Good Genealogy Morning

Good Genealogy Morning everyone!  I hope everyone is off to a great week.  Here in Southern California, we are having a rainy few days.  I know that not many people like the rain, but I LOVE the rain.  Yup, I love hearing the rain fall and walking in the rain.  I truly enjoy it.  I hope wherever you are at, you are enjoying the weather there.  I just wanted to update you all on a few things coming.

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First I would like to thank you, my readers.  A few days ago I celebrated my 6th Blogiversary!  I couldn’t believe that it has been six years since I have started this blog but time sure does fly by fast.  I have had many genealogy finds, met many geneabuddies, and attended many, many genealogy conferences.  I am very happy to have started this journey and I wouldn’t change anything about it.  Thank you for joining me on this ride.

Second, two weeks from today I will be flying to Salt Lake City, UT to attend Roots Tech.  Roots Tech is a conference that brings genealogy and technology together.  I am very excited to attend and I will be posting in a day or two about what my schedule will look like.  I am a bit apprehensive, you see this Southern California girl, one who has seen snow but never while it is falling, is a bit nervous about the normal weather Salt Lake City gets this time of year.  Although it has been cold here in L.A., it has not been the likes of Salt Lake City in the winter!

I have been told that it has been snowing this week and it wouldn’t surprise me if our So. Cal rains ended up in Utah as snow.  I have been told to layer and so I will after I make a few purchases to supplement my winter wardrobe!  I will be flying to Utah two days before the conference.  You cannot be in Salt Lake City without visitng the Family History Library there and doing some research.  I have a plan of attack, well genealogy research attack that I will deploy while I have my two days of free time there and will be posting it here in a few days.

Third, I will be out of commission for a few weeks after I come back from Roots Tech.  I have surgery scheduled (nothing serious) but the pain will render me useless for a while, or so I have been told.  I do plan to have posts scheduled to publish, like all that has gone on at Roots Tech that was not genealogy research related.  After all, it’s not like Las Vegas.  What happens in Salt Lake City doesn’t always stay in Salt Lake City.  As soon as I am able to sit up and be on my laptop without pain, I will be back to posting.

So thank you again for joining me on this blogging ride, it has been fun.  Are you attending Roots Tech?  Please comment and let me know, maybe we can meet for a cup of tea or coffee.

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My Great Genealogy Find of 2016!

Welcome to My Genealogy Obsession’s first post of 2017!  I hope you had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year. I had some great time researching my family history in 2016.  There were some sad times too.  But there are times when you find not just a golden nugget of family history, but a whole bar of gold!  Read about my Great Genealogy find of 2016.

A rumored family story finally gets documented. Read about my Great Genealogy Find of 2016. #genealogy www.MyGenealogyObsession.com

What am I talking about?  Well since the day I first started researching my family history, my Dad and my Uncle, his younger brother, have mentioned sporadically that they believe my grandfather had a sister and that she died in her early 20’s.  All throughout my research from the beginning until August of 2016, I couldn’t find any evidence, documentation, notation, or record that even had a whisper of a sister for my grandfather.  After my Dad passed away last March, my Uncle brought it up again.  Again, I couldn’t find anything on this alleged sister. I know that there are many other family genealogist who have felt the frustration that I have felt.  I know y’all hear me!

Fast forward to August 2016, I am searching in Ancestry.com for records concerning my great grandparents, Salome Luna and Monica Pinedo Fernandez and a bunch of new documents showed up.  It looks like Ancestry.com had just updated their databases and the Mexican Civil Records became available for my family in the state they lived in, Zacatecas, Mexico.

I found that my grandfather not only had this elusive, alleged sister named Marcelina (YEAH!!!), but my grandfather also had another sister and two other brothers (WHAT??).  I found the oldest of my great-grandparents children, Pomposo who only lived till he was 6 years old, a daughter named Cirilia who sadly only lived 15 days, the elusive sister, Marcelina who lived long enough to marry but only to pass away at 23 years old (yup, early twenties!), then I found the second-youngest, Juan C. who only lived till he was two year old.  It is sad that they all died so young, but it makes me happy that finally, I have the documentation I need to find this elusive sister of my grandfather, but to also prove her and her sister and brother’s relationship to my family.

So in all, my great-grandparents had a total of 8 children.  All of this time I thought and for the most part was told that the children of my great-grandparents only consisted of the 4 Luna brothers; Lino, Tiburcio (my grandfather), Martin, and Miguel; but I am so glad to have found the missing Luna children and have connected them to my family.

When you have family history in a country that doesn’t have much documentation available online, and your not in a position to travel to said country to look in their records, be patient.  It will show up in a database sooner or later.

Have you had a “Gold Bar” find like mine?  Comment and let me know, I would love to hear your story!

Remember always,

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My Favorite Memory – Baking

This past Thanksgiving holiday had me thinking a lot.  I found myself thinking a lot about about my dad and several memories came rushing to me.  Oh I had so many, but how to pick my favorite memory?  Of course, I let the tears flow but afterwards, there was a smile on my face.  Here is one such memory.

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My parents had been divorced since I was five and the visitation schedule was every Sunday, my younger sister and I would visit with my dad for the day.  Well one Sunday, when I was about 8 years old, I wanted to bake him something.  My mother allowed me to bake but only with the help of my older sister who was about 13 at the time.  My older sister helped me reach the ingredients in the upper cupboards and helped me get all of the equipment together, but she let me follow the recipe’s directions from my mom’s worn and used Betty Crocker cookbook that was given to her as a wedding gift (it was circa 1950’s, and man I wish we still had that cookbook!)

