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Helen’s Adoptive Mother Had No Last Name

Helen’s Adoptive Mother Had No Last Name

How do you learn the name of a person when all you have to go on is their daughter’s name and what sounds like a nickname for their first name? This genealogy research journal will explore the mystery of Helen (Pacheco) Correia and her adoptive mother whose name was lost over time. Helen was part of the Pacheco clan, but it was unclear which part. My grandfather had at least 45 cousins who reached adulthood.  She could fit in anywhere. …

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Relationship between the Cosma and the Camara Families

Relationship between the Cosma and the Camara Families

This is Genealogy Research Journal #2. In this series, I’ll show how the Camara and Cosma families who spent so much time together turned out to be related. This turned into a tricky research problem. It involves multiple name changes. Also, at the time I took up this problem those living had forgotten their connections. They had a vague sense of being cousins but had no idea how. They only know that there were a few marriages and that the…

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The Unknown de Braga

The Unknown de Braga

This is Research Journal #1 “The Unknown de Braga”. This journal starts with an unknown relative listed on a mortuary record. The trail goes from the mortuary record to how I learned the true identity of this person. In the first entry I show how the Surprise Found in Maria’s Obituary revealed an unknown member of the de Braga family. In the second entry, I began Picking Up the Trail of Saffarin De Braga. In the third entry, the Mystery…

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Letting Time Pass

Letting Time Pass

Genealogy Research Journal #5, Entry #7 I didn’t really know where to research next. I needed to see the newspaper obituary for Margaret to see if she had any siblings alive at the time of her death. Waiting for the 1889 Index The impatient genealogist that I am, I kept checking the Call Monitor index. Maybe not daily, but I was pretty persistent. Finally!  1889 was added. I found Margaret’s entry, but none for Francis. I ordered Margaret’s obituary with…

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Calling on the Archdiocese

Calling on the Archdiocese

Genealogy Research Journal #6, Entry #6 I knew that the city of San Francisco would not have a copy of the marriage record as they were destroyed in 1906. I also knew that the state of California did not begin recording vital records until after 1905.  I didn’t know what church they were married at and the thought of writing them all was not all that savory. Contacting the Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco I was fairly sure that Margaret…

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