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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This image used with permission. Original image by http://dryicons.com

 

My Aspirations – November 2012

Sorry I have been MIA for the past few months.  It was due to my participation in ProGen15 study group. The assignments for these past two months have been really tough and required determiniation and focus to complete them.  I will be going into detail about this program and the required assignments in a post scheduled for sometime this weekend.  Now that I am more free to post more regularly, I will continue with the topics scheduled in my editorial calendar. 

Today I will start with my monthly aspirations.  Here I will be listing my goals to complete this month.  On every Saturday, I will be posting my Saturday Updates and let you know how my goals are coming along.  Now, without further ado…

My Aspirations for the month of November is as follows:

  1. Writing – My plan is to keep up with my editorial calendar and post more frequently.  I also have a few other posts about my journey to solidifying my family’s history as well but they are not currently ready for posting.
  2. Research – I have brought my dad’s family research a lot farther along than I had previously thought.  I was thrilled to realize that accomplishment.  I will also be writing to the folks in a local pairish in Zacatecas, Mexico so that I can get the vital documents for several people on my dad’s side of the family. 
  3. Learning –  Well I don’t think I could take on any more formal learning opportunities until I am done with ProGen15.  If I did, I feel that I would be streching myself thin.  However, I can plan for the future and I think after ProGen15, I will start with the NGS Home Study course (graded).  It isn’t cheap but they do have a scholarship that I could apply for.  It wouldn’t hurt to try, right? 
  4. Organizing – For an uber organized, type A personality (yes I have my DVD movie collection alphabetized by title), multi-tasking mom, I am not currently organized with my filing system for my genealogy research.  I need to tame that monster.  (Oh and yes, I am usually that uber organized, type A, multi-tasking mom. At 3 1/2 weeks to go, I gave my daughter her Monthly, Week before, Day Before, and Day Of to do List for our vacation at the end of the month.  Yes, she did roll her eyes at me too!)   

So for this month, this is my aspiration to complete these goals!  So what do you have on your list?  Comment love is always appreciated!!!  :-)  Have a fabulous day!

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

Monthly Aspirations – March 2012

Well this month starts another chapter in getting the information for my submission for the NGS Family History Writing Contest.

This month is my interviewing month.  This is the month that I planned on interviewing several family members.  The first on my list, is my Aunt.  She will be 100 years young in April and I am anxious to interview her.  Although she does speak English, I will have my dad, her younger brother, there at the interview.  I know that she is more comfortable not only having my dad around, but also speaking Spanish.  I am hoping that she reveals a lot of stories of her immigration to this country and of my grandparents when the family was first starting out.

The other items on my aspirations list is the following:

 the1940census.com

Indexing:  I have signed up and been approved as a 1940 Census Ambassador.  I am excited to help create the index list for the 1940 Census.  You can help too.  Just click on the badge above and sign up to help.  We need all the help we can get to get the index to the public sooner.

Brickwalls:  Last Saturday I broke through my brickwall that I had with my submission for the writing contest.  You can read about it here.  Now that I know my grandmother’s correct full name.  I need to research her possible parents and her possible siblings.  In order to do this, I will need to pull some microfilm from the Family History Library and go through them to find the siblings baptism records.  I also need to still search for and find the baptism record for my grandmother as well.

So those are my aspirations for this month.  What are you planning for the month of March?

Happy Anniversary/Valentine’s Day to Tiburcio and Vicenta Luna

Happy Anniversary and Valentine’s Day to my grandparents, Tiburcio and Vicenta Luna.

Tiburcio and Vicenta Luna (Used with permission)
When I obtained a copy of my grandfather’s Immigration file from the INS about 10 years ago, I found out that my grandfather had married my grandmother on Feburary 14, 1918. 
 
Happy Valentine’s Day and Happy Anniversary Grandpa and Grandma!

