Timelines are a Genealogist’s Best Friend

(This post was from my first blog where I talked about everything.  I have split my Genealogy Obsession from that blog and started this one.  Since this is genealogy related, I am posting it here.)

In my last post on searching for a family for Simona, I needed to interview my dad to gain more information on some of the questions that my last research endeavor left me with.  However, before I could set an appointment with my Dad, I felt that I needed a better grip on my research as I was starting to feel confused with the amount and content of my research results.

The solution?  A timeline.  I prepared a timeline for my Grandfather Tiburcio. This timeline is just a listing of all of the events that happened in my Grandfathers life. Right now it just includes personal events, but later I will be adding some world events that would have had an impact on my Grandfather’s life.  This timeline helped to put my grandfather’s life in perspective and helped me to understand a bit better.

I have included all of the births of his children, his three marriages, his immigration/naturalization paperwork and when they were filed, his required WWI Draft Registration, the census records and showed where he lived during those years. This helped me focus to the task of interviewing my Dad again. I found that my grandfather first married at 25 and had his first child at 27. I also found that he had my father when he was 49 years old and was 52 when his last child, my uncle was born. He worked most of his life until he decided to retire at 73 and at 74 applied for his Naturalization to be a citizen of the United States. He then died at 90. In his long life, he had 13 children, numerous grandchildren, and 3 wives with marrying his last wife when he was 64 and she was 46. He had a long, well lived, life. I pray that I am as lucky as he was.  🙂

So when your researching your family tree and find yourself a bit overwhelmed, put things in perspective and try using a timeline.  Happy Ancestor Hunting!!!!


More on searching for a family for Simona.

(This post was from my first blog where I talked about everything.  I have split my Genealogy Obsession from that blog and started this one.  Since this is genealogy related, I am posting it here.)

In my search for finding a family for Simona, I found a pilot site for FamilySearch.org.  At this site, I searched for my Grandfather Tiburcio Luna and his brothers, Lino, Miguel and Martin.  Well I found them and a couple surprises too!

In searching this pilot site, I found the Baptismal Records for my grandfather and his brothers but one surprise was that my grandfather was listed as Jose Tiburcio De Luna.  His brothers also had Jose before their name and were also De Luna.  It even listed my great-grandfather as Salome de Luna.  At first I was estatic to finally find the documents I needed to place my grandfather in Mexico but then that turned to an identity crisis.  For all of my life, my maiden name was Luna, but now I find out that I am De Luna.  It has an enormous affect on me for a day or two.  I wondered why my Grandfather changed his name.  It was on all of the documents that I had from the time he entered into the U.S., he always put down on his Immigration Manifest, the 1920 & 1930 Census and on his Petition for Naturalization and supporting documents that he was Tiburcio Luna.  Even on the WWI Draft registration that was required in 1918, he put his name down as Tiburcio Luna.  Why did he drop the De???  I wish I knew.

The other surprise I found was that in doing the search on the pilot site, I found not only Simona’s Baptismal Registration, but also a daughter named Euphemia.  Now I was puzzled!  I had never heard of this name in any genealogical discussions with my dad or with any of my aunts and cousins that I have interviewed.  I am still puzzled.  My one logical solution is to interview my dad about this and to gain more information about the family.  Hopefully this will shed some light on this puzzle and I will be able to unravel it.  I also want to note that on both Euphemia and Simona’s Baptismal Record, it shows my grandfather, their father, as Tiburcio Luna.  This tells me that he presented himself as Tiburcio Luna and not Jose Tiburcio De Luna.  Again….why?

So, my next step is to schedule a mutually agreeable time with my dad to ask him about Simona and Euphemia.  Maybe Euphemia is my Aunt Jessies real name and “Jessie” is a nickname???  We will see.