Frederick Joseph Meincke: From First Family Graduate to the California State Assembly

Frederick Joseph Meincke: From First Family Graduate to the California State Assembly

Do you know who the first graduate in your family tree is?  I got to thinking about this.  I know that my mom was the first person in my direct line to graduate from high school.  Who was the first person in my extended family to do so? Frederick J. Meincke Jr., San Francisco Native The first graduate that I could find was my great grandmother’s cousin, Frederick J. Meincke Jr.  Frederick was a graduate of Heald’s Business School (San…

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That’s Old News: Every House Shall Have a Microfiche Reader

That’s Old News: Every House Shall Have a Microfiche Reader

When going through old newspapers I sometimes read the other articles on the page.  Yeah, I’m that easily distracted. I was looking at the obituaries in a Daily Review newspaper from 1971 when this headline caught my eye… Microfiche was Going to Change Our Lives Remember the good old days when every household had a microfiche reader?  Me neither!  But, that’s one of the modern advancements this writer thought we would all experience back in 1971. No more need for…

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Net Neutrality Day: Fight for the Open Internet

Net Neutrality Day: Fight for the Open Internet

Today websites across the internet are participating in Net Neutrality Day to send the FCC a message loud and clear:  Keep your hands off the internet. Net Neutrality is important for website owners and visitors alike.  As website owners, we already pay for our domain names and web hosting (some incur more costs in servers, bandwidth, services, etc.).  If the FCC throws out the net neutrality rules, website owners would also have to pay internet providers for the privilege to…

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It’s Amazon Prime Day!

It’s Amazon Prime Day!

In case you didn’t notice, Tuesday is a big deal on Amazon.com.  It’s Prime Day!  This means there will be deals galore on all sorts of merchandise. Earlier today, the 23andMe DNA testing kit was on sale. If you missed that deal, you can still get in on the AncestryDNA Genetic DNA Test. It’s on sale for $69. They still have the FTDNA Family Finder test for $69. This is a great deal and FTDNA is the only place you’ll…

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Surprise! My Great Grandparents are Cousins

Surprise! My Great Grandparents are Cousins

That sound you heard? That was my DNA imploding. It was the moment I realized that my great grandparents who married in Hawaii were cousins. Distant cousins, but cousins none-the-less. I’m Off on a Tangent As many readers know, I have ancestors from the Azores Islands. I was working in the records for the village of Achada on my Mello line and became interested in a man named Manoel Pacheco de Rezendes. I wondered if Manoel was related to my…

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