Women Worked For The WPA: The 1940 Census and Marie Grace Bonita

Women Worked For The WPA: The 1940 Census and Marie Grace Bonita

Did you know that women were employed through the WPA during the Depression just like men?  The 1940 US Federal Census is one place where we can find out if our relatives were working for the WPA. Look under the employment section. If you see WPA in the Industry column, it means the person was employed through the Works Progress Administration. This is how I learned my great great aunt found work though the WPA. What Was The WPA? The…

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Ten Genealogy Mistakes to Avoid When Working on Your Family Tree

Ten Genealogy Mistakes to Avoid When Working on Your Family Tree

I work with people with different degrees of genealogy research experience. They seem to think I have some special talent for genealogy.  I’m going to let you in on something. I sucked at genealogy the first couple of years I was researching. I made a ton of mistakes that made my new hobby very frustrating. Almost everyone has difficulties when they start out.  Everyone makes mistakes. It was frustrating when I couldn’t find records or the data I found didn’t…

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DNA Ethnicity Estimates Are Just That, Estimates

DNA Ethnicity Estimates Are Just That, Estimates

The title of the Gizmodo article “How DNA Testing Botched My Family’s Heritage and Probably Yours, Too”, screams out to DNA test takers:  Danger Will Robinson!  Oh, wait, that was something else.  Still, the word botched implies that they’ve screwed up your results, but have they really?  And, they aren’t the only one.  Articles about how DNA tests are lying to us seem to be popping up all over the place. Your DNA test is not a fraud.  However, you…

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Harry Jackson, I Need to Talk to You

Harry Jackson, I Need to Talk to You

There are many ancestors I’d like to invite to dinner if I had the chance.  My great grandmother, Margaret (Jones) Jackson used to dance on tables when she was a little tipsy.  That’d be entertaining.  My great great aunt, Marie (Pacheco) Cosma, must have been an awesome person since everyone including my mom called her Grandma Cosma.  But, I’d be crazy if I didn’t go with my perpetual mystery man, Harry Kenneth Jackson.  Hansel and Gretel left a better trail…

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Who Am I? 20 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Me

Who Am I? 20 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Me

I’m doing the Book of Me:  Getting to Know You Series blog challenge.  In this post, I’ll tell you 20 things that you probably didn’t know about me. Here’s 20 random things about me… I hide half of my money when I play Monopoly and Life. I make my own yogurt. If I have a question, I have to look up the answer.  I have to. While dogs are my first love, I am partial to pandas, koalas, and sloths. …

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