52 Ancestors Week 17: Charles Mazeres and His Laundries

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It’s week 17 of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge.  This week the theme is prosperous.  I’m going to write about my great grandfather, Charles Mazeres dit Salanave. Born in 1868, Charles Mazeres’ was the son of, Jean Mazeres dit Salanave and Marie Anne Lacrouts.  They were farmers.  Their home in Ogeu les bains, … Continued

Where They Lived: 2034 and 2038 E. 25th Street


Next in the Where They Lived series: 2034 and 2038 E. 25th Street, Oakland, California. These are the last houses on this side of the street that our relatives lived in. View Larger Map 2034 E. 25th Street is the brown colored house on the left.  It was built in 1912.  According to my 1912 … Continued

Where They Lived: 2010 and 2014 E. 25th Steet

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Next in the Where They Lived series, 2010 and 2014 E. 25th Street. View Larger Map 2010 E. 25th Street is the house with the white fence around it.  It was built in 1912 according to zillow.com.  From 1932 to 1936, Jesse & Dorothy (Hughes) Cosma lived here. 2014 E. 25th Street is the house … Continued

Martin Kelly, My Family’s First Business Owner?

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Much of what my Grandma Shellabarger told me about her family turned out to be myth or exaggeration. She got one thing right.  One of her ancestors owned boarding houses in San Francisco.  That ancestor was my Great Great Great Grandfather, Martin Kelly. Martin was born sometime around 1820 in County Roscommon, Ireland.  I’m not … Continued

My Grandparent’s House on E. 25th Street


As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been using Google Street View to view the house’s my relatives lived in on E. 25th Street in Oakland. the Pacheco’s and de Braga’s began moving to E. 25th Street around 1906. They then held court there for the next 50 years or so. I’ve never been … Continued

Reading and Commenting on Genealogy Blogs

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One of my challenges from the Genea Blogger Games was to find a new genealogy blog, then leave a comment. This seemed like a pretty easy thing to do until I realized that their were a gazillion genealogy blogs! At first, I roamed the web aimlessly. I thought I might find a blog related to … Continued