SNGF: Pick a Name

Randy’s latest Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge is up.  Tonight’s challenge is to go to my genealogy database.  Scroll down to the letter B, and select the last person in my list.  Then, tell what I know about this person. 1.  The last person in my letter B’s is Manuel Buttelo. 2.  I see that […]


The Thankful List


As it is Thanksgiving, I’d like to take a moment to say thanks for a few things in my life and my genealogy world. I am thankful that angioplasty has worked so well for my Mom and two weeks later she is pain free. I am thankful for the family that I laugh with, share […]


SNGF: Surname Distribution

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Randy has given us an interesting challenge tonight for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun.  Go over to and try out their Surname Distribution Map app.  I’m going to use 1920 for all my maps since these people weren’t in the US before 1882 (and most came in the 1890s). I started with my own surname, […]


Book of Me, Prompt 12: The Year that I was Born

[This week the Book of Me, Written by You explores the year that we were born.] The Beginning of My Life I was born in January 1964 on a Tuesday.  I was the last grandchild on the Lassalle side of the tree–the youngest of that generation.  I was christened in June of the same year […]


Do you have new immigrants?

I’ve been researching for over 20 years.  In that time, I’ve lamented that some people have an easier time researching  than me because their ancestors came here before the American Revolution.  There lines have been researched and then researched again.  My brother-in-law not only has La Grange’s in America back to the 1600s but he […]


SNGF: Where on the map?


Randy’s latest Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge asks us to create maps using the interface at showing where we’ve lived and where we have visited.  Then, we’re supposed to do the same for our ancestors. I have only been in two US States.  I’ve lived in California all my life and I’ve been to […]


In Honor of Veterans Day

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On Memorial Day, I have written about those who fought but did not come home.  For Veterans Day, I want to show some of those who fought for their country and returned home.  They did their service, some for the amount of time they were drafted for, and some made a career of it.  They […]


An Example of Sugar Plantation Employee Records

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Several years ago, I contacted the Hawaiian Sugar Plantation Association to see if there were records for the Kilauea Sugar Plantation as well as others on Kauai that were of interest to me.  At that time, the records were still held by the Association. I found that they had no records for Kilauea and scant […]


It’s that time of year: The family newsletter

Well, it is November.  That means I am a month behind on putting together my yearly family newsletter.  Normally, it’s procrastination that grabs hold of me.  September rolls around and I think it would be a great time to get ahead.  In October, I’m thinking about it, but it isn’t until November that I get […]


Book of Me, Prompt 10: Unexplained Memories

[This is my entry for week 10 of the Book of Me, Written by You series created by Julie Goucher] It took me sometime to think of something to write for this one.  I have two memories that stick out as “only I remember them” moments. Memory number 1.  When I was about 7 or […]


San Francisco Passenger Lists 1893-1953

I don’t know how I miss this one! now has the San Francisco, California Passenger Lists 1893-1953 Collection.  The collection is indexed and linked to the original ship manifests. Be aware that the index is not complete.  I did a few surname searches and found that it covers roughly 1916-1953 at this time. The […]


SNGF: Trick and Treat

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Randy has put up his weekly Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge.  This week we’re supposed to post a trick we have learned recently and then post a treat we’ve received. The trick I learned recently helped me research property in San Francisco via the San Francisco Property Information Database.  By entering an address (be sure […]

TumblrLinkedInDiggDeliciousFacebookGoogle+RedditTwitterPinterest Doesn’t Offer Much for Hawaiian Researchers

Today is my pet peeve day.  For the umpteenth time, I’ve heard a Portuguese Hawaiian genealogist (i.e. someone researching their Portuguese roots in Hawaii) tell me that they bought a subscription to and they “can’t find anything!”  UGH!  I hate those words. Let me start by saying, this isn’t a slam at […]


Book of Me, Prompt 9: Trick or Treat Smell My Feet…

Me in my Halloween Costume ca. 1967

This is part of the Book of Me, Written by You series.  This week Julie Goucher has asked us to write about Halloween, whether we celebrated it, and the costumes we wore. This is me in 1967.  I imagine this is the first Halloween I participated in.  I was 3 years old. Halloween was a […]


My Migration Map

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A few years ago, for Family History Month (which is this month!) I decided to make a migration map.  I found a library online with historical maps.  I chose one sort of in the middle of the time frame for my many migrations (the first being in the 1400s).  Then, I mapped out the migration […]