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Finding the Castera Family of Lasseube, France

Finding the Castera Family of Lasseube, France

After several weeks of research, I have been able to find the parents of my previously known ancestors in Lasseube, France into the early 1700s…except one pair.  I was having a heck of a time finding the parents of Jean Caset dit Castera.  It annoyed the heck out of me.  Why couldn’t I find them?  The answer is simple:  I was looking for the wrong surname. This Baptismal Record is Unreadable I located Jean Caset dit Castera’s marriage to Jeanne…

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My Obsession with My DNA Match: Exploring a French Genetic Connection

My Obsession with My DNA Match: Exploring a French Genetic Connection

For the most part, my DNA results have been a side note to my regular genealogy research.  I’ve worked out two matches in the two years since testing.  Most of my matches are vague, 4th to distant matches.  So, why did this one DNA match catch my interest? My DNA Match is French I will reveal only a little bit about my match as they have not answered my email and I will respect their privacy. When I saw the…

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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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52 Ancestors Week 32: A Sketch of Jean Mazeres

52 Ancestors Week 32: A Sketch of Jean Mazeres

  This weeks theme is to pick one of our 32 3rd great grandparents.  I am fortunate in that I know all but four.  Unfortunately, those four belong to the genealogy black hole known as the Jackson line.  At the rate it is going, they may be empty spot on my pedigree forever. One of my 3rd great grandparents is Jean Pierre Mazeres.  Jean was born 9 Dec 1794 in the village of Ogeu les Bains which is situated in…

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52 Ancestors: Grandma’s Mandolin

52 Ancestors: Grandma’s Mandolin

Growing up, I was intrigued by the musical instrument that sat on a shelf in our hall closet.  It had a short neck, a round body, and beautiful wood patterns.  I was told it was a mandolin. But, where did it come from?  I imagined it was one of those things my dad acquired.  He was good for that.  We had all sorts of old things lying around the house, yard, and garage. It turns out the mandolin belonged to…

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