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Tombstone Tuesday: A Baby Dies

Tombstone Tuesday: A Baby Dies

One of the saddest parts of walking through a cemetery is finding the tombstones of babies.  This stone is for Alexander Iida at St. Sylvester’s Catholic Cemetery, Kilauea, Kauai Co., Hawaii. Alexander was the son of Benedict and Maria (Pacheco) Iida.  He was born on the 18 of August 1912.  He died in February of 1913 (the date was obscured in the photograph).  He was 6 months old.  It’s unknown what Alexander died of. Alexander was not the only child…

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Missing Pieces in My Genealogy Research for Helen’s Adoptive Mother

Missing Pieces in My Genealogy Research for Helen’s Adoptive Mother

Genealogy Research Journal #4, Entry #5 So Many Pieces and They Don’t Fit Together Normally, you start with a person’s adoptive parents but can’t find their birth parents.  Helen’s adoptive parents turned out to be a pain in the butt to research. Jesuina or Jessie Fitkal appeared nowhere in the census. The surname Fitkal was absent from all the census indexes. I gave up on the census and went to the Social Security Death Inde. I located a Peter Fitkal….

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Helen Correia’s Story

Helen Correia’s Story

Genealogy Research Journal #4, Entry #2 Who is Helen Correia? Helen Correia’s name came up many times when talking to older cousins. She belonged to the Pacheco family, but because she was given away at a young age her story was murky.  The names of both sets of parents were lost over time. Helen’s most distinctive feature was her red hair. Because of this, it was easy to see that she might belong to the Pacheco branch known as “The…

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Getting Ida Cosmer Drew in Order

Getting Ida Cosmer Drew in Order

Research Journal #3, Entry #4 Sometimes in genealogy, you have to prove what isn’t true before you can find out what is true. In order to figure out who Ida Camara was, it was important to figure out who she was not. Her identity had to be separated from Ida (Cosmer) Drew. It was time to find people connected to either Ida to sort out this mess. Ida (Cosmer) Drew’s children were found through their Camara cousins. They were more…

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The Problem with Ida: Are There Two in the Family Tree or One?

The Problem with Ida: Are There Two in the Family Tree or One?

Genealogy Research Journal #3, Entry #1 Every family has it’s common given names.  When it is coupled with a common surname, it gets confusing.  In the second research journal, I learned that the surnames Jacinto, Jacinto da Camara, Jacintho, Camara, Cambra, and Camera all referred to one family. (Read Journal #2 for their story) It was difficult sorting out each generation with so many surname variations.  Things really got muddled when I found out about Ida, wife of Jose A….

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