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Relationship Notes on Photographs Can Be Deceiving

Relationship Notes on Photographs Can Be Deceiving

A cousin shared some of her unknown photographs with me.  One was taken around 1915-1920 and was labeled “My nephew Freddy with his first pair of short pants”.   We almost missed identifying little Freddy because the real relationship with the person who owned the photograph was different than the note implied. In order to solve this mystery we made a list of the possible relatives it could refer to.  It originally belonged to one of the Bonita cousins.  It was…

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Ellen Figg, Navy WAVES: Recovering One Woman’s History

Ellen Figg, Navy WAVES: Recovering One Woman’s History

It pays to randomly search the internet for your relatives.  No, not to spy on them.  For genealogical purposes, of course!  I do this periodically and sometimes come up with a gem. I uncovered a lost part of my grandfather cousin, Ellen Figg’s, story.  She was a Navy WAVE! Who Was Ellen Figg? She born 27 May 1919 in Hawaii to Albert Figg and Sophie Pacheco.  Her mother was a native of Kauai and the daughter of Azorean immigrants.  Her…

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Mary (Riley) Jackson’s Genealogy Journey is Complete: The End of the Jackson Line

Mary (Riley) Jackson’s Genealogy Journey is Complete: The End of the Jackson Line

Mary L. (Riley) Jackson means very little to my family tree.  She isn’t one of my ancestors. She is my great aunt.  She married my great uncle, John Jackson, ca 1925. They divorced about 10 years later. I can go beyond her to the next generation easily. Yet, I feel compelled to research her. John’s story was a mystery to begin with.  Color me surprised when I found John did not died as an infant as my grandmother had said. …

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SNGF: My Best Genealogy Day Ever

SNGF: My Best Genealogy Day Ever

Randy Seaver has this week’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun posted.  The question for tonight is “What is your very best genealogy day ever?”  Ever is such a long time.  Truth be told, there were many best genealogy days since I began researching in 1990.  I’m going to tell you about the first time I found “my people” in the census.  It was a very good day, indeed. My local public library had a genealogy section.  This amounted to 3 shelves…

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52 Ancestors Week 38: The Portuguese of East 25th Street, Oakland

52 Ancestors Week 38: The Portuguese of East 25th Street, Oakland

This week’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks is easy.  The theme is Favorite Place to Research and I know exactly where that would be. This is a very specific location.  It is where my Portuguese research began:  E. 25th Street in Oakland, Alameda County, California. What makes this street so special?  Why am I drawn to it? This map that I created in Google Maps will give you the answer.  Almost all my Portuguese Hawaiian relatives lived there between 1905…

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