The Historical Significance of My Dad’s Army Photos,1951-1952: Desegregation of the US Military

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My dad served in the Korean Conflict in 1951-1952.  He was stationed in Hokkaido, Japan for most of that time.  As I was sifting through his photo album, I was hit with the historical significance of his photographs.  They show the beginnings of the integration of the United States military–the end of segregated service. On … Continued

52 Ancestors, Week 21: My Azorean Ancestor was a Soldier

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Being a regular blogger makes it difficult to find topics that I haven’t already touched for weekly challenges.  This week’s theme for the 52 Ancestors challenge is Military.  So far, I haven’t found many ancestors who were in the military who I haven’t already expounded upon already.  As I’ve recently found new information on Felicianno … Continued

The Answer was Right in Front of Me

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Sometimes the answer to the problem is right in front of your face.  I was pretty sure the Jean Lassalle on this WWI draft registration card was my grandfather.  The birthday matches. I was reluctant to say this was my grandfather since the physical characteristics were off.  My grandpa was not medium height (unless their … Continued

Found my Grandfather in French Military Records

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I met a man through a cousin who met him on GeneaNet.  He is our distant cousin. He actively researches our family tree and is an excellent ally for all things genealogy in France. This weekend he informed me that France has put up a new military database, Registres de Recrutement Militaire. The records give … Continued

Theodore Pacheco: A Soldier’s Story


Theodore Pacheco was born 31 Aug 1899, Kilauea, Kauai. He was the third child of Joao Pacheco and Joana Goncalves Cardoza–a family nicknamed “The Reds” because of their red hair. He grew up in Kilauea, but left home sometime after his father’s death and his mother’s second marriage (1906-1910). When he was about 16, he … Continued

My Mysterious Ancestor Felicianno de Mello

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Felicianno de Mello was almost a lost ancestor.   I knew he was my Great Great Great Grandfather from my Great Great Grandmother’s baptismal record.  Though I knew that he was born and married in the town of Maia on Sao Miguel Island, I could not find any record of his birth or marriage. I had … Continued

One of the Women in the Signal Corp

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It’s the 21st Edition of Smile for the Camera.  In honor of Women’s History Month, this edition is called “Give their Face a Place” and focuses on the unsung female heroes in our tree.  May I present Tante Marie, my Great Aunt, Marie Lassalle, who served in the Signal Corp. in WWI. Marie, mostly known … Continued

The Children of John C. and Margaret Jones

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Continuing down the research trail… I’m now working on the children of John C. and Margaret Jones.  The 1900 census shows that Margaret had four children and three survived.  They were Nettie, Nellie, and Maud.  This is what I found on the children so far… 1. Nettie In the 1870 Census, Nettie is listed as … Continued

My Random Acts of Genealogy Kindness

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This has been a thoroughly enjoyable challenge to complete for the Genea-Blogger Group Games. Any reason to do genealogy research is a good time in my book. It doesn’t matter if it’s my family or not. I’ll research anyone. It’s always good to work on trees unrelated to your own. You often find yourself in … Continued