The mission of Cape Verde DNA, Inc is to foster and nurture an interest in genealogy by providing instruction, information, and inspiration. We endeavor to expand our understanding of our own Caboverdeanidade, to share our story with the world and to reaffirm and strengthen the Cape Verdean family and future generations.


Press Release: 2018 Cape Verde DNA and Genealogy Conference


The 2018 Cape Verde DNA and Genealogy Conference

Bruce C Bolling Building
2300 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02119

Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 9:00 AM – Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

The 2018 Cape Verde DNA and Genealogy Conference is a two-day event where we will explore the world of Cape Verdean Genealogy and expand our understanding of Caboverdeanidade.

Caboverdeanidade is a word that came into use in the 1930’s to give credence to the existence of a culture and its people. But for much of our existence we have been told by others “who” and “what” we are. Now, we can definitively tell the world, through incontrovertible proof, who and what we are through DNA testing in combination with genealogical research. To better understand our history and in many cases, discover previously unknown histories, knowledge of the peoples involved in the establishment of our Cape Verdean family is vital. Their stories can be told by the evidence found in the chromosomes of the people of Cabo Verde and the Diaspora.

As historians and genealogists, we are armed with the knowledge and proof within our family histories and, now, DNA to answer this question. Cape Verde DNA, Inc endeavors to share what we have learned through researching our own family backgrounds and DNA testing.

With genealogy and DNA testing being as popular as it has become, we propose that this is the time to expand our understanding  of Caboverdeanidade, to share our story with the world and to reaffirm and strengthen the Cape Verdean family in the United States and around the world. We have the opportunity now to share our knowledge and experiences to future generations.

Come join us!

Conference Agenda – CABOVERDEANIDADE

Saturday, August 4, 2018

8 AM                Registration
9 AM                Welcome Ceremony –
H.E. Carlos Wahnon Veiga, Ambassador of Cabo Verde to the US,
Mr Herminio Moniz, Consul General of Cabo Verde
Mr John Barros, Chief of Economic Development for the City of Boston
10 AM              “What ARE you?”- Introduction to Cape Verdean Genealogy – Nanie Lima
11:30 AM         Cape Verdean Museum Exhibit – Yvonne Smart
12 PM – 2 PM   Lunch and Networking
2 PM                “From the Beginning” – DNA For Genealogy 101  – Walt Reis
3 PM                “Finding My Roots” – Panel discussion on how gene alogy has helped people “rediscover” Cape Verdean roots they never knew about and helped adoptees connect with the biological families. – Linda Crawford, Karen Bodding, Heidi Bodding, Katie Coughlin
4 PM                The Next Generation – Passing on the love of family history to the next generation – Sian Fernandes and Raquel Sena Collazo

Sunday, August 5, 2018

9 AM               Preserving Our Language and CultureManuel da Luz Goncalves 
10 AM             Harwich Cape Verdean Museum Barbara Burgo
11 AM             Discovering Our History Through Our MusicCandida Rose 
12 PM – 1 PM Lunch and Networking
1 PM                Telling Our Own Stories  – Dr Claire Andrade Watkins
1:30 PM         Screening of “Some Kind of Funny Porto Rican” – Documentary by Dr Claire Andrade Watkins
3 PM               Closing Remarks





Bruce C. Bolling Building

2300 Washington St, Boston, MA 02119

Parking: Right next to the Dudley MBTA Bus Station. There is both on street and municipal lot parking in the area.

Entrance and Registration on the Walgreen’s side entrance.



Hotels with Group Discounts for Cape Verdean DNA Conference Attendees

Hampton Inn & Suites                                                                                                                    Crosstown Center 811 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02118
Phone: 617-445-6400                                                                                                                        Website:

Rooms are available from Thursday, Aug 2 to Monday, Aug 6, 2018 at the following special rates:

King Bed – $209

Junior Suite – $209

Queen Size Double Beds – $209

Plus 14.45% tax

               Hotel is willing to offer rooms prior to Aug 2 or after Aug 6, please contact Jennifer at

Rates are valid until June 25, after June 26th the room rates will go up to their regular rates. You can cancel room with no penalty 72 hours prior to check-in.

