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This page is for the exchange of genealogical information relevant to
early (pre 1848) Hispanic Californians 
(also called Californianos or Californios) and their descendants.
We will include both question and answers, for the benefit of all the cousins of the questioner.


Los Californianos does not guarantee the accuracy of any of the information appearing on this page. It was collected and submitted by a family history enthusiast just like you, and has not been verified. When you use this information, please realize that it is meant to be a research tool, not a source of completely error-free material. The genealogical information provided here should be a starting point from which you continue your research. Please take the necessary steps to verify all information before permanently adding it to your own collection of family information. La Tejedora


Pregunta 700 - 8 May 2012

Does anyone have details of Margarita de Cortona Dominguez's birth parents. She was the Ohlone Native American convert who married Manuel Butrón in Monterey on 9 May 1773. [Benita Gray (member), San Diego, Calif.]

Respuesta a Pregunta 700 - 1 November 2012

For Benita interested in Manuel Butron, please contact me at mayanmx@gmail.com.  I can put you in touch with Ohlone descendants of Butron.  Thank you [Catherine (non-member), San Francisco, Calif.]

Pregunta 699 - 24 April 2012

Is anybody looking for information regarding Guillermo Grijalva, born 2/5/1864, married to Veronica Grijalva?  Names of children are Louis Grijalva (Louis' mother is Angelita Romero, Guillermo's first wife.); Daughter Elizabeth, son Guillermo and daughter Dora, their mother is Veronica Grijalva. stefanie.rodriguez66@yahoo.com [Stefanie Rodriguez (nonmember), Riverside, Calif.]

Pregunta 698 - 17 April 2012

I am the great grandson of J. M. Valencia whom resided in Ojai California in the mid 1800s. I do not know much about him but his sons' names were Manual, William and my grandfather Joe Valencia, all resided in Ventura County.
If you could share any information about J. M. Valencia it would be appreciated. Thank you. [Jimmy Aguilar (nonmember), Ojai, Calif.]

Pregunta 697 - 25 March 2012

Is there any information you can provide on the descendents of the original land grant owners of the property now partially included in the Mission San Juan Bautista? I am primarily interested in any information about my grandmother Josephine (Larios) Smoot who married Cayetano P. Norona of San Jose, California. My older family members tell me she was the daughter of the land grant owner at the time the came under the auspices of the U.S. government. I would love to get a few pieces of information or reference books where I can start my search. [Robert Charles Norona (nonmember), Corona, Calif.]

Pregunta 696 - 25 March 2012

I an helping this Native American family with their documentation and they are having trouble getting certified documents from Mission San Gabriel and Mission San Diego. They keep getting referred to different societies they tell me. I assume the Missions have given this duty to some Archives or Society. Could anyone give an answer to this? johnalbitre@sbcglobal.net;  my phone # 661 831-9178. Thank You Very Much and God Bless. [John Albitre (member), Bakersfield, Calif.]

Pregunta 695 - 3 February 2012

I have been notified by FamilyTree that I have a DNA match with: Maria Rosa Monreal Lopez [born 1753 in Sonora or Sinaloa;  died in Santa Barbara, Calif.].
My question is: I need to contact anyone here in California that might be able to give me information about her family in Mexico and the USA.
My Mother always told me she had ties to the Los Angeles Alvarados, through her father, but it's her mother's family that I need to locate, the following surnames are her's.
VALENZUELA, BRIONES, GALAVIZ, LOPEZ, CADENA, AVILA, RUIZ and URQUIDEZ. Thanks for any help. [Ed Romero (nonmember), Stanton, Calif.]

UPDATE Pregunta 695 - 6 February 2012

I have a DNA Match with Rosa Maria Lopez, wife of Efigeno Ruiz. If anyone knows of anyone here in the USA or Mexico that can help me make contact with any family members that might know of the following:
My Grandmother: JUANA FLORENTINA VALENZUELA born circa 1880-86 en El Fuerte, Sinaloa.
She married my Grandfather: RAFAEL MANUEL FRANCISCO ALVARADO, circa 1903.
My Mother: MARIA GALVAN VALENZUELA ALVARADO, 16 March 1904 in Los Mochis, Sinaloa.
Thanks for any help. [Ed Romero (nonmember), Stanton, Calif.]

Pregunta 694 - 28 January 2012

I am a descendent of John Burton and Juana Estefania Galindo's youngest daughter, Maria de los Angeles Sicarias Burton. Based on extensive research I have established that Maria de los Angeles Sicarias Burton had two children, Arturo Lasso de la Vega (born about 1864), and Dolores Teresa de la Vega (born about 1867 -- from whom I am descended). Probate court documents indicate Maria de los Angeles Sicarias Burton died in 1869 in Calaveras County, California. I have run into a brick wall because I can find no evidence of a marriage between Maria de los Angeles Sicarias Burton and a de la Vega. Nor, beyond the probate filing, can I find any record of her having resided in Calaveras County. In the 1860 Federal Census/California I find her residing at her childhood home with her then widowed mother and her siblings in San Jose, California. If you have any information about the de la Vega spouse of Maria de los Angeles Sicarias Burton please contact me at doughertylinda@comcast.net. [Linda Dougherty (nonmember), Seattle, Wash.] And please cc the Web site so our readers will also have the solution to this brick wall! La Tejedora

Pregunta 693 - 28 January 2012

I am looking for my grandmother's father who was from San Juan Capistrano. His name was Crispin Castillo. His father was Gustavo Castillo. My grandmother's name was Luz Perez Castillo. She was married to Federico Perez whose father was Ricardo Vejar and mother was Maria Bendita Soto. Any information will help to try to locate them. [Abram Rodriguez (nonmember), San Diego, CA]

Respuesta a Pregunta 693 - 3 September 2012

For Abram Rodriguez:  Do you know if Maria Bendita Soto is related to the following"

Domingo Ortega Soto b-1899 d-1945 Lake Elsinsore, Riverside County, Calif.
Alejandra Ortega Soto b-1877 d-1932 in same area
Miguel or Michael Soto, born and died there, no further info. They are related to my Mother: Alberta Soto married name Alberta Alvarado Romero and my Aunt Manuela Soto de Solis, b-1908 and died in McAllen,Tx.
Please advise if you know the above. Thanks [Ed Romero (non-member), Stanton, Calif.]

