I have very few photographs from my maternal grandmother’s side of the tree. While there are plenty of photographs of my grandmother, Anna (Jackson) Shellabarger, there are only a handful of her siblings. I have four of her mother and none of her father. There are no photographs of her many relatives from San Francisco. … Continued
Another entry in my Labor Day photo series… One of the interesting things about going through the 1940 census is seeing how much money my relatives were earning in 1939. For the most part, my relatives were earning between $500 and $1500 a year. So, I was surprised to see that my great uncle Joe … Continued
Long before women burned their bras, my Grandma Shellabarger was a working woman. In fact, she worked most of her life. At first it was because her family couldn’t survive during the Depression on the 33 cents an hour my Grandfather made. After their divorce it was necessity. She needed to feed herself and her … Continued
Another entry in my Labor Day photo series… Frank Milton Shellabarger was my grandmother’s third husband. My software’s relationship calculator says that we are not related by blood. I will always know him as Grandpa Frank even though he died when I was 1 year old. When my grandma met him in the late 1950s, … Continued
Another for my Labor Day photo series… My great grandfather was Charles Mazeres . Charles was from Ogeu les bains, France. He made his way to San Francisco in the early 1890s. He and my grandmother, Brigitte Breilh, owned French Laundries. The earliest laundry I’ve documented is the one he owned in Modesto, California, 1903. … Continued
I have one of those long photographs rolled up for far too many years. This is a portion of it: The photo is of the employees of Westinghouse Electric Mfg., Porcelain Division, Emeryville, Alameda Co., CA. It was taken on 1 Dec 1938. My grandfather and his cousin are in this photograph. My grandfather, Joao … Continued
Here’s another entry for my Labor Day photo series. I found this photograph in the Oakland Tribune [Oakland, Alameda Co., CA], 15 May 1942, Front Page. The article was titled “Women Now in War Plant in Emeryville.” The article documented local women who were moving into manufacturing jobs as men headed off to war. This … Continued
As it is Labor Day weekend, I thought I’d post the one photograph I have that links my relatives to their sugar plantation laboring roots. This photograph is in my cousin Ted’s collection. It was taken on one of the sugar beet farms in Monterey County, CA. It’s most likely King City, Soledad, or Spreckels. … Continued
I am often reminded of one important rule of genealogy: go back over what you’ve found periodically because you never know when it will click. I don’t know how many times I’ve gone over research or looked at a photo that I’ve seen 20, 30 times without recognition. Then, the 31st time the light bulb … Continued
I have a bunch (okay, 4 or 5 big photo album worth) of photos from the 1980s that are slowly fading into obscurity. The colors have washed out. They look worse than the color photos in my collection from the 1960s and 1970s! I wanted to use a couple of the photos for an article … Continued
This is me, ca 1966. San Francisco Bay Area not Nome, Alaska.
Not so wordless today. These are the daughters of Francisco Pacheco and Alexandria de Caires. On the left Sophie (Pacheco) Figg. On the right, Maria (Pacheco) Homan/Buskirk. Sophie was married by 1915 and living in Hawaii with her husband, who was a soldier stationed there. So, I’m guessing this photo was taken around 1913-1914. The … Continued
My Mom with her Uncle, Anton “Dean” Souza, and some big ol’ fish. Taken ca 1938, Oakland, CA.
This photo of my Uncle was taken in 1929 on the neighbor’s steps. My Grandma laughed so hard she cried every time she looked at it.
I haven’t posted to my blog since Friday. Normally, I do the Surname Saturday, Saturday Night Genealogy Fun, and That’s Old News. But, this weekend I was possessed with scanning. It was a chilly weekend for August, foggy and grey. I didn’t feel motivated to go do something outside, so I scanned. And, I scanned. … Continued