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Friday, August 17, 2018

Tracing Out Our Family Tree

Have you ever wondered where you came from? What your family was like in the old days? I’ve realized after talking to my mother that apart from knowing who my great grandparents were on her side of the family, I never knew who they were. It surprised me even more than on my father’s side, they couldn’t even tell me the name of my great grandparents. I thought that was interesting so I decided to do a little research.

If any of you have seen the show Who Do You Think You Are, that’s the kind of history lesson I’d like to have when it comes to my family. I’d love to know who I was related to from the past and what kind of people they were. I’ve been using the website to find out what I can about my heritage. So far though, I haven’t had much luck. Records that go beyond my grandparents are not available unless I can find out more information about them and sadly, there just aren’t that many older people in our families around anymore to tell me more that could help me with my search.

One reason that I want to know more is because of the way our family looks. I have often been mistaken for Chinese, and when I mentioned this to my aunt at one point she mentioned that she heard we did have Chinese blood somewhere early on in the family. My maternal grandfather, on the other hand, looks Spanish, even people who knew him from his youth have said so. The thing is, no one has been able to say to me if we do have a bit of Chinese and Spanish in our family tree and if so, from where. I’d love to know more, but my resources are limited.

I’ve been told that I could do research with Catholic Churches for baptismal records and such but without knowing where exactly which grandparent came from it has not been easy. I know the more popular/affluent families would probably find it easier to retrace their family tree but for ordinary people like me, that just is not the case. I wish it were that easy to pull up family records though.

At this point, I think I will have more luck with my mother’s side of the family since my grandmother’s side has been known to be one of the older families in their hometown. Even if nobody remembers, the chance of finding relevant records are higher, especially since the family is devoutly Catholic and will most likely have records of baptisms and marriages at the only Catholic church in town. I’m not holding out for similar luck with my father’s side, where most of what people can remember is the nicknames of my great grandparents. They don’t even know the birthdates of the older ones, so that might be something I will never find out more about. It’s too bad, I’d love to know more about my father’s family.

Is there anyone out there who can point me in the right direction with my research? I have been following a Philippine Genealogy page on Facebook but that’s the best I have been able to find online apart from FamilySearch. It’s frustrating that there isn’t much for me to go on and there aren’t any readily available records that I can look at. 

I’d love to know more about who I am and where I came from. I hope this is something I can learn from soon. I think it’s something worth knowing I I ever get the chance to find out more about it.

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