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The Research Journal · 5h ago

A Small Box of Old Film Negatives: Once Lost, Now Found

Years ago, I found two old rolls of uncut black and white film negatives in one of my dad’s old shoe boxes. The negatives were rolled around a thin sheet of paper in the Kodak box they came ...
The Research Journal · 2W ago

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 s...
The Research Journal · 3W ago

Portuguese Genealogical & Historical Society of Hawaii has a Website!

I don’t know how this got passed me.  I was web surfing the other day and found that the Portuguese Genealogical & Historical Society of Hawaii now has a website.  You can visit them at:  PG...
The Research Journal · 3W ago

How I Did It: Translating Foreign Language Documents When All I Know is English

You may be surprised to learn that I can read foreign language genealogy records…in five languages, no less, despite the fact that I don’t know any foreign languages.  How was I supposed to ...
The Research Journal · 1M ago

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 na...
The Research Journal · 1M ago

100 Word Challenge: My Most Interesting Ancestor

Tonight’s Saturday Night Genealogy Challenge from Randy’s GeneaMusings.com blog is based on a school children challenge called the 100 Word Challenge.  You start with the prompt “The Most In...
The Research Journal · 1M ago

Oh, the Places They were Born: Ancestral Places Geneameme

Alona Tester at the LoneTest HQ website has created this wonderful genealogy meme.  Try to fill in as many places where your ancestors were from in an alphabetical list. I confess that I mig...
The Research Journal · 1M ago

How to Find DNA Cousins on GEDMatch with GEDCOM Search

Did you know that many cousins don’t share enough measurable DNA to get caught in DNA application filters? By using the GEDCOM search at GEDMatch.com you can find people who have your relati...
The Research Journal · 1M ago

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 relative...
The Research Journal · 2M ago

Frederick Joseph Meincke: From First Family Graduate to the California State Assembly

Do you know who the first graduate in your family tree is?  I got to thinking about this.  I know that my mom was the first person in my direct line to graduate from high school.  Who was th...