>Over the past year, I have become more involved with researching my ancestors. I mainly focused on my Dad’s side of the family. There are two reasons. 1) My Dad has little to no immediate family left alive or that he knows. 2) His side of the family settled California for the Spanish, so there is an abundance of information readily available for research. It was an effort not only to get to know my family’s role in history, but to also better connect with my Dad.
Historical things I have learned thus far: I had ancestors on both the Portola & de Anza expeditions. If you grew up in California and don’t know what those are then the school system has clearly failed you. Oh, have you ever been to San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles, or Santa Barbara? My ancestors helped to found those cities…You are welcome.