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Your Ancestors Can’t be in Two Places at the Same Time

Your Ancestors Can’t be in Two Places at the Same Time

Geography is important in genealogy.  Knowing where your ancestors lived at any given times provides context to your family tree.  But, people cannot be in two places at the same time. How is this possible?  Online family trees, of course.  Through the power of creating one’s own narrative, my relatives manage to be in California and Massachusetts,  California and Rhode Island, and Hawaii and Mexico all at the same time.  I don’t mean for vacation.  People who have connected to…

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Relationship Notes on Photographs Can Be Deceiving

Relationship Notes on Photographs Can Be Deceiving

A cousin shared some of her unknown photographs with me.  One was taken around 1915-1920 and was labeled “My nephew Freddy with his first pair of short pants”.   We almost missed identifying little Freddy because the real relationship with the person who owned the photograph was different than the note implied. In order to solve this mystery we made a list of the possible relatives it could refer to.  It originally belonged to one of the Bonita cousins.  It was…

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Ellen Figg, Navy WAVES: Recovering One Woman’s History

Ellen Figg, Navy WAVES: Recovering One Woman’s History

It pays to randomly search the internet for your relatives.  No, not to spy on them.  For genealogical purposes, of course!  I do this periodically and sometimes come up with a gem. I uncovered a lost part of my grandfather cousin, Ellen Figg’s, story.  She was a Navy WAVE! Who Was Ellen Figg? She born 27 May 1919 in Hawaii to Albert Figg and Sophie Pacheco.  Her mother was a native of Kauai and the daughter of Azorean immigrants.  Her…

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Family Tree Magazine is Available Through Your Local Library for Free

Family Tree Magazine is Available Through Your Local Library for Free

I have made a wonderful discovery.  You can read Family Tree magazine on your PC, laptop, or mobile device through your local public library for free.  It’s possible if your library subscribes to Zinio for Libraries. If you aren’t familiar with this company, it is an online digital magazine service.  You subscribe just as you would any other magazine only this version is delivered in digital format.  The magazine can then be read on any computer or through a mobile…

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Happy New Year Everyone!

Happy New Year Everyone!

I’ve been away from the blog for a couple of weeks.  In December, I put the finishing touches on the Annual Pacheco de Braga Family Genealogy Newsletter.   When it’s out of the way, I get to enjoy the holidays. This year, I was done on time and mailed it out a week before Christmas.  That’s a record! It’s a lot of work compiling and writing the material which includes current family news and stories from our shared family tree. …

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