52 Ancestors: What Harry Jackson Did That Estranged Him From His Daughters

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This week’s theme in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge is Different.  It could be interpreted as an ancestor who is different from me or one who acted in a way that he or she shouldn’t have.  I’m going with the latter, which happens to be a way I would not have acted either. … Continued

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SNGF: Headline News, 7 March 1927

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Randy Seaver has his weekly Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge posted.  This week it’s headline news the day my Dad was born. My Dad was born 7 March 1927 in Oakland, California.  The Oakland Tribune was the main newspaper for the city of Oakland during that time. There wasn’t any one big headline, but it … Continued

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The Answer was Right in Front of Me

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Sometimes the answer to the problem is right in front of your face.  I was pretty sure the Jean Lassalle on this WWI draft registration card was my grandfather.  The birthday matches. I was reluctant to say this was my grandfather since the physical characteristics were off.  My grandpa was not medium height (unless their … Continued

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Why Wasn’t Martin Kelly Living in His Boardinghouses in the 1870s?

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Yesterday, I wrote a post for the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks concerning my 3rd great grandfather, Martin Kelly.  As with all things genealogy, I started writing about an attempted murder and I ending up thinking about boardinghouses.  Specifically, the boardinghouses Martin Kelly owned. In the San Francisco Chronicle article about the shooting, it stated … Continued

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52 Ancestors, Week 11: Martin Kelly was a Lucky Man

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This week’s them for 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks is the Luck of the Irish.  This week I’m going to write about my 3rd great grandfather, Martin Kelly, and his brush with the law. Martin Kelly was a native of County Roscommon, Ireland, who came to America during the Potato Famine.  I don’t know much … Continued

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52 Ancestors, Week 10: Killed in a Wind Storm

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It is time for the next 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks post.  This week the theme is weather.  I have written about this story before, but as I can think of no other weather related event that affected my ancestors at this time, I’ll repeat it. San Francisco and San Mateo are known for their … Continued

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52 Ancestors: My Grandma Helped the Homeless

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The topic for the  52 Ancestors challenge this week is “Good Deeds”.  I was somewhat stymied.  I have not done much property research on my ancestors.  I’ve only found a couple of deeds and have written about those previously.  I decided to go with the second meaning of this prompt and focused on someone who … Continued

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52 Ancestors: My Heart Belongs to Antonio Medeiros Cordeiro

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It’s not what you think. The theme for the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge this week is Love.  This can be interpreted in many ways. My heart belongs to Antonio Medeiros not because I have a weird crush on my ancestor, but because he expanded my tree by many generations.  When my arthritis got … Continued

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52 Ancestors: The Longest Migration

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This is week 6 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.  The theme is So Far Away.  I decided to write about my great great grandfather, Jozimas de Braga, who had the longest migration of them all.  I should note that my great grandmother, Maria (de Braga) Pacheco Smith, his daughter, also had a similar migration … Continued

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52 Ancestors: Women Worked on Hawaii’s Sugar Plantations, Too

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This is the fifth entry in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge. The theme is Ploughing Through.  I wonder how many researchers with Portuguese Hawaiian ancestry realize that their female ancestors were under contract, too?  My great great grandmother was one of those women. This is the original sugar plantation contract that my great … Continued

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