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

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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

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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

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52 Ancestors Week 31: The Azoreans Have Been The Easiest

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This week’s theme for 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks is “Easy”.  When it comes to easy to research ancestors, nothing beats my Azoreans! I didn’t start exactly on the right path considering all the information my grandmother gave me was wrong.  But, once I got all that sorted out, it was a breeze. I know.  … 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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