About My Ancestors · Church Records · French Roots

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? … Continue reading Finding the Castera Family of Lasseube, France

DNA Research · French Roots

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… Continue reading My Obsession with My DNA Match: Exploring a French Genetic Connection

About My Ancestors · California Genealogy · Cemetery and Mortuary Research · French Roots · Newspaper Research

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… Continue reading Antoine Lassalle Belongs in My Family Tree

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks · French Roots

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… Continue reading 52 Ancestors Week 32: A Sketch of Jean Mazeres

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks · About My Ancestors · California Genealogy · French Roots

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… Continue reading 52 Ancestors: Grandma’s Mandolin