(This journal was one that included questions for the journal owner to answer. Below are Grandma’s answers, written in at age 96. No one knew she had worked in this journal until the evening of her passing – this was a discovery found by Joy, most appriopriately.)
SECTION — Personal & Family History
Q. What is your full name? If this is not your given/maiden name, what was your birth name?
A. Fausta R. Ramil, Fausta M. Reyes, Fausta De Los Reyes
Q. Do you know how and why your name was changed?
A. Change my cause of married
Q. What is your current address?
A. 625 Falcon Way/Livermore, California
Q. When, where and in what town were you born?
A. Dec. 19, 1919 – Novaliches, P.I.
Q. Is there a story about your birth that your family would tell?
Q. When and where was your father born?
A. Rev. Arcadio Reyes Phlippins – 85 years old
Q. Why did he, or his family, come to America? Where did they settle, and why?
A. We come to State, Calif. To home (?) settel in Stockton, to fine job + good luck + fortune
Q. What have you been told about his family and childhood that was important to you?
A. Good + beautiful
Q. Describe your father as a young person, and as an adult. Who was he?
A. He advice many people as a minister. He assined in congregations like, Banlat, Malabon, Pola, Novaliches in Luson.
Q. How many sisters and brothers were in his family, what were their faull names, and when were they born?
A. Has 4 brothers + a sister. All Borned in Pilippines. All gone
1. Jose Reye
3. Arcadio Reyes
4. Isabel Reyes
Q. When and where was your mother born?
A. Gregoria Matos. She bone, Polo, Bulakan
Q. Why did she, or her family, come to America? Where did they settle, and why?
A. They did not come to state
Q. What have you been told about her family and childhood that was important to you?
Q. Describe your mother as a young person, and as an adult. Who was she?
A. She smart contestant in Bible in churush.
Q. How many sisters and brothers were in her family, what were their full names, and when were they born?
A. Three brothers
1. Juan Matos
2. Enriqe Matos
YOUR IMMEDIATE FAMILY
Q. Were you raised by both your mother and father? If not, with whom did you live, and why?
A. Yes, my mothr + father raised me
Q. Are both of your parents still living? If so, where is their home, and how often do you see them?
A. No all passed away
Q. How many children were in your family? Which one were you? What are the full names and birthdates of your siblings?
A. Have – 17 grandchildren, Have 16 greatgrandchildren
1 sister, Leona Jimenez
1 brother, Martin Jiminez
Q. How has your relationship with your siblings changed over the years? Do you feel closer to a particular brother or sister, and, if so, why?
A. We are closer to them very much!
Q. What did your parents teach you that helped you succeed in life?
A. Be always good to evrey body, love yourself.
Q. When and where were your mother’s parents born?
A. My father + mother borned in Philippines
Q. What have you been told about her parents’ lives when they were young? Whey they became adults?
A. Be good to every body + to yourself
Q. Is there a story your mother would tell that illustrated what it was like to be raised by her parents?
A. Good her mother + father
Q. When and where were your father’s parents born?
Q. What have you been told about his parents’ lives when they were young? When they became adults?
A. Be good, respectful
Q. Is there a story your father would tell that illustrated what it was like to be raised by his parents?
A. Good + polite
Q. What memories do you have of your grandparents from when you were growing up?
A. Good praents + grandfather
Q. Are any of your grandparents still alive? If so, where do they live, and how often do you see them?
Q. Did you have a favorite grandparent, and what made your relationship special?
A. All of them good