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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Ten Most Popular Genealogy Posts for 2016

Ten Most Popular Genealogy Posts for 2016

There was a lot of activity on the Genealogy Research Journal blog in 2016.  For the first time, one of my posts went viral…okay, semi-viral.  But, I’ll take whatever I can get! It was the first time one of my posts was shared outside the genealogy community.  That’s pretty neat knowing others find historical value in your work. My Most Popular Genealogy Posts of 2016 This is a list of the most popular blog posts for 2016.  Have you read…

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