Grab your coffee or tea! I’ve got some news.

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That’s right folks!

Change will be coming to MyGenealogyObsession.wordpress.com!  After much deliberation and discussion with family members and a few strangers on the street, it was decided that My Genealogy Obsession (MGO) needed to move out!  Move out of the wordpress.com domain and into its own.  Effective August 1, 2016, MGO will have its own domain at www.MyGenealogyObsession.com.  All of the material were transferred to the new domain.

What do you have to do?

Well I am glad you ask because there are a few things you should do.

First:  If you follow this blog (Thank you!), hop on over to the new domain and re-subscribe there to make sure you get notified of when new posts are made.  You don’t want this to slip through the cracks!  Although we were able to move the posts, graphics and comments, we were not able to move over the subscriptions to the new domain.  <insert sad face here>.

Second:  If you have this page bookmarked, hop on over to the new domain and bookmark it.  It would be better to subscribe to it so you will be notified when new posts are made, but that is up to you.  I’m not pushing, just informing!

Third:  Smile!  Know that this change is good.  It will allow me to do more with the website and I can offer more for my readers.  You can look forward to more from me, more posts, new instructional videos, and maybe, just maybe a webinar in the future.  We will see what unfolds for My Genealogy Obsession.

Thank you all for your support and for reading and following my blog.  It is very much greatly appreciated!  I cannot thank you enough for your support!

Remember always,

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Throwback Thursday #001 – #TBT

#TBT, Throwback Thursday

Welcome to Throwback Thursday #TBT here at My Genealogy Obsession.  We are excited to start participating with this meme and am hoping that you enjoy it.

For this first #TBT, here is the picture that has been choosen.

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Hawaii – Aug,1984

This picture was taken in Hawaii in August 1984.  As a graduation present, my dad and step-mom took me along with several other family members to Hawaii with them.  This was my very first time on an airplane and my first time flying outside the State of California.  I had a great time and enjoyed the trip.  As you can see from this picture, it was a relaxing trip for me.

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Tuesday’s Genealogy Tip

Genealogy Tip Tuesday

I must admit, when I started my genealogy research many years ago, I didn’t think about what I would do when the time came to communicate with those of my family members who live in Mexico.  Here are my top 5 tips on researching your family history when you don’t know the language.

Top 5 Tips on Researching your Family History When You Don’t Know the Language.

TIP #1 – I was recently faced with that dilemma a few weeks ago.  I had met on Facebook, a cousin who lives in Zacatecas, Mexico.  She didn’t speak English and I do not speak Spanish (nor write) very well.  So what did I do?  Well with the help of Google Translate, I was able to converse with this cousin via Facebook Messenger.

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When I needed to say something to my cousin, I would type in the Google Translate box on the left and set it to English and set the box on the right to show the translation in Spanish.  I would then copy and paste it into the Facebook Messenger window and press enter.

When my cousin would say something that I would need to translate into English, I would copy and paste what she wrote into the box on the left of the Google Translate window and it would automatically detect the language it was written in and translate it to English in the box on the right.

It was a little time-consuming, but when you don’t know the language well, it is very helpful.

Tip #2 – When it comes to Mexican genealogy research, it is difficult to find documents online.  I have found several on both Ancestry.com and on FamilySearch.org, but it is just a tip of the iceberg when it comes to all of the documents available in the different Parish repositories.  So as a genealogist researching in Mexico, I have to write letters in Spanish to several repositories in Mexico requesting documents.  It is helpful that the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah has a Letter-Writting Guide – Spanish.  You can download the .pdf copy here.

This guide gives you a lot of examples on how numbers, dates, months, years are supposed to be spelled in Spanish.  What I really like about this Letter-Writing Guide is that it gives you Genealogical Request example paragraphs in English then show you the Spanish translation.  It is so helpful and takes the pressure off of me to find a friend who excels in Spanish to translate my letter for me.  This alone is worth the download.

Tip #3 –  This next tip is another one that is just a worthy as the first two.  The Spanish Extraction Guide is a .pdf document that helps the genealogist to understand, read and write Spanish by offering basic principles, examples, and practice exercise in topics such as Christening Entries, Marriage Entries, Elements of Spanish Handwriting Style, Distinguishing between Given Names and Surnames, and even including a chapter on Dates.  You can find the seven chapters to be downloaded here:  Spanish extraction Guide.

Tip #4 – Word List.   A word list is a list of general genealogical terms and their translation into the language you are researching in.  For the Spanish word list, it can be found on the FamilySearch.org’s Wiki and you can find it here.

Tip #5 – Listen or watch Spanish TV/Radio.  Yes, this does help you understand the Spanish language.  I am a second generation Mexican-American.  My parents were born in Los Angeles, but both sets of grandparents were born in Mexico.  So my parents both grew up knowing Spanish and when the family would get together, they would speak to each other in Spanish, but would speak to us kids in English.  Although I heard Spanish growing up, I cannot hold a basic conversation in Spanish.  It is my belief that I understand Spanish better because of hearing it as I was growing up.  You may or may not understand Spanish like I do, but you will start picking it up faster, you will start to read and pronounce it better when you are regularly reading/listening to it.  I am a firm believer of this.

So there you have it, my top 5 tips on researching your family history when you don’t know the language.  Do you have any tips that I missed?  Comment and let me know.

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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!

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