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52 Ancestors Week 40: My Grandfather was Married on the Same Day as His Great Grandfather

52 Ancestors Week 40: My Grandfather was Married on the Same Day as His Great Grandfather

In the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Series, Week 40’s theme is birthdays and anniversaries in October.   I’ve already written about my Grandma Lassalle and about my maternal grandparent’s marriage.  Who else could I write about? In going through my database, I found something of interest.  My maternal grandfather and my maternal great grandfather chose the same date to get married. Not the same year, mind you.  That would really be strange. Joao’s Story The Pacheco Smith and Jackson families…

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52 Ancestors, Week 39: My Dad, Ace Paperboy

52 Ancestors, Week 39: My Dad, Ace Paperboy

Wow!  I really drew a blank on this one.  You’d think with the decades that I’ve researched my ancestors I’d easily have found an unusual record.  Part of the problem is that my ancestors jump the pond so recently, so most of my records are foreign baptismal, marriage, and death records. I thought this was kind of unusual.  This was something that my dad saves.  I got a kick out of the fact that he held onto it for so…

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52 Ancestors Week 38: The Portuguese of East 25th Street, Oakland

52 Ancestors Week 38: The Portuguese of East 25th Street, Oakland

This week’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks is easy.  The theme is Favorite Place to Research and I know exactly where that would be. This is a very specific location.  It is where my Portuguese research began:  E. 25th Street in Oakland, Alameda County, California. What makes this street so special?  Why am I drawn to it? This map that I created in Google Maps will give you the answer.  Almost all my Portuguese Hawaiian relatives lived there between 1905…

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Mystery Photo of the Week: Are These Three People Portuguese Hawaiians?

Mystery Photo of the Week: Are These Three People Portuguese Hawaiians?

This week’s mystery photo comes from the collection of Marie Gloria (Bonita) Medeiros thanks to her granddaughter.  The Bonita’s were from Kauai, Hawaii, Monterey County, CA, and Oakland, CA.  They had de Braga family in Honolulu, Hawaii. We have three individuals.  The two men appear to be middle aged, the woman elderly.   Given the style of dress, I’m guessing that this was taken in the 50s, though I could be off on that.  I am not sure if they…

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52 Ancestors Week 38: One Large Azorean Family

52 Ancestors Week 38: One Large Azorean Family

Large families…the definition has changed over time. When I was growing up, my family was considered large. There were 7 of us…5 kids born in 7 years. My family is nothing in comparison to my Pacheco kin. Jacintho Pacheco and Anna Jacinta de Mello married on Christmas Day in 1856 in the village of Fenais da Vera Cruz on the island of Sao Miguel. It’s in the Azores Island chain. Jacintho and Anna had eight known children: Antonio, Manoel, Maria,…

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