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Women in the US Signal Corp During WWI: Was My Great Aunt a Hello Girl?

Women in the US Signal Corp During WWI: Was My Great Aunt a Hello Girl?

My Dad’s maternal aunt is an intriguing figure in my family tree.  She was a French immigrant coming to America in the early 1900s.  She never married and never had children.  She may have played a small role aiding the US in World War I. The Woman Known as Tante Marie Marie Alexine Lassalle was known to most as Tante Marie.  Tante being the French word for aunt.  She, was born in Ogeu les bains, France, on the 19th of…

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A French Woman Abandoned in San Francisco in the 1880s

A French Woman Abandoned in San Francisco in the 1880s

I don’t know why Magdelaine Mazeres left France for America. She arrived in the late 1870s, a single woman, navigating the bustling city of San Francisco alone. She ended up in a bad situation.  Would she survive the challenges ahead of her as a single parent alone in the city? Let’s find out.  Here is her story. What Was Magdelaine Doing in America? Magdelaine’s story is a bit unusual. Normally, a male relative emigrated first. He got himself settled, earned…

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Women Worked For The WPA: The 1940 Census and Marie Grace Bonita

Women Worked For The WPA: The 1940 Census and Marie Grace Bonita

Did you know that women were employed through the WPA during the Depression just like men?  The 1940 US Federal Census is one place where we can find out if our relatives were working for the WPA. Look under the employment section. If you see WPA in the Industry column, it means the person was employed through the Works Progress Administration. This is how I learned my great great aunt found work though the WPA. What Was The WPA? The…

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Harry Jackson, I Need to Talk to You

Harry Jackson, I Need to Talk to You

There are many ancestors I’d like to invite to dinner if I had the chance.  My great grandmother, Margaret (Jones) Jackson used to dance on tables when she was a little tipsy.  That’d be entertaining.  My great great aunt, Marie (Pacheco) Cosma, must have been an awesome person since everyone including my mom called her Grandma Cosma.  But, I’d be crazy if I didn’t go with my perpetual mystery man, Harry Kenneth Jackson.  Hansel and Gretel left a better trail…

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A Friendship Reborn After Decades of Neglect

A Friendship Reborn After Decades of Neglect

My grandma and grandpa had to uproot their family during the Depression in hopes of finding work.  When they moved from Oakland to Salinas, my grandmother was like a fish out of water.  She found friendship in her sister-in-law’s sister, Eva Nunes.  The young mothers found common cause.  There was a 40 year gap in their friendship.  Genealogy brought them back together. The Move From Oakland to Salinas Anna (Jackson) and Joao “John” Pacheco Smith were only married two days…

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