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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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Theodore Pacheco: A Soldier’s Story

Theodore Pacheco: A Soldier’s Story

Theodore Pacheco was born 31 Aug 1899, Kilauea, Kauai. He was the third child of Joao Pacheco and Joana Goncalves Cardoza–a family nicknamed “The Reds” because of their red hair. He grew up in Kilauea, but left home sometime after his father’s death and his mother’s second marriage (1906-1910). When he was about 16, he lived with his aunt and uncle, Antonio and Alexandrinha (Jose) in California. In 1918, too young to be drafted, he enlisted in the US Army….

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Jesuina Gets the Last Word

Jesuina Gets the Last Word

Genealogy Research Journal #4, Entry #7 Jesuina Obituary Explains It All The final clues came from Jesuina’s obituary. She was listed as Jessuina [sic] Gomes Fitkal. Originally I wasn’t looking for Gomes, so I didn’t see this obituary in the newspaper. She died 23 Jun 1957 in Oakland. She had a daughter Mrs. Allen [sic] Correia, grandchildren Barbara and Frank Correia Jr., and two sisters Rose Vierra and Mrs. Frank Pacheco. The obituary killed two birds with one stone. This…

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Thank You, 1930 Census!

Thank You, 1930 Census!

Genealogy Research Journal #4, Entry #6 To The Census We Go! Census records are a great way to see a snapshot of a family at 10 year intervals.  I expected to learn something about Helen and Frank Correia from the 1930 Census since they were married 3 years earlier. My searches for Jesuina were fruitless.  I’d all but given up on her. If she wasn’t in the census records between 1910 and 1930, my guess was she died before she…

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