A French Woman Abandoned in San Francisco in the 1880s

A French Woman Abandoned in San Francisco in the 1880s

I don’t know why Magdelaine Mazeres left France for America. She arrived in the late 1870s, a single woman, navigating the bustling city of San Francisco alone. She ended up in a bad situation.  Would she survive the challenges ahead of her as a single parent alone in the city? Let’s find out.  Here is her story. What Was Magdelaine Doing in America? Magdelaine’s story is a bit unusual. Normally, a male relative emigrated first. He got himself settled, earned…

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MyHeritage DNA Ups Its Game with Updated Chromosome Browser

MyHeritage DNA Ups Its Game with Updated Chromosome Browser

MyHeritage DNA made a lot of genealogists happy in January 2018 by adding a chromosome browser.  This allowed users to see what chromosome sequence they shared with DNA matches.  But, it was limited to seeing only one match at a time.  The newest update allows you to compare multiple matches to each other, thus making all the information on MyHeritage DNA even more useful. What’s a Chromosome Browser? It’s great to know that you match another person’s DNA, but how…

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What Makes Me Tick? Satisfying My Curiosity

What Makes Me Tick? Satisfying My Curiosity

I was stumbling over this question, not knowing what direction to go in, so I worked on something else. As I was researching my great great aunt’s employment for the WPA in 1940, I started asking myself questions about her situation. How would a woman in her 50s or 60s find sewing work through the WPA? Before you knew it I had 5 tabs going with histories of WPA sewing rooms.  That’s when I knew the answer to “what makes…

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Genealogy on Flipboard

Genealogy on Flipboard

Have you heard of Flipboard?  Flipboard is a social media app that allows you to collect articles and blog posts in magazine format.  To save an item, you “flip” it.  You can share these items publicly or keep them to yourself.  It’s a great way to save articles you want to go back to or to share them with others. A Flipboard is a lot like a Magazine Each flipboard is a collection of articles.  The articles are presented much…

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Women Worked For The WPA: The 1940 Census and Marie Grace Bonita

Women Worked For The WPA: The 1940 Census and Marie Grace Bonita

Did you know that women were employed through the WPA during the Depression just like men?  The 1940 US Federal Census is one place where we can find out if our relatives were working for the WPA. Look under the employment section. If you see WPA in the Industry column, it means the person was employed through the Works Progress Administration. This is how I learned my great great aunt found work though the WPA. What Was The WPA? The…

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