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Five Fave Books GeneaMeme

Five Fave Books GeneaMeme

Jill Ball over at the GeniAus Blog has posted a Five Faves Genealogy Book meme. Although it was difficult, I’ve narrowed my list down to these five books. 1. Footprints in the Soil:  A Portuguese Californian Remembers by Rosemary Peters Emery.  Like so many genealogists, I want to know what life was like “when”–and this book delivers! At 97, Emery published her memoirs.  Her father was a Portuguese immigrant and her mother was American born.  She grew up on a ranch…

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Book Review: Islands of Magic: Legends, Folk, and Fairy Tales of the Azores

Book Review: Islands of Magic: Legends, Folk, and Fairy Tales of the Azores

Would you like to understand more about your Azorean  heritage? Do you have an interest in all things Portuguese? Or, are you a fan of folklore and fables? Then, you might be interested in a volume by Elsie Spicer Eells titled “The Islands of Magic: Legends, Folk, and Fairy Tales from the Azores”.  This is my review. A Collection of Very Short Stories There are 34 stories in this collection.  Many of them are less than 5 pages.  It’s the…

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BMC Durfee High School, Fall River Yearbooks Online for Free

BMC Durfee High School, Fall River Yearbooks Online for Free

I’ve been trying to find photographs of my relatives so that I can make photo charts.  RootsMagic has the capability to make photo descendant charts and I want to fill in as many faces as I can.  I think it’s easier to grasp the family tree when you can associate a face with the name. This week I made a wonderful find.  The B.M.C. Durfee High School yearbooks (Fall River, Bristol Co., MA) are online for free at the Keeley…

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

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

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 those that look at things from a different perspective.  I’ve read Takaki’s Pau Hana which covers the sugar plantations and their laborers.  I’ve also read…

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Remembering the 1906 Earthquake and Fire in San Francisco

Remembering the 1906 Earthquake and Fire in San Francisco

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, William Bronson’s “The Earth Shook and the Sky Burned” is an excellent read. It is somewhat difficult to find, but well worth reading.  I got…

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