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Facebook Puts Genealogists in Contact with New Cousins

Facebook Puts Genealogists in Contact with New Cousins

Looking back over the year, I could think of many things to be thankful for.  But, I am most grateful to several Azorean cousins who have taken the time to share their family stories with me.  I would have never found them had it not been for Facebook. Who Knows What Happened in the Azores After My Ancestors Left? Ten years ago, I came into contact with a woman from Massachusetts.  We had similar surnames in Maia, a village on…

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Five Fave Books GeneaMeme

Five Fave Books GeneaMeme

Jill Ball over at the GeniAus Blog has posted a Five Faves Genealogy Book meme. Although it was difficult, I’ve narrowed my list down to these five books. 1. Footprints in the Soil:  A Portuguese Californian Remembers by Rosemary Peters Emery.  Like so many genealogists, I want to know what life was like “when”–and this book delivers! At 97, Emery published her memoirs.  Her father was a Portuguese immigrant and her mother was American born.  She grew up on a ranch…

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Favorite Posts From 2015 That You Might Have Missed

Favorite Posts From 2015 That You Might Have Missed

I’ve been looking back over 2015 and reviewing my year in blogging.  I managed to put in a lot more time blogging than I have in previous years.  I added several new posts, edited some old ones, and moved a few from my website, yourislandroutes.com.  I participated in 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge on the No Story Too Small Blog (even if I only made it through October).  I also created a new series called “Mystery Photo of the…

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Five Reasons You Should Collaborate with Other Genealogists

Five Reasons You Should Collaborate with Other Genealogists

Genealogy is a lonely sport.  You spent hours at a computer searching a database for a single relative who lived a hundred years ago.  You sit in some musty, dusty room in the back of a library going through roll after roll of microfilm hoping to find at least one obituary.  And, then when you find that long lost document, it is just you.  Wouldn’t it be great if there was someone you could share with? One of the pleasures…

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52 Ancestors Week 40: My Grandfather was Married on the Same Day as His Great Grandfather

52 Ancestors Week 40: My Grandfather was Married on the Same Day as His Great Grandfather

In the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Series, Week 40’s theme is birthdays and anniversaries in October.   I’ve already written about my Grandma Lassalle and about my maternal grandparent’s marriage.  Who else could I write about? In going through my database, I found something of interest.  My maternal grandfather and my maternal great grandfather chose the same date to get married. Not the same year, mind you.  That would really be strange. Joao’s Story The Pacheco Smith and Jackson families…

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