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Hawaiian Delayed Birth Records Part One: What are Delayed Birth Records?

Hawaiian Delayed Birth Records 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 birth certificate especially if they were born before 1910. What are delayed birth records and why did a person apply for one? Delayed birth records were a way for an individual born…

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Working with the California Divorce Index

Working with the California Divorce Index

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 of people.  Most of the surnames so far are uncommon so I haven’t been overwhelmed by the results. When you enter your search, you receive…

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Delayed Birth Records May Help Hawaiian Genealogists

Delayed Birth Records May Help Hawaiian Genealogists

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 every Portuguese family I know of had at least one set of Jose and Maria’s.   The name of a child born may only be…

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Religious Newspaper Comes to the Rescue

Religious Newspaper Comes to the Rescue

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 where to go from there.  As I wrote in my article Newspapers Provide Proof When Disaster When Disasters Destroy Records, I found out when they…

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Newspapers Provide Proof When Disasters Destroy Records

Newspapers Provide Proof When Disasters Destroy Records

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 a simple entry. Something you’d glance at and then disregard.  To a genealogist craving missing records, it’s a gift from the gods. If your ancestors…

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