One of the most important places to do research is at the Family History Center of the Mormon Church (aka Church of Latter Day Saints). Check your local phone book for a Family History Center near you. This is a list of some of the microfilms/microfiche that are helpful for the Portuguese Hawaiian researcher. Note … Continued
This week’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge was enlightening. As with many of Randy’s challenges I found a gap in my research. When I found the record I was looking for, added new information to my tree. Thomas Augustine Jones, my 2nd great grandfather, appears in 5 census enumerations. He is in every census from … Continued
As Father’s Day is tomorrow, Randy has given us a Dad themed challenge for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun. Let me tell you three things about my dad. 1. You could not throw anything away in my dad’s presence. Just try to put something out for Goodwill pick up. You’d find it months later sitting on … Continued
After writing my graduation post, I seem to have had brain fade. Completely skipped a week. Before I get completely screwed up, I’ll go back to week 23. I don’t know much about the weddings of my ancestors and only have a few photos of brides in my ancestral line. So, today, I’ll write about … Continued
I have the perfect topic for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun. I don’t even have to ponder what to write about. My best find in May is learning that Nellie Jones was Helen Phelps…and Nell Phelps…and Lottie Phelps. For a few years, I’ve been trying to figure out what happened to the descendants of John Charles … Continued
The 1930 Census enumeration began on 1 April 1930. The census spans 2,667 rolls of microfilm. The information was recorded by Enumerators or Census Takers. Each enumerator was assigned an enumeration district. It took approximately 4 weeks to complete. Although enumeration could take weeks to complete, all information is recorded as of 1 Apr 1930. … Continued
Are you familiar with the keyword search box on Ancestry.com’s search query screen? You’ve probably seen it, but haven’t really figured out what it is for. After all, you’ve got the name and birth or death place of your ancestor. You don’t need that box, do you? I bet you are not alone, especially if … Continued
If you are awake while viewing the Research Journal, you probably noticed our new look. The previous theme was not mobile friendly. In order to make life easier for our visitors on whichever device they choose to use, I’ve changed the theme. I’m still working out the kinks, so I appreciate your patience as I … Continued
Are genealogists wired differently? I have asked myself that many times in the past. It isn’t our remarkable ability to flesh out the dead. Though, that is a remarkable skill. No, I am talking about our love of making lists and organizing data into different forms and fashions. It isn’t enough for a genealogist to … Continued
Part two of the Pinterest rainy day fest 😉 I’ve created a Pinterest Board with some of my articles, other people’s articles, and some lovely photos. If you would like to follow my Hawaii Pinterest board, click on the link: Follow Melody’s board Hawaii: The Sights and the History on Pinterest.
I am reading a surprisingly wonderful biography called The Rocket Girl. It’s about Mary (Sherman) Morgan, American’s first female rocket scientist. She worked for a company that did government contracts during the infancy of space race. Her many achievements included an inventing the rocket fuel used in our first rockets. Many of her contributions were … Continued
We often look back a hundred or two hundred years ago and think of it as the “simple life”. Hard work and none of the problems of modern life. But, was it really that way or did they just have different problems? I found this ad in a January 1906 issue of the San Francisco … Continued
I’ve seen the pros and cons about sharing your family tree online. On the plus side, you share your knowledge with others about your ancestry. You put cousin bait out on the web. On the negative side, others may take your data and call it their own. Others will take your data and mangle it … Continued
I wonder if anyone else experiences this. A new database becomes available. You’re happy, but remain skeptical. How many times before have you tried to research and a new database has let you down? Your area isn’t included or the year stops one before the year you need. You do the first search, a general … Continued
I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! May you have a festive celebration filled with laughter and good food. And, maybe Santa will leave a genealogy present under the tree for you.