by Marie E. Northrop. Published by Southern California Genealogical Society, Burbank, California. Volume I - 435 pages. Volume II - 396 pages. Volume III - 525 pages. Matching hard covers, 6x9 inches, illustrated and indexed. Volumes available separately or as a set.
The long-delayed Spanish colonization of Alta California began in 1769 with the founding of the first mission at what became San Diego. The next 80 years saw the rise and fall of the California Mission system, Mexican independence, the ceding of California to the United States, and the beginning of the California Gold Rush in 1849.
This colorful, fast-changing period is the setting for the families in SPANISH-MEXICAN FAMILIES OF EARLY CALIFORNIA. Included biographical sketches provide a fascinating insight into the California of that era. About 570 family groups, 1000 Hispanic names and 11,000 indexed references are listed in the first two volumes. Family groups included spouses, most of their parents and all known children.
Volume I was developed from Thomas Workman Temple II's "Genealogical Tables of Spanish and Mexican Families of California" (Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.) Most of the colonists came from northwest Mexico between 1769 and 1781 and numbered between 600 and 700 persons. The population increase to about 3,000 over the next 40 years resulted more from a healthy birthrate than from immigration. The second edition of Volume I was extensively revised and expanded, published in 1987 and reprinted in 1999.
Volume II lists 265 family groups outside of Temple's Genealogical Tables in a format similar to Volume I. Included are the 11 founding families of the Pueblo de Los Angeles and 46 of the soldiers and their families who accompanied them on the overland expedition from Sonora and Sinaloa in northern Mexico. Volume II was published in 1984 and reprinted in 1999.
Volume III: The nearly 12-year project of her third book has culminated in a volume focusing on the Pobladores of the Pueblo of Los Angeles. Covering the initial 15 settlers and their descendants in 525 pages, the volume extends far beyond 1850 with the genealogies of these early California residents. Included are Antonio Cota (Soldado), Roque Cota (Soldado), Vincente Feliz (Soldado), Jose Fernando (de Velasco) Lara, Francisco Lugo (Soldado), Antonio Mesa, Jose Moreno, Jose Antonio Navarro, Luis Manuel Quintero, Pablo Rodriguez, Jose Alejandro Rosas, Jose Antonio Basilio Rosas, Jose Vanegas, and Antonio Clemente Feliz Villavicencio, with a genealogical summary of their descendants. Marie's trilogy on the people of early California provides is a great resource to any library and a treasure for any serious researcher of California history.
The 3-volume set of Northrop books makes an excellent addition for the home reference library, or for the shelves of your local public library, genealogical or historical society. We will gladly process your instructions for donations or gifts to other individuals and organizations.