripts, and Subseries B, Typescripts. All drafts contain handwritten editing notes by Forjaz. The materials in this series retain the original alphabetic arrangement by family name, established by the creator. Bound draft volumes are arranged alphabetically.
- Series III, Research Records and Notes includes correspondence, identification notes by Forjaz, legal records such as baptismal registries and genealogical indexes, photographs, and maps. The documents are arranged topically.