Identity

Identity

The experience of researching my family tree has made me realize that how or whom we identify ourselves with is a choice based on not always accurate information. This is not a new or original thought. Numerous movies have been based on the premise of an individual learning that everything that they had been taughtRead More…

Unearthing Family Roots

Unearthing Family Roots

I’ve been trying to write this article for a while now. The problem is that I have gotten completely wrapped up in researching my genealogy – so much so that I am having difficulty focusing on anything else. I’ve tried all the usual remedies – take a break, do something else. But today I cameRead More…

Searching for Lt. Hamilton

Searching for Lt. Hamilton

It wasn’t until 60 years later that my father told me of the story of Lt. JG Hamilton, a WWII pilot that crash landed near my family’s property in Machanano, Yigo. I had never seen my father cry until that day. At fourteen, that incident would impact the decisions that he made for decades toRead More…

Genetic connections

Genetic connections

In an effort to learn about the origins of the Leon Guerrero family on Guam, I, along with a male family member had our DNA tested and analyzed. I turned to “Genetealogy” when the paper trail to my earliest known ancestor, Don Diego Leon Guerrero grew cold. I figured it was worth a try sinceRead More…

Searching for Don Diego in Seville

Searching for Don Diego in Seville

Guam and Seville, Spain, are linked through a shared history. Seville was the departure port for many of the mariners, explorers, priests and soldiers who plied the oceans in search of a better life. For those destined for the Pacific, it was the beginning of the first leg of a journey across two oceans andRead More…

Family Origins

Family Origins

Who will be the characters of my story? I wrestled with this thought. How can I ensure that they are accurate depictions of the time period as well as have depth? Basically, how do I create a character that I, and hopefully my readers, connect with? While the list of potential characters is long, IRead More…

Survival

Survival

When I started this writing project I thought it would be a “piece of cake” to write a historical novel once I got past my self-induced fear. The mechanics of researching and writing have never been difficult for me. I love every bit of it. Reading old documents and trying to piece clues together toRead More…