SNGF: The Day of my Grandfather’s Birth

Randy Seaver over at GeneaMusings.com has his weekly Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge out.  This week we’re to look up our grandfather’s birthday, find out what day of the week it was, note any historical events, and see if anyone famous was born on that day.

My Paternal Grandfather, Jean Lassalle, was born 29 Jun 1888 in Ogeu les bains, France.    I used Google Search to find the information I needed.  The website HistoryOrb.com gave me the day of week:  Friday.

They had one historical event for his birthday:  the first recording of classical music was made.   It was produced on a wax cylinder.  The piece was Handel’s “Israel in Egypt”.  Using Wikipedia, I found that the recording was made by George Edward Gourard.  According to the History Channel website, Gourard was Thomas Edison’s agent in Europe.  Wikipediea has a copy of the recording on their page for Gourard.

Wikipedia lists two famous people born on Grandpa’s day in 1888:  Alexandr Friedmann, a Russian physicist and mathematician, and Squizzy Taylor, an Australian gangster.

I decided just to stick with the exact day to make it pertain more to my grandfather.  However, it was an important year.  The first wax drinking straw was invented, the National Geographic Society was founded, George Eastman took out the patent on the “Kodak Box Camera”, California got its very first seismograph (really, 1888?), and Thomas Edison took out a patent on the first movie machine, the “Optical Phonograph.”  Sounds like science and discovery was booming that year…and really, where would we be without the invention of the drinking straw?

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SNGF: Genealogy Resources and Usage

 

For Randy’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun Challenge this week, he has asked us to  fill out a survey.  Below are the questions with my answers.

 

1) Answer these questions in my survey about genealogy resources and usage:

 

a) Which genealogy software programs for your computer do you use (e.g., Family Tree Maker, Reunion, GRAMPS, etc.)?
I use RootsMagic.  I originally used FamilyOrigins and shifted over to RootsMagic.  I’ve very satisfied with it.

 

b) Which online family trees have information submitted by you – in either a separate online tree (e.g., Ancestry Member Tree) or a universal (collaborative) online tree (e.g., WikiTree)?

My family tree is posted at WikiTree, though only my maternal side is up right now.  This is my Mom’s family tree covering the Azores, Ireland, England, Wales, and Australia, if anyone is interested.

 

c) For which subscription genealogy record providers (e.g., Ancestry) do you have a subscription?

None.  Money is tight for me, so I stick to the free stuff.

 

d) Which FREE genealogy record providers (e.g., FamilySearch) do you use regularly?

The websites I work with the most are:

FamilySearch.org

FindAGrave.com

ChroniclingAmerica.org

Geneanet.org (the free version)

San Francisco Genealogy: sfgenealogy.com

The Azores Arquivo: culturacores.azores.gov.pt

The French Archives for Atlantique Pyrenees: archives.cg64.fr

The Hawaiian Archives: archives1.dags.hawaii.gov

The California Digital Newspaper Collection: cdnc.ucr.edu

The San Francisco Property Map Collection: http://ec2-50-17-237-182.compute-1.amazonaws.com/PIM/

The Internet Archive: archive.org

Google Books: books.google.com

WikiTree.com where my family tree is hosted

FTDNA.com where my DNA results are and where I spent way too much time since Thursday when my results came in
(I am sure there are more, but that’s where I spend my research time these days)

 

e) How much time do you spend each week doing actual genealogy research online? [Note: not reading, or social networking, but actual searching in a record provider]. Estimate an average number of hours per week.

7-8 hours, especially now as I’m reading the Azorean church records in the evening after dinner.  Great cure for insomnia translating Portuguese records at 10 pm at night!

 

f) How much time do you spend each week doing actual genealogy research in a repository (e.g., library, archive, courthouse, etc.)? Estimate an average number of hours per month over, say, a one year period.

Zero time…I’m disabled and don’t drive.  I’m limited to what I can do from home.

 

g) How much time do you spend each week adding information to your genealogy software program (either on your computer or online)? Estimate an average number of hours per week over, say, a one month period.

 

h) How much time do you spend each month at a genealogical society meeting, program or event (not a seminar or conference)? Estimate an average number of hours per month over, say, a one year period.

None.  I haven’t attended any events and don’t belong to any societies.

 

i) How much time do you spend each month on genealogy education (e.g., reading books and periodicals, attending seminars, conferences, workshops, webinars, etc.)? Estimate an average number of hours per month over, say, a one year period.

I would say about 4 hours a month.  It depends.  Right now, I’m heavily invested in learning about autosomal DNA tests since I just got my results.

 

j) How much time do you spend each week reading, writing and commenting on genealogy blogs, websites, and social media? Estimate an average number of hours per week over, say, a one month period.

7-10 hours a week?   I maintain the Portuguese Hawaiian Genealogy Group on Facebook, I am co-moderator of the Azores Google Group and the IslandRoutes Google Group.  I also maintain my own Pacheco – de Braga family group on Facebook.  I have my own genealogy blog and website.  And, I read several others via Feedly when I’m eating lunch and dinner.

That was interesting.  I’m wondering when I have time to sleep between reading about genealogy, sharing information about genealogy, and researching genealogy.

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SNGF: My Father’s Maternal Line

It’s time for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun.  Thanks to Randy for this challenge!  This one is all about my Dad’s mother’s line.

My Dad’s mother’s name was Anna Madeleine Mazeres.  She was born 17 Oct 1897 in San Francisco, CA and died 2 Feb 1984, also in San Francisco (though she lived in Oakland, CA most of her adult life).  She outlived my grandfather by 10 years.

My Grandmother’s patrilineal line is as follows:

  • Charles Mazeres dit Salanave (1868-1926),
  • Jean Mazeres dit Salanave (1824-1893),
  • Jean Pierre Mazeres (1794-1836)
  • Jean Mazeres (1742-1825),
  • Clement Mazeres (1722-1781),
  • Jean Mazeres (1697-????),
  • Jean Mazeres (1666-????)
  • Bertrand Cambus (1640-????)

This is the end of her patrilineal line.  The Mazeres surname is carried back through the maternal line from this point.

My Grandmother had one brother, Jean Emile Mazeres, born 29 Jun 1899 in San Francisco.  Sadly, he died 24 Jun 1903, in Modesto, CA.  My grandmother had a sister, but she died at the age of 2.  My grandma was the only one of Brigitte Breilh’s children to survive, so there are no male descendants from her family for the Y-DNA test.

I hope to be able to work in the village of Castet soon so that I can carry this line back even further.

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A photo of my grandparents ca 1920.

 

 

 

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