I find myself very fortunate that I have been able to break down my brick wall of adoption. My records were and remain sealed, so to be able to find anything beyond one's birth date and place of origin, is very difficult especially when your names have been changed. I have always had the desire to know who I am and from whence I came. "What are my roots?" "Who are my people?"
I was raised in an African American home with the appreciation of my culture. I have known since the age of eight years that I was adopted and that my birth-mother was of Mexican descent. However, I did not have any frame of reference of what it meant to be of Mexican descent. Being of a mixed heritage, I felt that in order for me to embrace who I am, I realized that I must allow my ancestors to guide me through this journey of discovery.
Now, I have heard family folklore or oral history from my birth-mom, that we are of Apache and Yuqui Indian. I have heard stories of adoption and annihilation. This I am searching for, documented tangible proof, even though I know it occurred. Our family roots in relation to the United States originated in New Mexico & Arizona. Of course this would have been Mexico territory before it was U.S. territory.
Knowing very little of my grandparents, "The Espinoza, Sanchez, Munoz & Chavez" Ancestry, I was thrilled that I found my biological, maternal grandparent's wedding certificate.
I met my grandparent's one time in 1991 in San Pedro, California. They made an impression on me that would stick with me forever. My grandfather Felipe Espinoza, Jr. was handsome and very kind. My grandmother Esther Munoz Espinoza was welcoming and spent the next two hours from the time I knocked on their door to talk with me about my mother and show me pictures of the family.
So Here it is!!!
|Family Search online|
Felipe Espinoza & Esther Munoz
This document shows when and where my grandparents were married. What I was excited to find is that it also listed their parent's names. So this wedding certificate reveals the names, and will allow me to search further in the census records.
My Great Grandparents names:
Felipe Espinoza Jr's Parents
Felipe Espinoza, Sr.
Esther Munoz's Parents
On the document, it lists my Great Grandparents as being born in Mexico, however I believed they were born in New Mexico. With a little more digging I hope I will find the information I am looking for.
Felipe Espinoza Jr. and Esther Munoz were married in Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California on November 30, 1946. Esther was 19 and Felipe was 20. This was both their first and only marriage, and when my grandfather passed away on October 8, 2010, that was when my grandparents parted.