I’m on a roll here … the Weekly Writing Challenge now. Digging for roots. Who am I. Where I came from. How I am related to others. Ancestors and ancestries …
Tracing family roots is an on again off again project. My father is one of fifteen siblings – seven from his natural mother, eight from his step-mother. My mother is one of ten siblings. I only have two siblings, and when I was younger, I would often think of how it would be like to have more than three of us running around.
I don’t exactly know when I started to get interested in tracing the family roots. Perhaps it was because my father would make a comment every now and then about something that reminded him of the past … but then would not elaborate. So as the years went on, I would try to collect all the little bits and pieces that he would talk about … which again was not much. And so the project lay dormant, until the next comment that would revive it.
I made a great breakthrough about four years ago. *sigh* Not much progress since then, and the blog that I had started to document this journey is also sadly dormant. I need to squeeze this in to the remaining minutes of my day to work on it as well. Anyway, I obtained a copy of a handwritten family tree from my aunt, who in turn had been given the document during a business trip to the ‘ancestral’ town. Not sure exactly how it happened, but it seems that upon hearing her maiden name was Feliciano, a distant-distant relative came up and gave her the document – ten wonderful handwritten pages of the Feliciano family tree, of which I got a copy.
OCD that I am, I mapped and charted out the document … and now I know that I am the seventh generation, and my children are the eighth generation of what seemed to be the founders of the town. And not just any founders … they were the stuff that urban legends are made of … they were famously killed by a couple of crocodiles. And not just any regular crocodiles either .. the crocodile couple actually had names too!
Wow. Can’t get any better than that. I really must get back to researching this family tree …
Excerpt from PalawanFeliciano: The Beginning –