Our Family Origins
Villa Garcia, Zacatecas, Mexico
Dedicated to Manuel Medina Delgado
Born April 26, 1917, Died April 14, 1995
|Family History Contents
Delgado Family Origins (below)
Delgado Family Photos
Delgado Family Tree
Medina Family Origins (In Photos)
Hernandez (Sanchez-Torrez) Family Origins (In Photos)
|The Seed of Curiosity
My paternal grandmother, affectionately known as mama Cuca, planted the seed of adventure and curiosity in 1969 when, during one of my many visits, she said ďyou must have gotten your height from your uncles in Zacatecas. They were known as Ďlos largosí- the tall ones.Ē That was the only time I ever heard that our family came from Zacatecas. The curiosity was renewed when, on his dying bed, my dad told stories about his life. But he had no stories about his father. Maybe he didnít want to talk about him, maybe he didnít know any more than his name. My father grew up as a Medina my grandmother's maiden name, but changed it to Delgado just before he married my mother.
In 1939 my grandmother told him about the circumstances of his birth, that his surname was Delgado not Medina, and showed him his birth certificate.Thatís when he first knew anything about his father. The story, told by my mother, is that he was very upset with my grandmother. When told that he was conceived out of wedlock, he wished he had never found this out. Still, he changed his name. My father must have felt an obligation to carry on his fatherís name. He must have wanted the family tie. So I decided that one day I would go to Zacatecas and find out who his father was.
Several years later it was time to plan my vacation, but as my family knows Iím not one to lay around a pool and relax. Anyone who has ever traveled with me can tell you that I try to see and experience everything I can squeeze into everyday. In 2000 I went to Cuba. After that I had to come up with something more unusual. So what could be more unusual and exciting than going to Mexico and finding the stories my father could have told us about his father.