Overcoming Inertia

Yesterday was the first day I really had a chance to take a breather and make an assessment of where exactly I was in handling my responsibilities at home, since our lives got a bit hectic last month.

A quick recap...my grandfather was in a health decline and eventually passed away. It was not even a week later that my mother got very sick and ended up in the emergency room. 20 days later, she was discharged after suffering a terrible bloodstream infection, severe pain from having pleurisy and surviving major heart surgery. It's only been three days since she was released and now all of us are just getting back to our lives, still trying to recuperate from the stresses of the past month and finding a new normal.

So yesterday I came to my computer to pay my bills and when the screen came up, the eulogy my son wrote for my grandfather's funeral was still up on the screen. He was making some revisions to it before we left for the funeral, a few weeks ago, and I hadn't touched my computer since. I figured that something had to be done to bring some freshness into our lives here at home. To make movement. To go forward. As always, one of the most enjoyable things I get to do with my life, among other things, is work on this blog and do my family history research – so I decided that this is what would help me to become “unstuck”.

When my grandmother passed away, two years ago, it was a year after my grandfathers massive stroke. Although he eventually regained some of his strength, he had been in such bad shape after his stroke that it would've made more sense for him to go first. My grandmothers passing came like a thief in the night, and where all of us had already cracked from the stresses of the previous year, the pain of her death further broke us down into tiny little pieces. As for me, although I despise being typical, I admit that it took a long time to cycle through all of the five stages of grief and I lingered, a great while, in some longer than others.

My grandparents were so deeply, so completely and so utterly in love. They could never stand to be apart. When together, they were constantly holding hands, reminiscing about how they met or taking naps together in their recliner. These two years, since my grandmother passed, it was so hard to see my grandfather there alone, without his babe (which is what he called her). Now that I have some time to refocus and get back on track with things, I can't help feeling like something is missing in my life. I thought that maybe it was because my grandfather was now gone or that maybe because my mothers life will never be the same after having heart surgery – but I realized that what is missing is that cloud of sadness I had, from knowing my grandparents were apart and there was nothing anyone could do about it. This cloud consumed me for the better part of the past two years. It's strange to realize just how much sadness becomes a part of you, how it sticks to you, surrounds you and in some ways comforts and protects you. It's also a very strange physical sensation when you notice that its gone. I am amazed by the lightness that exists where there used to be such a heavy oppression bearing down on me.

We had a 3 day vigil at my grandfathers bedside before he passed and it was when everyone left to eat that he began to transition. Luckily, there were still some family members that stayed in the room with him and when they saw he was starting to go, my sister said to him, “Go find grandma” and he lifted his head and his face lit up into a huge smile and a few moments later he was gone. Knowing that his “babe” was there to greet him on the other side, made this incredible loss a bit more bearable.

I think I spent so much time lingering in my grief, after my grandmother passed, that I have no need for it this time around. This blog was birthed out of my grief and sometimes it was so difficult to work on because of that – I wasn't ready to share the one thing that was bringing me the most comfort because I still needed it, I still relied on it. It was only today that I sent a link to this website with my own sister.

Somehow, in all the hecticness, I was able to gather some things to share at my grandfathers Rosary. I had spent many hours interviewing my grandfather on his experience being a Prisoner of War in Pomerania during World War II. I have books, newspaper clippings, his Army Air Corps and German Prison Camp dogs tags, and other relics, that I put on display at his Rosary. I also typed up a brief history for others to read. My grandfather had earned a Purple Heart from his injuries during World War II, the plane he served as a tail gunner on (a B17 Flying Fortress) was shot down, he was captured and imprisoned by the Germans for 8 months and spent 86 grueling days on the 600 mile Death March – but some family members, that had known my grandfather for over 40 years, never knew these things about him. He didn't want to talk about these experiences for decades, before he was willing to share them with me. I always felt grateful to have that time with my grandparents, when I'd sit there having coffee with them and interview them after our usual breakfast of my grandma's most heavenly cheese-covered potatoes. Now I see the magnitude of that wonderful gift they both gave me, of sharing so much with me. It motivates me to commit more time to this blog, to actually share it with my friends and family members, and continue digging away at the research.

