Family trees … I’d always been interested in tracing the family tree and trying to map it out. That usually meant getting the older relatives to talk about what they remember of aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.
From bits and pieces of reminiscing, I had some idea of who fitted where. Unfortunately, most had the same anecdotes and recollections of the same people.
Until one day while talking to my Aunt Joanna, she mentioned that her sister, Phebe, was given a document about the Feliciano family tree, when she visited the Feliciano home town, Balete, Palawan. Well, I just about jumped off my chair … and immediately asked for a copy.
A treasure trove … ten beautiful hand-written pages of the history of the Felicianos.
I think it starts from the early 1800’s – that’s something I still have to research and verify. There are some dates in the narrative, but not many. The document was written soon after 1990, which was the last year mentioned.
It starts with Mariano and Maria Feliciano, and outlines through to the fourth generation descendants. There are descriptions of some of the family, their occupations, and of course, the marriages and the children. There are many names that still need filling in, but having nothing from before, this was a huge find.
I started mapping out the tree, starting several versions until I found the best format, working late into the night on weekends.
I filled in what I could of the fifth generation, and expanded into the current generations, which is the sixth and seventh. And the eighth generation has started.
Much to do still. I hope this journey continues long into the future …