Dedicated to preserving the history of California's First Families - those who arrived here and those living here for thousands of years - as recorded in mission and presidio records from July 16, 1769 to about 1850, and in documenting the final resting places of their descendants.
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Loreto, Baja California Sur
Mission and Presidio: (Oct. 1697-1848)
San Diego de Alcalá
Mission: First location-NO RECORDS (July 16, 1769-Nov 4, 1774); Second Location (Nov. 5, 1774-Jun. 14, 1831).
Presidio Chapel: (July 16, 1769-Jun 14, 1831).
El Campo Santo: (1849-1880; many Californios buried here)
San Carlos Borromeo
Mission: First Location (June 1770-1771); Second Location as Carmel (1771-1855).
Presidio Chapel: First Cemetery (June 3, 1770-1831); Campo Santo San Carlos (1832-Present).
San Antonio de Padua
Mission Cemetery (Aug. 27, 1771-Apr. 22, 1849).
San Gabriel Arcangel
(Aug. 6, 1774-Dec. 30, 1849; Pueblo de los Angeles burials Sep. 1781-Mar. 1846)
San Luís Obispo de Tolosa
First Cemetery (Oct. 4, 1772-Nov 30, 1850); Old Catholic Cemetery (defunct; 1851-1879); several pre-1879 remains transferred to the Old Mission Cemetery (1879-Present).
Mission: San Francisco de Asís "Dolores" (Feb. 25, 1777-Dec. 22, 1850).
Presidio Chapel (Only 12 burials, and one was removed: Dec. 21, 1776-Nov. 19, 1801)
San Juan Capistrano
Mission: (Oct. 27, 1777-Mar. 31, 1848)
Santa Clara de Asís
Mission: (June 22, 1777-Dec. 19, 1849).
Pueblo established Sep. 4, 1781. All burials were at Mission San Gabriel until Reina de los Angeles (“Plaza Church”) established its own cemetery in March 1826. Plaza Cemetery (Mar. 3, 1826-June 25, 1840); Old Calvary (June 1840-1896)
Mission: San Buenaventura (Apr. 15, 1782-Dec. 23, 1850).
Many pre-1848 ancestors also buried here: Cemetery Memorial Park and Ivy Lawn
Mission (SB): Mission (SB: Aug. 8, 1787-Dec. 31, 1841; BP: Jan. 1, 1842-Dec. 20, 1850).
Presidio Chapel (BP): Presidio Chapel (BP: Dec. 29, 1782-Mar 27, 1846).
NOTE: BP records contain many Mission burials even before the books were combined Jan. 1, 1842.
Many pre-1848 ancestors also buried here: Cieneguitas/La Patera and Calvary
La Purísima Concepción
Mission: First Location 1787-1812; Second Location 1812-Oct. 15, 1851). NOTE: This listing contains burials for both the neophyte (Indian) cemetery and "gente de razón" cemetery.
Mission Cemetery (Nov. 19, 1791-Dec. 19, 1850). Also served residents of Pueblo Branciforte after it was established in 1797.
Nuestra Señora de la Soledad. Mission: 1791-1835. Church: 1835-1846; 1859-Present
Pueblo established Nov. 29, 1777. Residents were served by Missions Santa Clara and San José.
Mission San José de Guadalupe
Mission Cemetery (Sep. 18, 1797-1850)
San Juan Bautista
Mission Cemeteries: First Cemetery (Sep. 23, 1797-1860?);
Second Cemetery (Since 1860)
San Miguel Arcángel
Mission Cemetery (Mar. 17, 1798-Aug. 5, 1840).
San Fernando Rey de España: First Cemetery (Apr. 7, 1798-Nov. 1850).
San Luís Rey de Francia
Mission: 1798-1834. Church: 1834-1846; 1865-Present Cemetery (1798-1850)
Santa Inés: Cemetery (Jan. 23, 1805-Oct. 1850).
Mission San Rafael Arcángel: Cemetery (Jan. 3, 1818-1870)
Mission San Francisco Solano de Sonoma: Cemetery (Dec. 26, 1823-1880)