The Answer was Right in Front of Me


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 […]


52 Ancestors, Week 12: We’re All Short

my Dad 1955

The theme for week 12 in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks series is “Same”.  I had a rough time finding something that I shared with an ancestor.  Then, it hit me. It was so obvious!  We’re all short. By “all”, I mean my Dad’s side of the family.  My Mom’s side was not short.  […]


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

1876 Ad for the Nevada House

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 […]