My Relatives At Work: A Labor Day Photo Series

I posted this series in 2012.  Since I haven’t written anything on Labor Day I thought I would repost it.  Happy Labor Day Everyone!


Yesterday, I got the idea to search out some photographs of my relatives at work.  I turned it into a series of blog posts to honor them on Labor Day.

While it’s easy to notice the contribution to our country by those who have made money, we often forget that they would not have gotten there had it not been for the laborers, seamstresses, bricklayers, construction workers, accountants, field workers, office workers, and others who labored daily to build up business.  Just like everyone else, my relatives played their part in making America what it is today.


These are the blog posts telling you all about what my ancestors did for a living…

Manuel Bonita and Joao Pacheco SmithWestinghouse Electric, 1938

Anthony Correia and Anton “Dean” SouzaLaborers at the Sugar Plantation

Charles and Brigitte (Breilh) MazeresThey Owned Laundries

Lorraine (Pacheco) MartinWomen Working in Factories

Jose Pacheco (aka Joe P. Smith)One of the Highest Wage Earners

Anna (Jackson) ShellabargerMy Grandma was a Working Woman

Frank Milton ShellabargerBefore He Became a Painter and Writer

Happy Labor Day, Everyone!

Remember to celebrate your relatives and the work they’ve done!



The Azores DNA Project Needs Your Help


Many people don’t know about the Azores DNA Project.  It is one of the groups developed via’s website.  Azoreans who have their DNA tests done can then join the group.

The purpose of the group is to help Azorean genealogists (whether you are Azorean or one line of your tree is Azorean) connect with other genealogists, work to overcome brick walls, and help overcome the surname practices of the Azoreans. Those who hit a pai incognito (father’s name not given), have one of those families where the parents and the children do not have the same surnames, or are stumbling over female ancestors who are only reported by their religious name can benefit from adding their DNA results to the project.  As more and more Azoreans test, patterns will be seen and it may be possible to overcome these obstacles.

The group is comprised of volunteers who I’m sure many of you know and have run into in online groups.  They spend a great deal of time educating the rest of us on how this whole DNA thing works.  Their patience seems tireless as we all try to understand how each test works.  You can see some of the work they compiled at the top of the project page.  Just click on Y-DNA or mtDNA in the menu bar to check it out.

The Azores DNA Project lives on donations.  Their goals is to get as many people with Azorean roots (that includes us Portuguese Hawaiians too!) as possible to test.  The more that test, the best matching can be done.  Thus, they donate some DNA tests each year to those who cannot afford the cost.  That money comes from the general fund which is entirely made up of donations.

Donations keep this project alive.  If you would like to help out, you can find more information at the Azores DNA Project page.   The link to donate is at the bottom of the page or you may click on it here.  Be sure to select Azores Island, Port so the money is allocated to the correct geographic project.

If you’d like to see some of the things the project is working on, once on the project page, click on the Y-DNA Results tab or the mt-DNA Results tab.  You will see some of the ways they are using DNA results to bridge the gap to genealogy research.

If you are thinking about having your DNA tested, you should order through the Azores DNA Project which automatically adds you to the project.  The Family Finder test, aka Autosomal test, is the one that most family historians will benefit the most from (It’s the test I took!)  And, if you have had your DNAtested  through FTDNA, consider joining the group.  The more individual results in the group the more it will aid genealogists.



Why didn’t I think of this before?

The more I spread my family tree out on the internet the more cousins I drag in (willingly, of course.  Just this month I have had four new cousins find me through Facebook and I’ve made two new ones through my DNA test.

I love finding new cousins, really I do!  But, I’m finding that despite my stellar ability to remember which great great grandparents had which kids, I lack when it comes to, say, remember where I put my glasses 5 minutes after I was wearing them.  I also have trouble in some cases remember which new contact connects to which line in my family tree.

I could keep a list, but then I have to put the list somewhere.  If it’s on my computer I have to remember where on my computer it resides and what I named it.  I also have to include enough information so that I know which Joao Pacheco we’re talking about (I have many).  It is tedious just to think about it.

As I was inputting some information the other day, it dawned on me that there was an easy solution.  Why not make a custom field in RootsMagic where I can note my connections on each individual.  Then, if I designate the field as private only I can see it.

I created the field then tested it out.  I was able to create a simple report that showed me the individual in my database and the researcher who is associated with them.  It took less than a minute.

Why hadn’t I thought of this before?  It’s not like database management wasn’t what I did for a living for 20+ years.  And, it isn’t like I haven’t created all sorts of custom fields on RootsMagic.  Some times I make things so difficult!  I like it when the database does the work for me.