Remembering the 1906 Earthquake and Fire in San Francisco

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It is the 109th anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire.  There are just two survivors left from that terrible day.  Some day soon, there won’t be any and we will have to rely on published accounts and the stories passed down in families. If you’re interesting in learning more about the disaster, … Continued

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Ancestry.com Free Access to Immigration Records

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From April 16th-April 20th, access to Ancestry.com’s Immigration Records are free.  It’s a great opportunity to explore before you purchase a subscription. I think most Hawaii researchers will be disappointed in the offerings.  There aren’t many Hawaii databases in the collection (on Ancestry.com, for that matter). You won’t find ships from the Azores or Madeira … Continued

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52 Ancestors Week 15: The Curious Spelling of Jozimas

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Onward to week 15 of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge.  This week is all about spelling.  The question was posed as thus: How Do You Spell That? What ancestor do you imagine was frequently asked that? Which ancestor did you have a hard time finding because of an unusual name? Picture if you … Continued

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Sugar Plantation Histories Updated at YourIslandRoutes

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I’ve been busy this week. I have updated the links on the four sugar plantation histories articles on YourIslandRoutes.com. If you aren’t familiar with these articles, there is one for the islands of Hawaii, Kauai, Maui, and Oahu. Information varies by business, but some included information on the founders and when the operation ended. I’ve … Continued

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Easter Tales

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Easter morning….it was such an exciting time at the Lassalle house.  Some time during the night, the Easter Bunny visited.  How he got all those treats hidden in such a small house without five kids seeing him, I will never know. Usually, my Dad had to work on Easter.  He worked graveyard and didn’t get … Continued

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52 Ancestors: What Harry Jackson Did That Estranged Him From His Daughters

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This week’s theme in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge is Different.  It could be interpreted as an ancestor who is different from me or one who acted in a way that he or she shouldn’t have.  I’m going with the latter, which happens to be a way I would not have acted either. … Continued

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SNGF: Headline News, 7 March 1927

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Randy Seaver has his weekly Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge posted.  This week it’s headline news the day my Dad was born. My Dad was born 7 March 1927 in Oakland, California.  The Oakland Tribune was the main newspaper for the city of Oakland during that time. There wasn’t any one big headline, but it … Continued

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The Answer was Right in Front of Me

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Sometimes the answer to the problem is right in front of your face.  I was pretty sure the Jean Lassalle on this WWI draft registration card was my grandfather.  The birthday matches. I was reluctant to say this was my grandfather since the physical characteristics were off.  My grandpa was not medium height (unless their … Continued

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