Fearless Females: Grandma Was A Radical!

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[Fearless Females, 17th of March, Social Organizations and Groups…a report from 2011 Not really.  But it makes for a great headline.  LOL I don’t know what organizations my Grandma Shellabarger belonged to while raising her family.  I don’t really think she had much time for them to tell you the truth. In the 1980s, she … Continued

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Advent Calendar: The Lost Pajamas

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(Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories Day 10: Gifts) As I wrote about my doll, Tippy Toes, for the Smile for the Camera Edition #19, I thought I’d bring back my story about Grandma’s pajamas.  Though the pajamas weren’t necessarily my favorite gifts to receive (what five year old dreams of pajamas?), but they do bring … Continued

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Where were you when the Loma Prieta Quake Struck?

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Today marks the anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake. 17 October 1989 started out as a day of hope and excitement. People were excited about the Bay Bridge Series between the A’s and the Giants. They got in their cards, sat down in a seat on a BART train, or waited for the bus to … Continued

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My Mysterious Ancestor Felicianno de Mello

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Felicianno de Mello was almost a lost ancestor.   I knew he was my Great Great Great Grandfather from my Great Great Grandmother’s baptismal record.  Though I knew that he was born and married in the town of Maia on Sao Miguel Island, I could not find any record of his birth or marriage. I had … Continued

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Genea Blogger Games Competition Wrap Up

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The Genea Blogger Games competition has ended. I really enjoyed working on the various challenges. I learned several things about my genealogy, organization, and methods–some good and some really need some work! Time to wrap up what I’ve accomplished. I’ll compare what I set out to accomplish and what I actually ended up doing. It … Continued

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Organizing Digital Photographs

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One of the challenges I undertook for the Genea Blogger Games was to organize my digital photographs. I had to do a minimum of 20. My photographs are already fairly well organized. They are all labeled with names of who is in them and a date if known. My current family photographs are kept in … Continued

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Solutions to Backing Up My Data

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One of the challenges I took on from the Genea Blogger Games was to backup my data. I really dreaded this item. I backed up my computer to CDs in February and it almost took me the whole month. What a tiresome task! Plus you end up with hundreds of CDs each having a bit … Continued

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Ship Indexes Added to IslandRoutes.com

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One of my Genea Blogger Games challenges was to participate in an indexing project. I’ve been working on my own project to index the Portuguese names on manifests for ships coming from Hawaii to California. After months of not doing anything, I put in some hard time today. The indexes have all been created. But, … Continued

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My First Carnival of Genealogy

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I’ve been reading about the carnivals of genealogy on Randy Seaver’s blog for some time. For the life of me I could never figure out how you found out about them and where to submit your entry. When I signed up for the Genea Bloggers Network on Facebook, I found out that many carnivals are … Continued

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The Corner Store

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When I was growing up, there was a store on the corner of Delano Street. It was called J & J’s. It was run by Asian immigrants, Daniel and Irene. To this day, I have no idea what the J & J stood for. The store wasn’t very big. When you came in the door … Continued

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Getting My Irish Ancestors Back to Ireland

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I am completely stuck on my Irish lines. I’ve got them back to the late 1840s in New Hampshire, but can’t make the leap. I know they were from County Roscommon, but that’s it. There are a few problems holding up my research. First, Martin and Catherine (Dolan) Kelly moved the family out to San … Continued

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Genea Blogger Games Update 2

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I thought I’d post an update to show what I’ve accomplished so far.  I’ve found the games to be challenging and fun.  It’s really pumping my genealogy juices.  All I want to do is research! I’m pleasantly surprised at what I’ve accomplished so far.  Here’s my status report: 3.  Organize Your Research A.  Organize at … Continued

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Organizing Documents and Filing Them Away

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The next challenge I faced in the Genea Blogger Games was to organize at least 20 hard files and file them in their appropriate place. I had a stack of documents that I’ve input but never got around to filing, so I worked on that. I do not use folders. I found out years ago … Continued

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Reading and Commenting on Genealogy Blogs

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One of my challenges from the Genea Blogger Games was to find a new genealogy blog, then leave a comment. This seemed like a pretty easy thing to do until I realized that their were a gazillion genealogy blogs! At first, I roamed the web aimlessly. I thought I might find a blog related to … Continued

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My Random Acts of Genealogy Kindness

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This has been a thoroughly enjoyable challenge to complete for the Genea-Blogger Group Games. Any reason to do genealogy research is a good time in my book. It doesn’t matter if it’s my family or not. I’ll research anyone. It’s always good to work on trees unrelated to your own. You often find yourself in … Continued

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