Diaz Family Tree Project Essay

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Manuel Vazquez 2/24/11 PR History 12-1 Diaz Family Tree Project Essay On January 2011, Mrs. Del Toro assigned to the senior Class of 2011 an arduous project: trace back a Puerto Rican family name until you discover its origins in Puerto Rico, the original seeds, and find out more about the family. With only a month to tackle this project, and no long break to use to visit, the Class of 2011 had before them a monolithic task before them. Some had their work done by others of their family; others had to find a family to trace back, since theirs were too recent to use. This is the story of one man’s – Manuel Vazquez’s – quest to discover the truth behind the Diaz family of Toa Alta that lay hidden under the sands of time, all in the span of one month, with nothing more than a few names, a few sources, time, and dedication. This experience began with the stark re-realization of how cruel time had been to the family. There was but 3 people left in it who could help unearth some truth: Libia Diaz, the mother; Sara Diaz, the hospitalized, grand-aunt; and Petra Diaz, the great-aunt, who lived in Kansas, and who was the sister of the fabled Abuelo Chu, Jesus M. Diaz. Countless stories had been told about this famous ancestor, and it was curiosity over him which drove the decision to choose this particular family. The first interview done was the most laborious: the interview with Petra Diaz, assisted by her daughter Sincia. From this interview, it was learnt that there is a history of actors in the family, and apparent animosity between the daughter and her uncle Chu.
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