I made it into Pro Gen 15!! Starting tomorrow, I will embark on a focused genealogy journey to learn how to be a more professional genealogist! I can’t wait to start. It’s like that commercial where I am standing at the glass door looking in, saying “Open!” “Open!” “Open!”
I will post more about my experiences and assigment if and when I can. Woo Hoo!!! I can’t believe I made it! Congratualtions to everyone in ProGen 15!
Well its the Blog’s birthday and I posted a contest to celebrate. You can read it here. Well I had eight prizes and anyone who commented on the contest post would be entered to win. I was going to use Random.org to pick the winners, but there was actually eight posters so you all win a prize.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and put MGO Birthday Prize in the subject line. Include your mailing address and I will send you your prize. The prizes won are as follows:
Christiy Stambaugh – Chasing Women: Finding Your Female Ancestors presented by Leland K. Meitzler
Gini Web – Backing Up your Genealogy Data presented by Thomas MacEntee
Suzie Henderson – Dropbox for Genealogist presented by Thomas MacEntee
Lynne Carothers – Blogging for Beginners and More Blogging for Beginners both presented by Dear MYRTLE
Linda Sampson – Building a Research Toolbox presented by Thomas MacEntee
Nancy – Genealogy At A Glance African American Genealogy Research by Michael Hait
Zena – Chasing Women: Finding Your Female Ancestors presented by Leland K. Meitzler
Christopher T. Smithson – Genealogy At A Glance on African American Genealogy Research by Michael Hait
Thank you all for reading and posting your comments.
On January 19, 2012, my blog will be 1 year old! I remember when I made my first post…I was so nervous that no one would read my blog. I’m glad to find out that I didn’t need to worry about that. Well I would like to celebrate but instead of normally receiving gifts, I will be giving gifts to you, my readers as a thank you for your readership.
What do you have to do? Well, just post a comment to this post sometime between now and 6:00pm on Thursday, January 19th. You can let me know what you like about my blog and what you don’t like, advice, anything that has to do with my blog! I will use Random.org to pick the winning comments and post them at 8pm. After your name is listed as a winner, you have to email me your address with the subject line “Blog Anniversary Contest”. Once I receive your address, I will mail your prize to you.
Their are several prizes to be had. They are webinar-on-CD by Legacy Family Tree and Genealogy At A Glance on African American Genealogy Research by Michael Hait. I received them with my Geneabloggers swag bag when I attended the SCGS Jamboree in 2011. I have six CD’s prizes and one At A Glance available.
Chasing Women: Finding Your Female Ancestors presented by Leland K. Meitzler (I have two of these)
Backing Up your Genealogy Data presented by Thomas MacEntee
Dropbox for Genealogist presented by Thomas MacEntee
Blogging for Beginners
More Blogging for Beginners both presented by Dear MYRTLE
Building a Research Toolbox presented by Thomas MacEntee
Genealogy At A Glance African American Genealogy Research by Michael Hait.
So there will be eight (8) winners total. Come on people, comment and win a prize!!! If you feel the urge, subscribe and become a regular reader. That would be awesome too!
Contest – I looked at my family group sheets and the pedigree chart for this research line and realized that I have some on most everyone except for my grandmother, Vicenta Luna (Robles) who is the brick wall in this family line. I don’t know who her parents are or if she had any siblings. So this week I focused on her. I created a timeline for her and after analyzing the timeline, I realized that all I have is her birth, marriage and death date but no original documentation to back it up. Her birth date came from the California Death Index which may not be correct. Her marriage date came from my Grandfather’s (her husband’s) Immigration Record. It was filed two years after her death. Her death info also came from the California Death Index as well. I also noted that there is a different spelling of her name on the Death Index as opposed to the spelling on my Grandfather’s Immigration documents. So, when I search for any documents for her, I couldn’t find a thing. I believe that when you have a brick wall, it means that some piece of information that you have is wrong. It could be the dates or places of birth or death. So I decided to get a copy of my grandmother’s death certificate. I figured that working backwards, the death certificate would be a good place to start.
Well that is all that I was able to focus on this week. I am hoping that the death certificate will bear some fruit that will be useful in my research.
This Military Monday I would like to post about my Uncle Benny. My uncle was always a man who could command the attention of those around him whether at a family function, or on stage.
He was born in 1925 in Colorado and died in 1979 in Riverside, California. He served in the Korean War. I don’t have the details on his service yet, but I have wonderful pictures.
This portrait of my uncle in his uniform was a picture that he sent to his grandmother, my great-grandmother. The writing states: “(dated: 2-29-52) Con todo carino, dedico esta foto para mi abuelita = La Sra, Conception Lopez= Sinceramente= Benny Sanchez.” It translates as follows: “(dated 2-29-52) With all my affection, I dedicate this picture to my grandmother, Ms Conception Lopez = Sincerely = Benny Sanchez.” (As translated by Google Translate.)
Here are more military photos of my uncle:
My uncle has always been a musician. He played different guitars. I remember at his house, that the den/game room which had a pool table, had his instruments hung on the wall. Whenever there was a family function at his house, all of the men would end up in the pooltable room, drinking and playing pool. Eventually, my uncle and a few other men would take the instruments off the wall and play music. I love that my uncle loved music.
Eventhough he was in the military, it didn’t stop him musically. As you can see from these photos:
The back of this photo is transcribed as follows: “23 Oct 1953 – Mama, Dedico este retrato como un recuerdo de su hijo Benny, y los tres latinos, se le fue tomado cuando ______ el con curso de la Division 24th el viejito que este sentado es el Col. Alexander. (de derecha a ________) Julio Rivera = Puerto Rico – Benny Sanchez = California – Raul Mercado = Puerto Rico – THE THREE LATINS – Sinceramente – Benny.”
There is a word or two that I was not able to transcribe but the translation is approximately as follows: “23 Oct 1953 – Mama, I dedicate this picture as a memory of your son Benny, and the Three Latinos, when he was taken with ________ of the 24th Division that the old man is sitting Col. Alexander. (from right to _______) Julio Rivera = Puerto Rico – Benny Sanchez = California – Raul Mercado = Puerto Rico – THE THREE LATINS – Sincerely – Benny.” The translation was done on Google Translate.
He was even mentioned in the newspaper. Although I don’t have the name of the newspaper or the date it was published, I have a photo of the small mention of my uncle.
The transcription reads: “WITH THE 24TH INFANTRY DIV. IN JAPAN – Pvt. Benny G. Sanchez, whose wife, Maria, lives at 716 S. Burger Ave., Los Angeles, recently took part in a variety show put on by the 24th Infantry Division’s 21st Regiment in Japan. The production, entitled “Trip-a-let,” drew on talent from the entire regiment and included musical comedy, dancing and exhibition of professional archery. Sanchez, a rifleman in Company B of the 21st, arrived in Japan last November. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Antonio Sanchez, 4225 E. Folsom St., Los Angeles, he was a vocalist before entering the Army in January 1952.”
I am very proud of the service my uncle gave to our country and of his musical ability. My uncle Benny was not just my uncle, but also my “padrino” or godfather. I loved him and still to this day, miss him very much. I have always felt a strong bond with my uncle, but until I learned more about him, his military service, and the Three Latins, I realized that I our bond is musical. Although I am not a professional, I do sing and I know, that if my uncle were still alive he would be at every single performance I had. Its not just me who was touched by my uncles talent, my cousin, my uncle’s youngest son, sings and sounds just like his dad. I also have several other cousins who play guitars. We all have been touched by my uncles talent and carry his spirit with us everyday. I feel him closest when I am singing. RIP Uncle Benny!