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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 I can to make things as clear as possible.

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I cannot link memorials that you manage. You will have to link them yourself.
Sorry if I mislead you.
Added by Lois on Jul 20, 2014 8:37 AM
Tillie and Lawrence Ruiz
Hello Sheila, I am wondering if you are related to Tillie and Lawrence, she would be a great aunt of mine, her sister Helen took care of me,Helen was the youngest.

Added by Elise on Jul 10, 2014 2:04 AM
Susie Eyster Parks
Jose Mariano Castro
Aloha, Sheila,

Be glad to erase the duplicate & did so. I did search, but sometimes, for whatever reason, a name will not show up. It probably is a miracle it works as well as it does considering all the moving parts! I would appreciate it if you added the SAR Patriot # information. I am trying to add those when I come across them (and for DAR when appropriate) to add to helping others...see below

My husband is a Carrillo-Castro-Romero-Lugo, etc. descendiente.

Susie Parks

Jose Mariano Castro is listed as a Patriot in the NASSR Patriot and Graves Records. He served as a soldier, one of Spain's California patriots in its 1779-1783 War with England during the American Revolution, Part 2. Granville W. And Nancy C. Hough. 1999 His Ancestor Patriot # is P-130258.
Added by Susie Eyster Parks on Jun 02, 2014 7:48 PM
Misty & Company
Also, are you looking for ORTIZ folks? About what time frame and where in CA?? I have gazillions of names in my database...I've been working on all these early CA families for so many years. I'd love to send you something you need... you've
helped me already!
I am looking for a relatives (female)that is buried in a Mission cemetery in the Ventura area in the late 1890's and or early 1900's, have to look through my family tree to find her, also other family names are Uribe, Lopez, Cervantes & Cordero.

Thanks for any help you can provide
R & S
Added by Misty & Company on May 22, 2014 4:43 PM
Misty & Company
Now added
Now it 's done I forgot to hit "save changes"
as for the Ortiz' will send note later.
R & S
Added by Misty & Company on May 22, 2014 4:30 AM
Misty & Company
Taken care of, any Ortiz here??
, This Jose Servulo Bermudez/Bermudes is actually buried at Mission Santa
Clara according to the ECPP (Early California Population Project). They include
an image of the actual record so we know he's there and not in the San Gabriel
cemetery. I just created a memorial for Jose Servulo but to prevent any
confusion I'll remove mine if you'll change the burial location to Mission Santa
Clara de Asis Cemetery, OK? Thanks for all your work!
Sheila Ruiz Harrell (#47593247
Added by Misty & Company on May 21, 2014 5:00 PM
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
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