Hi WikiTreers,

Welcome to a new installment of “Meet our Members.” It’s time to get to know another awesome member of our community: Meet Rubén.

Rubén joined us in April of 2016.  He quickly became active in our G2G forum and is super friendly, welcoming and helpful.  He participates in our Mexico Project, has all three Generous Genealogist badges and has received several Wonderful WikiTreer awards.

What are some of the surnames you are researching?

Hernández de Espinoza, García de Miranda, Gutiérrez de Hermosillo, Romero de Chávez, Ulibarri y Liñan, de Olachea y Negrete and many more. In the middle of the XVIII century these long last names were truncated and the descendants went by one last name part only. In our time there are Olachea’s and Negrete’s with common ancestors that used the long last name Olachea y Negrete.

What are some of the locations you are researching?

Mainly Mexican western and central estates: Michoacán, Jalisco, Zacatecas, Aguascalientes and Nayarit.

When and how did you get interested in genealogy and family history?

When I was born my grandfather would have been a centenarian if still alive. Most of my aunts and uncles were born in the XIX century. When I was a child I heard lots of stories about events and people that happened back then … and from people with first hand knowledge!

Who’s your favorite ancestor and why?

All of them. I think I am made of a small piece of each one of them and their history is part of my history.

Tell us about a brick wall you were able to break down or one you hope to bust through.

Once, when I was almost giving up on researching for an ancestor´s ancestors I found a birth certificate of one of his children. The witnesses were listed as his uncle and his brother in law. Most of the time the witnesses on these documents are relatives but the relationship is not listed. These clues made it possible to find who his parents were.

If you could pick one person in history to be related to, who would it be and why?

I really believe we all are connected in a single family tree. So all of us are somehow related to each and every person in history.

What are some of your interests outside of genealogy?

Genealogy leads you to research and learn more about many other subjects that really delight me: History, Geography, Sociology and so on. I also love math and logic puzzles.

How long have you been on WikiTree and how active are you?

I first joined WikiTree in April 2016. Since then I can’t stop WikiTreeing almost every day.

I strongly agree with our community’s mission:

Our community’s mission is to grow an accurate single family tree that connects us all and is freely available to us all.”

All the American continent is mainly populated by descendants of European emigrants. I’m sure that Mauricio Macri born in Argentina and Justin Trudeau born in Canada have common ancestors, and we can find them if we dig enough.

What are some of the features/aspects of WikiTree that you love/don’t love as much?

Many aspects of WikiTree are really unique and outstanding, especially our 9 point Honor Code. I always try to incorporate points III and IV to my everyday life. So WikiTree is much more than all about Genealogy only.

I am always amazed by the continuous improvements: Opening 100/150+ profiles, [half] siblings notation, “Ancestors” and “Descendants” buttons on profiles, just to mention some of the latest.

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree?

Endure the learning curve.

The harvest will be plentiful.

If you could leave one message for your descendants, what would it be?

I am a small piece of what you are made of.  Be a better person to honor me and your descendants will honor you as well.


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  One Response to “Meet our Members: Rubén Hernández”

  1. I just found that we are 100 d to each other. Interesting.

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