About Me · About My Ancestors · Historic Events

It’s the 110th Anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake

It is the 110th anniversary of the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire. This is the first year that there are no known survivors to gather at Lotta’s Fountain. My Jones, Jackson, and Kelly relatives were living in the city on the 18th of April 1906.  All but one lived to tell the tale. My great grandmother,… Continue reading It’s the 110th Anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake

About My Ancestors · California Genealogy · Cemetery and Mortuary Research · French Roots · Newspaper Research

Antoine Lassalle Belongs in My Family Tree

A few years ago, a cousin sent me a photo that showed her Lounibos relative in front of his liquor business with a man named Antoine Lassalle.  It was taken around 1900 in San Francisco, California. He was thought to be a cousin, but the connection was not clear.  I had no Antoines in my… Continue reading Antoine Lassalle Belongs in My Family Tree

About My Ancestors · photographs

Mystery Photo of the Week from September Solved!

On 9 September 2015, I posted this Mystery Photo of the Week. There were two photographs of a little girl whose name was forgotten. One was her confirmation photo. The other was a photograph with two women. I’m happy to say that the little girl has been identified. The girl in this photograph is Isabella… Continue reading Mystery Photo of the Week from September Solved!

About My Ancestors · Azorean Roots · Canada Roots

Mello Castanho Migrating from the Azores: Hawaii, East Coast, and Canada

Sooner or later it was bound to happen.  I was going to make a connection to Canada with my Portuguese lines.  It was just a matter of time.  I had thought it would be with Canadian tenor, Remigio Pereira, instead it is on a different line. Working from Maia to the Kingdom of Hawaii to… Continue reading Mello Castanho Migrating from the Azores: Hawaii, East Coast, and Canada

About My Ancestors · Historic Events · Military Research

The Historical Significance of My Dad’s Army Photos,1951-1952: Desegregation of the US Military

My dad served in the Korean Conflict in 1951-1952.  He was stationed in Hokkaido, Japan for most of that time.  As I was sifting through his photo album, I was hit with the historical significance of his photographs.  They show the beginnings of the integration of the United States military–the end of segregated service. On… Continue reading The Historical Significance of My Dad’s Army Photos,1951-1952: Desegregation of the US Military