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There is More to Cemetery Research Than Tombstones

There is More to Cemetery Research Than Tombstones

Most people know that tombstone contain information about their ancestors.  But, did you know that tombstones aren’t the only records available at the cemetery?  The cemetery office can be a gold mine information.  Let’s take a look at what you might find in cemetery records. Cemetery Records Depending on the age of the cemetery, they may keep records in a variety of ways.  They might be in file cabinets, in computer databases, huge ledger books, and even on window shades. …

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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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Praise for FindaGrave Volunteers for de Braga family tombstone photos

Praise for FindaGrave Volunteers for de Braga family tombstone photos

Recently, I searched FindaGrave for Seraphim and Olympia (Medeiros) de Braga.  I found both listed but without photographs.  I put in a request and got a response the next day! After I had that information, I decided to search for more relatives.  I found several more listed without photographs, so I put in more requests.  Today, I received emails that those were posted. These were the de Braga’s located at Diamond Head cemetery: Seraphim de Braga Olympia (Medeiros) Braga Olympia…

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Calvary Cemetery Records are Online

Calvary Cemetery Records are Online

As a San Francisco researcher, I’m overjoyed to the point of ecstasy whenever a new index or database becomes available online.  With the lack of pre-1906 vital records, I have to take full advantage of whatever records there are. So, I was thrilled beyond belief when the San Francisco Genealogy website added the Calvary Cemetery index and registers to their website.  If you’ve got pre-1900 ancestors in San Francisco, you’ve probably got someone buried at Calvary.  Usually you become aware…

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Tombstone Tuesday: Learning Melvin Medeiros’ Story

Tombstone Tuesday: Learning Melvin Medeiros’ Story

My Pacheco and de Braga lines intersect with a family from Kilauea, Kauai, Hawaii, who went by de la Cross (or de la Cruz), Medeiros, and Andrew or Andrew Medeiros–take your pick.  As our lines crossed a few times, I ended up documenting their descendants as well as mine. One of the descendants, Melvin Medeiros, was always a mystery to me.  Melvin was the son of Seraphim A. Medeiros and Felisa “Alice” Silvan.  He was the grandson of Andrew da…

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