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!
As 2012 comes to an end, it is natural to think about the new upcoming year and what to do to make it better. I don’t want to call it my resolution, but instead, my action plan.
So here is my action plan for next year.
The Luna line – I had tried to get this line as complete as I could so that I could use it as my entry for the National Genealogical Society Family History Contest. However, I was not able to complete that for this year. My action plan will include 1) writing to the Mexican government to get birth, death and marriage records for several members of the Luna family. Also on my action plan is to 2) Interview my Aunt Jessie who last March turned 100 years old. This needs to be done first and I will need to talk to my cousins (her daughters) to set it up.
The Sanchez line – Well this research was pretty much completed by my mother. I plan on 1) getting her permission to post some of the family research that she did. I don’t know much about her research and the stories she has, but I am looking forward to learning more about it. I also want to 2) create profiles on this family as well and post them here.
The Stanard line – This family line has come to a complete stop. Well that is, I haven’t been able to progress any further with it. There is a rumor around the family that there is an old family bible that has dates for other family members and I have been told it would further the tree. So, my action plan for this family is to 1) Continue to look for that Bible and have my husband look for it too when he is visiting his mom’s house. I also need to 2) gather my notes on busting through brickwalls and apply those techniques to the walls I have now.
This blog – I do have an action plan for this blog as well. Now that I am not rush to finish the NGS Family History Writing contest, I will be 1) posting more profiles from the Luna family line. I also will be 2) posting more about the Stanard line as well. I also want to 3) update the editorial calendar to make sure it accurately show my posting schedule.
I don’t like resolutions because they are easy to break. This is why I use my action plan. I like the way it sounds, like its do-able. So, what are your plans for the new year? Any changes you want to make? Post a comment and let me know.
Lastly, I would like to wish everyone of my readers a safe, prosperous, and a very Happy New Year!!
Sorry I have been MIA for the past few months. It was due to my participation in ProGen15 study group. The assignments for these past two months have been really tough and required determiniation and focus to complete them. I will be going into detail about this program and the required assignments in a post scheduled for sometime this weekend. Now that I am more free to post more regularly, I will continue with the topics scheduled in my editorial calendar.
Today I will start with my monthly aspirations. Here I will be listing my goals to complete this month. On every Saturday, I will be posting my Saturday Updates and let you know how my goals are coming along. Now, without further ado…
My Aspirations for the month of November is as follows:
Writing – My plan is to keep up with my editorial calendar and post more frequently. I also have a few other posts about my journey to solidifying my family’s history as well but they are not currently ready for posting.
Research – I have brought my dad’s family research a lot farther along than I had previously thought. I was thrilled to realize that accomplishment. I will also be writing to the folks in a local pairish in Zacatecas, Mexico so that I can get the vital documents for several people on my dad’s side of the family.
Learning – Well I don’t think I could take on any more formal learning opportunities until I am done with ProGen15. If I did, I feel that I would be streching myself thin. However, I can plan for the future and I think after ProGen15, I will start with the NGS Home Study course (graded). It isn’t cheap but they do have a scholarship that I could apply for. It wouldn’t hurt to try, right?
Organizing – For an uber organized, type A personality (yes I have my DVD movie collection alphabetized by title), multi-tasking mom, I am not currently organized with my filing system for my genealogy research. I need to tame that monster. (Oh and yes, I am usually that uber organized, type A, multi-tasking mom. At 3 1/2 weeks to go, I gave my daughter her Monthly, Week before, Day Before, and Day Of to do List for our vacation at the end of the month. Yes, she did roll her eyes at me too!)
So for this month, this is my aspiration to complete these goals! So what do you have on your list? Comment love is always appreciated!!! :-) Have a fabulous day!
Well with me just posting my Research Guide for Zacatecas, Mexico; how can I not post the map that shows the municipal divisions within Zacatecas, Mexico. This map along with my research guide would be helpful to any genealogist who is doing research in Zacatecas, Mexico.
Well this month starts another chapter in getting the information for my submission for the NGS Family History Writing Contest.
This month is my interviewing month. This is the month that I planned on interviewing several family members. The first on my list, is my Aunt. She will be 100 years young in April and I am anxious to interview her. Although she does speak English, I will have my dad, her younger brother, there at the interview. I know that she is more comfortable not only having my dad around, but also speaking Spanish. I am hoping that she reveals a lot of stories of her immigration to this country and of my grandparents when the family was first starting out.
The other items on my aspirations list is the following:
Indexing: I have signed up and been approved as a 1940 Census Ambassador. I am excited to help create the index list for the 1940 Census. You can help too. Just click on the badge above and sign up to help. We need all the help we can get to get the index to the public sooner.
Brickwalls: Last Saturday I broke through my brickwall that I had with my submission for the writing contest. You can read about it here. Now that I know my grandmother’s correct full name. I need to research her possible parents and her possible siblings. In order to do this, I will need to pull some microfilm from the Family History Library and go through them to find the siblings baptism records. I also need to still search for and find the baptism record for my grandmother as well.
So those are my aspirations for this month. What are you planning for the month of March?