Happy 4th of July!

My journey started in 2006 when I retired.  It became my new passion to find out all I could about my maternal and paternal ancestors.

I was raised by my maternal grandfather so Iʻve always considered his family roots to be my own.  My father and his family I never got to know.  I met my paternal uncle when I went to Honolulu to attend the University of Hawaii.  He contacted me and offerred to be my dentist.

My father I met a couple of years later when he stopped in Honolulu to visit his brother on his way back from a business trip to Japan.  

When I started looking for my ancestors, I really had no helping hands.  My dad had no clue even when I asked.  My mother had no clue but always rehashed the old bedtime stories my grandfather used to tell my brother and I.

I joined Ancestry.com when it was just taking baby steps.  Even then it offered lots of information about those with European ancestry, but very little for Asians.  In fact, even today, we Japanese, Chinese, Koreans, Vietnamese, Filipinos, etc are still lumped together as Asians.  I know and you know they are not lumped together, but according to them we all look alike.  Then there was the born in Hawaii thing.  

What I publish here is what I’ve learned in the last 15 years of research.  The techniques worked for me.  Everyone’s road is different but some of the websites containing genealogical data may be of some help.

I want to write about my journey through life.  I believe that my maternal family genealogy played a lot in determining who I am today.  

This much I know.  My maternal family descended from Watanabe no Tsuna, aka Minamoto no Tsuna, great-grandson of Minamoto no Tōru, son of Emperor Saga by the Court Lady Ōhara no Matako (大原全子), daughter of Ōhara no Mamuro (大原真室).  The best genealogical tree is at the The Matsūra Historical Museum now has English pages.  http://www.matsura.or.jp/en/home-2/  My paternal family I know almost nothing about.  I have determined that they were from the servant class working for a large farm.  My Yokohama cousin who is researching my ancestors said that there was a marker stone with the name Harunaga outside a very old residential apartment building where the servants lived.  The family might have had some status among the servants to deserve a marker stone.

©June 2021 by hisiamone