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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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Vera Bocanegra Powers
Manuel Paul Sotello and Elizabeth Mendez Sotello
Hi Sheila,
I was wondering if you can transfer the entries for Manuel Paul Sotello Sr. Also Elizabeth Felicia Mendez Sotello. I would like to complete family info for genealogy purposes.
I'm trying to enter as much info. for future generations.
Thank You,
Vera Powers
Added by Vera Bocanegra Powers on Oct 15, 2017 12:10 PM
Barbara LeClaire
Mary Moya
I copied the information from burial records. But you are right people don't have children at age 69. I don't remember who sent me the connection but I took it off till I can do more research. Thank you for the heads up.
Added by Barbara LeClaire on Sep 19, 2017 8:53 PM
Pam Miller💕
RE: John Henry Alviso
Your welcome
Added by Pam Miller💕 on Sep 19, 2017 8:14 AM
Christina Garcia
Alviso & Higuera
I see that you are the person that maintains the information for Gertrude Ellen Alviso & Ezekiel Joseph Higuera. I am adopted but recently found out that their 2nd child, Bernice Josephine Higuera is my grandmother. Bernice had a daughter named Rose and that is my mother.

I want to say thank you for this information and I hope to find and meet family members off of this same tree.

Fred Garcia
Boise, Idaho

If anyone would like to get in touch, please email both myself and my wife just in case and
Added by Christina Garcia on Jul 16, 2017 4:16 PM
Juan Maria Osuna
Hi Sheila! I have questions as it relates to your source of Juan Maria Osuna's parentage. Please email Thanks so much! ~Deena
Added by saint514 on Jun 04, 2017 1:56 PM
April Ilene Price-Hunter-Judy
#94142637-Cleofas Smith
Cleofas Smith was Matias Vargas' wife. She was born in Baja, California/Mexico, most likely in the villiage of Comondu. She had at least 9 brothers and sisters. Her parents were Emanuel Smith and Dolores Gonzalez.
Her grandfather, Thomas Smith, was a 27 year old sailor from New York City, who landed at San Jose del Cabo on December 31, 1808 on the ship 'Dromo". He became the first citizen of the United States to settle permanently in Greater California, both Upper and Lower. He took the baptismal name of Javier Aquilar, in honor of a local military hero, and married Maria Meza in 1812.
They settled in Comondu, about 40 miles west of the Presidio of Loreto, where Smith/Aguilar served as a soldier, and raised a large family. When the Navy landed in Baja in 1846, upon delaration of war with Mexico, Thomas and Maria along with their children, resumed the name Smith. They aided the Americans as translators.
In 1848, after the US victory over Mexico, the Navy sent ships to evacuate the Smiths and other families to Monterey, in upper California.
Emanuel and his family including Cleofas, remained in Comondu. Later, some of them migrated back to Upper California, settling in the southern part of the state, between Monerey and Southern California. The Smith family of Baja has many desendants in the state of California.

Thought you may like to have a little more of her and her families history.
Added by April Ilene Price-Hunter-... on May 29, 2017 2:53 PM
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 Lynda 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
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