As I take down notes from old Carcar records with the goal to outline the genealogy of as many Carcar families as I can, I shall be thinking aloud…
And consequently, as my education on the history of the town, which one can read from between the lines on the pages of those books, continues, I can only hope my blog will have been jampacked with facts, ideas, doubts, questions, choler and hosannas worthy of what has been my privilege to experience. Attitude with an edge–two negatives which multiplied, like mathematics, will hopefully produce a positive.
I was sent off on the genealogy path by getting earnest answers from historian Mike Cullinane to the inanest questions I asked him about my own families’ histories. About Carcar, Claveria, Cebu City–Cullinane gave me my first real history lessons. The product of my research is his for the asking.
I must acknowledge my indebtedness to the graciousness of Mormon members who persevered in their calling to tolerate my almost daily readings at their family history centers in Lahug and Sikatuna. I got most of my Carcar records right out of their microfilm readers.
Meanwhile, for some months now, Msgr. Rolando Jimenez, Carcar ministry moderator, has allowed me access to the convent books. At the same time, he also invited me to partake of lunch at the convento with the other office staff whenever I’m in Carcar for my research. What can top that?
There have been many inquiries my way about people’s ancestors, in which they give only the name of one ancestor, usually a grandparent. That will prove to be very difficult to verify from my records. One, in innumerable cases, several persons, in the same family, have the same name, and it is foolhardy to point to one with some certainty without other references, like the person’s siblings, or a timeline. Two, since it is my project to outline the genealogy of Carcar families, I would like nothing better than to also get the family tree of the person making the inquiry. That way, quid pro quo, I can help with the personal search and at the same time my file for such family gets updated and the project makes progress.
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