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Social Security Application Database at Ancestry is a Boon For Finding Female Ancestors

Social Security Application Database at Ancestry is a Boon For Finding Female Ancestors

Researching female relatives is challenging.  Often, they are listed as a first name or worse “Mrs. So and So”.  If you are looking for records to help with your more current female relatives, look no further.  The  Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 is online at Ancestry.com and it’s a winner! An Important Genealogy Database for Female Ancestry It didn’t take long for me to realize the importance of this database.  If you aren’t familiar with the Social Security…

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The Alameda County Newspaper Record Collection at FamilySearch

The Alameda County Newspaper Record Collection at FamilySearch

FamilySearch.org has a database that many California genealogist might not know about, but will find very useful.  It’s the California, Oakland, Alameda County, Newspaper Record Collection, 1985-2011.  If you relatives lived in Alameda County, California this collection is going to be useful to you. What This Collection Is and Isn’t Let’s clarify what this database is.  There are no actual newspapers in this collection.  You won’t be able to flip through page by page or read whole pages. It is…

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Ancestry.com Doesn’t Offer Much for Hawaiian Researchers

Ancestry.com Doesn’t Offer Much for Hawaiian Researchers

Today is my pet peeve day.  For the umpteenth time, I’ve heard a Portuguese Hawaiian genealogist (i.e. someone researching their Portuguese roots in Hawaii) tell me that they bought a subscription to ancestry.com and they “can’t find anything!”  UGH!  I hate those words. Let me start by saying, this isn’t a slam at ancestry.com.  Ancestry.com is great for many states.  If you’re looking for someone in New York or Massachusetts, it’s awesome.  But, they don’t really have much for Hawaii…

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Surrendered Alien Certificates might help Hawaii researchers

Surrendered Alien Certificates might help Hawaii researchers

I was browsing the new additions to ancestry.com the other day and came across an interesting find.  It’s the “San Francisco, California, Surrendered Alien Certificates, 1906-1946” database. The database covers many people who came from Hawaii to California who were not citizens of the US.  You may not know that immigrants living in Hawaii at the time Hawaii became a territory did not automatically gain US citizenship.  Those born in Hawaii were American citizens.  Those born outside of Hawaii (except…

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