Melody Lassalle
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Melody Lassalle

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My name is Melody. I've a California native and the youngest of 5. I'm now the mother of a quirky Jack Russell Terrier.

I've always been interested in history. It was my favorite subject in school and I often watched documentaries for the fun of it.

Growing up I knew some about my Dad's side, but very little about my Mom's side. By my late 20s, I yearned to know more about who my ancestors were and where they came from. In 1990, my Grandmother flippantly remarked that she wanted to record her history but my brother wasn't interested. I jumped up and down to let her know that I was willing to help her out.

Almost everything my Grandmother told me about her roots in the beginning was wrong. But, it didn't matter. She had sparked something within me. And, when she announced after 4-5 letters that she was done with her family history, I was hopelessly hooked.

It was interesting setting out to libraries, cemeteries, and so forth to do research. I had no clue what I was doing, but I was filled with determination and tenacity! I took an independent study course in genealogy through Texas Tech University, where I learned there was a method to this madness. Then, I made my first trip to a LDS Family History Center. Today, it's probably different, but back then I was the youngest person in the building by decades. There was no one under 60 doing research at my FHC. An elderly gent befriended me and he was always a friendly face at the microfilm printer.

That was the beginning of my journey. I've been at it for 24 years now. My tree started out in California, Hawaii, England, Ireland, Azores, and France. In the 24 years, it's branched out to Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Australia, Wales, and most of Europe since my Azorean lines hit nobility in the 1500s.

Genealogy isn't easy. It can be frustrating, challenging, and rewarding all in one. Because of this, I've tried to give back and help others along the way. In the 1990s, I was a chat moderator with the Portuguese Genealogy SIG for AOL's Golden Gate Genealogy Forum. Then, I volunteered as a chat moderator and webmaster at In 2001, I created the Portuguese Genealogy and Heritage website, In addition to the website, I run the blog, the Research Journal which covers all my areas of research. I'm also the moderator of the Portuguese Hawaiian Genealogy Group on Facebook. I hope to help others learn how to research their trees in Hawaii, the Azores, and beyond. It might be cool to find your tree laid out for you on the web, but it's even more exciting to do the research, discover your ancestor's name in a database, and be able to add a new leaf to your tree.


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Please check out the updated Ambassadors Project page and see what we’re doing to get more visibility for Bloggers.

If you would like to join in, please send me a private message with what teams you would like to be on, as well as the email you want to use for the google group. If you use a different email address for trusted list access on WikiTree, please note that as well.

I look forward to hearing back from you!

posted by Chris Ferraiolo
Hi Melody

Could you please add in Maria Pacheco's ( birthdate of 1890 into the birth date field?

This will make it easier for others to find the profile.

Thanks Mark

posted by Mark Dorney
Hi Melody

Could you please add in Antonio Pacheco's ( birthdate of 1888 into the birth date field?

This will make it easier for others to find the profile.

Thanks Mark

posted by Mark Dorney
Hi Melody,

I see that you just did the Pre-1700 Self-Certification. That's great! Is there a particular time period, location, or topic you're interested in? Maybe you have some historically-significant ancestors? Participation in a project is strongly encouraged for those wishing to edit Pre-1700 profiles. Why don't you stop by the Project List to see how you can participate?

Be sure to also check out our Volunteer Hub to see our projects that really need new members!

Let me know, and I can help you figure out if there's a project that might interest you.

Welcome aboard, we are glad to have you!

David-Volunteer Coordinator

posted by David Selman
I have Dolan relatives, would like to discuss with you.

Charlene Green

posted by Char Green
Hi Melody, I happened across your Wikitree search for Bridget Coyne Wall online (thanks for introducing me to Wikitree) I am doing my husband's genealogy and was surprised to see discussion of so many of his family members and details in your info. Your story re: the Patrick Dolan will makes so much sense... but I am confused. The only info I had re: Bridget Coyne Wall was her marriage record which listed her mother as Bridget and born in Roxbury, yet you have her mom as Margaret Dolan born in Milford. I can't find this info. All our other info matches. Can you help me resolve who her mom was and where she was born. So many thanks as I am new at this
posted by Chris (Murphy) Delano
Hi Melody, Thanks for editing the information for me. Lynn Mutch (Queen)
posted by Lynn (Queen) Mutch Mrs
I have been enjoying your blog; you are so gifted. It also looks like you have a variety of interesting people in your family . I am imagine you do have some research challenges !
posted by Maggie N.
Thank you for volunteering! I hope you enjoy our community and shared tree. We've got quite a few West Coasters here, so maybe you'll find someone awesome to collaborate with :)
posted by Erin Breen
I'm one of the rare West Coast genealogist researching primarily in Hawaii and California. My roots go back to the Azores, Portugal, France, Wales, England, Ireland, and Australia. A couple of my lines spread out to nobility. I'm my own cousin several times over.
posted by Melody Lassalle
Hi Melody,

Welcome to WikiTree! I hope you enjoy the shared tree and community here. If you need anything to get you started, check out the "Help" section or visit the G2G forums to get connected with other genealogists.


posted by Erin Breen

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