Well let me think... Our family comes from a strong background. My dad (your grandpa) came from a long line of farmers, builders, labors, firefighters, policemen, housekeepers, and cooks. we moved from Isabella PR. and it was around he early 1960's- 1970's.
Tell me about my ancestors. What country did they come from and when?
Tell me about the journey one our relatives took from another country or another part of the U.S. How did that lead ti living in our hometown?
my grandmother single handedly brought anyone willing to leave P.R. to make a better life and came to the U.S.A. To make a long story short the results of that meant my mother&father was able to meet in the U.S.A. Mom was from Elizabeth&Dad was from Linden.
Do you know any stories about how your family first came to the U.S.? Where did they first settle? Why? How did they make a living? Did your family stay in own place or moved around? How did they come to live in this area?
They worked so hard and saved all their money to come the U.S. We first settled in Elizabeth NJ. To make a better for them and generations to come. My Grandfather worked under the table jobs saved allure money again to eventually end up meeting my Grandfather and showed her how to establish credit so she can eventually buy a house. We stayed mainly in NJ in the early year. Elizabeth/Newark area finally end up in Keansburg NJ.
What do you know about your family name? Are there stories about its history or origins/ Has it undergone any changes/ Are there any stories about those changes?
My last name Martinez not much but Vasquez was supposedly was a last name for one of the richest families in P.R. I'm pretty sure there are but to my knowledge I don't know any know any of them. Yes through several different marriages. We have families with many different last names which are Cerra, Vasquez, Martinez, Mya, Weathers, Henderson, Velez, Comas, Tylor, Willams, and Austin.
Not so much changed more of an option for families to do then or not instead of being made to do them. When the elders started diving off time changed it so we weren't made to do it. "As long as I am alive were going to follow tradition" (elders said)
Are there traditions that you have given up or changed? Why?
Long Summers, longer Winters, a lot of house b-day parties, a lot of love, a lot of out door activities. Marbles, tag, snowball fights, building snowmen, race cars, a lot of learning games, and video games. Cars, trucks, Teddy ruskin, talking Big Bird, Pee-Wee Herman drawstring doll. Not so much tradition it was more of family that didn't want to leave.
What are some of your childhood memories? what games did you play when you were a child? What kinds of toys did you pay with? did you have any traditions growing up? Describe these traditions.