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The Smiling Bride

The Smiling Bride

I have several favorite photographs.  But, a wedding photo from the early 1900s, has captivated my interest ever since the day it fell into my hands Not Your Usual Dour Turn of the Century Wedding Photo You ever notice that no one seems particularly happy in old wedding photos?  It seems that the gravityy of the situation sits squarely on the shoulders of the bride and groom.  And, it shows it their face. That’s why this old wedding photo stands…

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A Fresh Start in Oakland: The House at 1935 E. 25th Street

A Fresh Start in Oakland: The House at 1935 E. 25th Street

I’ve written many times about how my great grandfather fled Hawaii when he was diagnosed with leprosy.   They had a fresh start in Oakland, California, but what kind of a fresh start was it really? I found many details about the home they lived in when they first arrived. At the end of the article, I’ll show you how to find ancestral homes in Oakland online. Three Families Living in One House The Pacheco’s and de Braga’s began leaving Hawaii…

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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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