Sunday, December 28, 2008

Mukashi, Mukashi

Mukashi, mukashi ~ a long, long time ago...

Christmas 2008 has now passed, and even though I don't make promises I know I won't be able to keep, I find myself loathing the inevitable New Years resolution time nevertheless. I feel that I should commit myself especially to getting more work done on our genealogy website, but on most days, there just isn't enough energy in reserve. So let's just say that I'll try my best to add more to the site in 2009.

Inspite of my dormancy, the website yielded contact by a number of distant relatives who, I'm very excited to report, are the most interesting, enthusiastic, and genial people! Tony Archuleta, Alton Auvil, Jon Auvil, Kenneth Auvil, Michael Auvil, Tracey Auville-Park, The Cafferty and Hurley families, Larry Franquez, Kelly LaPierre, Alan Porter, Stevanna Pratt, Steve Riggan, Kula Schumacher, Frances Seltz, Shirley Suchdolski, Elaine Weger, and anyone else I may have forgotten, to each of you, thank you so much for sharing with us!

While short on promises, I am nevertheless very hopeful for the new year even though there are so many who are having such a difficult time right now. So here's hoping that we continue to prosper and thrive in the knowing that there is comfort in finding family.

Hau'oli Makahiki e Ku'u Ohana,

Monday, March 17, 2008

Official Word: No Domain Names

Sorry Gang, I just checked through the Rootsweb help pages and discovered that the use of domain names is not allowed. Because Rootsweb is a very generous FREE host, especially in terms of unlimited space, I'm not going to get bent out of shape about it. We'll just have to put up with the extremely long and cumbersome URLs.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Family Branches Section Taking Shape

Each family now has its own section on the Forest For The Trees website! Finally, there's a sense of organization as each family has its own unique gateway. Enter through the Front Gate, or go directly to a family's opening page:

While these sections are not yet completed, you can keep checking back at a specific page containing the stuff that captures your interest.

And yes, I am contemplating a domain name. These long URLs are getting to me too...

Mahalo nui and thanks for your continued patience!

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Chong - Ahnee Family Pages Available

I am very happy to let you know that the Chong - Ahnee section of the website is ready for viewing! It's not quite done, but I have a feeling that all of these Branch sections won't be fully complete for a very long time... In the meantime, take a look at The Chong - Ahnee Family branch here.

Included are documents sent to me by the very nice people at the National Archives in San Bruno, CA back in 2004. Among many things, this precious packet contained passport pictures of my grandmother, Gladys (Chong) Tanigawa, at age 3, and a picture of her younger brother who died soon after the photo was taken. It also revealed the birth of another brother while the family was in China. The child, Soon Yen Chong, was left in China in the care of the mother of my great-grandfather, Fook Yee Chong.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Hurley Family Reunion

Aloha, Pa family 'Ohana! You are all invited to attend the Hurley Family Reunion on March 15, 2008! Please email me at for details. Our grandfather, Pitt Hurley Sr., was married to Pa decendent Miriam Keaupuni of Kaua'i. We would love to meet you, so please come!

Pat Kamalani Hurley

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Auvil Website Revived!

Hello Family,

My name is Jolene Auvil, and I am the wife of Todd Auvil, a descendant of Johannes Abel as are all of you. When we first began our genealogical search, we were ecstatic to have found Catherine Auvil's website at As a lot of you might remember, her site was a treasure trove of the research of many, many Auvil genealogists, compiled and posted by a tireless and dedicated Catherine. Around 2004 however, the site disappeared from the Internet.

For years now, I've been working on a website to house the information we've gathered on both of our families, and I began to realize that so much of our research was based on that of others who contributed to Catherine's website. In October of last year, I contacted Catherine and asked her permission to re-publish the information on her former website, incorporating it into mine. She very graciously allowed me to do this, and finally, that task has been completed.

Please come by and wander through the site:


We apologize for the length of the web address.

Whether you have comments, suggestion, corrections, etc., we'd love to hear from you. You may write to us directly, but we encourage you to use the blog:

We feel that this might be yet another place for Auvils everywhere to connect directly, eliminating the middleman.

Our special thanks to all the Auvil genealogists who generously submitted tomes to the original Auvil website. And our deepest gratitude to Catherine who, for many years, was the glue that held the Auvil generations together.

Mahalo Nui & In Thanks,
Todd and Jolene Auvil
Honolulu, HI

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Happy Chinese New Year!

It's the 2008 Year of the Rat! I'm hoping that things will improve for those who had a difficult time in last year's Year of the Boar. So many people I know struggled through challenges, monumental tasks, and horrendous events. This, from a year in which we were supposed to be careful not to become too lazy...

And for all my Catholic friends and family, I hope you gave up something you LIKE for Lent. It's not really a sacrifice if you give up your homework or cleaning the house until Easter. Not being Catholic but having gone to Catholic school, FYI: I gave up my dark chocolate. I could swear I'm dying. In being vigilant enough to remember the reason I gave up my favorite treat in the first place, I'm finding that I forgot to also give up whining about it.

In any case, we are coming up on a time of renewal in many traditions, and there is always great hope in new beginnings. For today though, Kung Hee Fat Choy to everyone!

Sunday, January 6, 2008 Documents Section Completed

The Documents and History section from the old website is now complete. To view all of these wonderful pages and pages of information, start here.

Happy New Year 2008!

Hello Family and Friends,

Happy New Year to you all!

I stopped making new years' resolutions many years ago because I got tired of disappointing myself. So while I'd LOVE to tell you that this is the year I'm going to finish the website, well, we'll see...

The Family Website section of the old site is now ready for viewing. The greatest challenge of getting these pages up is the sheer number of links contained within them, many of which don't work anymore. I've been trying to do some research on where these websites went, and it's been a little frustrating to tell you the truth. But hey, what genealogist doesn't like to play the sleuth?

With each little step, we get closer to the finish line. There should be a Year of the Turtle seeing as being born in the Year of the Rabbit isn't translating into speed...

Hope you all had a wonderful time during your holiday celebrations! Here's to a productive 2008.