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!

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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:

CONSISTENCY

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.

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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!

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Day One/Part Two of my Who Do You Think You Are Trip.

It took me a while to find my husband’s 2nd great grandfather and his 3rd great aunt.  In the front, I can see a few of the newer upright markers so I decided to start all the way in the back and work my way forward.  It turns out to be fruitful on the third row.  I first found his 2nd great aunt, Frances N. (Stanard) Raymo then I see it, I see his 2nd great grandfather’s tombstone, but it looks awfully short.  I took a closer look and realized that it was buried.  All I could see was a pair of hands.  I pulled the ground away a little to verify that it was 2nd great grandfather and I see that the name was H.T. Stanard, yup, I found him!!!  Here are some pictures from that cemetery find.

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The entrance to Pollock Cemetery – visited on May 11, 2015.
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Frances N. (Stanard) Raymo and Henry T. Stanard.

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After this cemetery, I headed on down to Brookfield, MO to visit Rose Hill Cemetery.  At this cemetery my husband has several family members.  He has his Great-grandfather and Great-grandmother, James Hutton and Louisa Jane (Salsberry) Stanard.

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James H. Stanard
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Louisa Jane (Salsberry) Stanard
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The Stanard plot.
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The Stanard plot is marked.

My husband’s first cousin once removed, James Francis and Virgina Mae (Decker) Stanard.

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My husband’s Grand Uncle Elbert Mortimer and his 2nd wife Floy Ann (Stone) Stanard.

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There was another Grand Uncle by the name of Logan Dewitt Stanard, and although the Sexton of the cemetery told me where his plot was located, I couldn’t find it.  I’m wondering if there was no marker for his plot?  Hmmmm, maybe.  This road trip took longer than I expected, a whole 11 hours, but it was so well worth it!!

Stay tuned for Day two of my adventures in genealogy coming up.

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So you want to attend a genealogy conference…

Good morning everyone!  I originally was going to blog about registering and planning your schedule for the upcoming SCGS Jamboree, but the good folks at the Jamboree blog had beat me to it.  I have read their 3-part posts on how to make your planning, and time at a genealogy conference more efficient, and I highly suggest that anyone attending ANY upcoming genealogy educational event, should read them.

Here are the links to their posts:

Part 1 – Early Planning = Success

Part 2 – After making your reservations – what’s next?

Part 3 – At the conference

The Jamboree blog has also included in this post other links of other bloggers who have also posted on how to best plan and attend a genealogy conference.  Just scroll down past the part 1,2 and 3 portion and you will see more.  You can read that post here.

Well I hope that you are able to attend the SCGS Jamboree in Burbank, CA.  If you are, contact me and maybe we can meet up and have coffee or lunch?

Happy Ancestor Hunting!!

Tricia

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!