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!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!!!

I just want to wish all of my readers a very Happy Thanksgiving. I am so thankful for many things, my daughter, my husband, my dog, my friends and family and for you; my readers.

Keep checking back here, I plan some new post this weekend, including a few spotlight posts on a few female relatives. So stay tuned and check back often!!!

Have a very safe and Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

Tricia

Happy Veterans Day!!!!

I would like to thank all of those who are currently serving, retired and those who gave all to the military. It is because of your service whether in war time or peace time, that allows me and my family to sleep safe and sound in our country each and every night.

There is nothing I can say or do that can thank you enough but please know it is very much heartfelt.

Thank you.

Patricia
My Genealogy Obsession
Author and Owner

Don’t forget: One Week to Purchase Tickets for Meals, Tours, and Pre-Conference Events for the NGS 2013 Family History Conference

Here is another press release.  Get your orders in for all of the “extras” at  the NGS Family History Conference!

ARLINGTON, VA, 16 APRIL 2013: The NGS 2013 Family History Conference will be held 8–11 May 2013 at the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino (LVH), Las Vegas, Nevada. Register within the week to select any meals or pre-conference events or tours you plan to attend. Pre-registration ends on Monday, 22 April 2013, which includes meals and tours sales. On-site conference registration opens Tuesday, 7 May 2013, 12:00 p.m.−7:00 p.m. Meals and pre-conference tours and events must be purchased by 22 April 2013. They cannot be purchased on-site at the conference.
 
You don’t want to miss this year’s exciting conference program from 8–11 May at the LVH-Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. For conference information and to register, go to http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/conference_info.
 
Space is still available for most conference social activities including meal events and the Tuesday bus tours. The BCG Education Fund Workshop is sold out. To be placed on the wait list, e-mail NGS conference registrar, Courtney Holmes, at cholmes@ngsgenealogy.org.
Breakfasts, Luncheons, and the NGS Banquet
Participating organizations sponsor several breakfasts and luncheons during the conference, and the NGS Banquet is an event not to be missed! Make your reservation by the deadline, 22 April, at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/attendee_registration. Tickets for social events will not be sold on-site. Breakfasts are $28; luncheons are $32; and the banquet is $51. Menus are in the registration brochure at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/galleries/new-gallery/2013_Conference_Registration_Brochure_20_November.pdf.
 
 
Las Vegas Area Tours
There’s still time to sign up for three exciting Las Vegas area tours on Tuesday, 7 May. Tour tickets are available only until 22 April 2013.
 
Hoover Dam and Ethel M. Chocolates Tour: This six-hour tour allows participants to explore the rich history of the Hoover Dam, enjoy a buffet lunch, and tour a chocolate factory and botanical garden.
 
Museum Tour: Tour the 30-acre Clark County Museum and the National Atomic Testing Museum in this five-hour tour.
 
Night Tour: Experience the full brilliance of neon Las Vegas in a five-hour tour of the Las Vegas Strip and Downtown!
 
For more information, please see Las Vegas Area Tours at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/conferences_events/annual_conference/las_vegas_area_tours
 
Add Items to an Existing Registration
Meals and pre-conference events and tours cannot be purchased on-site. Ticket sales close 22 April 2013.
 
Pre-Conference Events and Tours: log on at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org, click on My Account, and then select Upcoming Events.
 
Meals: log on at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org, click on My Account, select My Events, and then click to Add SessionsFounded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, and the preservation of genealogical records.  The Arlington, VA-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.  Please visit the NGS Pressroom for further information.

Research trip to Washington, D.C.

One of the nice things about being an Official Blogger of the NGS Family History Conference is that I am starting to get their press releases. I got one the other day that I thought would be of interest to my readers.

NGS will be presenting a hands-on research trip to Washington, D.C. From November 3 – 9th. Only a limited number of genealogist will be able to get a spot on this trip, 26 to be exact. Their guides will be Craig Roberts Scott, CG(sm) and Patricia Walls Stamm, CG (sm). The cost of the trip includes:

1. Six days of research at noteworthy facilities within Washington, D.C.
2. Online training and preparation for the trip.
3. Orientation and a dessert get together.
4. Research consultations.
5. Friday evening group meal.
6. Six nights at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn which also includes daily continental breakfast, free Internet in rooms, and parking.
7. Fees and taxes included.

Besides the guides that are mentioned earlier, they will be joined by Shirley Langdon Wilcox, CG (sm), FNGS and Patricia O’Brien Shawker, CG (sm). All are seasoned experts in conducting research in Washington, D.C.

This really sounds like fun and if I wasn’t already registered for the NGS Family History Conference, I would really look into this trip.

NGS Family History Conference – Early Bird Registration to Close Soon!

Hurry and register for the 2013 NGS Family History Conference to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 08-11, 2013.  You have ten more days left to register with the early bird registration fee.

The early bird registration is $195 but will only be good until March 19, 2013.  After March 20th, it goes up to $230.  This registration includes all four days of the conference and the Syllabus on a flash drive.  You can order the print version of the Syllabus for $25 more.  To register or to find out more about the 2013 NGS Family History Conference, click here.

I’m registered, are you?  Comment and let me know if your going or not.  Maybe we can meet up?

Have a fantabulous day!

Tricia

Vegas! Here I come!!!

Used with permission.

Used with permission.

Is anyone else attending the NGS Annual Conference that is scheduled to be held on May 8 – 11, 2013 in Las Vegas, NV?  Well I am and I am extremely excited about this trip!

This morning, I received some great, wonderfully, AWESOME news!  I was selected as an official blogger for this year’s NGS Annual Conference.  This is my first time as an official blogger for a conference.  I was so excited to receive the news that I immediately text my husband and daughter!  (Well I really wanted to jump up and down and scream but I think the higher-ups would have frowned upon that type of behavior in my office!  :-D)  This means that I will be bringing to you, my readers, updates and any interesting news involving the conference as I get a hold of them.  I will also be tweeting, blogging, and posting on my facebook, my google+ page, and on my LinkedIn account; all of the fun stuff and interesting tidbits that I will find out during the conference. 

After the rough last two months including the death in our family, my husband really needed a vacation away from home.  We discussed attending NGS’ Annual Conference and decided to add on a few extra days before the conference so that we can have some alone time together.  I know that my husband really needs this time away and that he is really looking forward to his golf time while I am in my classes at the conference. ;-)

So stay tuned and see what new things come next for the 2013 NGS Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada!

See you in Vegas!

Tricia

News Bits – About.com’s Genealogy Readers’ Choice Awards 2013

Hi everyone! I just wanted to post a quick news bits item.  About.com has their Genealogy Readers’ Choice Awards 2013 available for you to vote on.  I just finished my voting for today and am excited to see what the final results are!

Voting is open now until midnight (EST) on March 19, 2012 according to their website.  We can vote once per day in each category and there are 11 categories.  It’s not the easiest to navigate so let me give you this tip, when after you vote and you get to the results page, scroll or look down a few lines and you will see a link to “All Genealogy Awards”.  Click on it and it will take you back to the main page with the list of all of the categories. 

I voted in all categories but two and that was due to the fact that I didn’t use the services listed so I couldn’t consciously vote in those catagories.  Did you vote???  What did you think of it?  Let me know.  I love reading comments!

Have a great day!!!