Albert Robles Luna, My Dad.

My husband always teases me.  He says that I always follow the rules, he teases me about not talking about a case while I am on jury duty and he tells me that if I ever get pulled over my a police officer and his pen runs out of ink while trying to give me a ticket, I would give him my pen.  I wholehearted agree with my husband, I don’t talk about the case I am on during jury duty and I would give the police officer my pen.  I would do that because it is the right thing to do and it is what my Dad would have done. 

 My dad was a good man, great husband and father and he passed away on March 25th.  He loved and supported his family and friends and it was evident at his memorial on April 23rd that he was loved just as much.  The audience for my dad’s memorial filled up 90-95% of the church pews.  In attendance were his friends from his RV club, senior citizen center, church friends, his family and family members from his ex-wife’s side of the family.  He was loved by many.
Stories of my dad, how he would drive people to church who otherwise would not have made it that day, or how he helped work on church projects, and our family camping stories all circulated the luncheon afterward in one of the halls, even reminiscing about his corny jokes that he loved to tell, even in his last days.  That is just like my dad, reassuring us that he is going to be ok and that we will be too. With the proofreading skills of my sister, we wrote my dad’s obituary.  It turned out to be way too long and the quote from the newspaper was almost $1,000.  So we had to wittle it down to just 11 lines.  However, I am posting the obituary here because it is my dad’s legacy.

Albert “Al” Robles Luna of Hacienda Heights, California passed away peacefully at his home on March 25, 2016. He was 81 years old. Al was born in ‘Simons’ (now known as Montebello), California to Tiburcio and Vincenta (Robles) Luna. He was the second-youngest of 13 children. As a son of a migrant worker, his family traveled seasonally between Montebello and Mountain View, in central California.  He attended elementary schools in both locations and the family eventually settled down in Montebello, California where he graduated from Montebello High School. As a teen he volunteered for the local Civil Air Patrol where he developed leadership skills and was soon in charge of the yearly encampment activities.  

 While Al attended college, he enlisted in the Air Force Reserves in early 1957. In September, 1957, after serving 6 months of active duty, Al was returned to the Air Force Reserves and was honorably discharged at the end of May 1963.

 He was employed as an engineer for Astro Fab, Inc. a metal fabrication company. Al loved the Dodgers, NASCAR – his favorite driver being Jeff Gordon, playing tennis, dancing and especially camping. But his true love was spending time outdoors with his family and playing games. In fact, he took his beloved wife, Cindy and his children on many camping trips. As they arrived at a new campsite and while the adults were setting up camp, the kids would go exploring. Al always used a special whistle to call the kids back to camp. When they heard it, they knew it was their Dad calling and they better return pronto!

 Al retired from Astro-Fab, Inc. after 28 years. He joined his wife in retirement a year later and they began a decade of what was to be many trips across the U.S. in their motorhome. He established a family tradition of ‘Game Night’, where all the family would come over and play various board, tile or card games.

 Al was a devout Baptist with an unwavering faith and strong relationship with God. He was an active member of Bethany Baptist Church of West Covina, California. Al is preceded in death by his parents Tiburcio Luna and Vincenta Robles, his sisters Euphemia Luna, Simona Luna, Rachel Tapia (Luna), and his brothers Marcelino Luna, Salvador Luna and Julian Luna. He is survived by his wife, Lucinda “Cindy” Luna (Baker); his brothers and sisters-in-laws Joe and Edna Luna and Manuel and Julie Luna and his sisters, Ruth Rodriquez, Paula Luna, Jenny Enriquez and Jessie Diaz; his children and step-children Albert Luna Jr. and wife Cecilia, Linda Martinez and husband Andy, Pauline Luna, Patricia Stanard and husband Steve, Valerie Mokricky and husband Robert, Sherrie Carson and husband Brian, Susan Flatt and husband Tony, and Patricia Simmons and husband Jeff; his grandchildren Jonathan Luna, Anthony Luna, Eddie and Jessica Luna, Lisa Luna, Fernando and Rachel Luna, Cathline Luna, Quincii Paxton, Chartisia Paxton, Briianna Paxton, Christina and Bo Sauerbrei, Nicole Duran, Elena Jacobson, Kindle Reeder, Brandon Reeder, Zach Harris, Joshua Harris, Youssef Essoussi, and Farouk Essoussi ; 6 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

So, enough of me telling you how great my dad was, here are some pictures that show how great my dad was.

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We said good bye to my dad at his memorial on Saturday, March 23rd.  Here are a few photos from the memorial.

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Excited for Jamboree 2016!

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I am very excited for Jamboree 2016!  This year I am taking the plunge and registering not only for the 3 -day conference but also the DNA day that’s the Thursday before.  The past 6 months have been a crossroads for me. I’m at a place where my research is slowing.  However, it not that there is no new information to research, but I’m in a place of now having to go to Mexico to conduct research.  The current state of Zacatecas, the state my family is from, is a dangerous one for tourists right now.  So for the moment, I will not be traveling to Mexico.  What do I do then?  Well I decided to further my education and attend DNA day at Jamboree 2016, put on by the Southern California Genealogical Society.

There are a few beginning lectures that I can take and I’m excited.  One lecture that sounds interesting is “Developing a DNA Testing Plan.”  This lecture is extremely exciting to me and I am hoping to get a good guideline on who to test and when to test them.   I am very excited to learn about DNA and I hope that I get a good, solid base for the next phase of my genealogical research.

