Saturday, Jun. 15, 2019


Sketch of Angellotti's San Rafael Hotel

Guiseppi Angellotti was a true pioneer of San Rafael. He came to San Rafael in 1850 and saw the San Rafael Mission before it was torn down. At that time, California had just become a state and San Rafael was named the Marin County seat of...

Rudolph Betolli's patented design for a whimsical "bunny rabbit" baby bottle, 1927

Rudolph William Bettoli was born in San Francisco on December 16, 1889, the son of immigrants Stephen Bettoli and Frances Plistil. Stephen Bettoli was born in Switzerland on April 3, 1865 and arrived in New York at age 17 on December 27, 1883,...

Looking down D Street, San Rafael, from Wolf Grade, circa 1875

William Slater Hughes, born in 1814, was a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He left home as a young man, first travelling to Hagerstown, Maryland, then to New Orleans and later to Texas.  He was in Texas when the Mexican War broke out...

DuBois Family Coat of Arms

On a recent trip to the Anne T. Kent California Room, I had the opportunity to study Elisha DuBois’ 19th-Century business ledgers where I gleaned some new information on the history and genealogy of the DuBois family.

 Elisha DuBois...

Mt. Tamalpais Military Academy, Mounted Artillery, San Rafael, c.1902

Stephen Shakespeare died in San Rafael on Saturday morning, March 22nd, 1902, of pneumonia at age 67. A military service was held for him at the First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael on Monday afternoon after which his casket was taken to the...

Mill Valley grocery store belonging to Louis Gerhardt & a partner. Louis is in the wagon. The building is located on Throckmorton Avenue. The store was later owned by the Canepa family.

I was recently contacted by a South Dakota lady to help prove that Eleanor Gerhardt and Eleanor Tompkins were one and the same. They were. The journey to prove it was fun.

First I had to find a marriage record for Eleanor Galleher to Louis E....

Robert James Kehoe

On July 12th, 2012, I found a query on’s Marin County message board which read in part “Hi there, I am Andy Swinnen from the Netherlands. My boys and I we adopted 5 graves of soldiers who died in ww2. We take care of their...

Dante Muscio, winner of "Great Moustache Tourney", 1925

In February of this year Michael Domer opened a restaurant in Novato and named it Muscio’s in honor of his grandfather who settled in West Marin in the late 1800s.

This reminded me of a newspaper article I had once seen in the Point Reyes...


We hear about the rich and famous folks all the time in our everyday lives and this makes it easy for future genealogists to learn something about their families, but what about the “little” guy, the one who quietly worked and lived a...