Category Archives: Ancestry & Genealogy

Four Sparrows, Chapter 2, Scenes 2+3

Felipe tipped him off about ships sailing east, allowing him to rendezvous with a ship that still had space. Would they take him with so little money? He could barely afford steerage with what he had, in addition to the … Continue reading

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Four Sparrows, book launch!

It’s been a long time since my last blog post. Since 2013 many things have happened. The most impactful was the sharp decline and death of my mother in August 2014 due to Alzheimer’s. This past weekend we finally buried her … Continue reading

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Art Show and Identity

Artist Ramekon O’Arwisters revealed a series of simple yet powerful pieces during the April 2013 Open Studios. This is an opportunity for artists to display their work, whether the medium is paint, craft, sculpture, or other visual, aural, tactile experience. The art … Continue reading

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More Genealogy Tips and Tricks

Here are some more genealogy tips and tricks for your family history research. Click Ancestry & Genealogy on the right under Categories for similar posts. Formatting a Tree: Once you get further back in your family research it feels satisfying … Continue reading

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Filipinos in the California Gold Rush

Part of the inspiration for my first book, with a Filipino protagonist, was discovering Filipinos in the California Gold Rush. You can see in the picture here that there were multiple, not many, but still a presence. This census page … Continue reading

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Genealogy Tips and Tricks

To supplement the Genealogy Starter Kit, here are some genealogy tips and tricks I’ve learned. These have helped me when I find myself going down the wrong path or when one branch of the family seems at first to have … Continue reading

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Genealogy Starter Kit

Need a New Year’s resolution? Why not research your family tree? Here’s your genealogy starter kit. You may find there were questions you didn’t even know you had. It can explain why you grew up where you did or why … Continue reading

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Native Americans – Ancestral Records, Congress, and Sainthood

I’ve noticed Native Americans in the news lately.  Here’s a summary of three recent stories. The truth about Ohlone history was featured in an article last month in Catholic San Francisco. There are few descendants remaining of Bay Area Native Americans … Continue reading

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Poem: Letter from My Ancestors

  I read the following poem in The Best American Poetry 2006. It reminded me a lot of my own family. You can learn more about the poet, Krista Lukas née Benjamin, on her website:  http://kristalukas.com/Home.html     Letter from My Ancestors … Continue reading

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Welcome to my blog!

The root of this blog on identity is my home, my family, my history. Genealogy is a popular pastime now, and not just for retirees. Twenty years ago I was hard-pressed to find someone at the California Genealogical Library who … Continue reading

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