Blogiversary: 10/2/2013


This is yours truly at Corona Del Mar, Orange County, California.
I'm Kyong-Mi Arcala. I grew up with the nickname "Mimi."  I am originally from Southern California, lived in Hawaii, and now live in Oregon.

My mother is immediately Korean on both sides, born and raised in Uijeongbu, South Korea. My father was immediately a blend of French-Canadian (from his mother) and Ilocano (from his father). He was born and raised in south west Detroit, Michigan. Anyway, genealogy was always an important project in my family (you can find quite a few family trees created by relatives on varying ancestry sites). My paternal grandmother, Lenore Evelyn Barron, began her research sometime in the 1960s. Unfortunately, that tree was erroneously done in English. French names like Pierre were documented as Peter, Marie was Mary, Étienne was Stephen, and so forth. Some time ago, one of my paternal aunts uploaded a Gedcom online of our ancestors, with the names erroneously written and I decided to translate, one by one, each name to their French spelling. Lo and behold, I found matches all over the internet, and my avid research began.

My maternal grandfather was somewhat notable. His name was Cha Seung Yul (성길 차), and he was a Democrat and a Journalist in South Korea. My grandmother, Kim Boon Sun, was a mistress to him, as he was already married with children. He had 5 daughters and a son with my grandmother. My uncle was born after my grandfather's death. He died from complications from electricity torture, because he was thought to have been a spy or "know information."

Not much is known about my maternal grandmother, Kim Boon Sun. She went blind in her 50s from either cataracts or glaucoma, and died at age 75. She birthed all her children by herself in her home, and from what my mother tells me, she did a remarkable job at bouncing back to tend to her children after each child was born. She was a conservative woman and a "country girl." At some point, she ran a motel where American soldiers would come to stay or eat lunch. My mother was raised near an American base and is a literal survivor of the Korean War, as having been injured during the war.

That is as much as I know from my maternal side of the family. The rest of my genealogical research is my paternal side. It's such an amazing side that I feel like I'm lacking something in not knowing my maternal family.

I am a mother of 3 children and was with their father for 21 years, from 1995 to 2016. Hobbies outside of Genealogy include scrapbooking, history, reading fiction novels, writing poetry, exercising (hiking and jogging) and crossword puzzles.
Just a nifty family tree I whipped up on paper.

If you would like more information about me, please refer to this link.


  1. Great information. I do suggest you change your settings so that we can reply to your emails as well as add an email address to your site for people who may be related to you to contact you.
    Right now your comments come up as "no repy".

    1. Thanks, I didn't know that. I did have my email address on here, but I was afraid of getting my email abused with advertisements.