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We’re all short!

We’re all short!

[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. She had a young face. When combined with her short stature, people mistook her for a child. My Grandpa joked often about when they first…

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Fearless Females: The Gift of Laughter

Fearless Females: The Gift of Laughter

[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 laughter.  It’s a trait that my Grandma, my Mom, and all my female siblings share.   I believe my young nieces have the gift as…

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A Mini Brick Wall: Ana Jacinta

A Mini Brick Wall: Ana Jacinta

[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, I can’t seem to find out details of her life. Ana Jacinta was my Great Great Grandmother.  Her parents were Jose Francisco de Melo and…

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My Great Grandmother Registered to Vote?

My Great Grandmother Registered to Vote?

[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, she was in the country illegally. When Hawaii became a territory of the US, neither Maria or her husband, Theodoro Pacheco, became automatic citizens.  They…

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Auntie Cosma: A Woman of Many Talents

Auntie Cosma: A Woman of Many Talents

[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 a female ancestor who stands out. She may be someone who achieved great things. She may be a simple person who touched many hearts. Whatever…

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