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100 Word Challenge: My Most Interesting Ancestor

100 Word Challenge: My Most Interesting Ancestor

Tonight’s Saturday Night Genealogy Challenge from Randy’s GeneaMusings.com blog is based on a school children challenge called the 100 Word Challenge.  You start with the prompt “The Most Interesting Ancestor I Have” and fill in the rest. ======= The most interesting ancestor I have is Maria (de Braga) Pacheco Smith.  Born in the Azores, she migrated to Hawaii as a child in 1882. She helped smuggle her husband to Oakland, California around 1907 when he contracted leprosy.  9 months pregnant,…

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Oh, the Places They were Born: Ancestral Places Geneameme

Oh, the Places They were Born: Ancestral Places Geneameme

Alona Tester at the LoneTest HQ website has created this wonderful genealogy meme.  Try to fill in as many places where your ancestors were from in an alphabetical list. I confess that I might be at a slight advantage with this challenge.  Some lines span well beyond the 1600s.  My genealogy covers six countries and a kingdom that became a state. I focused on birth places for this list. My Ancestral Homes List 2>And, away we go! A Achada, Nordeste,…

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Social Security Application Database at Ancestry is a Boon For Finding Female Ancestors

Social Security Application Database at Ancestry is a Boon For Finding Female Ancestors

Researching female relatives is challenging.  Often, they are listed as a first name or worse “Mrs. So and So”.  If you are looking for records to help with your more current female relatives, look no further.  The  Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 is online at Ancestry.com and it’s a winner! An Important Genealogy Database for Female Ancestry It didn’t take long for me to realize the importance of this database.  If you aren’t familiar with the Social Security…

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Frederick Joseph Meincke: From First Family Graduate to the California State Assembly

Frederick Joseph Meincke: From First Family Graduate to the California State Assembly

Do you know who the first graduate in your family tree is?  I got to thinking about this.  I know that my mom was the first person in my direct line to graduate from high school.  Who was the first person in my extended family to do so? Frederick J. Meincke Jr., San Francisco Native The first graduate that I could find was my great grandmother’s cousin, Frederick J. Meincke Jr.  Frederick was a graduate of Heald’s Business School (San…

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Surprise! My Great Grandparents are Cousins

Surprise! My Great Grandparents are Cousins

That sound you heard? That was my DNA imploding. It was the moment I realized that my great grandparents who married in Hawaii were cousins. Distant cousins, but cousins none-the-less. I’m Off on a Tangent As many readers know, I have ancestors from the Azores Islands. I was working in the records for the village of Achada on my Mello line and became interested in a man named Manoel Pacheco de Rezendes. I wondered if Manoel was related to my…

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