52 Ancestors Week 25: Finding the Jackson House

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This weeks theme for 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks is the Old Homestead.  I’ve only seen one of my ancestral homes in person.  I really wanted to locate the house my grandmother, Anna (Jackson) Shellabarger grew up in Oakland, California.  I used Google Maps and the Oakland Interactive Planning database to fulfill my mission. My … Continued

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52 Ancestors Week 18: Will I Find Martin Kelly’s Will?

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It’s week 18 of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge and I’m still here.  LOL  This week the theme is Where There’s a Will.  I had a little trouble with this theme because I only have one ancestor’s will in my collection. Rather then presenting that one will again (I’ve posted about it in … Continued

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52 Ancestors Week 17: Charles Mazeres and His Laundries

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It’s week 17 of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge.  This week the theme is prosperous.  I’m going to write about my great grandfather, Charles Mazeres dit Salanave. Born in 1868, Charles Mazeres’ was the son of, Jean Mazeres dit Salanave and Marie Anne Lacrouts.  They were farmers.  Their home in Ogeu les bains, … 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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52 Ancestors: What Harry Jackson Did That Estranged Him From His Daughters

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This week’s theme in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge is Different.  It could be interpreted as an ancestor who is different from me or one who acted in a way that he or she shouldn’t have.  I’m going with the latter, which happens to be a way I would not have acted either. … Continued

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The Answer was Right in Front of Me

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Sometimes the answer to the problem is right in front of your face.  I was pretty sure the Jean Lassalle on this WWI draft registration card was my grandfather.  The birthday matches. I was reluctant to say this was my grandfather since the physical characteristics were off.  My grandpa was not medium height (unless their … Continued

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Why Wasn’t Martin Kelly Living in His Boardinghouses in the 1870s?

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Yesterday, I wrote a post for the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks concerning my 3rd great grandfather, Martin Kelly.  As with all things genealogy, I started writing about an attempted murder and I ending up thinking about boardinghouses.  Specifically, the boardinghouses Martin Kelly owned. In the San Francisco Chronicle article about the shooting, it stated … Continued

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52 Ancestors, Week 11: Martin Kelly was a Lucky Man

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This week’s them for 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks is the Luck of the Irish.  This week I’m going to write about my 3rd great grandfather, Martin Kelly, and his brush with the law. Martin Kelly was a native of County Roscommon, Ireland, who came to America during the Potato Famine.  I don’t know much … Continued

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52 Ancestors, Week 10: Killed in a Wind Storm

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It is time for the next 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks post.  This week the theme is weather.  I have written about this story before, but as I can think of no other weather related event that affected my ancestors at this time, I’ll repeat it. San Francisco and San Mateo are known for their … Continued

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You never know who will have your family’s photos

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This week I was reminded of the importance of networking on the web.  It’s not a term you usually see associated with genealogy.  But, we have to reach out on forums, blogs, message boards, and whatever sources we have because you never know who might have the tidbit of information you need or a forgotten … 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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More Property Research: The same house on Guerrero but different addresses

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One of the best finds so far with the San Francisco Property Information Maps website is finding the houses that Patrick Dolan, my 4th great uncle, owned and lived in. Or, maybe I should say house…more on that later. Patrick Dolan lived at 809 Guerrero from at least 1880 to 1900. When he died in … Continued

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Huge Find: San Francisco Property Information Map

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Some of my best genealogy research adventures start with accidentally stumbling upon a website.  It happened to me yesterday as I was doing research on a family business.  I saw a link for San Francisco property records and decided to click on it. What I got was the “San Francisco Property Information Map” website.  From … Continued

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The 1900 Census got the Menaud’s all wrong

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I missed this entry in the 1900 Census for several years.  I was looking for Romain and Madeleine Menaud, with daughter. Mary Lacazette (from Madeleine’s first marriage).  But, they were nowhere to be found.  It took learning more about the family to root them out. The Menaud surname is rare in California in 1900.  Even … Continued

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