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Wedding Chapel Wednesday: The crazy way names are spelled

Wedding Chapel Wednesday: The crazy way names are spelled

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 can be confusing.  But, it is the reality.  You have to accept it then make room for it when you research. I thought this marriage…

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The Satisfaction of Finding the Right Record

The Satisfaction of Finding the Right Record

[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 for a few days. I wanted to find my grandmother’s cousin’s first marriage record.  I don’t know when he was married but figure 1919 would…

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Wedding Chapel Wednesday: Koch and Meincke Marriage License

Wedding Chapel Wednesday: Koch and Meincke Marriage License

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 born in 1887 to Katherina (Beck) and Ernest Koch. Winifred graduated from Mission High School in 1903.  Both Winifred and Carl lived with their parents…

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Wedding Chapel Wednesday: Wedding Photo Mystery

Wedding Chapel Wednesday: Wedding Photo Mystery

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. This wedding photo was one that we could not put names to.   Ted was able to tell us the names of the couple in…

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Wedding Chapel Wednesday: Proof That They Married

Wedding Chapel Wednesday: Proof That They Married

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 to identify a marriage is almost non-existent prior to 1906. This is where newspapers come in.  As more and more newspapers are being digitized, indexed,…

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