Praise for FindaGrave Volunteers for de Braga family tombstone photos

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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.  … Continued

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Calvary Cemetery Records are Online

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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 … Continued

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Tombstone Tuesday: Learning Melvin Medeiros’ Story

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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, … Continued

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SNGF: Veering off the Find-A-Grave Path

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Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings posted his Saturday Night Genealogy Fun Challenge tonight. It involved working with Findagrave.com to locate an ancestor’s cemetery information. I must admit this was one ?!@?#@*## frustrating challenge! I know most of the cemetery locations for my ancestors–within reason. Most were in the Azores where finding a cemetery burial may be … Continued

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My Biggest Genealogy Discovery in 2010

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I’m borrowing this for Randy’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun since I wrote it only two days ago.  This is by far my best research adventure of the year.  I located obituaries that were out of my reach and I uncovered a new line of my Kelly family tree.  None of this would have been possible … Continued

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San Francisco Reburial Mysteries, Part Four

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A few months ago, I received a copy of a photograph of Catherine (Dolan) Kelly tombstone.  It gave me chills.  This was my ancestors tombstone! Almost immediately the questions swirled in my heard.  Guess what?  The date on the tombstone doesn’t match the card in Holy Cross’s file.  Are you surprised?  LOL The card for … Continued

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San Francisco Reburial Mysteries, Part Three

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One of the things that really baffled me about the reburials that Patrick Dolan paid for was that his wife wasn’t among them.  His wife died a good 20 or so years before him.  If he was going to fork out all this money to rebury is sister, Catherine’s family, and to purchase a plot … Continued

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San Francisco Reburial Mysteries, Part Two

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The first cemetery reburial card that caused me problems was that of Catherine Kelly.  The card states that Catherine died 1 July 1872 in San Francisco at the age of 44.  She was buried at Calvary and reburied 21 Oct 1890 at Holy Cross Cemetery. I didn’t really question this until I came across the … Continued

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Added a Cemetery to FindaGrave.com

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Today I worked on Challenge 6 of the Winter Genea Blogger games: Reach Out and Perform Genealogical Acts of Kindness. I worked on Task B–Post one or more gravestone photos at Find A Grave. I have been meaning to work on Find A Grave since the beginning of the year as a Pay it Forward. … Continued

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Revisiting the Smith Lagrange Conundrum

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I’ve posted a couple of times about a research problem involving John Lagrange who died before 1840. He was the son of Elias “Jellis” Lagrange and Annatie Van Patten, of Albany Co., NY. In the 1840 Census, John Lagrange is listed next to Henry Smith in Duanesburgh, Schenectady Co., NY. John’s son, John S. Lagrange … Continued

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Tombstone Tuesday: Ana Jacinta’s Crumbled Stone

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My Great Great Grandmother, Ana Jacinto de Melo Pacheco, came to Hawaii in 1882.  She was widowed bringing her children with her.  If I hadn’t seen her immigration records, I would have no evidence that Ana stepped on Hawaiian soil.  She isn’t listed in any census, vital records, or church records that I have come … Continued

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Introducing Nellie, I mean Helen, no wait…Lottie!

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It really bothered me yesterday that I couldn’t find anything on John C. Jones’ daughter, Nellie.  Where could she have gone to?  Was she another relative who fell off the face of the Earth?  I wasn’t about to give up so easily. Thursday morning I went back to the San Francisco Call Newspaper Index.  In … Continued

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The Children of John C. and Margaret Jones

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Continuing down the research trail… I’m now working on the children of John C. and Margaret Jones.  The 1900 census shows that Margaret had four children and three survived.  They were Nettie, Nellie, and Maud.  This is what I found on the children so far… 1. Nettie In the 1870 Census, Nettie is listed as … Continued

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My Great Great Grandfather had a Brother?

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I was researching in the new Halstead’s Mortuary database at familysearch.org tonight.  I never pass up a new database for San Francisco since records are few and far between. In an hour, I found exactly one family member. Matthew A. Kelly.  What I found didn’t add anything to what I already had. I decided to … Continued

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