Sunday, April 27, 2014

Who is this adorable girl named Cuba?

It's funny how we are drawn to certain people. I have many pictures of people I don't know anything about and yet Cuba has called out to me. I'm sure her name has a lot to do with my curiosity as I think its sounds exotic and it isn't a common name.

I have a few pictures of Cuba. On the front of the photo above in my dads handwriting is: Friend of Dads  Cuba.

I also have this picture of Cuba and my grandfather (Francis Harold Saunders). On the back of the photo is written: Cuba & Doc. This was also written in my dads handwriting.

My thinking went something like this. This is a friend of my grandfathers and they know each other well enough for a picture to be taken of them then they were small. My grandfather was born on Roberts Island so she must be from this area. I hunted around the census records checking out neighbors in the area with no results.

So move forward in time and I'm looking up relatives in Vallecito and what do I find but the following.
1910 Census: Cuba M Saunders
1900 Census: Mildred C Saunders
Cuba was my Grandfathers 1st Cousin. They shared the same Grandfather Moses Saunders.  She was born and raised in Vallecito. I did a little more digging and was able to connect with Cuba's grandsons wife. She confirmed Cuba and Mildred are one and the same. Cuba is a nickname. She will always be Cuba to me!  
There are several pictures of Cuba/Mildred in the book Vallecito History mentioned a few posts back.

No better lesson learned then by first hand experience. Never assume anything when doing research. Always rely on a consensus of information to lead you in the right direction. 

Thanks for sharing your time with me!


  1. Susan, she is adorable! So glad you were able to figure out the connection!

  2. Cuba is so cute! Congrats on finding out how she is connected to your family!

  3. The name would have caught my attention also. I just love unusual names and know that there just has to be a story behind it. Good job on digger deeper to learn more about your family!

  4. Susan,

    I want to let you know that your blog post is listed in today's Fab Finds post at

    Have a fantastic weekend!

  5. Great detective work Susan. Unusual names do help when tracking ancestors don't day. It's luck she used it on the census!

  6. Thanks to everyone for all the support!