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The Alameda County Newspaper Record Collection at FamilySearch

The Alameda County Newspaper Record Collection at FamilySearch

FamilySearch.org has a database that many California genealogist might not know about, but will find very useful.  It’s the California, Oakland, Alameda County, Newspaper Record Collection, 1985-2011.  If you relatives lived in Alameda County, California this collection is going to be useful to you. What This Collection Is and Isn’t Let’s clarify what this database is.  There are no actual newspapers in this collection.  You won’t be able to flip through page by page or read whole pages. It is…

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Antoine Lassalle Belongs in My Family Tree

Antoine Lassalle Belongs in My Family Tree

A few years ago, a cousin sent me a photo that showed her Lounibos relative in front of his liquor business with a man named Antoine Lassalle.  It was taken around 1900 in San Francisco, California. He was thought to be a cousin, but the connection was not clear.  I had no Antoines in my Lassalle tree and neither did she.  I put the photo aside since I had other genealogy trails to follow. Not long ago, I found that…

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52 Ancestors Week 17: Charles Mazeres and His Laundries

52 Ancestors Week 17: Charles Mazeres and His Laundries

It’s week 17 of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge.  This week the theme is prosperous.  I’m going to write about my great grandfather, Charles Mazeres dit Salanave. Born in 1868, Charles Mazeres’ was the son of, Jean Mazeres dit Salanave and Marie Anne Lacrouts.  They were farmers.  Their home in Ogeu les bains, France, still stands today. (Source:  Jean Mausonabe) Around 1880, their daughter, Magdalaine, left for America.  It appears she went alone.  I haven’t found her immigration…

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SNGF: Headline News, 7 March 1927

SNGF: Headline News, 7 March 1927

Randy Seaver has his weekly Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge posted.  This week it’s headline news the day my Dad was born. My Dad was born 7 March 1927 in Oakland, California.  The Oakland Tribune was the main newspaper for the city of Oakland during that time. There wasn’t any one big headline, but it was a big day for news.  Terrorists were killed and captured, there was a major earthquake in Japan, a woman was sentenced for beating her…

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52 Ancestors, Week 10: Killed in a Wind Storm

52 Ancestors, Week 10: Killed in a Wind Storm

It is time for the next 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks post.  This week the theme is weather.  I have written about this story before, but as I can think of no other weather related event that affected my ancestors at this time, I’ll repeat it. San Francisco and San Mateo are known for their wind.  We often joke about how 75 degrees in San Francisco is not the same as 75 degrees on our side of the Bay.  The…

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