General Genealogy · Organizing Documents

Should I Get Rid of My Genealogy Binders?

Binders and folders are necessary for genealogy, aren’t they? You have to print your family group sheets and save them somewhere…don’t you? What if I told you I was seriously considering reducing my genealogy binders so that they only hold copies of documents? What if I took it one step further and got rid of… Continue reading Should I Get Rid of My Genealogy Binders?

Equipment and Hardware · Product Reviews

Epson Perfection V550 Photo Scanner Scans Negatives, Too!

Film negatives, I have a ton of them.  Three shoe boxes and several assorted envelopes scattered around.  Many of them are photographs that were lost long ago.  I’ve been wanting to know their secrets, but I never had a scanner that could scan color negatives.  Now I can scan them with the Epson Perfection V550… Continue reading Epson Perfection V550 Photo Scanner Scans Negatives, Too!

About My Ancestors · California Genealogy

Closing the Book on Jeanette (Jones) Walther

My quest to find descendants of John Joseph Jones and Mary Jane Haywards so as to work out some of my DNA connections has hit another wall.  Jeanette (Jones) Walther was their last child I needed to research. It appears she died childless. The Three Children of John Charles Jones and Margaret Coffin John Charles… Continue reading Closing the Book on Jeanette (Jones) Walther

About My Ancestors · Azorean Roots

I Didn’t Plan to Research the Whole Village of Maia

I didn’t plan on researching the whole village. No, really. I didn’t. I started out following the trail of my great grandmother, Maria (de Braga) Pacheco Smith, in Maia  like a good genealogist.  Maia is a village on Sao Miguel Island in the Azores.   I found more ancestors and added more lines.  I found… Continue reading I Didn’t Plan to Research the Whole Village of Maia

Computers and Technology

My Laptop Wi-Fi Adapter Needed Replacing

The internet gods have been conspiring against me. My internet connection was like a magic trick. Now you see it, now you don’t. The wave of storms that battered the West Coast this winter played havoc with our DSL connection. But, there was something else going on…and it was inside my laptop. My Wi-Fi Adapter… Continue reading My Laptop Wi-Fi Adapter Needed Replacing