The Smiling Bride

The Smiling Bride

I have several favorite photographs.  But, a wedding photo from the early 1900s, has captivated my interest ever since the day it fell into my hands Not Your Usual Dour Turn of the Century Wedding Photo You ever notice that no one seems particularly happy in old wedding photos?  It seems that the gravityy of the situation sits squarely on the shoulders of the bride and groom.  And, it shows it their face. That’s why this old wedding photo stands…

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A Fresh Start in Oakland: The House at 1935 E. 25th Street

A Fresh Start in Oakland: The House at 1935 E. 25th Street

I’ve written many times about how my great grandfather fled Hawaii when he was diagnosed with leprosy.   They had a fresh start in Oakland, California, but what kind of a fresh start was it really? I found many details about the home they lived in when they first arrived. At the end of the article, I’ll show you how to find ancestral homes in Oakland online. Three Families Living in One House The Pacheco’s and de Braga’s began leaving Hawaii…

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Our Most Popular Blogs Posts of 2017

Our Most Popular Blogs Posts of 2017

Another year has come and gone.  It’s time to look at the Genealogy Research Journal to see what blog posts our readers enjoyed.  These are our most popular blog posts of 2017. The blog post with the most visitors and Facebook likes was… Caucasian But Not White 3,843 views and 2.6 thousand Facebook likes! Did you know that because of their darker complexion, Azoreans and Madeirans were classified as caucasian but not white in Hawaii for almost a century?  The…

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My Genealogy New Year’s Resolutions and Goals

My Genealogy New Year’s Resolutions and Goals

I don’t normally make New Year’s resolutions.  But, Randy Seaver posted a challenge for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun and I thought I’d play along.  I have been thinking about some of my genealogy goals for 2018.  This is a good time to get them down in writing. Figure Out My DNA Connections to Mary Jane (Hayward) Jones This summer I was contacted by one of my DNA connections.  She is related to me on my Jones line. We haven’t figured…

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Blog Caroling: Mele Kalikimaka

Blog Caroling: Mele Kalikimaka

It’s another round of the wondering Blog Caroling hosted by Footnote Maven (aka Linda Rae Palmer).  I was trying to find something traditionally Hawaiian and didn’t have much luck.  I settled on a beautiful Hawaiian version of Mele Kalikimaka. The History of the Song, Mele Kalikimaka The song originated in 1949 and was written by Robert Alex Anderson.  One of the earliest recordings, according to Wikipedia was by Bing Crosby and the Andrew Sisters (1950) Robert Alex Anderson was born…

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