I neglected this blog so much this past year and many times, when I was asked if I was going to continue working on it, I would make quick inconsequential posts to bide my time until I felt more focused and devoted to the time it takes to organize information and type things out. Now that I have a lightness and a sense of “something missing”, I have this positive and enjoyable hobby to replace it with, so I'll be seeing you here more often.

I hope you're ready for the holidays because they're a-comin'! I'm definitely looking forward to this holiday season and to making more memories with the people I love.

Happy researching!

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The Grass is Not Always Greener

Since the end of 2017, I've been planning on doing a complete overhaul on this blog. I planned to redo the way I post the Individual Pages and Family Group Pages (which is why I stopped creating these pages, temporarily). I also planned to completely switch my blog over to Wordpress so that I could have plugin options. Have either of those two plans been fruitful??? The answer is no. Not at all. Not one bit.

I've indulged so much in the research aspect of this blog, that I'd been too caught up in it to share very much with all of you and I sincerely apologize for that.

Yesterday I sat in my accountants office trying to explain to him why I have so many expenses for this blog and what exactly it's all about. I didn't even have my blog set to public, so I could show him, because I'd been in the middle of the chaotic transfer I was trying to make to Wordpress. I realized I really needed to get on the ball and super pronto!

So after wrangling with my transfer to Wordpress for most of the day today, I decided that the grass was definitely not greener - I mean how can it be when I'd probably end up spending many more weeks trying to perfect it and further delay sharing anything with all of you?

Also, I'm going to keep the format I'm currently using, to post profiles. Yes, I try my darndest to line all the information up perfectly so there's some sense of uniformity, but once I click "publish", that information is zigzagging all over the place. That's something we're just going to have to deal with folks because time is of the essence and sometimes I ain't got but a few seconds to post stuff for you.

August is here and with it is a whole lot of heat and the bustle of preparations for the upcoming school year. I hope you're having a fabulous summer and that you enjoy every last moment you can with your families before the kids are off to school.

Happy researching!

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Remember Me?

Wow, it feels strange to finally sit down and write a post after all this time. Can you believe it's been 4.5 months since I posted anything to my blog? Shame on me!

SO! I did start researching again, full time, a few months ago. I truly love the research process and it felt so good to get back to this project that is so important to me. I recently discovered some interesting information about one of my great-grandfathers (who I'm related to in a couple of different ways) that I'm eager to explore further, but for now I'm trying to just finish up transferring all my research to a new tree and format that cites all my sources. I was so excited when I initially began researching my family history that I didn't take good notes on my sources or cite them at all. They were stored in my noodle and that was more than sufficient for me. Retracing my steps has been one heck of a lengthy process, but I've made some good progress and can't wait until I have more freedom to move forward without having to repeat stuff I've already done.

If you're a member of the New Mexico Genealogical Society you might already know these two very exciting things. 

1)   The New Mexico Genealogical Society is having their 58th Anniversary Conference this October 26-27, 2018.  When I found this out I immediately emailed my friend, Henrietta Christmas (president of the society), and asked her what the weather was like in New Mexico at that time of year because I really wanted to attend. Since then, I cooled my jets a little because I have a few things coming up that will definitely take up a lot of my time and attention until the end of the year. Since I'd like to have a well scheduled, researched and mapped out trip, when I do go to New Mexico, I'd like to wait until I'm completely ready to take it all in. Right now, it seems that I'll be more of a frazzled, disorganized train wreck if I scramble to go now.   

2)    The society just published 3 new indexes. I literally had my order secured on Amazon minutes after I got the notification newsletter in my email and they were delivered the very next day. My index collection has grown significantly and I realize I've neglected to make those updates to my book list (which you'll find a tab for, located just below the blog title at the top of this page). When I have a moment I'll update that book list for you.

We recently had to change cable companies so I was forced to finally jot down all the documentaries, tv shows and series episodes that I had recorded on my DVR - ones that pertain to history, family history, genealogy, different cultures, etc.. I'd been saving them there so I could eventually share the titles with you, but of course I can't find that list now. I know I have it here somewhere and once I find it, I'll post that info for you.

