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The Research Journal · 4d ago

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 n...
The Research Journal · 3W ago

I Didn’t Plan to Research the Whole Village of Maia

I didn’t plan on researching the whole village. No, really. I didn’t. I started out following the trail of my great grandmother, Maria (de Braga) Pacheco Smith, in Maia  like a good genealog...
The Research Journal · 3W ago

My Laptop Wi-Fi Adapter Needed Replacing

The internet gods have been conspiring against me. My internet connection was like a magic trick. Now you see it, now you don’t. The wave of storms that battered the West Coast this winter p...
The Research Journal · 3M ago

There is More to Cemetery Research Than Tombstones

Most people know that tombstone contain information about their ancestors.  But, did you know that tombstones aren’t the only records available at the cemetery?  The cemetery office can be a...
The Research Journal · 3M ago

SNGF: The Presidents in Our Lifetime

Randy has a brand new challenge up for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun.  Who has been president in my life, my parents lives, and my grandparents lives. One question always leads to another.  I...
The Research Journal · 3M ago

Ten Most Popular Genealogy Posts for 2016

There was a lot of activity on the Genealogy Research Journal blog in 2016.  For the first time, one of my posts went viral…okay, semi-viral.  But, I’ll take whatever I can get! It was the f...
The Research Journal · 4M ago

Seagate External Hard Drive Saved My Genealogy

It happened.  I was working on my computer when the screen froze.  Ctrl-Alt-Del didn’t work.  I shut my computer off, then turned it back on.  I got the blue screen of doom. I researched the...
The Research Journal · 5M ago

Why Did The S.S. Hansa Carrying Azorean Sugar Contract Laborers Heading for Hawaii Run into Problems in Portugal?

I thought I understood the migration trail the Azorean sugar plantation contract workers took to Hawaii: Azores to South America to San Francisco to Hawaii. After reading an old newspaper ar...
The Research Journal · 5M ago

Oh, How You Wrong Me, Windows 10 Updates!

For regular visitors to this blog, you’ve probably noticed my posting and commenting has been spotty at best since September.  Part of the reason is I’m rebuilding the Portuguese Hawaiian we...
The Research Journal · 7M ago

SNGF: It Began With a Simple Conversation with My Grandma

This week for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun Randy asks how we began researching our family tree.  I can still remember the moment when I started this journey. We were visiting my grandma at t...