Saturday Updates – 07 Jan 2012

Good Morning y’all!  Its my day off and its a wonderful, beautiful day here in Southern California.  Here is my list of updates for this past week.

Volunteering – I have signed up and committed to index 100 pages by May.  Well, on Monday, my day off, I completed 21 index pages and I am off to a wonderful start.  I may even surpass my original 100 page goal!  Woo Hoo!

Contest – I determined which generations of my Luna line that I want to use for my entry into the NGS Family History Contest.  This is a big step in getting this submission and the subsequent research going. I’m feeling very positive about this entry.  The story from this line has grabbed my soul and I feel that it is a story that needs to be told.  I hope I do it justice.

Editorial Calendar –  It is one of my resolution to keep up with the posting that I have made a commitment to for this blog.  One step in that direction is to update my editorial calendar and genealogy calendar with all of the blog posts, genealogy classes, webinars, and events that will take up my time.  This allows me to plan my time and when to write the posts that are needed for this blog.

During all of these things that I have done, I also have a life as well.  Although I moved on the 1st of December, I still have boxes to be emptied and items to be organized and put away.  Well this is what made me so tired and why this post is late.  This reason may cause me to be late again, but as more and more boxes are emptied, and items are organized and put away, it will happen less and less.

Have a great Monday and a wonderful week!

Tricia

Monthly Aspirations – January 2012

I am sorry this is a few days late, but better late then never.  Yesterday I sat down at lunch and worked on what I would aspire to complete this month.  Well I pretty much ended up planning my monthly aspirations for the rest of the year.

When you make a goal or resolution, one way to complete it is to break it down into smaller projects.  This helps to keep it managable and keep you focused on getting it done.  So, one of my goals for 2012 is to enter and hopefully win the NGS Family History Writing Contest.  You can read about my goals for 2012 here under contest.

The prize of this contest, as it is listed on their website, is as follows:

  • The person who compiles the most outstanding family history will receive an expense-paid trip to the next NGS Family History Conference. The benefits include travel to and from the conference, hotel accommodations, conference registration fee, and a complimentary banquet ticket.
  • Manuscripts meeting the requirements will be submitted to the editors of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ) for consideration and will be placed in the NGS Library.  (Read more about the contest here.)

It would be wonderful to be able to win this prize and possibly be published in the NGSQ!  So I will be submitting my entry before the December 31, 2012 deadline and hopefully win an expense paid trip to the NGS Conference of the States in Las Vegas, NV in 2013!

With this contest as one of my goals for 2012, I definately needed to break it down into smaller projects.  So part of my Monthly Aspirations for January 2012 is to complete the following:

  • Prepare and organize the information I do have on my Luna family line and determine which generations I will submit.
  • Analyze the information I do have and determine what information I still need to find out.
  • Prepare a research plan that lists what I still need to find out and determine the time frame to get it done, the repositories to visit and the people I need to talk to.

In addition, I also have the following monthly asipriation that are not related to the NGS Family History Writing Contest.  They are as follows:

  • Writing – Keep up with the Editorial Calendar that I posted about last year (read it here), and post the scheduled items as I had listed on the calendar.
  • Indexing – Index a minimum of 10 pages this month.  This, hopefully, should be easy to do.  If I keep to the 10 pages a month goal, I will accomplish my goal for 2012 of indexing 100 pages by October!
  • Research on how to breakthrough brickwalls.  Watch webinars, read books, talk to other genealogist who broke through theirs, but I need to break through my Vicenta Luna wall!

So, this is a lot to complete this month but I am confident that I will get it done.  I hope you get your to-do list done this month!

Tricia

My 2011 accomplishments and goals for 2012 – Part 1

In following Thomas MacEntee’s Open Thread Thursday, in which he asks “What did I accomplish in 2011?” and “What are my goals for 2012?”, this is part one of a two part post answering his questions.

