Trip Report: 23 Days in Spain

23 days.
Dozens (?) of glasses of Garnacha.
1100 photos of family records.
1200 miles on the roads.
One convent, two churches, and a wedding.
A million smiles.
And so much more.

I’ve been meaning to sit and write this quick note but it’s gotten away from me. Patrick, Sean, and I headed out in late June for Reagan National airport and some 24 days later we returned. In between were some incredible days exploring Cariñena, Zaragoza, Madrid, Porto and the roads in between.

I’ll get to the point: I have hundreds of records to sort, catalog, and transcribe. I will save you a bit of mystery: it looks like our oldest Velez ancestor came to Cariñena from Madrid in about 1680. And I managed to get enough records that I should be able to document the entire Velez family from then until recently. Yes, we have cousins in Cariñena!

So stay tuned as I update the records and family tree information. In the mean time, enjoy some photos from our trip this past summer!

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