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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… Continue reading Closing the Book on Jeanette (Jones) Walther

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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.… Continue reading Letting Time Pass

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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… Continue reading Calling on the Archdiocese

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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,… Continue reading The Beauty of Newspaper Indexes in Resolving the San Francisco Records Gap

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Tip Toe through the Cemetery

Genealogy Research Journal #5, Entry #4 I needed to know more about Thomas, Margaret, and their children.  I spent some time searching for obituaries for the Jones family.  I learned that Josephine married Joseph Pohley, Alice married William Bourne, and Gertrude married John Burke.  Most of the family was buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in… Continue reading Tip Toe through the Cemetery