About My Ancestors · California Genealogy

Closing the Book on Jeanette (Jones) Walther

My quest to find descendants of John Joseph Jones and Mary Jane Haywards so as to work out some of my DNA connections has hit another wall.  Jeanette (Jones) Walther was their last child I needed to research. It appears she died childless. The Three Children of John Charles Jones and Margaret Coffin John Charles… Continue reading Closing the Book on Jeanette (Jones) Walther

About My Ancestors · Azorean Roots

I Didn’t Plan to Research the Whole Village of Maia

I didn’t plan on researching the whole village. No, really. I didn’t. I started out following the trail of my great grandmother, Maria (de Braga) Pacheco Smith, in Maia  like a good genealogist.  Maia is a village on Sao Miguel Island in the Azores.   I found more ancestors and added more lines.  I found… Continue reading I Didn’t Plan to Research the Whole Village of Maia

About Me · About My Ancestors · Randy Seaver's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

SNGF: The Presidents in Our Lifetime

Randy has a brand new challenge up for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun.  Who has been president in my life, my parents lives, and my grandparents lives. One question always leads to another.  I started to think about how only about half of the presidents directly affected the lives of my ancestors.  My first ancestors didn’t… Continue reading SNGF: The Presidents in Our Lifetime

About My Ancestors · Azorean Roots · Immigration Research · Massachusetts Genealogy

The Case for Sharing Your Genealogy Work: Proving Manuel Melo Castanho is Related

My mom used to tell me that sharing was good especially when my siblings and I were fighting over over a toy. Not only is sharing good for siblings, it’s good for genealogists. Case in point, I’ve confirmed the relationship of a man on a “Fiche de Emigrante” card all because I posted a link… Continue reading The Case for Sharing Your Genealogy Work: Proving Manuel Melo Castanho is Related

About My Ancestors · Church Records · French Roots

Finding the Castera Family of Lasseube, France

After several weeks of research, I have been able to find the parents of my previously known ancestors in Lasseube, France into the early 1700s…except one pair.  I was having a heck of a time finding the parents of Jean Caset dit Castera.  It annoyed the heck out of me.  Why couldn’t I find them? … Continue reading Finding the Castera Family of Lasseube, France