Hawaiian Delayed Birth Records Part One

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Part One: What are Delayed Birth Records? You may have heard the rumors about Hawaiian vital records. Records before 1900 are few and far between. You may have better luck finding a diary that your ancestor scribbled in than finding his or her birth certificate. There is a possibility your ancestor applied for a delayed … Continued

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Working with the California Divorce Index

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Ancestry.com has the California Divorce index, 1966-1984.  I’m searching through it to fill in some holes in my descendants list and to answer a few questions about people who seemed to have too many kids and not enough spouses and vice versa 😉 I’m working with surname searches for now so as to find groups … Continued

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Delayed Birth Records May Help Hawaiian Genealogists

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One of the most frustrating things about researching in Hawaii is the difficulty in obtaining vital records prior to 1910.  Their are registry logs, but the information can be cryptic, incomplete, or undecipherable.  I’ve gone through them and found entries where parents are listed only as “Jose and Maria”.  Great, which Jose and Marie? Almost … Continued

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Test Driving Footnote.com

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I had a free trial subscription to footnote.com this week, so I thought I’d take it for a spin.  The website claims to have 50,288, 635 images for the genealogist to wow over. I started out by using the general search form.  I put in the surname Algrava, which is fairly unusual.  My Azorean ancestors … Continued

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Religious Newspaper Comes to the Rescue

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I knew that the city of San Francisco did not have a copy of the marriage record for my Great Great Grandparents, Thomas A. Jones and Margaret Kelly because the records were destroyed in 1906. I also knew that the state of California did not begin recording vital records until after 1905. I didn’t know … Continued

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Newspapers Provide Proof When Disasters Destroy Records

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MARRIED JONES–KELLY–In this city, February 7, by the Rev. Father Scanlon, Thomas A. Jones to Miss Margaret Kelly, both of this city. [San Francisco Call, San Francisco, CA, 9 Feb 1869, page 3] It doesn’t look like much, does it?  A groom, a bride, a priest, and a date.  To the untrained eye, it’s just … Continued

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