My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

Please check out the labels on the right side for articles. The header tabs at the top are a work in progress.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Alameda, California -- My Old Neighborhood

Encinal Avenue is where my mother and I walked to, to see a movie and get Chinese take-out shop. The earliest movie I remember seeing was, "The Red Shoes."

San Francisco Bay, just down the street from my house on Pearl Street. I believe a lot of this beach area was built up, and that is why you see streets and houses to the right of where I lived. Clearly from this photo, you can see San Francisco.

All photos taken by my mother. Alameda was where I lived for 10 years, it is next to Oakland and across the bay from San Francisco. She wrote on the back of the car photo, "first car - 1940 Chevy."

A website for Alameda states, "In August 2010, Travel and Leisure magazine announced what visitors already know: Alameda is one of the top ten American "Coolest Suburbs Worth a Visit."

Other tidbits of information located from wikipedia:

Even though the island is just minutes off Interstate 880, the speed limit for the city is 25 mph (40 km/h) on almost every road.

Alameda is known for its large stock of Victorian houses; 9% of all single-family houses (1500) in Alameda are Victorians, and many more have been divided into two to four-unit dwellings. It is said that Alameda has more pre-1906 earthquake era homes than any other city in the Bay Area.

2 beds, 1 bath, 1160 sq. ft. house located at 1230 Pearl StAlameda, CA 94501 sold for $632000 on Apr 4, 2007.