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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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52 Ancestors Week 40: My Grandfather was Married on the Same Day as His Great Grandfather

52 Ancestors Week 40: My Grandfather was Married on the Same Day as His Great Grandfather

In the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Series, Week 40’s theme is birthdays and anniversaries in October.   I’ve already written about my Grandma Lassalle and about my maternal grandparent’s marriage.  Who else could I write about? In going through my database, I found something of interest.  My maternal grandfather and my maternal great grandfather chose the same date to get married. Not the same year, mind you.  That would really be strange. Joao’s Story The Pacheco Smith and Jackson families…

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SNGF: My Best Genealogy Day Ever

SNGF: My Best Genealogy Day Ever

Randy Seaver has this week’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun posted.  The question for tonight is “What is your very best genealogy day ever?”  Ever is such a long time.  Truth be told, there were many best genealogy days since I began researching in 1990.  I’m going to tell you about the first time I found “my people” in the census.  It was a very good day, indeed. My local public library had a genealogy section.  This amounted to 3 shelves…

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