General Genealogy

My Best Genealogy Advice? Keep Searching!

I know that it is easy to get discouraged when researching your family tree.  Sometimes it seems you search and search and get nowhere.  Databases don’t include your ancestors.  When they do, they don’t reveal the one bit of information you were hoping for. But, my best advice to those who are frustrated is to… Continue reading My Best Genealogy Advice? Keep Searching!

Around the Web

FamilySearch Worldwide Indexing Event is Here

Every year FamilySearch.org holds a worldwide indexing event.  The object is to get as many volunteers as possible transcribing as many genealogy records.  We all win as projects are completed.  People can do as little or as much as they like. I participated last year.  I transcribed California naturalization records.  I enjoyed helping out, this… Continue reading FamilySearch Worldwide Indexing Event is Here

About Me · Historic Events

The Golden State Warriors Historic 73 Wins in a Season Brings Back Sports Memories

The Golden State Warriors did something in 2016 that no other team in NBA history had done before.  They won 73 games in one season.  They had to surpass the powerful Chicago Bulls teams of the 1990s to do so.  They did it in style.  Breaking the record on the very last day of the… Continue reading The Golden State Warriors Historic 73 Wins in a Season Brings Back Sports Memories

DNA Research

Three Cousins, Three Different Amounts of DNA Shared

I  have three cousins who have had their DNA tested. Three cousins who match me (thank goodness). Three completely different amounts of DNA passed down. How is that possible? Recombination. My three cousins and I have all taken autosomal DNA tests. As I understand it, although everyone who descends from a specific ancestor carries that… Continue reading Three Cousins, Three Different Amounts of DNA Shared

Hawaii Genealogy · Portuguese Hawaiian Roots

Caucasian But Not White: Race and the Portuguese in Hawaii

How would you define your Portuguese ancestors who went to Hawaii?  You might start by calling them Azorean, Madeiran, and Portuguese.  You would call them Caucasian, wouldn’t you?  But, would you call them White?  Those who controlled Hawaii’s business and political interests in the 1870s did not.  The Portuguese who went to Hawaii were officially… Continue reading Caucasian But Not White: Race and the Portuguese in Hawaii