We’re all short!

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[Fearless Females-Women’s History Month, March 24–Shared characteristics] No doubt about it. We’re all short. My whole family takes after takes after my Grandma Lassalle, my Dad’s Mom. She was a small woman, only about 4 ft 9 inches tall. Grandpa wasn’t much taller, maybe 5 ft 3 inches. My Grandma was a very youthful adult. … Continued

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Fearless Females: The Gift of Laughter

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[Women’s History Month Fearless Females Prompt, 24th of March, Shared Traits] My Grandma Shellabarger lived through alot.  Her life was a rough road, one that might have crippled others very easily.  Through it all, Grandma could still laugh. The trait I share with her is the gift of laughter.  Not just any kind of laughter…hysterical … Continued

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A Mini Brick Wall: Ana Jacinta

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[Fearless Females-Women’s History Month, March 20th:  Female ancestor who is a brick wall] My female ancestors have been good to me.  They have left pretty good trails despite being woman.  There is one female ancestor I consider a mini brick wall.  Despite the fact that I can go back beyond Ana Jacintha de Melo Pacheco, … Continued

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My Great Grandmother Registered to Vote?

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[Another repost…Fearless Females-Women’s History Month, March 19th:  A Surprising Fact] While looking through the voter registration books for 1937, I came upon a surprising entry. My Great Grandmother, Maria (de Braga) Pacheco Smith, was listed. This might not have been so surprising had my Great Grandmother been a US Citizen.  But, she wasn’t.  In fact, … Continued

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Auntie Cosma: A Woman of Many Talents

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[Reposted for Fearless Females-Women’s History Month.  March 18th, Shining Star] I originally wrote this for Women’s History Month.  Marie Cosma was the family midwife, seamstress, a woman many referred to as Grandma.  I think she is probably the woman in my tree that most people remembered and  remarked on her many talents… Every genealogist has … Continued

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Fearless Females: Grandma Was A Radical!

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[Fearless Females, 17th of March, Social Organizations and Groups…a report from 2011 Not really.  But it makes for a great headline.  LOL I don’t know what organizations my Grandma Shellabarger belonged to while raising her family.  I don’t really think she had much time for them to tell you the truth. In the 1980s, she … Continued

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Six Word Memoirs

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[Fearless Females, Prompts for Women’s History Month, March 15th–Write a sex-word memoir tribute to one of your female ancestors. Did you know that I have already written a six-word memoir?  It was published in the book “Not Quite What I was Planning”–a book filled with six word memoirs. Today’s task is to write a six … Continued

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My Great Grandmother Became an Adult at 11

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[Fearless Females: Prompts for Women’s History Month, March 11th–Female ancestor who died young…this is a repeat from last year] (Reposting this one from last year.  My Great Grandmother was an incredible woman!) My Great Great Grandmother was Margaret (Kelly) Jones. Margaret lived next door to a young man named, Thomas Augustine Jones.  They married in … Continued

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My Grandma Made the Best Toast

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[Fearless Females, Prompts for Women’s History Month, March 7th: Share a recipe…this is a repeat from last year] Oh, I know what you were expecting.  My Grandma’s secret recipe for pound cake or corned beef.  My Grandma Shellabarger was hospitalized when I was in 4th grade.  She had a brain tumor and was partially paralyzed.  … Continued

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Angie (Margie) Smith’s Individual Summary

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Angie was my Great Aunt.  She and Theodore grew up together in Oakland, CA.  They were said to be madly in love.  She developed toxemia of pregnancy during her first pregnancy and died at the age of 23.  It is said that Theodore never fully recovered from that loss. Name:    Angie MARGIE-9710 Sex:    Female Father:    … Continued

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A Story About the Role of Religion in My Azorean Family

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[Written for Fearless Females, 1oth of March, The Role of Religion] I don’t know much about the religious background of my ancestors.  My parents were both raised Roman Catholic, but were not religious.  We were baptized but we never went to church or participated in church activities.  My parents were firm believers that religion was … Continued

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Margaret (Todd) Baddeley’s Individual Summary

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Margaret’s husband was an eccentric inventor who created the Baddeley Air Ship.  She gave birth to at least 10 children.  They named their son (the one that connects to my tree) Benjamin Franklin Baddeley, for obvious reasons, I think. Name:    Margaret TODD-8666 Sex:    Female Individual Facts Birth    abt Jan 1847    Gippsland, Australia Residence ca 1874, … Continued

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Catherine (Auberge) Loustaunau’s Individual Summary

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Name:    Catherine AUBERGE-7990 Sex:    Female Father:    Paul AUBERGE-9763 (    –    ) Mother:    Marie PISSOU-9839 (    –    ) Individual Facts Birth    ca 1755 Baptism    3 Nov 1756 (circa age 1)    Ogeu les bains, France Alt. Name        Catherine PASTEURET-7990 Alt. Name        Catherine DEU BERGE-7990 godparents        Pierre Pissou and Therese Auberge Marriages/Children 1. Jean LOUSTAUNAU-7989 … Continued

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Bridget (Coyne) Wall’s Individual Summary

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I would have never known about Bridget Coyne if she had not contested the reopening probate in 1907 of Patrick Dolan.  Before I found that file I had no idea that the Dolan’s had cousins in Massachusetts.  It was a whole new branch of the tree for me. Name:    Bridget COYNE-8521 Sex:    Female Father:    Patrick … Continued

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Margaret (Caetano) Mello’s Individual Summary

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Margaret’s mother was a cousin to my great great grandmother, Maria da Conceicao (de Mello) de Braga.  Her parents also came to Hawaii as contract laborers to work on the sugar plantations.  (Note:  This photo is the only one I have of Margaret.  It comes from her application for  a delayed birth certificate.) Name:    Margaret … Continued

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