Closing the Book on Jeanette (Jones) Walther

Closing the Book on Jeanette (Jones) Walther

My quest to find descendants of John Joseph Jones and Mary Jane Haywards so as to work out some of my DNA connections has hit another wall.  Jeanette (Jones) Walther was their last child I needed to research. It appears she died childless. The Three Children of John Charles Jones and Margaret Coffin John Charles Jones, a native of Australia,and son of John and Mary Jane, married Margaret Coffin, a native of New York,  in San Francisco, California sometime around…

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I Didn’t Plan to Research the Whole Village of Maia

I Didn’t Plan to Research the Whole Village of Maia

I didn’t plan on researching the whole village. No, really. I didn’t. I started out following the trail of my great grandmother, Maria (de Braga) Pacheco Smith, in Maia  like a good genealogist.  Maia is a village on Sao Miguel Island in the Azores.   I found more ancestors and added more lines.  I found the siblings and added them.  I found their children and noted them, too. Then, I met a woman who might be related to Maria. We…

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My Laptop Wi-Fi Adapter Needed Replacing

My Laptop Wi-Fi Adapter Needed Replacing

The internet gods have been conspiring against me. My internet connection was like a magic trick. Now you see it, now you don’t. The wave of storms that battered the West Coast this winter played havoc with our DSL connection. But, there was something else going on…and it was inside my laptop. My Wi-Fi Adapter was dying. On dry days, every other device in the house could connect to the internet. EXCEPT MY LAPTOP! My Laptop or the Weather? It…

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There is More to Cemetery Research Than Tombstones

There is More to Cemetery Research Than Tombstones

Most people know that tombstone contain information about their ancestors.  But, did you know that tombstones aren’t the only records available at the cemetery?  The cemetery office can be a gold mine information.  Let’s take a look at what you might find in cemetery records. Cemetery Records Depending on the age of the cemetery, they may keep records in a variety of ways.  They might be in file cabinets, in computer databases, huge ledger books, and even on window shades. …

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SNGF: The Presidents in Our Lifetime

SNGF: The Presidents in Our Lifetime

Randy has a brand new challenge up for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun.  Who has been president in my life, my parents lives, and my grandparents lives. One question always leads to another.  I started to think about how only about half of the presidents directly affected the lives of my ancestors.  My first ancestors didn’t arrive until the  James K. Polk was president. In my lifetime, I’ve seen 9 presidents so far… Lyndon Johnson Richard Nixon James Carter Ronald Reagan…

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