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I have started researching my family tree, and here is are links to resources, my thoughts, and hopefully my finds!

I've started documenting what I have found about the Lawrence Family here: Names - Lawrence, Lourenço, Lourenco, Cordeiro

Olavo Nunes Lawrence Jr. (1979-2010)

posted Sep 28, 2010, 1:34 PM by Bobby L. Meneses

Olavo "O.J." Lawrence Jr., 31, a Cow Feeder for the DeJong Dairy passed away on September 23, 2010. He was born on August 25, 1979 in Visalia. He is survived by his father Olavo Lawrence Sr. of Porterville, his mother Edith Lawrence of Tulare, Sister Michelle Lawrence Myers and husband Tony of Tulare, Sister Lorie Lawrence and fiancé Justin Brooks of Tulare, brother Michael Blair and sister Shelby Blair of Tulare, Girlfriend Elizabeth Espinola of Porterville and many aunts, uncles and cousins. "O.J." had a great love for life, work, family and friends. His contagious laugh will forever be remembered by all who knew him. Preceded in death by his grandfathers Vitorino Lawrence, Geraldo Anacleto, his grandmother Isabel Anacleto and Cousin Victor Lawrence Jr. Visitation will be Thursday, September 30, 2010 from 4 to 8 pm at Miller's Tulare Funeral Home, 151 North H Street, Tulare, CA. Recitation of the Rosary and Mass of the Resurrection will be on Friday, October 1, 2010 at 10:30 am at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 125 E. Pleasant Ave., Tulare, CA. Interment will be at the Tulare District Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Miller's Tulare Funeral Home. 

The last of a Generation Lawrence's

posted Jun 22, 2010, 10:42 AM by Bobby L. Meneses

Vitorino Lawrence  (Avô)

Vitorino Lawrence, 88 yrs. old passed away on Saturday, June 19, 2010. He was born on May 4, 1922 in São Jorge, Ribeira Seca, Azores to John and Angelina Lourenco. He immigrated to the US in 1964 in search of a better life for his family. He was a retired Dairyworker, who enjoyed family time especially with his grandchildren and great grandchildren He survived by his wife of 67 years of marriage Laudelina N. Lawrence of Tulare, three sons Victor Lawrence and wife Mary of Tulare, Manuel Lawrence and wife Alda of Hanford, Olavo Lawrence of Porterville, one daughter Orlanda Meneses and husband Robert of Tulare. 12 Grandchildren, 3 Great Grandchildren. He's preceded in death by one grandson Victor Jr. Lawrence, and three brothers Jose Lawrence, Antonio Lourenco, João Lourenco Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Miller's Tulare Funeral Home, 151 North "H" Street, Tulare, CA. Recitation of the Rosary and Mass of the Resurrection will be held on June 24, 2010, 10:30 a.m. at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 125 E. Pleasant Ave., Tulare, CA ., with burial at Tulare District Cemetery, 900 East Kern Avenue, Tulare, CA. Remembrance may be made to Childrens Hospital of Central California, 9300 Valley Childrens Place, Madera, CA. 93638-8763. Or donor's favorite Charity. Arrangements are made by Miller's Tulare Funeral Home.

The Bob Santos Home Page

posted Jun 7, 2010, 1:36 PM by Bobby L. Meneses

A resource sent to me by Lissa McKee, who we meet over the weekend in Sausalito at the Historical Society.

Bob has put together lots of data on the Portuguese of California.

Confirmed the Joseph Lawrence his Wife Mabel Wilson, are my great great Uncle and Aunt.

posted Feb 14, 2010, 1:01 AM by Bobby L. Meneses

So their were three Lawrence (Cordeiro) brothers Antonio, Joseph, and John that came to Sausalito around the 1870s from St. Jorge Island.  I will be posting some new Primary source info to the "Lawrence Library" very soon.  I'm very excited to have been in contact with some of Joseph's descendants and to now finally have confirmation they are in fact distant cousins.

San Francisco Public Library

posted Aug 27, 2009, 6:32 PM by Bobby L. Meneses

Index of San Francisco Newspapers on Microform

Resource: County of Marin, Recorders Office

posted Aug 17, 2009, 5:10 PM by Bobby L. Meneses

for birth , marriage, and death records (from 1857).

3501 Civic Center Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903


posted Aug 17, 2009, 5:05 PM by Bobby L. Meneses

VitalChek has provided Americans with official government certificates of birth, death, marriage and divorce. We do this as an official service provider for over 400 government agencies throughout the United States and US Territories safely delivering millions of important documents every year.

Apparently you can order Marin county documents through this service.  I ordered a few (2 Death Certificate, and 1 Birth Certificate) to see how well it works.

Resource: Anne T. Kent California History Room

posted Aug 14, 2009, 3:45 PM by Bobby L. Meneses

The Anne T. Kent California History Room is an archive dedicated to collecting and preserving information on local, regional, and state history with a strong emphasis on the history and culture of Marin County. Resources include books, maps, photographs, oral histories, biography files, early Marin County voter registers, clippings and ephemera. In the early 1930s, County Librarian, Virginia Keating, started what was to become the California Room with a small collection of books kept in a locked case in the basement of the old Marin County Courthouse in San Rafael, the first home of the Marin County Free Library. Because so little had been written on Marin County history, Mrs. Keating also began collecting ephemera, photographs and other primary sources. The California Room is named after Anne T. Kent, who, in the 1920s, was instrumental in establishing the Marin County Free Library System and in 1974, with Carla Ehat, pioneered the California Room oral history program. Since 1962, the collection has been housed in the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Marin County Civic Center. Thanks to the hard work and generous donations of generations of Marin County citizens, our archive has grown substantially. If you have material which you think would be of interest to our collection, please contact California Room Librarian, Laurie Thompson, at (415) 499-3661. Reference queries may be made via telephone, at (415) 499-7419. The California Room Digital Archivist, Carol Uhrmacher, can be reached at

Clue: Naturalization of John Lawrence

posted Aug 14, 2009, 1:50 PM by Bobby L. Meneses   [ updated Aug 14, 2009, 2:07 PM ]

Name: LAWRENCE, John
Nationality: Portugal
Date of Admission: July 23, 1888
Marin County
Superior Court
Bk. 1, p. 263


Marin County Genealogical Society
URL: page 34

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