SNGF: One of My Favorite Family Photos

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This week Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge is tell everyone about a favorite family photo.  I have so many, I don’t know where to start! I’ve decided to post this one. Well, it’s a painting rather than a photograph, but I’m going with it anyway.  You’ll notice it is two photos, but it … Continued

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52 Ancestors Week 16: Marie Lassalle’s Long Life

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[Written for 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.  This week’s theme:  Live Long. Note: I am revising this article. Yes, I know I only wrote it two days ago. I realized as I was writing it I had two families mixed up. This article includes the corrected information.] I do not have any centenarians in my … Continued

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Remembering the 1906 Earthquake and Fire in San Francisco

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It is the 109th anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire.  There are just two survivors left from that terrible day.  Some day soon, there won’t be any and we will have to rely on published accounts and the stories passed down in families. If you’re interesting in learning more about the disaster, … Continued

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52 Ancestors Week 15: The Curious Spelling of Jozimas

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Onward to week 15 of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge.  This week is all about spelling.  The question was posed as thus: How Do You Spell That? What ancestor do you imagine was frequently asked that? Which ancestor did you have a hard time finding because of an unusual name? Picture if you … Continued

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52 Ancestors: What Harry Jackson Did That Estranged Him From His Daughters

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This week’s theme in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge is Different.  It could be interpreted as an ancestor who is different from me or one who acted in a way that he or she shouldn’t have.  I’m going with the latter, which happens to be a way I would not have acted either. … Continued

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The Answer was Right in Front of Me

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Sometimes the answer to the problem is right in front of your face.  I was pretty sure the Jean Lassalle on this WWI draft registration card was my grandfather.  The birthday matches. I was reluctant to say this was my grandfather since the physical characteristics were off.  My grandpa was not medium height (unless their … Continued

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Why Wasn’t Martin Kelly Living in His Boardinghouses in the 1870s?

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Yesterday, I wrote a post for the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks concerning my 3rd great grandfather, Martin Kelly.  As with all things genealogy, I started writing about an attempted murder and I ending up thinking about boardinghouses.  Specifically, the boardinghouses Martin Kelly owned. In the San Francisco Chronicle article about the shooting, it stated … Continued

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52 Ancestors, Week 10: Killed in a Wind Storm

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It is time for the next 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks post.  This week the theme is weather.  I have written about this story before, but as I can think of no other weather related event that affected my ancestors at this time, I’ll repeat it. San Francisco and San Mateo are known for their … Continued

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52 Ancestors: My Grandma Helped the Homeless

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The topic for the  52 Ancestors challenge this week is “Good Deeds”.  I was somewhat stymied.  I have not done much property research on my ancestors.  I’ve only found a couple of deeds and have written about those previously.  I decided to go with the second meaning of this prompt and focused on someone who … Continued

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52 Ancestors: My Heart Belongs to Antonio Medeiros Cordeiro

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It’s not what you think. The theme for the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge this week is Love.  This can be interpreted in many ways. My heart belongs to Antonio Medeiros not because I have a weird crush on my ancestor, but because he expanded my tree by many generations.  When my arthritis got … Continued

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