Our genealogy society
Some months into my pretentious solo experiment, I recognized the project needed the help of many others out of the same mold of relentless family tree makers, whole families as it were, or even the entire town itself if it came to that.
That point I started the carcarfamilies yahoo group, the social network then. My first post was four years ago, in February 9, 2007, wherein I acknowledged that there were many other Carcaranons already making their family trees then and proposed that it was time we shared what we were gathering with one another. Carcar families had by 200 years so inter-related with each other that any family tree can fill up other family trees just by the family’s very inter-relationships.
The first 10 who responded to the call were: Ramona Smith-Casares in the US, Donney Abellana-Sharp in Scotland, Vilma Cong-Divinagracia in the US, Willy Abellana (R.I.P) in Carcar, John Ada and Leo Alegado both in the US, Edna Echavez in Canada, Jeanelyn Zozobrado in the US, Silvino Tagimacruz Jr in Quezon City and Jimmy Dayonot in the US. Donney gave a complete lineup of her father’s family, Vilma began to doggedly hook up with her family members, Willy responded here and there to my queries and Ondo Tagimacruz emailed his extraordinary accomplishment (with collaborators) of his Tagimacruz as well as the Alfafara family trees in excel.
I now realize there was only one based in Carcar – Willy Abellana — who responded with the first wave, and we have at present 63 members, me included. Galo Silva got on to the group and became a member only almost 2 months after, but as Member No. 33 has since single-handedly tracked down the Silva and Quijoy families for the group. Other members have stopped sending in their updates but not Galo, who being based in Las Vegas, must have calculated the odds of our ever accomplishing anything for Carcar, and bet all-in on that. Many who tried to initiate their family genealogy began to experience the travails of waiting for family members to respond—even two years after the latter’s first pledges.
When we present our first edition product to the town the names of the following members (in alphabetical order) of the society will be there–and bravo!:
Wilfredo Abellana (+), Donny Abellana-Sharp, John Ada, Basilio Alegado, Allen Alesna, Richard Alesna, Blossom Alesna-Morante, Gerald Alfafara, Elbe Alicaba-Cale, Joan Baraquia-Calderon, Marissa Barcelo-Bacon, Emmanuel Barcenas, Rodolfo Barcenas Jr., Roger Barcenas, Tessa Barcenas-Sowa, Eusebio Barcenilla, Phoebe Boholst-Panopio, Liliosa Cacafranca, Virginia Camotes-Regis, Rafael Campañon, Apple Campañon-Botass, Vilma Cong-Divinagracia, Jimmy Dayonot, Rey del Napoles, Edna Echavez, Shirley Edillon, Lufrey Eliorda, Zenaida Enriquez-alegrado, Joanilyn Fano, Bernie Fernandez, Joan Florido, Ritza Florido-Tumusok, , Radith Gantuangco-Congson, Jojo Garcia-Serranilla, Charles Kwong, Almar Lagaras, Gibb Lapinid, Marguerite Largo, Michael Lozada, Sherwin Madrio, Leo Manguray*, Niño Maramba, Luz Navarra-Lozada, Al Noel, Michael Noel, Gigi Noel-Gabumpa, Rose Paculaba-Koenig, Julie Paningsoro, Algresa Paraz-Binoya, Virginia Ponteres-Keita, Leilani Que, Bryan Quisquirin, Shelyn Regis-Gabrillo, Sheila Mae Rosaroso, Galo Silva, Ramona Smith-Casares, Silvino Tagimacruz Jr., Lilia Tanga-an-Sepalon, Galileo Varga III, Marites Villaluz-Heyrosa, Jeanelyn Zozobrado.
[contributors of family trees in boldface]
When they appear, it will be with their real names, like you get in the records.