Are you new to DNA or to SCGS Jamboree 2016?  Let me know if you would like to meet up and discuss DNA and the lectures we attended. I always like making new genealogy friends and can do the scheduling of the meet-up.  Comment and let me know!


National Genealogical Society Opens Registration for Research Trip to Fort Wayne, IN

I received this press relesase this morning.  It sounds interesting.  I won’t be able to go this year, but it is something to add to my future list of genealogy trips to take.

National Genealogical Society Opens Registration for Research Trip to Fort Wayne, IN
15 to 19 August 2016

ARLINGTON, VA, 10 FEB 2016—Registration is now open for the National Genealogical Society’s guided research trip to the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, from 15–19 August 2016. Under the guidance of research consultants Pamela S. Eagleson, CG SM and Patricia Walls Stamm, CG SM, CGLSM, participants have five days to conduct personal research at one of the largest genealogical libraries in the Midwest. For more information or to register for the trip, visit

One of the noteworthy research repositories, the Allen County Public Library houses the Fred J. Reynolds Historical Genealogy Collection; PERSI, the Periodical Source Index, and in a joint venture with the Indiana State Museum, the Abraham Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection. The library’s collection contains more than 350,000 printed volumes and 513,000 microforms.

The trip includes:

  • Guidance from leading experts
  • Online orientation
  • Meet and greet for participants
  • Four genealogical presentations
  • Personal research consultations with group leaders
  • Tour of the Abraham Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection
  • Five nights at the Courtyard by Marriott, including free internet in rooms and parking for one car or airport transfers
  • Fees and taxes for all planned events

For more information or to register for the trip visit Payment is required in full at the time of registration. The package price does not include transportation to Fort Wayne.

Eagleson is a researcher, writer, and teacher who conducts client and personal research nationwide with an emphasis on New England, the mid-Atlantic, and the Midwest. A member of NGS since 1981, she currently serves as a director at large. She lectures at NGS national conferences as well as regional and local conferences. She has attended the National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR), the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). Winner of the 2004 NGS Family History Writing Contest, she is co-administrator of the Stone Surname DNA project and a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and many regional genealogical societies.

Stamm serves as NGS Education Manager. She lectures on a wide variety of topics at many of NGS and the Federation of Genealogical Societies national conferences. She is a graduate of the NIGR and IGHR. Stamm is a course coordinator at Samford University’s Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research and teaches at St. Louis Community College.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, the highest standards of research, 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, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

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The words Certified Genealogist are a registered certification mark, and the designations CG, CGL and Certified Genealogical Lecturer are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®.

Inspired by Stan Ellsworth at RootsTech

I usually figure out my year of conferences and have a plan set by the end of January.  When planning, I consider my finances and the vacation time I have available at my day job.  This year, my plans are restricted by vacation time and personal family time.  This is my daughter’s senior year in high school so alot of my vacation time is wrapped up in her graduation and taking her to Hawaii in August as a celebration trip.  I also have my vacation with my husband and our annual trip to Fontana, CA for the Nascar race in March.  Also this year in March, I have planned my first trip to the NonProfit TEchnology Conference (NTEC) put on my NonProfit Technology Enterprise Network (NTEN).  I also have my annual Southern California Genalogical Society’s Jamboree in June for a few day.  So this maxis out my vacation time for the year.    I have been hearing so much from my genealogy friends about RootsTech this year.  I was on the fence about attending next year, but then I was inspired.  I am excited to say, that I plan on attending Roots Tech in 2017.

What was I inspired by, you ask?  Well it was Stan Ellsworth in this video.

I want to find my family’s American ride, take my adventure. It has been a wonderful and long ride so far, I’m excited to see where the ride will take me next.

So I am going to need help from my genealogy friends who live in places that has snow in winter.  As a So. Cal. girl born and bred, I don’t know how to dress properly for actual snow covered (partially or fully) ground.  I will need tips and probably a roommate.

So I have said it, put it out there to the universe. I am going to Roots Tech next year!  Are you planning on going to?  Are you a first-timer to Roots Tech, like me?  Comment below and let me know, I could always use more genealogy friends and would love to plan a meetup!


2016’s One Little Word

Usually around this time of the year, I am listing my goals for my blog for the new year.  But with my absence for the most of this last year, I feel silly doing this.  I will take a cue from my crafting world and use my “one little word.”  One Little Word is a series of prompts that was developed by Ali Edwards.  She picked one little word to focus on throughout the year.  I participated one year but dropped it the next.

Although I won’t be using the prompts, I will be using the “one little word” to focus, meditate and dream upon this year.  This year, my one little word is:


I need to be more consistent in my blogging both in frequency and content, and to be consistently active in my social media channels and in posting relative content.

Consistent Blogging

So, where and how do I start?  Well first I need to assess the tasks that I want to accomplish through the year that is in line with my one little word, Consistency.  What I have so far is the following:

  • Consistently follow an editorial calendar for both of my blogs.
  • Consistently develop blog ideas and follow through with the research of those blog ideas.
  • Consistently conduct genealogy research to use as a source of blog story ideas.
  • Be consistently active in my social media channels.
  • Be consistent with my marketing efforts.

So, do you have a “one little word?”  Comment and let me know.

Have an awesome week!