Facebook Puts Genealogists in Contact with New Cousins

Facebook Puts Genealogists in Contact with New Cousins

Looking back over the year, I could think of many things to be thankful for.  But, I am most grateful to several Azorean cousins who have taken the time to share their family stories with me.  I would have never found them had it not been for Facebook. Who Knows What Happened in the Azores After My Ancestors Left? Ten years ago, I came into contact with a woman from Massachusetts.  We had similar surnames in Maia, a village on…

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A Collection of Posts about Military Veterans

A Collection of Posts about Military Veterans

November 11th is Veterans Day.  This is the day we honor and remember those who served in the military.  I’d like to share some of my post pertaining to veteran relatives and how to research them. Trying to find veterans from Hawaii?  Try these three free databases for those who served in World War I and World War II. Learn about my father’s experiences in the Korean Conflict. This is Ellen (Pacheco) Figg’s story.  She was in the Navy WAVES….

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Getting Closer to Identifying My DNA Cousins on Chromosome 21

Getting Closer to Identifying My DNA Cousins on Chromosome 21

I’ve been fortunate to make a 3rd cousin connection on my Jones/Kelly line who I share quite a bit of DNA with. This cousin helps me divide my DNA matches into my maternal maternal column. Even still, it’s been difficult making sense of how I relate to my other matches. I have a small group that match me on a sequence on chromosome 21 and I’m getting a little closer to figuring out how we are related. A Cluster of…

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A Small Box of Old Film Negatives: Once Lost, Now Found

A Small Box of Old Film Negatives: Once Lost, Now Found

Years ago, I found two old rolls of uncut black and white film negatives in one of my dad’s old shoe boxes. The negatives were rolled around a thin sheet of paper in the Kodak box they came in. They must have been for the 40s or the 50s. Holding them up to the light, I tried to see if I recognized any of the images, but they were unfamiliar to me.  My dad had no clue what was on…

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Are These the Dolans I’ve Been Looking For?

Are These the Dolans I’ve Been Looking For?

If you’re a regular reader of my blog you know that I’m on what seems like a neverending quest to figure out who the Dolan’s in Patrick Dolan’s reinstated probate file were.  The quest has sent me in circles like a crazed character in a Looney Tunes cartoon. A Little Background Patrick Dolan died in 1905.  But, his probate was not settled before the 1906 earthquake and fire in San Francisco.  The probate proceedings were refiled by his niece, Mary…

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