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100 Word Challenge: My Most Interesting Ancestor

100 Word Challenge: My Most Interesting Ancestor

Tonight’s Saturday Night Genealogy Challenge from Randy’s GeneaMusings.com blog is based on a school children challenge called the 100 Word Challenge.  You start with the prompt “The Most Interesting Ancestor I Have” and fill in the rest. ======= The most interesting ancestor I have is Maria (de Braga) Pacheco Smith.  Born in the Azores, she migrated to Hawaii as a child in 1882. She helped smuggle her husband to Oakland, California around 1907 when he contracted leprosy.  9 months pregnant,…

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Social Security Application Database at Ancestry is a Boon For Finding Female Ancestors

Social Security Application Database at Ancestry is a Boon For Finding Female Ancestors

Researching female relatives is challenging.  Often, they are listed as a first name or worse “Mrs. So and So”.  If you are looking for records to help with your more current female relatives, look no further.  The  Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 is online at Ancestry.com and it’s a winner! An Important Genealogy Database for Female Ancestry It didn’t take long for me to realize the importance of this database.  If you aren’t familiar with the Social Security…

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SNGF: My Female Ancestors and Their Age at Death

SNGF: My Female Ancestors and Their Age at Death

This week’s Saturday Night Genealogy Challenge from Randy’s GeneaMusings website is to calculate the age at death of five generations of female ancestors.  I’ll be using RootsMagic to help me with this task. Mother: Still Going Strong Grandmothers Anna (Jackson) Shellabarger (1912-2006) – 93 yrs Anna (Mazeres) Lassalle (1897-1984) – 86 yrs Great Grandmothers Margaret (Jones) Jackson (1880-1965) 84 yrs Maria Espirito Santo (de Braga) Pacheco (1876-1938) 61 yrs Brigitte Breilh (1871-1959) 87 yrs Elizabeth Segalas (1857-1938) 80 yrs Great…

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52 Ancestors: Rosa Boteilho was a Tough Woman

52 Ancestors: Rosa Boteilho was a Tough Woman

This is my entry for the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge, week 3: Tough Woman. It’s not easy to flesh out the stories of Azorean women.  You are dealing with baptismal, marriage, and death records.  That’s it.  Often, women are elusive because of naming practices which involved taking a religious name rather than a surname.  A religious name that can change throughout their life. Rosa Jacinto Boteilho was born 24 Feb 1824 in the village of Maia in Ribeira…

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The Moms in my Tree

The Moms in my Tree

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms! I was thinking about my family tree and the moms that fill it’s leaves and support it’s branches.  There are women of such strength and character.  Women who lost children, lost husbands, lost homes…they survived what life threw at them…most of them worked to help put food on the table and they managed to keep their families together.  If anyone thinks women are the weaker sex, they’ve got another thing coming! Looking at…

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