24 April 2012
for Applying for Membership
This category of membership is open
only to historians, authors,
and scholars who render outstanding assistance in the study and dissemination of
information on Alta California and is subject to approval
by the Board of Directors.
Click here to go to the Application for Historian
This membership is limited to
educational institutions, libraries, or historical societies that express
interest in the history of Alta California or have rendered outstanding
assistance in the study and dissemination of information on Alta California and
is subject to approval by the Board of Directors.
Click here to go to the Application for Corresponding
III. Regular Membership
Applying for membership in Los
Californianos begins by filling out an application form.
In addition, if applying as a descendant, you must complete at least one
Preliminary Declaration of Ancestry.
Send completed forms to:
Woody Milleman, Membership Secretary, Los Californianos
P.O. Box 600522
San Diego, CA 92160-0522
Each application MUST be
accompanied by a check
payable to Los Californianos
(1) Application fee ($15) & Regular Member annual dues ($20)
for a Total of
(2) Application fee ($15) & Junior Member annual dues ($7) for a Total
Please do not send any other documents,
such as copies of records and birth certificates, at this time.
It simply delays the orderly processing of your application.
When your application is accepted
for Provisional Membership
you will be mailed the official Carta de Antepasados to complete
and told what documentation will be needed.
The ordinary time for completion of the Carta and documentation is one year.
The Chairman, the Genealogy Committee, and other members
will be happy to help you if they can.
The Chairman of the Genealogy Committee may grant an extension, if you are just
short one or two items.
Your acceptance to Regular Membership will depend on the
proper completion of the Carta de Antepasados and its timely
submission with the requested documentation.
B. Application Form Instructions
If you apply as a descendant, you MUST
also submit with your application a
Preliminary Declaration of Ancestry (see section III below).
(Note: a Regular Member is over 18; a Junior Member is under 18.)
If you apply as the spouse of a living Regular Member,
please give the member’s name
and, if possible, give the
If you apply as the spouse, widow, or widower of a past Regular Member, please
give the member’s name
and, if possible, give the member’s number.
Click here to go to Application
C. Preliminary Declaration of Ancestry Form
Starting with one of your parents, as best as you can, give the names of each
ancestor in each generation in the direct line back to a Hispanic person or
persons, whom you believe arrived in Alta California prior to 2 February 1848.
the extent you are able, for each ancestor gives dates and places of
birth/baptism (please indicate which) and marriage. Continue on back of page if
you need more rows.
One ancestral line that goes back to before 2 February 1848 is sufficient to
qualify you, but we suggest you submit all ancestral lines which might go far
enough back. Simply use a separate form for each line of ancestry. Sometimes it
may not be the line you think that actually goes clear back to 1848 to fulfill the
qualification for membership!! For dates please use the genealogical format dd
mon yyyy as used below. Example (with explanations in purple) below.
Your name: [Edna] Benita Hables Gray
Date: 15 July 2002
brackets around names not on birth certificate/baptism, nicknames, or names not
used. I do not use "Edna." My mother went by "Mary" (see
below) although it was not on her birth certificate. "Ma" (see below)
is my grandmother's nickname, widely used in the community where she lived.]
Maiden name if applicable: Hables
[Comings and Strachan in the last column below and Willson, Sánchez,
and Ortega in the first column are all maiden names.
birth date: 07 Jul 1932
birthplace: Palo Alto, Santa Clara Co., Calif.
(dd mon yyyy)
[Alta Calif. is used until Feb 1848; counties are used
. . . )
(city, county, state, country)
(city, county, state, country)
need to go back as far as María Verónica Vicenta Sánchez as she was born in
Alta California before 1848. If I had been unsure of her birthplace, I could have also done a line for Sánchez
(her father) because Sánchez came to California in 1824. If I had been (as I
was for awhile) unsure of when Sánchez came to Alta California, I could have
done the Ortega line (her mother's line), which is well-documented back to 1769.
Click here to go to Preliminary Declaration