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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Collection

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Collection

I’m participating in Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors Challenge in 52 Weeks challenge.  This is a collection of articles I’ve written for each week’s theme. I’ve divided them by locality.  You can thumb through them and read whichever ones catch your interest.  Of course, I’d have no problem if you read them all. Irish, Welsh, and English Roots (Migration to San Francisco and Oakland) Finding the Jackson House Give Me a Fresh Start on Harry Jackson John and Mary Jane,…

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A Dabbler in Languages, A Master of None

A Dabbler in Languages, A Master of None

I have lines in France, the Azores, Portugal, Australia, Ireland, and England.  Further back into my noble lines, I hit most of Europe. Because of the wide range of countries, I’ve had to learn the basics of a couple of languages.  I’ve learned a little French and a little more Portuguese.  I know some Spanish which has come in handy in interpreting both the Portuguese and French.  In Hawaiian Catholic Church records, I had to pick up some Latin.  In…

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Why are some family lines more difficult than others?

Why are some family lines more difficult than others?

When I first started my family tree, I didn’t worry about my French lines because my Aunt had been working on those for years.  I thought the Irish and British would be a piece of cake.  I feared the Portuguese because I didn’t know the language. My perceptions turned out to be all wrong (except for the French!)  The Portuguese turned out to be a breeze.  Although I had a rocky start to my research due to incorrect information from…

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