The recipe I decided to make was fruit turnovers.  My sister explained to me how to measure the dry and liquid ingredients after I had asked what Tbsp and tsp meant.  She didn’t tell me what to do, but guided me and allowed me to find my own way in getting the recipe done.  I remember that we didn’t have the right filling that was called for in the recipe so we decided to use some fruit jelly we had in the fridge and topped it off with powdered sugar.  After making a batch, we tasted it and both of us thought it was yummy.  I had put four in a paper bag and took them out to my Dad who had already arrived to pick us up.  I told him what I did, apologized for not being ready when he got there and gave him his treat while I went back into the house to change (I had flour all over my clothes.)  By the time my younger sister and I came out to get into the car, my dad said that the turnovers were very good and smiled at me with powdered sugar on his cheek and shirt.

I write this memory with tears in my eyes and I know with Christmas coming, there are going to be more instances of this happening.  I will shed more tears but I know they are happy tears because these are happy memories.  And although I miss my dad, I love the memories I have of him.  I am thankful for these memories and I hold then very close to my heart.

Do you remember your first attempt at baking?  Was it a success?  Let me know in the comment section.  I would love to hear your memories!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Here is to wishing happiness, good health, and being surrounded by family on this day of Thanks and Gratefullness.

I am grateful for my family, my dog, my source of joy and creativity: My two blogs, and for YOU; my readers.  Thank you for sticking around when I was at low points in my life.  I am truly grateful for your readership and friendship.

We wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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My Favorite Genealogy Blogging Tools

These are my top favorite blogging tools that have helped me blog more consistently and I really love that most are free.  Please note, that I am not getting paid or have any affiliates with the Companies or websites I mention in this post.

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Many of you don’t know this, but I have been blogging for a little over 6 years.  I haven’t always been consistent with my post which have led to my small readership, but that’s ok.  It is through those not-so consistent times that I found my focus for this site and I love the direction we are heading in.  During these inconsistent times, I did find a few of my favorite genealogy blogging tools.  These are tools that I found very useful in helping me be a better genealogy blogger.

  1. Canva – (Website) I love Canva! It is simple for me to use and allows me to upload my own images to use in my projects.  I use to mainly to make my Pinterest ready images or other graphic needs I have.  Like the one used on this post, it was created in Canva.  Canva allows a user to create graphics, social media images, ect.  And with these offerings, you can change the font, color and transparacy of the items used and it also offers free graphic items for you to use as well.  Watch out for an upcoming video tutorial on how to create Pinterest ready images with Canva!
  1. Photoscape – (Program) Photoscape has been my go to photo editor for a few years now. It started a few years ago, after my husband’s grandmother passed away.  We found a ton of her photos.  It turns out that my husband’s grandmother went through her photos about 5 to 10 years before she passed away, and wrote all of the information she knew about each photo she had.  It included names, dates, and places.  About 90% of the photos had information.  Well, when I scanned them, I didn’t want that golden nugget of information for each photo to disappear.  So I searched for a free photo editing software that had an easy learning curve and I found Photoscape.  Photoscape has become a lifesaver to my genealogy photos! I will also post an upcoming tutorial on using Photoscape for your genealogy photos!  It is really easy to use.  Oh, the link I provide is to download the Photoscape from CNET’s Dowload.com, I always look at download.com first when I have to download something off the net.  I trust CNET’s Download.com
  1. Broken Link Checker – (Plugin) I love this plugin! It is easy, you just install it in your WordPress.org site and if you have a broken link, it will show up on your WordPress dashboard.  This is helpful in keeping your readers experience on your blog a positive one.  You can go to the link I provided to download it to your computer, or you can search in your WordPress.org’s dashboard, under Plugins>Add New.
  1. Evernote – (Website, App & WebClipper) I use Evernote for everything! I use it for when I come across an interesting article and I want to clip it to my inbox so that I won’t forget about it.  I also use it to draft my blog posts when I am away from my home computer and laptop, and I use it to also store online important documents, just in case I might need them later.  I do pay for the premium for Evernote so that I can access from any of my several devices including my ipad mini, however the free version is just as useful but you would only be able to access it from one device.  I highly suggest using Evernote for helping with your genealogy blog.
  1. Passion Planner – (My old-fashioned paper planner) I have tried several different online planners, including using Google Calendar but I’ve always come back to my pen and paper planner and I have found an awesome planner at PassionPlanner.com.  Besides trying the online versions, I have also tried other paper planners such as Daytimer and Dayrunner.  Of all of the other paper planners I have used in the past, I have always struggled with the provided pages not filling my needs.  Then I would try either free planner page templates and even purchased planner pages that are available in the internet, nothing seem to satisfy my still disorganization.
My #passionplanner allows me to juggle my busy schedule AND be as creative as I want to be. Click To Tweet

What I really need was a way to include not only my regular 9 to 5 job hours, but also my personal time with my family, my blog maintenance duties, my genealogy research, my household errands, and my volunteering time all in one planner.  Everything I tried failed me.  I usually would have to add pages to my planner and I ended up creating most of the pages myself.  When I found Passion Planner, I was thrilled that it was a small business which started as a kickstarter.   (I love shopping small businesses!)  So far, I have been able to juggle all of my personal, work, volunteer and blog maintenance duties.  Besides being able to juggle everything, the one thing I love about my #passionplanner is that I can be as creative as I want to be with my pages.

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I love my passion planner and am looking for when my pre-order 2017 Limited Edition Birds & Bees planner arrives!  I can’t wait!!!

So there you have it, my list of favorite genealogy blogging tools.  I hope this was useful.  Can you add to my list?  What are your favorite genealogy blogging tools?  Comment and let me know!

As always,

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