How to use the Family Tree

The best way to use the Family Tree is to start by searching a person. I suggest you search for yourself (you must be logged in). Use the search box located at the top and just enter your first name. Next click the following icon under "Options for this individual" . This will display the chart of your mother and father, grandparents, and great grandparents.

If any of this information is not listed you should enter this information in, this is another common use of the family tree.

How to add a new family member?

Let’s say you want to add a father or mother to an individual.

First, Search and click on the name of the person you want to add a parent.

Second, you click on the "Close Relatives" tab under that person’s profile.

Third, under "Family with Parents" click the  "Add a new father" or "mother." A new window will open.

Lastly, Enter the person’s Firstname/Given Names, and Lastname/Surname. You can also include whatever other information you might have like birthdate, but it’s not manditory.

Click the "Save" button at the bottom and you’re Done!

How to edit or add to someone’s information?

Another common use of the family tree is to change or add to someone’s information if someone is already listed in the family tree.

First, Search and click on the name of the person you want to change their information.

Second, under "Options for individual" click the "Edit" link, a new window will open.

Lastly, Change or Add to the  the person’s Personal Facts and Details, Marrage details, and additional family information.

Click the "Save" button at the bottom and you’re Done!

A World of Mallamace

The world of Mallamace’s just got smaller today. With all the social networking tools sites like Facebook and Twitter staying connected with family members and friends has strangers with the unique last name, Mallamace, a little closer. There are Mallamaces in all parts of the world, from Italy, United States, Australia, Agentina, and even China. What makes a Mallamace unique? Many things, but most notably is the origin of all Mallamace families. To show how unique the Mallamace name is, there are several known families with the last name (California/Bologia, New York/Georgia,  2 distinct families in Melborne/China, Reggio Calabria/Milian). It’s unclear if any of these families are closely related–since Mallamace is considered a “place name”, but one thing is clear, all Mallamaces owe their ultimate origins to the southern region of Italy in the province of Calabria.

Where did the name Mallamace come from? First, the Calabria region is known for being a Greek settlement as part of Magna Græcia (Latin meaning “Greater Greece”) . And second, in the Hills of the Aspromonte overlooking the ocean between Sicily and the southern most region of mainland Italy there is a church called the Santuario della Madonna di Mallamace. According to”, built on the ruins of a small 14th century church, it keeps inside a splendid statue of the Virgin in white marble placed on an altar of great artistic interest. The Sanctuary is now managed by a monastic community. translated it reads, “The Shrine of Our Lady of Mallamace.”

The name Mallamace also has some unique spellings, most notably “Mallemace” and “Mallamaci.”

One of the stories that has been told, but not confirmed, is that the Mallamaces decended from 3 sons of Greek royalty who were sent to Reggio Calabria during some war to hide them from the King’s enemies.

Mallamaces in Melbourne: There are 2 distinct and unrelated families (at least in recent generations). From one side of the first family, there are 2 brothers and their families. One of the brothers has had 2 kids, 1 Male and 1 Female (no longer a Mallamace). The other brother has had 5 kids all of whom have their own families now. All these Mallamaces still live in Melbourne. From the second side we do not know much about the other Mallamaces in Melbourne.

Mallamaces in California: Two brother’s traveled from Reggio Calabria to New York, one following the other one at a later date, leaving their sisters (one possibily deceased 1906 earthquake) . They both found their way to New York, like most new U.S. immigrants. Once the first brother, the same brother who initially came to America, moved to California the other brother followed. They both started families in California.  The brother who followed had 3 children. One child, male, started a family, they had one boy (that’s where the Mallamace line stops); another child, also male, had 2 boys & 1 girl. The last child was female (no longer a Mallamace).

According to a document called “Codex Astensis Qui De Malabayla Comuniter Nuncupatur” the name Mallamace dates back as far as 1095.  And is, “e stato il primo Costituente della Signoria di Asti e ci indica come consoli del borgo di Annone vicino a Asti prima come Consoli poi come Conti” translated “was the first Constituent Assembly of the Lordship of Asti, and shows us how to consuls of the village of Hanno near Asti first as consuls then as Conti” according to Daniele Mallamace.

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1) Owl City – Fireflies
2) Muse – Uprising
3) Kings Of Leon – Use Somebody
4) Green Day – 21 Guns
5) Mika – We Are Golden
6) Lady Gaga – Paparazzi
7) Rob Thomas – Someday
8) Morningwood – Best of Me
9) Ingrid Michaelson – Maybe
10) Kelly Clarkson – Already Gone
11) Colbie Caillat – Fallin’ For You
12) Foo Fighters – Wheels
13) Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson – Relator
14) Uncle Kracker – Smile
15) The Fray – Never Say Never
16) Landon Pigg – Falling In Love at A Coffee Shop
17) Mariah Carey – Obsessed
18) U2 – I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight (Live)
19) Jay Sean – Down
20) Pearl Jam – The Fixer


Day at the Dog Beach Santa Cruz

So Bryan waited until after the wedding to totally wreck himself. Okay… it wasn’t that bad, and I guess this video doesn’t have his wipe out, but it’s very very cool none-the-less. So, enjoy a bike ride with Bryan and friend Marshall. Michael & Gretchen’s wedding recap coming soon.


Buying a House Wisdom

Buying a house has taught me a few things… I totally agree with this article on one point, the loan comes first. If you purchase a house you’re buying a loan to eventually buy the house. You really don’t own anything except for risk, you own only what you’ve paid. Also, I know some people that are clueless about buying a house (I admit I was definitely once was this way) and in one of the most competitive housing markets (silicon valley) you can’t be novice. #1 Issue, you search for the house and ignore what you can really afford.. Just like this article said, the loan is the key. you don’t need to stay with it that person. That just gets you there. #2 Issue, As a buyer you need to be financially strong to compete in this market. In California we compete against cash offers all the time. Chances are you’re working with people with connections to buy the house you want. #3 Issue, And in my opinion, know WHY you’re buying a house. I recommend buy your house as an investment, not just as a place to live. Home ownership is on the decline, I was reading it’s like 65% nationally, 68% in silicon valley. More and more its becoming a business to own a home (an investment), not just a place to live. I believe it’s important to be in alignment of what you’re buying for, then I think everything else in this article is common sense. Because it’s so difficult, it requires a good Realtor, good Mortgage person and good buyer/seller.

The Wettest Dog Ever

Another adventure with Twinkie, this time we’re at the dog park in San Jose and she decides to dog through the water. Is Twinkie trying to find buried treasure? We don’t know, but we do know she get’s the title as the "Wettest Dog Ever."

DNA Genealogy

I found this CBS 60 Minutes report on genealogy. It’s a pretty good story about how two people came together through a DNA genealogy search. The production is a little refined for my taste, but I think there’s a good underlying story here. There’s a short commercial at the beginning.

Genealogy — researching family history — is one of the most popular hobbies in this country, right up there with gardening. A nation of immigrants, we almost all come from somewhere else we wish we knew more about, so searching for our roots holds tremendous appeal. And today there is an exciting new addition to the genealogists’ tool kit: genetic genealogy. Check out the full article


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