My First Experience Researching the Irish Catholic Church Parish Registers

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You may have heard.  The National Library of Ireland website now has the Catholic Church Parish Register records online and available to research for free.  The records are available to research for free.  I’ve been waiting a long time to get my hands dirty with Irish research.  To say I am eager to begin this … Continued

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Making Use of the Keyword Search Box in Ancestry.com Search to Find a Specific Village

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Are you familiar with the keyword search box on Ancestry.com’s search query screen?  You’ve probably seen it, but haven’t really figured out what it is for.  After all, you’ve got the name and birth or death place of your ancestor.  You don’t need that box, do you? I bet you are not alone, especially if … Continued

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Hawaii Obituary Index at Familysearch

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Familysearch.org has a new database for Hawaii genealogists.  It is “Hawaii, Obituaries Index, ca 19890 to Present”.  It indexes obituaries from “Honolulu Advertiser, The Honolulu Star-Bulletin, The Kauai Garden Island News, The Maui News and The Hawaii Tribune-Herald” according to the description at the website. Currently the collection as 41,146 entries.  It is searchable by … Continued

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San Francisco Passenger Lists 1893-1953

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I don’t know how I miss this one!  Familysearch.org now has the San Francisco, California Passenger Lists 1893-1953 Collection.  The collection is indexed and linked to the original ship manifests. Be aware that the index is not complete.  I did a few surname searches and found that it covers roughly 1916-1953 at this time. The … Continued

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Ancestry.com Doesn’t Offer Much for Hawaiian Researchers

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Today is my pet peeve day.  For the umpteenth time, I’ve heard a Portuguese Hawaiian genealogist (i.e. someone researching their Portuguese roots in Hawaii) tell me that they bought a subscription to ancestry.com and they “can’t find anything!”  UGH!  I hate those words. Let me start by saying, this isn’t a slam at ancestry.com.  Ancestry.com … Continued

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Garden Island Newspaper online 1902-1922

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I was browsing the Chronicling America website today to see if there was anything new.  They’ve added to the Garden Island Newspaper collection.  It now covers 1902-1922.  The Garden Island Newspaper served the island of Kauai. I didn’t do very well in the early years.  I suspect most non-Whites (the Portuguese were considered Caucasian but … Continued

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That’s Old News: First Japanese Girl to Graduate

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I was searching the Chronicling America collection at Library of Congress Website. They’ve added a few years to their Garden Island Newspaper collection.  The newspaper now covers through 1920.  I didn’t have much luck on the pre-1910 edition, but I expected to do better with these later years. As I was browsing around I came … Continued

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SNGF: Ancestor Scavenger Hunt

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Randy Seaver over at GeneaMusings.com has the Saturday Night Genealogy Challenge posted.  This week is an ancestor scavenger hunt.  My mission is to head over to familysearch.org, plunk down a name in the search box, then see where it leads me. As I’ve been working on Madeline (Mazeres) Menaud this week, I thought I’d try … Continued

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Surrendered Alien Certificates might help Hawaii researchers

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I was browsing the new additions to ancestry.com the other day and came across an interesting find.  It’s the “San Francisco, California, Surrendered Alien Certificates, 1906-1946″ database. The database covers many people who came from Hawaii to California who were not citizens of the US.  You may not know that immigrants living in Hawaii at … Continued

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