Lost Kingdom By Julia Flynn Siler: A Hawaiian History Book Recommendation

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This is my review of Julia Flynn Siler’s “Lost Kingdom: Hawaii’s Last Queen, The Sugar Kings, and America’s First Imperial Venture”. One of the latest entries in the Hawaiian history genre, tell the story from Queen Liliʻuokalani’s perspective.  It is a book I wholeheartedly recommend! I am always on the lookout for Hawaiian history books, especially … Continued

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Remembering the 1906 Earthquake and Fire in San Francisco

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It is the 109th anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire.  There are just two survivors left from that terrible day.  Some day soon, there won’t be any and we will have to rely on published accounts and the stories passed down in families. If you’re interesting in learning more about the disaster, … Continued

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Friday Free Ebook: Labor Conditions in Hawaii

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This book should be of interest to those who had relatives working on the sugar plantations in Hawaii.  “Labor Conditions in Hawaii:  a Letter from the  Secretary of Labor transmitting the fifth annual report of the Commission of Labor Statistics on Labor Conditions in the Territory of Hawaii for the Year 1915″.  Washington : Government … Continued

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Friday’s Free Ebook: The French in California

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I’ve been working on the French lines over the passed two weeks.  I came across this book that was really a gold mine of information.  If you’ve got French lines in California (especially San Francisco or Oakland) you’ll want to check this book out. It is called “Guide des Francais en California: 1916-1917″.  Edited by … Continued

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Announcement: Portuguese Hawaiian Memories is back in print!

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To all the Portuguese Hawaiian genealogists.  The Portuguese Hawaiian Genealogy Society of Hawaii has done another printing of the book “Portuguese Hawaiian Memories” by J.F. Freitas. The book covers some of the Portuguese families living in Hawaii in 1930.  I have written a brief article with information provided by the PGSH on how that information … Continued

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Friday’s Free Ebook: Cassell’s Latin Dictionary

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In researching Catholic Church records in Hawaii, I found that knowing a little Latin goes a long way.  Yep, the early Catholic Church records are written in Latin. So, this week, I’ve found a Latin dictionary to help you translate the early church records.  It’s Cassell’s Latin Dictionary.  1892, Cassell and Company : London, Paris, … Continued

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Friday Free Ebook: History of the Azores 1813

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I came across this book today and thought that others might enjoy it.  It is “History of the Azores: or Western Islands; containing an account of the government, laws, and religion, the manners, ceremonies, and character of the inhabitants; and demonstrating the importance of these islands to the British Empire”.  Phew!  I think the title … Continued

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Friday Free Ebook: Hawaii, Its People, Climate, and Resources

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Today’s ebook is titled “Hawaii: Its People, Climate, and Resources by Daniel Logan. It was published by Pioneer Publishing Company, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii, in 1903. This book has all sorts of information about the Hawaii islands. But, what makes it even more interesting is the photographs found throughout the book depicting early scenes in … Continued

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