 I'm so glad to be back to researching and posting. I'm excited to get things moving along so that I can finally plan my long awaited trip to the motherland. My heart has been yearning to go back and experience New Mexico again, its been way too long. I may not make that conference in October, but I urge any of you who are able to go, to visit the New Mexico Genealogical Society website and register for the event.

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An Ode to my Genealogy Woes

Several months ago I made a post stating that I was “Reconstructing Profiles” and I promise you, that was no joke. As you've probably noticed, I haven't posted those new profiles. There have been some major kinks in my plan, so I will explain.

From November to December I not only did some hardcore researching, I started to transfer all of the 900 plus people in my family tree to a more comprehensive format. Even though the chaotic filing system, I have going on here at home, makes perfect sense to me, it doesn't exactly translate well to the page. I get my system, I understand the notes on my sources, but continuing my research has always been the most exciting part for me so I didn't always invest the time cool my jets and type everything out before continuing with my research. I made minimal notes to my actual family tree and continued with my research.

I like to use Ancestry.com to enter the information for my family tree. I'm comfortable with the format, although I definitely wish I could tweak some things to my satisfaction and preferences. It's also visually easier for me to flip back and forth through my family tree than say, FamilySearch.org.

I do use many of the resources on the FamilySearch.org website. Their resources are endless and when you chat with them for assistance, they are so nice and helpful. Going to their main hub in Salt Lake City, Utah, is definitely on my Bucket List, but for now they offer so much online and at their Family History Centers, that are located worldwide, I won't need plan my trip there for a while. The things that I wish were different on the FamilySearch.org website are 1) there aren't any privacy options and 2) anyone can make changes to your family tree.  

One thing that I don't prefer, on Ancestry.com, is how it saves some of the information to your family tree. For example, when you save a census record to your family tree on Ancestry.com it will enter that into the Facts Section as a residence (not a census record) and based on how that information was entered into their system, it will often leave out valuable gems of information (like the fact that my ancestor was blind, what their occupation was, etc. etc.). When I began transferring my ancestors to a new family tree, more thoroughly, I went ahead and took the liberty of documenting each bit of information and was diligent about citing my sources. When I transferred my Ancestry.com GEDCOM to the version of Ancestral Quest that I had purchased, all of the extra bits of information, I had gone to great lengths to painstakingly type out, did not translate from the GEDCOM to either of the two software programs I planned on using. Oy vey, has this been a bit of a nightmare!

So the two software programs I had decided to use were:
  1. Ancestral Quest - because of all the amazing charts options you have to choose from and because it allows you to keep your information private
  2. RootsMagic - because although you don't have many chart options in the free version, it does allow you to prepare a Narrative Report. The version of Ancestral Quest that I purchased does not allow you to print Narrative Reports.
One thing that irks me is that when you have Baptisms entered on your GEDCOM and you upload that to a software that is primarily formatted for LDS (Church of Latter Day Saints) life events, the info for those Baptism records don't show up on any of your reports because their software is formatted to show "Christenings". The problem is that you can't just simply go back and switch the event from a Baptism to a Christening in Ancestry.com, you have to delete that entry and retype the information. And in order to have the other software programs recognize the Baptism information, you have to go into each individual profile to set it to do that. So far, I have over 200 people transferred to my new family tree format and short of learning computer code so that I can create my own family tree software (which is so tempting), I will have to go back and retype much of the information I have already transferred to the new family tree. The problem is, its not only the Baptisms that aren't showing up, its all of the custom events that I entered into my family tree.

So back to the new profiles I was going to construct.....I was going to use the new software to do that, but things aren't exactly going as planned. Isn't it funny how so many ideas are much better in theory????

There may be a better way to do this, I just haven't figured it out yet. For now, I will go back to creating profiles in the same manner that I had already begun posting. I'm so, so sorry for the delay. I have lots to share with you and I will begin posting it as soon as I stop kicking myself in the arse.   

Happy researching!

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Secret Baptisms, Secret Marriages & Other Secret Affairs

Good day to you all!

It feels good to get back to researching again. We're currently awaiting the results of the engineers  inspection report on the damage to our home, so there's no better time to get back to work than now. I tried working on crafts to ease my stress but nothing does the trick like getting back to researching!

