Last update: 18 March 2014
PLEASE NOTE THAT HERITAGE RELATED
BOTH NORTHERN & SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
ARE LISTED ON THE CALENDAR PAGE
click here: Calendar
Provision of an Accurate and Authentic
Interpretation of Alta California's History.
By Mike Ford
Our organization has a fund set up to provide an opportunity for members and friends to make donations in memory of deceased Los Californianos members, friends of Californio history and our Californio ancestors. Money donated to this fund is given to causes helping to preserve Californio heritage.
The fund was started in 1997. Ramona Baro was the first person memorialized. She had been a very active member and was slated to become President. Ill health forced Ramona to resign before taking office. Betty Watts had been elected Vice President. Instead, she suddenly found it necessary to assume the office of President. When Ramona passed away, Betty and her husband (Bob) made a donation to Los Californianos. They stipulated that it was in memory of Ramona Baro and was to be used for the preservation of our heritage. This donation and any similar future donations were to be placed in a separate account to be used at the discretion of the Heritage Preservation committee.
The plan to separate these funds from the general fund was decided upon because of an awkward incident occurring at that time. An organization was trying to save an Old San Diego adobe building. It asked Los Californianos for a donation. Although the Board of Directors agreed to donate $500, there was some dissention voiced at the following general meeting. Some members did not think money from the general fund should be allocated to such use. Other members in the audience that day offered donations to replace the funds in order for the action to be made by individual volunteers. It was felt that the Board of Directors should be spared from future controversy; hence the separation of the funds and the volunteer nature of memorial fund contributions.
Since that time, several donations have been made to the memorial fund and a few small contributions have been made to good causes. These have included a donation to the legal fight to save the Juana Briones home in Palo Alto, a donation toward the restoration costs of the Castro adobe near Watsonville and a donation toward the expenses of the Anza Trail Riders participating in the Rose Bowl Parade.
The memorial fund recently received one large contribution ($5000) from a generous, anonymous member. This will enable the Heritage Preservation committee to make plans to spend larger amounts in the future to provide more help to those who are working toward preserving Californio heritage.
A subcommittee of the Heritage Preservation committee has been formed to focus on the Memorial Fund. It will develop a plan of action to make the best possible use of the funds received. Those wishing to support this activity are encouraged to send donations to the treasurer specifying the Heritage Memorial Fund. If the donation is in memory of an individual, please provide the name of the person being honored.
California State Standards.
The California State Standards for social studies are available on the
Members and friends are encouraged to review the 4th Grade standards and
Los Californianos wishes to support educators in presenting a relevant
and accurate history of our state.
We are working to produce supplemental material for 4th grade teachers
and all others interested in the facts.
If you have Adobe Reader, (available free on the Internet) you can to access the standards at http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/hstgrade4.asp
San Francisco Chronicle Letter. On November 8, 2004, the San Francisco Chronicle of a lengthy op-ed piece by Elias Castillo. The entire article was greatly inaccurate and very derogatory of our Hispanic ancestors. Professor Emeritus Robert Hoover provided us with an excellent detailed rebuttal, but the newspaper declined to publish it. [You may read this rebuttal by clicking on the following link: Dr. Robert Hoover.]
A group of dedicated researchers, led by Donald T. Garate, Interpretative Historian at Tumacacori National Historical Park, http://www.nps.gov/tuma/, have been extracting and entering pertinent information from the extant mission registers of the aforementioned areas into the Mission 2000 database.
Several years ago, Don Garate led a group of Los Californianos' members on a tour of Sonora, Sinaloa, and Arizona and, while visiting San Miguel de Horcasitas, a tremendous discovery was made. They found books in a scrap pile on the floor in the sacristy of the church. These were the heretofore unidentified registers of the Mission. Arrangements were naturally made to have them microfilmed and, unfortunately, fell through a couple of times, but finally they were successfully copied by the Mormon Church, and are now available by loan to the Family History Centers. Many of the records from Horcasitas have been transcribed and translated, and the information was added to the database of the Mission 2000 Web site. They can be accessed by entering “Horcasitas” in the Event Place box in the Event Information section of the Searchable Spanish Mission Records page at: http://home.nps.gov/applications/tuma/search.cfm.
The surname help page includes information about variant spellings of many of our Alta California families, including a familiar Anza Expedition family –there are at least 21 different ways that Albizu is spelled in the original documents: “Albizu, Albiso, Albisso, Albisu, Albissu, Arbiso, Arbisso, Arbisu, Arbissu, Arbizo, Arbizu, Alviso, Alvisso, Alvisu, Alvissu, Arviso, Arvisso, Arvisu, Arvissu, Arvizo, Arvizu."
Since the project began, thousands of entries have been extracted from original Mexican records and added to Mission 2000, and also can be accessed through the search engines found on the Web site listed in the previous paragraph: http://home.nps.gov/applications/tuma/search.cfm. In addition to using the search engine for genealogical and historical records, you will find priceless information listed in the Help Area, which will open up new areas of research for you—in many cases you will even be led to facsimiles of the original documents, as well as to information about surnames, place names, tips for reading Spanish language documents, to name but a few of the lessons available on this Web site. In these records you will find many ties to Anza Expedition members, with leads to branches of the same families, who did not answer the call to California.
first entry below concerns the parents of the last child (of eight live
births) born during the Anza Expedition, who was often called the
"Christmas Babe," (Salvador Ignacio Linares--I
can hear Judge José de Larios talking about his
"Uncle Sal" every time I see his name). This entry was extracted and
translated from the San Miguel de Horcasitas register:
"On July 18, , I married and veiled in ecclesiastical matrimony, the necessary marriage banns having preceded, -- Ignacio Linares and María Gertrudis de Ribas --. Witnesses were Féliz Robledo and Don Antonio de Ribera, and I sign == Bachiller Joseph Nicolas de Messa"
two Alviso entries which were extracted and translated from the San Miguel de
Horcasitas registers are:
"On the said day [May 1, 1770] I provided ecclesiastical burial in the same place [beneath the choir loft] with low cross for María Josepha, infant daughter of Domingo Albisso and Angela Trexo and I sign == Bachiller Joseph Nicolas de Messa"
"In the village of San Miguel de Horcasitas on the twelfth of the month of December of 1763, I, the Bachiller Don Miguel Joseph de Arenibar, designated priest, benefactor for His Majesty, vicar and ecclesiastic judge of this Province of Sonora, provided ecclesiastical burial for the body of Santiago, Spaniard and infant son of Domingo Albizu and Angela Trexo, with the low cross beneath the choir loft, and for this truth I signed == Miguel Josef de Arenibar"
It takes a great deal of time to extract and post each entry, and I believe the hours put in on the project are strictly volunteer and squeezed into what are unbelievably busy schedules by those involved, but yet each week a little more is added to the Mission 2000 database. Be sure to visit it regularly for the continuing update. What you are looking for may not be there today, but somewhere down the line it may possibly be added.