So, in 2003 I began the search in earnest. I invested my hard earned cash in ancestry.com and genealogy.com subscriptions. This was before they were merged – at that time neither had all the census data digitized so I used both. My initial focus was on my father’s grandmother on his father’s side. My grandfather’s full name was Mervyn Raphael Marks (middle name pronounced “ray-full”). According to my Uncle Merv (his son) the middle name was actually his mother’s maiden name. So now I was armed with at least my great grandmother’s last name. My grandfather had a sister named Carol. And I knew that she had married a man named Repp. This I knew because Carol’s son was Stafford Repp.
After much searching, I found the Repp family in the 1930 Federal Census. They were living in
From this find – I rapidly began to fill out that side of the family. I found Mollie and her sisters and her parents in the 1870, 1880, and 1900 censuses, so now I had found my first great great grandparents – Marks Raphael and Pauline Saloman. Through the San Francisco Call Index I found lots of other dates and information. Through the Yuba County, California Genealogy website I found where Marks and Pauline were married in 1863, along with the burial information for two of their infant children. I was now on a roll!
I rapidly filled out approximately 60% of the Raphael information that I now have back in 2004, through this variety of databases. On a vacation to
So now I had an excellent start to the Raphael line. On to other branches!