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The Case for Sharing Your Genealogy Work: Proving Manuel Melo Castanho is Related

The Case for Sharing Your Genealogy Work: Proving Manuel Melo Castanho is Related

My mom used to tell me that sharing was good especially when my siblings and I were fighting over over a toy. Not only is sharing good for siblings, it’s good for genealogists. Case in point, I’ve confirmed the relationship of a man on a “Fiche de Emigrante” card all because I posted a link to Facebook. The Fiche de Emigrante Azorean Passport Records Provide Clues The card in question is for Manuel Melo Castanho of Maia, Ribeira Grande in…

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BMC Durfee High School, Fall River Yearbooks Online for Free

BMC Durfee High School, Fall River Yearbooks Online for Free

I’ve been trying to find photographs of my relatives so that I can make photo charts.  RootsMagic has the capability to make photo descendant charts and I want to fill in as many faces as I can.  I think it’s easier to grasp the family tree when you can associate a face with the name. This week I made a wonderful find.  The B.M.C. Durfee High School yearbooks (Fall River, Bristol Co., MA) are online for free at the Keeley…

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I am so tired of you, Margaret Dolan Coyne!

I am so tired of you, Margaret Dolan Coyne!

Do you have that one ancestor or relative who drives you nuts?  I don’t mean those who are still living.  You know, the one who no matter how many databases you search, microfilms you roll through, and indexes you go through, they managed to slip through the cracks.  It appears they went through life and left no trail. Such is the case with my third great aunt, Margaret (Dolan) Coyne.  I would not have known about Margaret had it not…

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Getting Closer to the Dolan’s of Massachusetts

Getting Closer to the Dolan’s of Massachusetts

About 10 years ago, I got the surprise of my life when I read Patrick Dolan’s reinstated probate file.  Patrick Dolan died in 1905, but his estate was not settled before the 1906 earthquake.  In 1907, the administratix, Mary (Kelly) Meincke, reopened the probate–and a can of worms.  Cousins from Boston came forward to claim their were Patrick’s one and only true heir.  These were cousins I had never heard of. It’s been a painstaking process.  I’ve started with Patrick’s…

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How can I solve the mystery of Mary Collis?

How can I solve the mystery of Mary Collis?

Last week, I finished off my Individual Summary project with Mary Collis.  Looking over the little information that I had for her made me want to find out more. This story starts with Patrick Dolan, my 3rd great uncle.  He died in 1905, but his probate records were lost in the 1906 earthquake.  His niece, Mary (Kelly) Meincke, was the administratix.  She refiled for a new probate in 1907 as the estate had not been settled before the earthquake wiped…

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