Education – When I first started my blog, less than a year ago, It was my goal to get more serious about my genealogy research.  I had been doing genealogy research off and on for several years before the start of my blog.  I had figured that my first step back into the genealogy world had to be with education.  I had not been serious about my research for so long that I felt I may have lost my touch on my research techniques or with keeping up with genealogical technology.  I not only attended the SCGS Jamboree in Burbank in June but I met a bunch of new friends as well!  To also supplement the Jamboree conference, I attended a list of webinars, some live and some after they were originally produced.  I feel now that I have not only caught up with the times, but have surpassed my genealogy education that I had originally started with.  Another education item that I had applied for was for the next ProGen study group.  I was accepted and put on a waiting list.  Woo Hoo! I should be joining a group shortly after the new year.

Research – With the new education that I had gained, I was able to put them to good use.  I had found not only my grandfather’s Mexico Baptism record, but also for two of his daughters, and his three brothers.  It was more recently where I believe I found the baptismal records for my great-grandfather’s siblings, but that relationship still needs to be proven.  These documents caused my family line to be extended another two generations into Mexico.  This is the farthest I have gotten on my dad’s line for the last ten years.  I have also research and expanded my husband’s family back a few more generations.

Writing – In twenty days from today, it will be the first anniversary of my blog.  I remember during high school that I always wanted to be a writer.  A mystery writer to be exact, but I have found that I prefer writing about my family history instead of fiction.  I have done more writing in the past year then I did when I took a creative writing class many, many years ago!

Contest – Ever since I had decided to get serious about my family genealogy, I had decided to enter the NGS Family History Writing contest.  However, I was waiting to do this for when the NGS conference was either 1) in a state that my research was concerned about or 2) was in a state that was close to me so that if I didn’t win, it wouldn’t cost too much for me to attend.  Well it was published that the 2013 NGS conference would be in Las Vegas, NV.  I have since drafted part of my submission and have put my research on my research family into high gear.  I have until December 31, 2012 to submit my entree for this contest.  Wish me luck!!

These are the main accomplishments that pop out in my head.  When putting it down in black and white, it is amazing to me that I actually did all of this!  :-)  I can’t wait to see what I accomplish next year!

NEXT….my goals for 2012!

The Moment I knew…

Lynn Palermo over at The Armchair Genealogist blog wrote an wonderful post about the moment she was hooked on genealogy, you can read it here.   At the end she asked her readers when did they know when they were hooked on genealogy.  Here I will try to tell my story of when I knew.

Back in the late 1980’s, my dad’s side of the family was having their annual family reunion.  My dad is one of 13 kids so the number of family members that attend the family reunion is rather large.  My father was walking me around the backyards of my two uncle’s homes which were right next to each other.  It was pretty handy for the reunion! 

While my dad was walking me around the backyards, he was re-introducing me to relatives.  Because my parents divorced when I was very young and I was raised by my mother, I only saw my dad’s side of the family at the annual reunion which is why my sisters, brother and I were always re-introduced each year.  After meeting a few of my aunts my dad asked me, as we were walking away, if I remember them.  Sadly I answered no, I didn’t remember my aunts. 

It wasn’t till a few days later when I was remembering that moment, I realized how little I knew of my father or of his family!  It was then that I decided to first learn more about my dad, what his favorite color was, what his favorite subject in high school was, did he go to college, ect.  After answering those questions, I then turned to the ones about his family.  Where was grandpa from?  What was grandma like?  What was it like losing your mother at such a young age (seven years old) and if he even remembered it?  What was it like growing up in the 40’s and 50’s?  What it was like being a part of a migrant farm working family?

The moment that solidified my interest in genealogy was when my uncle showed me a portrait of my grandparents shortly after they were married and I realized that I looked a lot like my grandmother.  I was so happy to find an ancestor that I looked liked!  My other sisters all look like an ancestor or two on my mom’s side of the family but I finally found the one I looked like!

So yeah, I got bit by the genealogy bug hard. 

I must also ask like Lynn did…when did you know???