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Sheila Ruiz Harrell (#47593247)
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Bio Photo I first caught the "genealogy bug" at age 13 and have been searching for and finding my early Californio ancestors for the past 52 years! I am a direct descendant of some who came as early as 1769 with Portola, and of many of the 240 who came with Juan Bautista de Anza to settle California in 1775-76...and of those who arrived a bit later with Rivera in 1781.

I've also discovered my New Mexico ancestors, those near Santa Fe and on the San Ildefonso Indian Reservation...and I'm having a wonderful time with this research!

Now that my grandsons are interested in learning of their ancestors we're adding families who arrived in CA for the Gold Rush!

My family knows I'm obsessed and addicted
... I just call it my passion!

NOTE: Recently I've received several "edits" suggesting changes. I try to use every historical record available when creating my memorial pages but some things slip past me.

There are many situations here on Find A Grave, now owned by that make it impossible to accurately identify the early California Hispanic folks, specifically the women.

Listing and identifying the actual locations of many births and deaths is also difficult since so many of our families began here in California in 1769, or earlier for our Native American families. There is no way to enter that info in the fields provided. California can only be entered as part of The United States ... and for many of our families this is just not historically correct.

I do what we can to make things as clear as possible.
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Becky Crout
Irene McCall
Remember to delete one of the two memorials and complete the other!

Happy to transfer to you!

Added by Becky Crout on Apr 08, 2014 8:55 PM
SFC USA RET Duffie & Kathy
Ramona Borboa
I am from So Cal., know how the Hispanic can be, but also know Find A Grave whats it.
Added by SFC USA RET Duffie & Kath... on Mar 22, 2014 5:38 PM
SFC USA RET Duffie & Kathy
Ramona Borboa
From Find A Grave FAQ's

If they were never married the name goes in the "If the deceased was never married, then the surname should be placed in the "Last Name" field, NOT in the "Maiden Name" field."
Added by SFC USA RET Duffie & Kath... on Mar 22, 2014 5:11 PM
Christi M (Leonard) Williams
RE: Vincente...
Good to know, because they used the Vincente name twice.
So it looks like I am still missing one child. Thank you for all your great work.
Added by Christi M (Leonard) Willi... on Mar 21, 2014 7:02 PM
Christi M (Leonard) Williams
Julian "Juliansito" Ruiz Memorial# 126682956
Julian "Juliansito" Ruiz Memorial# 126682956 that you just added there is an error **His parents and older siblings Irene, Petra, Vincente, and Victor had walked from their home in Sisquoc, Santa Barbara County, CA up to Madera County, CA for a better life.

The name Vincente shoud be Vincent, Vincente passed as a baby.
Added by Christi M (Leonard) Willi... on Mar 21, 2014 6:26 PM
Christi M (Leonard) Williams
RE: Yrena Ruiz, #55464495
Thank you
Added by Christi M (Leonard) Willi... on Mar 21, 2014 6:15 PM
RE: Lopez, Gus
You are so welcome. The cemetery is really close to my house so I keep a list in my wallet of recent additions. There are so many faded and forgotten markers there that the new markers are easy to spot.
Added by MaryK4d4 on Feb 26, 2014 10:09 PM
Liberty ღ Marty
RE: Monsignor Gruber, #120210810
Sheila, you are so very welcome.
I remember When he passed away, it is such an honor to do that in his Memory.
Gods blessings to you and yours.
Love always, Liberty
Added by Liberty ღ Marty on Feb 24, 2014 11:57 AM
Valenzuela transfer
Sheila, Linda and I had a love for genealogy! Since she was bed bound, I would go out to the cemetery and take pictures and offer her the memory card. Almost all of her entries were from my camera. We worked on research together as pictures were added. This is why she transferred them to me before her passing. Rest in Peace Linda Furr! She used to say "It is not the quantity of memorials to build but the Quality of the memorial!" Each memorial needs their family, I will transfer as requested unless they are my own and many times I transfer even if they are! Don't forget to build a virtual cemetery for those that you cannot maintain.
Added by Rose on Feb 16, 2014 9:00 PM
Lana Runnels Knor
Eduardo P Ruiz, Jr
I transferred him to you
Added by Lana Runnels Knor on Feb 11, 2014 5:23 PM
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