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Are These the Dolans I’ve Been Looking For?

Are These the Dolans I’ve Been Looking For?

If you’re a regular reader of my blog you know that I’m on what seems like a neverending quest to figure out who the Dolan’s in Patrick Dolan’s reinstated probate file were.  The quest has sent me in circles like a crazed character in a Looney Tunes cartoon. A Little Background Patrick Dolan died in 1905.  But, his probate was not settled before the 1906 earthquake and fire in San Francisco.  The probate proceedings were refiled by his niece, Mary…

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Closing the Book on Jeanette (Jones) Walther

Closing the Book on Jeanette (Jones) Walther

My quest to find descendants of John Joseph Jones and Mary Jane Haywards so as to work out some of my DNA connections has hit another wall.  Jeanette (Jones) Walther was their last child I needed to research. It appears she died childless. The Three Children of John Charles Jones and Margaret Coffin John Charles Jones, a native of Australia,and son of John and Mary Jane, married Margaret Coffin, a native of New York,  in San Francisco, California sometime around…

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Letting Time Pass

Letting Time Pass

Genealogy Research Journal #5, Entry #7 I didn’t really know where to research next. I needed to see the newspaper obituary for Margaret to see if she had any siblings alive at the time of her death. Waiting for the 1889 Index The impatient genealogist that I am, I kept checking the Call Monitor index. Maybe not daily, but I was pretty persistent. Finally!  1889 was added. I found Margaret’s entry, but none for Francis. I ordered Margaret’s obituary with…

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Calling on the Archdiocese

Calling on the Archdiocese

Genealogy Research Journal #6, Entry #6 I knew that the city of San Francisco would not have a copy of the marriage record as they were destroyed in 1906. I also knew that the state of California did not begin recording vital records until after 1905.  I didn’t know what church they were married at and the thought of writing them all was not all that savory. Contacting the Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco I was fairly sure that Margaret…

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The Beauty of Newspaper Indexes in Resolving the San Francisco Records Gap

The Beauty of Newspaper Indexes in Resolving the San Francisco Records Gap

Genealogy Research Journal #4, Entry #5 With death date in hand, I was ready to search for my great great grandmother.  I still knew very little about her. I needed to figure out what sources would replace the death documents that were destroyed in 1906. Newspaper Indexes Help the San Francisco Records Gap By chance, I learned that the Call Monitor, an early San Francisco newspaper, was in the process of being indexed. I couldn’t find any mention of Margaret’s…

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