Sunday, July 10, 2011

I found a relative! Guatemalan President!

Folks, I'm SOOOOOO excited about family history right now! Gotta tell ya, I have been scouring baptism and marriage records from Guastatoya, El Progreso, Guatemala (a lil parroquia where I have at least 3 generations of ancestors) and found the evidence that links my Grandmother's grandmother as a cousin to a very famous Guatemalan President: Jose Maria Orellana Pinto! He took over the presidency in a coup, then got elected officially, and is especially famous for his work on the economy. His face is actually on the Quetzal, Guatemala's equivalent to the dollar! It has been a popular rumor in my family that we were related to him, but unfortunately, pretty much EVERYONE with the last name of Orellana claims relation to him, and we didn't have proof. Well, NOW WE DO!!!! His father was the brother of my great-great-great grandmother. Pretty exciting stuff, folks!


  1. That is so neat! What an inspiration you are!

  2. Seriously you are awesome Elisa! Congrats!! You have always worked hard on this, and I'm glad that you have such a successful story! Keep up the GREAT work! And I love all of your Arkansas pictures - what an adventure!!
    Miss you!

  3. That is so awesome, congrats, that is one of the coolest things ever!!