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The Research Journal · 3d 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...
The Research Journal · 3d ago

That’s Old News: Every House Shall Have a Microfiche Reader

When going through old newspapers I sometimes read the other articles on the page.  Yeah, I’m that easily distracted. I was looking at the obituaries in a Daily Review newspaper from 1971 wh...
The Research Journal · 6d ago

Net Neutrality Day: Fight for the Open Internet

Today websites across the internet are participating in Net Neutrality Day to send the FCC a message loud and clear:  Keep your hands off the internet. Net Neutrality is important for websit...
The Research Journal · 1W ago

It’s Amazon Prime Day!

In case you didn’t notice, Tuesday is a big deal on Amazon.com.  It’s Prime Day!  This means there will be deals galore on all sorts of merchandise. Earlier today, the 23andMe DNA testing ki...
The Research Journal · 1W ago

Surprise! My Great Grandparents are Cousins

That sound you heard? That was my DNA imploding. It was the moment I realized that my great grandparents who married in Hawaii were cousins. Distant cousins, but cousins none-the-less. I’m O...
The Research Journal · 1W ago

SNGF: Miguel do Monte Had 21 Children

Randy’s latest Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge over at GeneaMusings.com asks us to write about our ancestor who had the most children.  It’s funny because I’ve been working on the lin...
The Research Journal · 3W ago

We Shouldn’t Judge Our Ancestors By Today’s Standards: The Reality of Work Discipline in the Late 1800s

An interesting conversation broke out in the Portuguese Hawaiian group on Facebook over the role foremen and lunas played on plantations in Hawaii. Lunas and foremen were the ones who kept w...
The Research Journal · 1M ago

Five Fave Books GeneaMeme

Jill Ball over at the GeniAus Blog has posted a Five Faves Genealogy Book meme. Although it was difficult, I’ve narrowed my list down to these five books. 1. Footprints in the Soil:  A Portu...
The Research Journal · 1M ago

Book Review: Islands of Magic: Legends, Folk, and Fairy Tales of the Azores

Would you like to understand more about your Azorean  heritage? Do you have an interest in all things Portuguese? Or, are you a fan of folklore and fables? Then, you might be interested in a...
The Research Journal · 2M ago

Josefa de Mello wasn’t a Mello at all: Or, Why You Can’t Trust Portuguese Surnames

Curious thing about Portuguese surnames.   They are inconsistent at best and downright frustrating most of the time.  Surname research is out of the question because you can’t depend on any ...