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Sheila Ruiz Harrell (#47593247)
 member for 5 years, 9 months, 2 days
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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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Susan Mccay
Maurice Lee Bandy
Since you sponsored her memorial, I thought you might like to maintain her memorial. Susan
Added by Susan Mccay on May 01, 2017 2:26 PM
Reyes in Santa Ana Cemetery
You're welcome. I enjoyed creating memorials, cut have slowed down this past year. I created the memorials from the online cemetery index for the cemetery. As to whether Jose is Benedita's, I'm not sure. I can tell you that they are not buried next to each other. They are in different sections of the cemetery. I hope that is helpful to you. Chris
Added by macso on Apr 20, 2017 6:46 PM
RE: Alexander Tomas Bojorques, aka Albert T Walsh
will do
Added by LyndaBentz on Apr 18, 2017 2:35 PM
Patty Bilskey
Aaliyah Leticia Buenrostro
Aaliyah will be buried at Ceres Memorial, not Lakewood.
Added by Patty Bilskey on Apr 20, 2016 9:31 AM
Cheryl Ann Tovar-Jester
Miguel Antonio Moraga
Hi Sheila, I placed the information you provided about Miguel Antonio Moraga on his memorial and gave you credit in Bio. Thank you for caring and providing this information. I keep on adding what ever information I can to provide history, Names and Dates to these desecrated Ventura Cemetery dwellers. I have a book coming out next month about this whole cemetery desecration along with much history about the pioneer families that are still buried there. Been working on it for eight years. If you are interested just email me and I will be happy to provide you the link to Amazon.
Added by Cheryl Ann Tovar-Jester on Apr 03, 2016 2:30 PM
Anthony C Acuna
Robert Acuna, JR
Hi Sheila,

My name is Anthony Acuna, go by Tony Acuna, and I'm a son of Robert Acuna JR.

I'm so glad I found this site. I was curios about family members I haven't seen in years and unfortunately, they have all passed... Found out here on this site.

It looks like you made the Acuna family page, which is a huge help to me, thank you.

Anyway, the date for my fathers death is right and wrong. He did die May 12th, but in 1996, not 1995.

Thanks- Tony Acuna

Added by Anthony C Acuna on Mar 29, 2016 8:31 PM
Thank you for the flowers
Sheila Ruiz Harrell,
Thank you for the flowers (California Poppy) on my Father's (Carlos Noelle Ling), Grand Father's (Carlos Smith Noelle), Great Grand Father's (Alejandro Noelle Smith), and Great Great Grand Mother's (Maria del Pilar Ortega Smith) virtual graves . It is very much appreciated.
Take care,
Lori Ling
San Francisco Bay Area
Added by LoriL4 on Sep 06, 2015 1:02 PM
RE: Brammer Shoes, and Vincent Ruiz
Hi Sheila! Its been so long since I've been on the site I didn't remember if I told you how wonderful your comment was!!!! Thank you-Sara
Added by Sara on Apr 28, 2015 9:12 AM
Larry Tally
RE: Lopez, Foster Galaz #94674652
Hi Sheila,
You are very welcome. Thank you for your kind words.
Added by Larry Tally on Feb 10, 2015 7:18 PM
Kurt Hess
Sabean Family members

Additional pictures are posted.
I also created a record for John Joseph Sabean.
Let me know if you need anything else.

Added by Kurt Hess on Jan 12, 2015 8:55 PM
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