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 Ancestry.com 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 I can to make things as clear as possible.
Please contact me at either email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org