Admittedly, I can't remember where I left off when I was researching the Ulibarri's in the Indexes and transferring the people in my family tree to a new (more thorough) one. When I initially began researching, I wasn't familiar with how to cite sources or how important it was to keep track of specific bits of information. My work was a bit sloppy and even though I understood it all, translating it to a format that would be suitable for my blog has been a very time consuming process.

That being the case, I decided to ease back into my blogging by updating my Microfilm page with the titles, locations and dates they pertain to. (You can access it by clicking on the Microfilm tab above). 

As I was looking up the information for the microfilms I have on that page, I noticed that there are microfilms pertaining to Secret Baptisms (Bautismos Secretos). Very interesting!

While conducting my own family history research, there have been a few ancestors that either had children less than 9 months after their weddings or I've been unable to locate baptism records at all for their first child. Through other records it appears that their children may have been born before the parents even got married. This is where microfilms on "Secret Baptisms", "Secret Marriages" and "Other Secret Affairs" may come in handy.

I went ahead and searched the Family History website for anything Secretive in the records for New Mexico, Mexico and Spain, so here's a list of some of the stuff I came up with:

"Registros parroquiales, 1637-1956"
Authors: Iglesia Catolica. (Zapopan, Jalisco) (Main Author)
Archivo Diocesano de Guadalajara (Repository)
277460     Bautismos secretos 1869-1900
277461     Bautismos secretos 1900-1934
277462     Bautismos secretos 1934-1949
277463     Bautismos secretos 1949-1956

"Registros parroquiales, 1792-1948"
Authors: Iglesia Catolica. Inmaculada Concepcion (Galeana, Chihuahua) (Main Author)
Archivo Diocesano de Chihuahua (Repository)
1511693  (Incluye bautismos secretos, 1893-1897)

"Libros parroquiales de la cuidad de Mexico: extractos"
Author: Montejano Hilton, Maria de la Luz
v. 2. Libro de matrimonios y otros asuntos secretos de la Parroquia de San Sebastián (1787-1858)
(translation : Book of marriages and other secret affairs of the Parish of San Sebastian)

"Registros parroquiales: parroquia Asuncion Sagrario Metropolitano en la colonia Centro, delegacion de Cuauhtemoc, 1536-1953"
Author: Iglesia Catolica. Asunción Sagrario Metropolitano (Centro, Distrito Federal); Archivo Diocesano de México (Distrito Federal)
35279     Matrimonios de españoles 1816-1818 (incluyen matrimonios secretos, 1779-1890)

"Registros parroquiales de San Sebastián Martir, 1637-1954"
Authors: Iglesia Católica. San Sebastián Martir (Centro, Distrito Federal) (Main Author)
Archivo Diocesano de México (Distrito Federal)(Repository)

37426     Matrimonios de españoles 1809-1822 incluye matrimonios secretos (varias fechas)

"Registros parroquiales de Santa Cruz y Soledad, 1633-1955"
Authors: Iglesia Católica. Santa Cruz y Soledad (Centro-Barrio la Soledad, Distrito Federal) (Main Author) Archivo Diocesano de México (Distrito Federal)(Repository)

195754     Matrimonios secretos 1837-1885

"Registros parroquiales, 1594-1961"
Author: Iglesia Católica. Santiago Apóstol (Silao, Guanajuato); Archivo Diocesano de Leon
292006     Matrimonios secretos 1865-1913

"Registros parroquiales, 1899-1943"
Authors: Iglesia Católica. Vicaría Misión del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús (Jilotlán de los Dolores, Jalisco) (Main Author); Iglesia Católica. Vicaría Misión del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús (Jilotlán de los Dolores, Jalisco) (Repository)
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Bautismos de hijos naturales (Libro Secreto) 1904-1943 (faltan años)

"Spain, Cádiz, Cádiz, registro civil"
Authors: Cadiz (Cadiz). Ayuntamiento (Main Author); Archivo Municipal de Cádiz (Spain) (Repository)

5833525     Nacimientos secretos, vol 6010, 1850
5834248     Matrimonios secretos, vol 6112, 1850
5834249     Matrimonios secretos, vol 6113, 1851-1854

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