Category Archives: The Fosters’

The Fosters’ are my maternal ancestors. .

Relative Visiting

Vacations in our family were never to exotic places. We always did get away from San Francisco in the summer, but we went to visit relatives. My Aunt Rose and Uncle Norvell in Sonoma County. My Uncle George and Aunt … Continue reading

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1921-1928

When Ernestina moved back to Bolinas from Gustine she returned to the rented house in Paradise Valley, up the hill from the cemetery, in 1921-1922.  Tony, Rose, Polly and George came with her and continued their schooling in Marin County. … Continue reading

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Nana and Mr. Quadros

Nana lived a life that in retrospect some would call difficult, but I never heard her complain or whine about what life had given her. She started out with nothing and worked hard to become self-sufficient with many setbacks along the way. Widowed … Continue reading

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Ernestina and her brother Manuel

Manuel Borba was one of Ernestina’s older brothers. On a visit to the Azores, he told his family that if she immigrated to the United States there were opportunities for her to have a better future. Their brother Anton, and … Continue reading

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A little history of why the Portuguese immigrated.

Nine hundred miles west of mainland Portugal and three hundred miles northwest of the continent of Africa, there are nine islands that form the archipelago of the Azores.  (add who settled and from where) In the 1800’s whaling routes connected these islands with America. … Continue reading

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Ernestina Candace de Borba

Ernestina died the day after her eightieth birthday, after being bedridden for two and a half years in her home, as the result of a stroke that incapacitated her. Her two daughters and a night nurse cared for her until her … Continue reading

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My Ancestors

I am starting this blog about my ancestors, those who have gone before me. The reason is so my decedents get the stories straight.  When I mention certain stories to my children they are interested, but inevitably when repeating to others they … Continue reading

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