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Frederick Joseph Meincke: From First Family Graduate to the California State Assembly

Frederick Joseph Meincke: From First Family Graduate to the California State Assembly

Do you know who the first graduate in your family tree is?  I got to thinking about this.  I know that my mom was the first person in my direct line to graduate from high school.  Who was the first person in my extended family to do so? Frederick J. Meincke Jr., San Francisco Native The first graduate that I could find was my great grandmother’s cousin, Frederick J. Meincke Jr.  Frederick was a graduate of Heald’s Business School (San…

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Closing the Book on Jeanette (Jones) Walther

Closing the Book on Jeanette (Jones) Walther

My quest to find descendants of John Joseph Jones and Mary Jane Haywards so as to work out some of my DNA connections has hit another wall.  Jeanette (Jones) Walther was their last child I needed to research. It appears she died childless. The Three Children of John Charles Jones and Margaret Coffin John Charles Jones, a native of Australia,and son of John and Mary Jane, married Margaret Coffin, a native of New York,  in San Francisco, California sometime around…

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The Alameda County Newspaper Record Collection at FamilySearch

The Alameda County Newspaper Record Collection at FamilySearch

FamilySearch.org has a database that many California genealogist might not know about, but will find very useful.  It’s the California, Oakland, Alameda County, Newspaper Record Collection, 1985-2011.  If you relatives lived in Alameda County, California this collection is going to be useful to you. What This Collection Is and Isn’t Let’s clarify what this database is.  There are no actual newspapers in this collection.  You won’t be able to flip through page by page or read whole pages. It is…

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Antoine Lassalle Belongs in My Family Tree

Antoine Lassalle Belongs in My Family Tree

A few years ago, a cousin sent me a photo that showed her Lounibos relative in front of his liquor business with a man named Antoine Lassalle.  It was taken around 1900 in San Francisco, California. He was thought to be a cousin, but the connection was not clear.  I had no Antoines in my Lassalle tree and neither did she.  I put the photo aside since I had other genealogy trails to follow. Not long ago, I found that…

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Mary (Riley) Jackson’s Genealogy Journey is Complete: The End of the Jackson Line

Mary (Riley) Jackson’s Genealogy Journey is Complete: The End of the Jackson Line

Mary L. (Riley) Jackson means very little to my family tree.  She isn’t one of my ancestors. She is my great aunt.  She married my great uncle, John Jackson, ca 1925. They divorced about 10 years later. I can go beyond her to the next generation easily. Yet, I feel compelled to research her. John’s story was a mystery to begin with.  Color me surprised when I found John did not died as an infant as my grandmother had said. …

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