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My Kindred Spirit Ancestor Had a Secret

My Kindred Spirit Ancestor Had a Secret

Why did I choose my great grandfather, Theodoro Pacheco, for the Kindred Spirit Ancestor challenge? Theodoro  had a secret. Through research that I fleshed it out.   He became more than a name and dates.  His secret is why he is my kindred spirit ancestor. A Child Uprooted Theodore was born in 1876 in the village of Achada. It’s a small village on the island of Sao Miguel in the Azores.  He was the last child of Anna Jacinta de…

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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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Mystery Photo of the Week from September Solved!

Mystery Photo of the Week from September Solved!

On 9 September 2015, I posted this Mystery Photo of the Week. There were two photographs of a little girl whose name was forgotten. One was her confirmation photo. The other was a photograph with two women. I’m happy to say that the little girl has been identified. The girl in this photograph is Isabella Pacheco aka Isabella DeBraga and Bella Ventura. It was probably taken around 1909-1910. Isabella’s birth parents were Joao Pacheco and Joana Gonsalves Cardozo. When Joao…

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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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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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