To make your reservation – click here Hampton Inn

  •   Distance to the conference location 0.8 miles
  •   No charge for 3 or 4 people in the room
  •   Free WiFi in hotel
  •   Free Hot Buffet Breakfast Daily – 6AM-10AM
  •   Rollaway Beds $25.00 per night
  •   Discounted Overnight Parking $25.00 per night per vehicle
  •   Free Bus Parking
  •   Free Airport transfers on set schedule
  •   Free shuttle to the South Station daily until 4pm
  •   Check in 3pm – Check out 11am
  •   Two restaurants adjacent to hotel – WWW.ZCBOSTON.COM and WWW.DONAHABANA.COM
  •   Indoor pool and workout room on 9th floor
  •   All new beds as of March 2018


Holiday Inn Express Boston
69 Boston Street
Boston, MA 02125
Phone: 617-288- 3030

Book Rooms starting June 5:
Rooms are available from Thursday, Aug 2 – Sunday, Aug 5, 2018 at the following special rates:

Thursday, Aug 2 – $179.00

Friday, Aug 3 – $199.00

Saturday, Aug 4 – $199.00

plus 14.5% tax

Rates are good until July 16. You can cancel room with no penalty by July 16. If you cancel after July 16, you will be charge one night.

Call hotel 617-288- 3030 directly and use Block ID: 239055 or Block Code CVD to reserve rooms.

  •   Distance to the conference location – 1.7 miles
  •   Free deluxe hot breakfast buffet
  •   Free tea/coffee 24/7
  •   Homemade cookies service (6 pm-7 pm)
  •   Free Parking (bus parking)
  •   Free WiFi
  •   Free Fitness Center
  •   Check in 3pm – Check out 12pm
  •   Complimentary shuttle service to the Red Line, T station and publictransportation station if walking – 6 minutes
  • ○ Hours Of Operation From 12:00 AM-To 11:00 PM
  • Seven minute – shuttle to/from Logan Airport ($5.00 per person)



From Dedham, Ma – Veteran’s Pkwy. (Eastbound) to Boston: Follow Pkwy. To Centre St., past Faulkner Hospital; proceed to rotary and go 1⁄2 way around inbound to Boston onto JamaicaWay. Follow 1⁄2 mile and turn right onto Perkins St. Cross over South Huntington Ave. At rotary, go 1⁄2 way around and continue onto Centre St. Go past Stop & Shop and Jackson Square “T” Station on your left. Turn left at lights onto Columbus Ave. and proceed 2/3 mile and turn right onto Malcolm X Blvd. (Roxbury Community College is on your right). This is Roxbury Crossing. Proceed to Dudley Square, crossing Washington St., and turning left onto Warren St. at Nubian Notion. Follow to Washington St. and turn left onto Washington St. Bolling Bldg. is on your left. Parking is nearby on Washington St./Warren St.

From I-93: Take Massachusetts Ave. exit onto Melnea Cass Blvd. Follow blvd. 1 mile to Washington St. and turn left onto Washington St. The Bolling Bldg is on your left.

Train: The Bruce C. Bolling Building is locate next to the Dudley Square transit station

“Can’t miss the Bolling Bldg., it is newly refurbished and taller than other buildings in the square.”






Cape Verde DNA, Inc. Sponsor & Exhibitor Information

The 2018 Cape Verde DNA and Genealogy Conference is a two-day event where we will explore the world of Cape Verdean Genealogy and expand our understanding of Caboverdeanidade.

We are pleased to invite you to submit your interest in becoming a sponsor or exhibitor at the conference being held on Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5, 2018 at the Bruce C. Bolling Building, 2300 Washington Street, Boston, MA.

This is a perfect way for your business/organization to promote itself to the members of the Cape Verde DNA group and to keep our conference fees low. Currently, we have over 4,500 members and are anticipating about 200 – 250 attendees from all over the US, Cabo Verde and even Australia! Don’t miss out on these opportunities.

Register below and choose one of the following sponsorship options and make your payment via PayPal.

Please register your company information and submit payment below.



Genealogy DNA Kit Donations

Please help us on our mission to explore our Caboverdeanidade through the stories told in our DNA. By donating DNA kits from the major DNA companies, you will help people who are not able to readily access these tests explore their ancestry as well as add to the narrative of our Caboverdeanidade. Our goal is to test our elders as well as people in Cabo Verde.

You can help by donating directly to Cape Verde DNA, Inc

You can also purchase a kit via the following testing sites and have the kits shipped to Cape Verde DNA, Inc or bring it with you to the Conference on August 4-5, 2018.

Ancestry DNA

Family Tree DNA