A while ago, when I was researching my great-grandfather, Emanuel Cachia, I started coming across some documents pertaining to a Theophilus Cachia who was a priest. Of particular interest to me was a passport application that said his father’s name was Angelo Cachia, which I believed was the name of my great-great-grandfather. I asked my father if his mother Jessie had an uncle who was a priest, since that sounded vaguely familiar to me. My dad said yes, and that he was baptized by him.
According to my father’s previous research though, that uncle was named Carmen. I demanded my mother pull my father’s baptismal record out of storage, and lo and behold, it was signed Theophilus!
Well, that passport application got me a lot of information.
First, it confirmed that Angelo Cachia was my great-great-grandfather. Second, it showed his birthplace as Sliema, Malta, which was a place I’d never heard of. We had always believed the family was from Valetta, but could never find any church records from there. Now we have the opportunity to check church records in Sliema to see what we can find!
Following Theophilus also helped me find another brother, John. And it found me the first photo of one of my ancestors.