Genealogy Research Journal #5, Entry 2
I knew that my great grandmother was Marguerite or Margaret (Jones) Jackson (the Marguerite or Margaret depending on who you were talking to). Her parents were Thomas and Margaret Jones according to my grandma.
Since my grandmother got confused sometimes and I wanted to make sure that she didn’t have her grandmother mixed up with her mother and sister who both shared the same given name. I decided to research my great grandmother first. Her records might lead me to more information on her great grandmother.
Margaret Jackson died in 1965. I found her on the California Death Index and ordered her death certificate through the state of California. Her death certificate shows that she was born in San Francisco in 1880. Her parents were listed Thomas Jones and Margaret Kelly. I also learned that Margaret (Jones) Jackson was buried at the big Catholic Cemetery in Colma called Holy Cross. Might the rest of her family be there as well?
I now had a surname to work with, Kelly. Though, I can only imagine how many Margaret Kelly’s were running around San Francisco in the 1880s! What other documents could I find to separate her from the pack?
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