Family History Essay

907 Words Dec 28th, 2010 4 Pages
Barbara
Chicano Studies
Sep 6, 2010
Family History
The word migration can have a very different meaning to each individual. In the dictionary it is defined as the movement of people from one country or locality to another. I now see the word with such a deeper meaning no only is it the group of people moving, but in fact how they moved and the struggles they had to go through. Before I sat down with both of my parent and asked them about my “roots” I had no idea how difficult migration from Mexico to the US was for both of my parents families. I never took the time to listen to little details on how exactly they ended up in this country. After I took the time to listen to my elder relatives and parents talk about how they use to live
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My Grandfathers Pascual Lopez Mares’s parents Carlotta Mares and Jose Trinidad Lopez and Grandfather were also born in the small town of Jesus Maria, Jalisco. My Fathers parents and their nine children moved to a city named Zacatecas, in the state of Zacatecas when he was two. He was raised there then came to the United States when he was twenty-two with one of his brothers.
Economically my parents and their families were both very underprivileged and less fortunate. It was hard to maintain a house considering the large amount of siblings they each had. Since money and space was limited in my father’s house hold they would send the boys to an inexpensive boarding school till they reached the end of middle school. My Father dropped out when he came back home. He furthered his education in the U.S, by getting his license in Real Estate and becoming a realtor. My Mother and her siblings finished high school in the U.S. My mother went to Oxnard College and became an English Teacher, but now has her nursing license and is a visiting nurse. My parents both have the highest form of education among their fellow siblings.
The majority of Spanish speaking Mexicans are Christian Catholics who believe in one God. My whole family has been Catholic since anyone can remember. My great-grandparents were very involved with the Catholic Church in their community and taught my grandparents to be the same way. Both of my Grandmothers were extremely…