Pregunta 692 - 27 January 2012

From: O'Brien, Matt <mattobrien@bayareanewsgroup.com>
Date: Wed, Jan 18, 2012 at 11:11 AM
Subject: Media request
I am planning to write a story about Californio descendents in the San Francisco Bay Area and was hoping you can connect me with some of them. I already have contacts for many members of the Peralta family, but am looking for descendents of the Castro family of Rancho San Pablo in today's Contra Costa County, as well as families that had land grants in the Peninsula and the South Bay. Do you know if any of these families have reunions, and if any are coming up? Do you have an emailable map of the Bay Area land grants/ranchos? I'm also curious to know if any of the families -- in the Bay Area or elsewhere -- still own any of the property they had before statehood?
Matt O'Brien
Contra Costa Times / Oakland Tribune / San Jose Mercury News

Please contact Mr. O'Brien directly if you can help him and wish to be of assistance. La Tejedora

Pregunta 691 - 27 January 2012

On 7 May 1888 my great grandmother Mary Murphy married Jose C. Ortega at St. Brigid's Catholic Church in San Francisco, California. At this time I know nothing more about Jose, except that he was the son of Estevan (as shown in the marriage register). I would like to determine if "Jose C." is Jose del Carmen Toribio Ortega (born 16 April 1849, Santa Barbara, California), son of Estevan Antonio Leto Ortega (born 6 September 1814, Santa Ines, California) and Deogracias Ruiz (born about 22 March 1815, Santa Barbara, California). I know they had a son named Jose, but don't know if he and "Jose C." are the same person. Can anyone point me to documentation, or suggest how I may be able to make a determination? Thanks! [John Ortega (nonmember), Glendale, Calif.]

UPDATE Pregunta 691 - 6 March 2012

It turns out that my "Jose C." was indeed Jose del Carmen. I had been searching for evidence in San Francisco and Santa Barbara when I should have been digging in San Luis Obispo. My thanks go to the helpful volunteers of the San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society, the History Center and staff at the Mission. [John Ortega (nonmember), Glendale, Calif.]

Pregunta 690 - 27 January 2012

 I'm relatively new to researching early California Spanish-Mexican records. My great great grandmother, Nicolasa Carriaga was in Los Angeles in the 1836 and 1844 Padrons. I'm confident I have traced her ancestry to Salvador Carriaga at San Diego Presidio starting in 1780 and then his son, Jaime Guadalupe Carriaga and grandson Domingo Carriaga. The 1844 Padron places Domingo in the same household as Nicolasa so I've concluded Domingo and Nicolasa are brother-sister. I've found several records through the Early California Population Project at the Huntington, and had some others sent to me by folks researching around San Juan Capistrano. I've yet to find a baptismal record for Nicolasa or any other document that proves she is the daughter of Jaime Guadalupe Carriaga. Any suggestions for directing further research?

Secondly, in 1844 Nicolasa is living with Juan de Dios Padilla who is also found in Bancroft Volume III, pg 637 as Juan de Dios Padilla, trader also called "Captain". Family lore says Nicolasa was heir to land in Los Angeles, perhaps a Mexican grant but I cannot find Juan de Dios Padilla tied to any grant I've researched using on-line sources. Questions:

- What source do you recommend for researching land grants in early California?
- Is there any source that can give me the history of Juan de Dios Padilla and what he did to obtain "captain"?
- It appears from a baptismal record at Pueblo Los Angels Church in April 1847 that Juan de Dios Padilla was deceased and listed as father of a female child, Maria Adelayda Padilla. I cannot find any further record of Domingo Carriaga after 1844 but find his wife in a household without him in the 1852 California census. My suspicion is that both Juan Padilla and Domingo Carriaga could have been killed in the Mexican-American War. Is there a source that lists Los Angeles casualties of the war? Thanks, [Barry Schwoerer (nonmember)]

UPDATE Pregunta 690 - 6 March 2012

Thanks. Since sending my inquiry I found a Confirmation record for Nicolasa CARRIAGA that proves she is the daughter of Guadalupe CARRIAGA. I have not been able to find her baptism record. I found the record in microfilm of the Mission Registers. The Confirmation record: 2 NOV 1831: Mission San Gabriel Confirmation #1899: Nicolasa Loreto CARRIAGA, of el dfo. Guadalupe y Dolores Cañedo; same madrina (God mother).
[Barry Schwoerer (nonmember)]

Respuesta a Pregunta 690 - 3 February 2012

In Ted Gostin's Southern California Vital Records, Volume 1: Los Angeles County 1850-1859,
CARRIAGO, Domingo, burial 1 Nov 1851 Calvary and
CARRIAGO, Jaime, burial 1 Nov 1851 Calvary.
In the notes section under Domingo "Name also listed as Jaime" and under Jaime "Name also listed as Domingo".
Records from Los Angeles Plaza Church. [Patricia Grisotti (member), Sedro Woolley, Wash.]

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