Families Can Really Be Forever if You Work At It ... Now

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Genealogy enthusiast Beatriz Bonilla Cypert encourages people to start a family history today.

The growing trend toward single parent and mixed family households in the U.S. has many people looking for ways to safeguard their heritage.

According to Mrs. Beatriz Bonilla Cypert of Pico Rivera, Calif., "Genealogy is the name of the game when it comes to keeping your family together and alive."

Mrs. Cypert has 5 children and 15 grandchildren to tell the story of her family.

"I love to tell my family history in poems," Cypert says and offers this: The Bonillas -- Gaspar, Jose, Clemente and Diego -- left Mexico, their native land. By the sweat of their brow, they cleared the land of mesquite and tornillo bushes that covered the ground and gave the name to the dusty west Texas community."

Read more about them in "Moments in Time", by Frances Segulia, or better yet, ask your oldest living relative.

Jesus said, "Honor your father and mother." "What better way than writing their history so their descendants can honor them too?" Mrs. Cypert said. "If an ancestor turns out to be a rascal, forgive him and God will forgive you."

Identify every picture you have, she suggests, and ask your oldest living relative. Mrs. Cypert teaches children in the family about genealogy by using a rhyme: "Juana Bonilla Flores is her name. She is the daughter of Jose and genealogy is the name of the game."

An excerpt from Mrs. Cypert's poem reads: "If you are my 1st or 10th cousin or I am your 1st or 10th great aunt, if today is the first time you have seen me, remember families can be forever, and I am part of your family tree."

For a complete copy of her poem and information on the book about the farming community of Tornillo, Texas, contact the author at 360-312-0892.


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