Wedding Chapel Wednesday: The crazy way names are spelled

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Recently, I’ve heard several Portuguese Hawaiian genealogist lament trying to find their ancestors in records because there are so many variations with the names.  It’s true.  No matter where your ancestor were originally from chances are you are going to find them in records under at least a handful of different names and spellings. It … Continued

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The Satisfaction of Finding the Right Record

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[This is an entry in my series Wedding Chapel Wednesday.  This is the search for my grandmother’s cousin’s marriage records.] I’ve taken a detour from San Francisco deeds, which was my detour from Azorean church records.  I became possessed with the desire to find San Francisco marriage records.  So, I decided to work on those … Continued

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Wedding Chapel Wednesday: Koch and Meincke Marriage License

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Recently, I’ve been working with the San Francisco County Records at <a href=”http://www.familysearch.org” target=”_blank”>FamilySearch.org</a>.  This collection includes marriage licenses, certificates, and record indexes covering roughly 1906 to 1975. This week I located the marriage license of Carl Koch and Winifred Meincke.  Winifred was born in 1886 to Mary Ann (Kelly) and Frederick Meincke.  Carl was … Continued

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Wedding Chapel Wednesday: Wedding Photo Mystery

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Around 1994, I contacted a cousin who sent me an enveloped with a bunch of old photographs in it.  Almost known of the photographs had names on them.   I went over the photographs with my Mom, my Grandmother, and my Mom’s cousin, Ted.  They identified as many as they could, but many went nameless. … Continued

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Wedding Chapel Wednesday: Proof That They Married

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If you’ve done research in a place where a disaster has struck, then you know the difficulty I experienced trying to find my Great Great Grandparent’s marriage record.  The 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire not only wiped out many government records, but church records as well.  The ability to use one or the other … Continued

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Wedding Chapel Wednesday: Smith and Margie

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This is the wedding photo of my Great Uncle and Aunt, Theodore Pacheco (aka Ted P. Smith) and Angie Margie.  Theodore was the son of Theodoro and Maria (de Braga) Pacheco.  Angie was the daughter of Antone and Rose (Joseph) Margie. Both Theodore and Angie were born in Hawaii.  He in Kilauea, Kauai.  Her birthplace … Continued

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Wedding Chapel Wednesday: Nanny and Dean

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This slightly weathered wedding photograph is of my Great Aunt (seated) and Great Uncle (standing on the left).  They are Maria Pacheco (aka Mary Pacheco Smith) and Anton Souza.  Maria and Anton are better known as Nanny and Dean. Maria’s parents were Theodoro Pacheco and Maria de Braga. Anton’s parents were Augusto de Souza and … Continued

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Wedding Chapel Wednesday: Burke Caughell Wedding Announcement

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I found this bit of news in the 26 Jan 1930 Oakland Tribune: It describes the wedding of my Grandmother’s cousin, Genevieve Burke, to Hugh Caughell.  Genevieve was the daughter of John “Jack” Burke and Gertrude Jones (Gertrude was my Great Grandmother’s Sister). The wedding took place in the home of Hugh Caughell’s parents on … Continued

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Wedding Chapel Wednesday: Hawaiian Marriage Licenses

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I thought in this post for Wedding Chapel Wednesday I’d talk about pre-1900 Hawaii Marriage Records.  If you’ve done any research in Hawaii for records before 1900, you know that it’s difficult to find vital records.  While recording of events was mandatory before 1900, consistency didn’t exist until around 1910. When dealing with marriage records … Continued

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Wedding Chapel Wednesday: Tony Red and Jennie

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When I was first handed this photo, I was told “Oh, this is Tony Red and Jennie…some Pacheco or other”.  Great…My Grandfather only had 45 Pacheco cousins who made it to adulthood. A whole host of them were name:  Antao, Anton, Anthony, Antone, Antonio, and Tony! I did identify the couple eventually.  The couple is … Continued

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Wedding Chapel Wednesday: Benedict Iida and Rosa Medeiros

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Getting back to Wedding Chapel Wednesday… This wedding photo is of Benedict “Ben” Iida and Rosa Medeiros.  Benedict was born 2 Jan 1908 in Kilauea, Kauai, HI.  His parents were Joseph Shintaro Iida and Louisa Pacheco.  His Father was Japanese and his Mother was the daughter of Azorean immigrants.  Rosa’s parents were Joao Medeiros Toucado … Continued

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Wedding Chapel Wednesday: The Cebollero’s

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This is the wedding photo of Albert Emil Cebollero and Marie Breilh. Albert was born 8 Apr 1884 in France to Mitchell Cebollero and Jeanette Lorente. Marie was born 11 May 1886 in Castet, France to Jean Breilh and Mathilde LaPlagne Maucor. The couple was married 16 May 1908 in San Francisco, San Francisco Co., … Continued

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Wedding Chapel Wednesday: Wedding Portraits Recovered

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Copies of two beautiful pictures from the turn of the century came into my possession last year: If you look closely, you can see that they are from the same portrait. The man’s shoulder and a little smidgen of his hat appears in the woman’s half of the picture. The couple are my Great Aunt … Continued

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Wedding Chapel Wednesday: I don’t want to touch the flower girl!

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Alice Cosma was born in 1914, the daughter of Joaquim “John Cosma” Jacinto da Camara and Marie Pacheco.  She was their last of nine children born to the couple. Clarence Darcy was born in California in 1910.  His parents are unknown. Alice and Clarence married in 1932.  The best man was Louis Avelar and the … Continued

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Wedding Chapel Wednesday: First Pacheco Married in California

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My Portuguese Hawaiian relatives started flowing into California around 1905.  The couple above has the distinctive of being the first Pacheco marriage in California. Jacinto “Jesse Algarva” Pacheco was the son of Manoel Pacheco and Jacinta Rosa Moniz.  He was born in either 1885 or 1886 on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. Angelina Vierra was … Continued

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