Mystery Photo of the Week from September Solved!

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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 … Continued

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

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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 … Continued

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

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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 … Continued

Mary (Riley) Jackson’s Genealogy Journey is Complete: The End of the Jackson Line

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Mary L. (Riley) Jackson means very little to my family tree.  She isn’t one of my ancestors. She is my great aunt.  She married my great uncle, John Jackson, ca 1925. They divorced about 10 years later. I can go beyond her to the next generation easily. Yet, I feel compelled to research her. John’s … Continued

52 Ancestors Week 40: My Grandfather was Married on the Same Day as His Great Grandfather

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In the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Series, Week 40’s theme is birthdays and anniversaries in October.   I’ve already written about my Grandma Lassalle and about my maternal grandparent’s marriage.  Who else could I write about? In going through my database, I found something of interest.  My maternal grandfather and my maternal great grandfather chose … Continued

52 Ancestors, Week 39: My Dad, Ace Paperboy

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Wow!  I really drew a blank on this one.  You’d think with the decades that I’ve researched my ancestors I’d easily have found an unusual record.  Part of the problem is that my ancestors jump the pond so recently, so most of my records are foreign baptismal, marriage, and death records. I thought this was … Continued

52 Ancestors Week 38: The Portuguese of East 25th Street, Oakland

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This week’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks is easy.  The theme is Favorite Place to Research and I know exactly where that would be. This is a very specific location.  It is where my Portuguese research began:  E. 25th Street in Oakland, Alameda County, California. What makes this street so special?  Why am I drawn … Continued

Mystery Photo of the Week: Are These Three People Portuguese Hawaiians?

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This week’s mystery photo comes from the collection of Marie Gloria (Bonita) Medeiros thanks to her granddaughter.  The Bonita’s were from Kauai, Hawaii, Monterey County, CA, and Oakland, CA.  They had de Braga family in Honolulu, Hawaii. We have three individuals.  The two men appear to be middle aged, the woman elderly.   Given the … Continued

52 Ancestors Week 38: One Large Azorean Family

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Large families…the definition has changed over time. When I was growing up, my family was considered large. There were 7 of us…5 kids born in 7 years. My family is nothing in comparison to my Pacheco kin. Jacintho Pacheco and Anna Jacinta de Mello married on Christmas Day in 1856 in the village of Fenais … Continued

52 Ancestors Week 37: My Grandpa Worked For Westinghouse Electric

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One of my family treasures is an old rolled photograph.  It’s crumbling a bit after being held flat in a book for several decades.  I’ve made copies of it so as not to loose it completely. The photo was taken in 1938. All the employees of Westinghouse Electric Manufacturing Company’s Porcelain Division are gathered in … Continued

Mystery Photo: Who is This Little Portuguese Girl?

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This week’s mystery photo is actually two photos involving the same unknown little girl. These were in the collection of Marie Gloria (Bonita) Medeiros, my grandfather’s cousin.  They were shown to me by her granddaughter, Barbara. The girl has Portuguese roots and was born in either Hawaii (most likely Kauai) or California. The first photo … Continued

52 Ancestors Week 35: Were Theodoro and Maria Educated?

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This week’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks theme is schooling.  I’ve written quite a bit about this topic this year.  This time I would like to answer the question as to whether my Azorean great grandparents, Theodoro and Maria (de Braga) Pacheco Smith, had any schooling in Hawaii? Schooling For Children was Part of the … Continued

Mystery Photo Solved: Jose Medeiros and Bertha Pacheco

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I’m excited in a way that only genealogists will understand. In Mystery Photo of the Week, I posted a photo of an unidentified bride and groom. I am happy to say that the photo has now been identified! It took a little detective work and a forgotten photo of two small children to sort it … Continued

52 Ancestors Week 32: A Sketch of Jean Mazeres

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  This weeks theme is to pick one of our 32 3rd great grandparents.  I am fortunate in that I know all but four.  Unfortunately, those four belong to the genealogy black hole known as the Jackson line.  At the rate it is going, they may be empty spot on my pedigree forever. One of … Continued

Mystery Photo: Who is this Unknown Woman with My Great Grandmother?

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There are very few photographs of my great grandmother, Margaret (Jones) Jackson aka Marguerite Jackson. I believe I have five total. That is what makes this photograph so intriguing. My great grandmother is on the left, my mom is the child, then there is the unknown woman on the right. My mom is about 5 … Continued