Since my last two posts have focused on the new search for my biological family, I thought it appropriate to focus on my parents (my real parents). This is the story of my adoption, and what family and family history mean to me.
Despite having Dad test with AncestryDNA over a year ago, I never really did anything productive with his autosomal DNA results until now, after learning about transferring the raw data to Family Tree DNA. My FTDNA results and matches got unlocked and processed last week. Comparing Dad’s ethnicity estimates from both sites is my first step into analyzing his DNA.
I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I was toying with starting a one-name study for my Robledo surname. This is the second post in that series, focusing on an analysis of the 1790 to 1850 U.S. Census to identify the first appearance of the Robledo surname in the United States.
Despite them both living in Los Angeles County, California, and Benjamin having a very large family in Los Angeles County, my grandparents Rosie Salas and Benjamin Robledo chose to marry in nearby Orange County. I found this out when I discovered their marriage record, which came as a big surprise to both me and my dad….because his parents married one city away from where I spent my entire childhood.
After RootsTech 2015, I am seriously considering embarking upon a one-name study for my Robledo (maiden) surname — whether just on my own, or officially registered through the Guild of One-Name Studies. My hope is that a study will help me make a breakthrough on my brick wall Robledo ancestral line.
New Caledonia, in particular its port of Nouméa, became a strategic base for the Allies during World War II, serving as the base of operations for the Battle of Guadalcanal in 1942-43 and the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. Navy Station Nouméa is where I first find my grandfather serving in the war. My grandfather served here in 1944.
My dad’s youngest brother and I share the same birthday. Profiling him in the “closest birthday” topic for the 2015 “52 Ancestors” family history blogging challenge.