A Vanishing Ancestoral Past
When I watch the program I constantly search for a theme that I can relate to. I’m envious of the European descendants whose ancestral past is well documented, even for many who had impoverished relatives. And, despite the brutal past of slavery a rare tool did come from it…official records. However, as a Mexican-American or New Mexican-American I have found it very difficult to find my ancestor’s documents. Thankfully for the Morman Church I was able to find a marriage record for my grandparents, but it ends there for both sides of my family. That is just two generations removed.
My mother’s family come from New Mexico. That’s all we know. We don’t know how they arrived and where did they come from. We think they could be jews sent to the New World during the inquisition, but it’s hard to say. Although there is definitely a blend of rituals used in their religion. My father’s parents were from Mexico. But, even though his mother was an orphan there are no records of where she came from. That was my grandmother, just two generations from me and her past has vanished. It’s a difficult thing to deal with. I ask why can most Americans find a bit of their past, but a silent minority has to rely on neglected accounts that end in unfulfilled hopes.