William Henry Roll

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They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them. --Laurence Binyon,"Ode of Remembrance"

I have gathered a posie of other men's flowers, and nothing but the string that binds them is mine own. --Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Documenting your family history is a lifelong pursuit, a task of pleasure and research that is never completely finished.

Not to know one's ancestors, is to be a tree without roots, a stream without a source. --Kung-fut-se

The wind whispers through the trees, recalling words and dreams and memories of those who left us long ago. --Unknown

St. Basil of Caesarea, born about 330 A.D., said, "A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love."


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Family Relationship Terms in English and Spanish

In the context of human society, a family is a group of people affiliated by consanguinity (by recognized birth), affinity (by marriage), or co-residence (as implied by the etymology of the English word "family") and/or shared consumption. Members of the immediate family includes spouses, parents, brothers, sisters, sons and/or daughters. Members of the extended family may include grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces, and/or siblings-in-law.

Source: Wikipedia

The Spanish language equivalents of English family relationship terms are given below.

Immediate Family

Padre (father)
Madre (mother)
Padres (parents)
Padrasto (stepfather)
Madrasta (stepmother)

Hermano (brother)
Hermana (sister)
Hermanos (brothers, siblings)
Hermanastro (stepbrother, half-brother)
Hermanastra (stepsister, half-sister)
Mediohermano (half-brother)
Mediahermana (half-sister)

Hijo (son)
Hija (daughter)
Hijos (sons, children)
Hijastro (stepson, stepchild)
Hijastra (stepdaughter)

Extended Family

Abuela/abuelita (grandmother)
Abuelo/abuelito (grandfather)
Tatarabuela (great-grandmother)
Tatarabuelo (great-grandfather)

Nieta (granddaughter)
Nieto (grandson)

Primos (cousins)
Primos hermanos (first cousins)

Tia (aunt)
Tio (uncle)

Sobrina (niece)
Sobrino (nephew)

Other Family Relationships

Ahijada (Goddaughter)
Ahijado (Godson)
Madrina (Godmother)
Padrino (Godfather)
Compadres (Godparents)
Comadres (Godmothers)
Padrinos de pila (baptismal Godparents)

Nuera (daughter-in-law)
Yerno (son-in law)
Suegra (mother-in-law)
Suegro (father-in-law)

Contrasuegros (relationship between parents-in-law)

Cuñado (brother-in-law)
Cuñada (sister-in-law)
Concuña (the wife of a brother-in-law)
Concuño (the husband of a sister-in-law)

Primeros padrinos (legal witnesses)

Padrinos de Lazo (the lazo is two rosaries merged and symbolic of the marriage union)
Padrinos de Arras (coins the groom gives to the bride as symbol of providing for family)
Padrinos de Libro y Rosario (bible and rosary)

Dama (bride's maid)
Chamberlain (groom's man)

Portadores ask for the bride's "hand in marriage"

Boda is the wedding
Contraboda is the extension of the celebration sponsored by the other in-laws