Category Archives: Genealogy Research

Registration is open for NGS’ 2015 Family History Conference!

I received the following press release from the media relations department at NGS.  I can’t wait to registers for this.  Are you going?  Read on and let me know what your most looking forward to at the NGS 2015 Family History Conference, St. Charles, Missouri.

NGS 2015 Annual Conference,

Registration Open for the National Genealogical Society’s

2015 Family History Conference
St. Charles, Missouri, 13–16 May 2015

Crossroads of America

 

Arlington, VA, 1 DECEMBER 2014: Registration is now open for the National Genealogical Society’s thirty-seventh annual family history conference, Crossroads of America, which will be held 13–16 May 2015 at the St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, Missouri. Conference highlights include a choice of more than 150 lectures, given by nationally known speakers and subject matter experts on a broad array of topics. The conference will open with The Tales of Pioneer Paths: Rivers, Roads & Rails given by J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA, a full-time professional researcher and educator, and former APG president.

Continuing NGS’ goal of providing quality educational opportunities to its participants, the conference will feature a variety of lectures for all skill levels from beginner to advanced.  Lecture topics covered at the conference will include: researching in many Midwestern states; national and regional migration paths; land, military, immigration, and naturalization records; ethnic and religious groups including African American, German, Irish, Jewish, Native American, Polish, and Scots-Irish; methodology, analysis, and problem solving; and the use of technology including genetics, mobile devices, and websites useful in genealogical research. The Board for Certification of Genealogists’ Skillbuilding track will again be an integral part of the conference and presented over the four days of the event.

Registration is currently open.  To register online, visit the NGS website at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/event-registration/ and complete the registration form.

The online searchable program is available at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/agenda/ and the PDF brochure is available at http://goo.gl/x92kAg. The brochure includes an overview of the sessions, tours, pre-conference events, registration times, and rates, as well as general conference and hotel details. Attendees are urged to visit the conference blog, which will feature tips on local and regional research facilities as well as things to do in and around St. Charles and updated information on hotel availability and local restaurants.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia-based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, research guidance, and opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

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Carrying on family traits…

Last month, my sisters and I went to NAMM Show 2014.  NAMM stands for the National Association of Merchant Musicians.  It is a trade show for the music industry.  One of my sisters works for Yamaha, musical instrument division, and she gets us tickets to the NAMM Show every year.  My sisters and I love that we get to spend this time together and we all are aware of the musical traits that run in our family.

Growing up, we all new that we had musicians in our family.  My uncle Benny on my mom’s side of the family always brought his guitar to the family functions and it was always a certainty that when they started drinking and smoking around the table, he would bring it out and my uncle, along with my mom and other aunts and uncles would start singing their favorite Spanish songs.

It always warms my heart, as I walk around the trade show floor at the NAMM Show, looking at instruments knowing that in my blood runs the musical traits of my ancestors.  Here is the list of musically inclined family members that I know of.

  • Benny Sanchez – Musician/Singer – My Uncle
  • Vincent Diaz – Musician/Guitarist – My cousin.  Vince has been playing guitar since we were teenagers.  I know that in the past, he has built custom guitars too.
  • Luna Cousins – Musicians & Singers – My Luna cousins who formed a band and played at several of our family reunions.
  • My Grandfather, My Grand-Uncle, and My Great-Grandfather – Musicians/Singers – They would travel from Mexico to the local clubs and bars in the boarder states to perform.  My grandfather played the flute, my grand-uncle played violin and my great-grandfather played the harp.
  • Darlene Luna – Musician/Singer – One of my cousins from the above mentioned group of cousins who went solo.  She currently performs with a band.  You can find her Facebook profile here.
  • Joey Luna – Musician/Singer – Another cousin  from the above mentioned group of cousins that went solo.  He plays the trumpet, saxophone and flute.  He even has the flute that my grandfather played.  You can see his professional Facebook profile here.
  • Composer – A great-uncle on my mom’s side who composed music for the Teatro Lyrical in Mexico City in 1600. (According to my mom’s genealogy research.  She researched her side of the family while I did my dad’s.)
  • Patricia Stanard (Me) – Singer/Guitarist wannabe – I started singing in my 6th grade choir and haven’t stopped since.  I currently volunteer with a choral group at work and in the past we have put on two shows a year (a spring show and one for Christmas) for our fellow employees.  Due to budget constraints however, the past few years we have only put on a Christmas show.  My fellow employees and I volunteer our time for rehearsal and for the actual show time.  When we are putting on a spring show, we have stayed after work and come in on Saturdays for rehearsals.  Every now and then, I will pick up my guitar and practice it.

I am sure that there are even more family members who are musically inclined that I don’t know about.  It is amazing to me that so many musically inclined individuals are in my family tree!

Are there any musically inclined ancestors in your tree?  Comment and let me know!

2012 Coming to an End

As 2012 comes to an end, it is natural to think about the new upcoming year and what to do to make it better.  I don’t want to call it my resolution, but instead, my action plan.

So here is my action plan for next year.

  1. The Luna line – I had tried to get this line as complete as I could so that I could use it as my entry for the National Genealogical Society Family History Contest.  However, I was not able to complete that for this year.  My action plan will include 1) writing to the Mexican government to get birth, death and marriage records for several members of the Luna family.  Also on my action plan is to 2) Interview my Aunt Jessie who last March turned 100 years old.  This needs to be done first and I will need to talk to my cousins (her daughters) to set it up.
  2. The Sanchez line – Well this research was pretty much completed by my mother.  I plan on 1) getting her permission to post some of the family research that she did.  I don’t know much about her research and the stories she has, but I am looking forward to learning more about it.  I also want to 2) create profiles on this family as well and post them here.
  3. The Stanard line – This family line has come to a complete stop.  Well that is, I haven’t been able to progress any further with it.  There is a rumor around the family that there is an old family bible that has dates for other family members and I have been told it would further the tree.  So, my action plan for this family is to 1) Continue to look for that Bible and have my husband look for it too when he is visiting his mom’s house.  I also need to 2) gather my notes on busting through brickwalls and apply those techniques to the walls I have now.
  4. This blog – I do have an action plan for this blog as well.  Now that I am not rush to finish the NGS Family History Writing contest, I will be 1) posting more profiles from the Luna family line.  I also will be 2) posting more about the Stanard line as well.  I also want to 3) update the editorial calendar to make sure it accurately show my posting schedule. 

I don’t like resolutions because they are easy to break.  This is why I use my action plan.  I like the way it sounds, like its do-able.  So, what are your plans for the new year?  Any changes you want to make?  Post a comment and let me know.

Lastly, I would like to wish everyone of my readers a safe, prosperous, and a very Happy New Year!!

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Municipal Divisions of Zacatecas, Mexico

Well with me just posting my Research Guide for Zacatecas, Mexico; how can I not post the map that shows the municipal divisions within Zacatecas, Mexico.  This map along with my research guide would be helpful to any genealogist who is doing research in Zacatecas, Mexico.

Municipal Divisions of Zacatecas, Mexico

Zacatecas, Mexico – Research Guide

As part of an assigment I had from ProGen15, I had to create a Genealogy Research Guide.  In working on this assignment, I decided to create one for the State of Zacatecas, Mexico which is where my paternal grandparents are from.  I recieved a lot of constructive feedback on this assignment and have incorporated as much as I possible could.  So without further ado, here is my Genealogy Research Guide for Zacatecas, Mexico.  Make sure you have Adobe Acrobat reader to view it.

Genealogy Research Guide for Zacatecas, Mexico