SNGF: When I Was Young Part 2

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This is part 2 of Alona’s meme, When I Was Young, as presented as part of Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun weekly theme. Q6: When you were young, do you remember what it was that you wanted to grow up to be? I had two different dreams: teacher and singer. Later, I wanted to … Continued

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The Problem with Names Part 2: Latinization

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For many early Portuguese immigrants to Hawaii, their main contact outside of the plantation was through the local Catholic Church. For many genealogists, church records may be the only way to identify links back to the “old country”. When researching, you must be aware of the many name variations or you may miss your ancestors. … Continued

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SNGF: One of My Favorite Family Photos

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This week Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge is tell everyone about a favorite family photo.  I have so many, I don’t know where to start! I’ve decided to post this one. Well, it’s a painting rather than a photograph, but I’m going with it anyway.  You’ll notice it is two photos, but it … Continued

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The Problem with Names Part 1: How’s that Spelled?

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Many of the first wave of Portuguese immigrants carried very little if any documentation with them. They were most likely poor and illiterate. The people in Hawaiian taking information from these immigrants usually had no prior knowledge of the language. Portuguese enunciation was different from what they were used to. Also, the recorder wasn’t always … Continued

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52 Ancestors Week 16: Marie Lassalle’s Long Life

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[Written for 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.  This week’s theme:  Live Long. Note: I am revising this article. Yes, I know I only wrote it two days ago. I realized as I was writing it I had two families mixed up. This article includes the corrected information.] I do not have any centenarians in my … Continued

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Early Hawaiian Death Records

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Before 1900, what we consider death certificates did not exist in Hawaii. There are no death certificates on file for the early era. The official documents consist of the death register books and indexes. Most of these have been microfilmed by one group or another. Information Collected Let’s look at a typical register page. This … Continued

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Remembering the 1906 Earthquake and Fire in San Francisco

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It is the 109th anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire.  There are just two survivors left from that terrible day.  Some day soon, there won’t be any and we will have to rely on published accounts and the stories passed down in families. If you’re interesting in learning more about the disaster, … Continued

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52 Ancestors Week 15: The Curious Spelling of Jozimas

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Onward to week 15 of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge.  This week is all about spelling.  The question was posed as thus: How Do You Spell That? What ancestor do you imagine was frequently asked that? Which ancestor did you have a hard time finding because of an unusual name? Picture if you … Continued

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Sugar Plantation Histories Updated at YourIslandRoutes

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I’ve been busy this week. I have updated the links on the four sugar plantation histories articles on YourIslandRoutes.com. If you aren’t familiar with these articles, there is one for the islands of Hawaii, Kauai, Maui, and Oahu. Information varies by business, but some included information on the founders and when the operation ended. I’ve … Continued

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