52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Collection

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I’m participating in Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors Challenge in 52 Weeks challenge.  This is a collection of articles I’ve written for each week’s theme. I’ve divided them by locality.  You can thumb through them and read whichever ones catch your interest.  Of course, I’d have no problem if you read them all. Irish, Welsh, … Continued

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52 Ancestors: Grandma’s Mandolin

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Growing up, I was intrigued by the musical instrument that sat on a shelf in our hall closet.  It had a short neck, a round body, and beautiful wood patterns.  I was told it was a mandolin. But, where did it come from?  I imagined it was one of those things my dad acquired.  He … Continued

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52 Ancestors, Week 28: 24 Miles was a Journey

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[This is my entry for 52 Ancestors Week 28:  Road Trips] Today, a trip from Oakland, California to Centerville and Fremont, California is but a hop, skip, and a jump.  If traffic isn’t bad, you can drive there in less than 30 minutes. This view of Fremont Central Park gives an idea of what the … Continued

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52 Ancestors, Week 27: My Grandma Shellabarger was a Single Parent

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There are no American Revolutionaries in my tree.  My people came to America after 1840.  Most showed up after 1880.  So, I’ll turn to an ancestor who exemplifies the independent spirit.  Although I’ve written several times about my Grandma Shellabarger aka Anna (Jackson) Shellabarger on this blog, I can’t think of any ancestors who fits … Continued

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52 Ancestors Week 26: John and Mary Jane, I Hardly Know You

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I have made it half way through the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge.  Woo Hoo!  Usually I’ve given up by this point because life interferes. I’m behind a week, as usual, but at least I am still here! It is the halfway mark, so I’ll write about an ancestor I’ve researched only half way.  … Continued

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52 Ancestors Week 25: Finding the Jackson House

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This weeks theme for 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks is the Old Homestead.  I’ve only seen one of my ancestral homes in person.  I really wanted to locate the house my grandmother, Anna (Jackson) Shellabarger grew up in Oakland, California.  I used Google Maps and the Oakland Interactive Planning database to fulfill my mission. My … Continued

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52 Ancestors Week 24: I Wish I Had Their Bango

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This week’s theme for 52 Ancestors is heirloom.  One item I would really like to have is the bango tags of my great great grandparents is their bango. Do you know what a bango is?  No, it is not a drug reference and I didn’t misspell a musical instrument. The word comes from the Japanese … Continued

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Recovering Family Photographs through School Yearbooks

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I have very few photographs from my maternal grandmother’s side of the tree.  While there are plenty of photographs of my grandmother, Anna (Jackson) Shellabarger, there are only a handful of her siblings.  I have four of her mother and none of her father.  There are no photographs of her many relatives from San Francisco. … Continued

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SNGF: My Ancestors Occupations

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Randy Seaver has a new challenge up for this week’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun.  This week the focus is ancestor occupations.  I’ll start with my parents like Randy did and work back to my great great grandparents.  After that the information on occupations is limited. My Dad (1927-2010) 1958-1989 Safeway bakery line worker and roofing … Continued

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52 Ancestors, Week 21: My Azorean Ancestor was a Soldier

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Being a regular blogger makes it difficult to find topics that I haven’t already touched for weekly challenges.  This week’s theme for the 52 Ancestors challenge is Military.  So far, I haven’t found many ancestors who were in the military who I haven’t already expounded upon already.  As I’ve recently found new information on Felicianno … Continued

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