(Originally published April 23, 2013, and updated June 1, 2018) I am a proud member of Geneabloggers Tribe, and before that a member of its predecessor, Geneabloggers, Thomas MacEntee’s web-based group of family history writers and genealogists. It includes over 3,000 members – that’s 3,000 blogs – from all over the world. I joined in 2012 … Continue reading "It’s an Honor to Meet You…"
Do you know this soldier? This photograph of an unidentified young soldier was in a frame with a family tree group, hanging on a wall in my Aunt’s living room. Is he English? When my family and I traveled to Mexico City to visit our Huesca family in June 2003, I spotted a large … Continue reading "Friday’s Faces from the Past"
Happy Mother’s Day Feliz Día de las Madres Bonne Fête des Mères Buona Festa della Mamma Hyvää äitienpäivää Lá na Máthar Shona ar No matter what your language, “Mother” is the sweetest word of all. Margaret … Continue reading "Sentimental Sunday: To the Mothers in Our Lives"
Flickr images, Courtesy Michael McCullough The three years my family spent in Mexico City before moving to California in the mid-1960s gave my my sisters and me the opportunity to get to know our paternal relatives and learn my father’s native language and culture. I have often thought that if every young person … Continue reading "Daily Life in 1960s Mexico City"
Joan Joyce (Schiavon) Huesca 1928 – 1987 In her own words (Part One) On June 24, 1987, a couple of months before she died of lung cancer, my mother, Joan Joyce (Schiavon) Huesca began writing the story of her life. The following is an excerpt from the first chapter of her book, Joan Joyce Schiavon … Continue reading "Treasure Chest Thursday: Early Memories"
Condolences Cañada Morelos, April 25, 1915 Mrs. Catalina Perroton. Tierra Blanca My Dear Friend, As I send you my greetings together with all the well-deserved attentions to you and your kind family, I want to send you my deepest sympathies on the death of the Child Gilberto, and you must not believe that it was caused … Continue reading "Sympathy Saturday: “Do Not Give In”: Part 1"
Francisco Perrotin 1866 – 1899 “The first cases (of yellow fever) in Orizaba were all of persons living in a small radius, close around the railroad station. In the next epidemic they spread out a few hundred yards farther and took in another block of houses a little farther off from the railroad station as … Continue reading "Francisco Perrotin: 1866 – 1899"
A legacy renewed, a cause for celebration On a cold wintry morning on the eve of the Civil War some 150 years ago, a dashing red-headed French baker and a wide-eyed, dark-haired Irish seamstress pledged their undying devotion in a loving embrace before God as they were joined in marriage in a small Catholic … Continue reading "A Legacy Renewed, A Cause for Celebration"
My great-grandmother, María Amaro, holds her infant daughter, Catalina Perrotin, on her baptismal day outside the Perrotin family home, flanked by my great-grandfather, Francisco, and their son, Francisco Junior. Orizaba, Veracruz, 1893. Maria Angela Catalina (Perrotin) Huesca Born May 31, 1893, in Orizaba, Veracruz, Mexico Died April 5, 1998, in Mexico City, D. F., Mexico … Continue reading "Maria Angela Catalina (Perrotin) Huesca"
Marriage Certificate of Cayetano Huesca and Maria Angela Catalina PerrotinMy grandparents (Abuelitos, as we called them) were married in the Catholic Church in Tierra Blanca, Veracruz State, in 1908, and their first child, Enrique, was born a year later. They were married civilly in the same town in 1912, in accord with federal law, which … Continue reading "Marriage Certificate of Cayetano Huesca and Maria Angela Catalina Perrotin"