Sunday, October 20, 2019

Telling the Entire Story of Mexico’s Indigenous People, a new website in progress by John Schmal

GSHA-SC would like to welcome you to a new website by John Schmal. It is  IndigenousMexico.org,

This website is a resource for anyone interested in the indigenous tribes of Mexico and Southwest United States.

When John started doing Mexican genealogical research in the 90s, many people asked him about the type of indigenous tribes that inhabited the regions where their ancestors came from. He had friends whose families had come from Tamaulipas, Zacatecas, Jalisco, Nayarit, Michoacán and Guanajuato and they wanted to know more about these tribal groups whose names they had never heard of. So twenty years ago, he started to research these “unknown” native groups and put together their stories.

Mexico has one of the most diverse linguistic and cultural environments in the world. In school, we all learned about the Aztecs and Mayans, but there is so much more to the indigenous people of Mexico.  Remember that Mexico has 31 states, but the Aztecs and Mayans inhabited or ruled over significant portions of only 13 states.

Today, he believe that EVERY MEXICAN STATE HAS A STORY TO TELL. And he would like to help people learn more about those stories. This website features a number of short histories and presentations that will put you, your students, and your library patrons on a path to learning more about the native people who may be your ancestors.

Even today, 500 years after Cortés arrived on Mexico’s Gulf Coast, Mexico has 64 ethnolinguistic groups within its borders, and each of those groups has a story to tell.

This website has been developed as A ONE-STOP RESOURCE for interested persons and students. The bibliographies provided at the end of these histories and the footnotes in the presentations can provide you with additional resources to help you learn more about these fascinating groups.

Please take a moment and look over the site, add it to a list of resources. Please note that the work will always be brought up to date when more information becomes available.

Follow up on Hispanic Research San Diego

The meeting was held at the San Diego Central Library. We welcomed six new participants to our meeting, eleven in attendance all together.  We started the meeting with each attendee telling us the status of their progress on their genealogy research.

Mr Ceasar Castro was the speaker for the day. He has been doing genealogy research for over 10 years. During that time, he has collected a large list of web sites that are pertinent to genealogy. Ceasar presented those web sites that most research either overlook or are unaware of. Web sites such as the Bancroft Library were you can find early California and Mexico history. Hubert Howe Brancroft wrote history books on California, Arizona, Texas, Oregon, Utah and Mexico. The list included over 50 web sites related to genealogy research.

Visit to Rancho Los Cerritos

GSHA-SC celebrated its Viva La Familia celebration by visiting a local Hispanic landmark and uncovering the history of the historical site.

The place we visited was Los Cerritos Ranch House, an adobe residence erected in southern California during the Mexican period". Los Cerritos means "the little hills" in English. The structure, we toured was built in 1844 by merchant Jonathan Temple, a Yankee pioneer who became a Mexican citizen. The house was once the headquarters for a 27,000 acre ranch; the major activity on the ranch was cattle and sheep told by the tour guides.

The land was part of the 167,000-acre, Rancho Los Nietos land grant given to Jose Manuel Nieto by the governor of Alta California. Nietos was a soldier from the Presidio of San Diego who was assigned to the Mission San Gabriel at the time his land was granted by the Spanish Empire in 1784. The Rancho eventually was divided into five parcels, given to his wife and four children. Rancho Los Cerritos was just one of these estates. The others were Rancho Los Alamitos (which includes Eastern Long Beach, all of Los Alamitos and Rossmoor, and most of Seal Beach, Cypress, Stanton and Garden Grove), Rancho Los Coyotes (Cerritos, La Mirada, Stanton, and Buena Park), Rancho Las Bolsas (Huntington Beach, Garden Grove, Fountain Valley and Westminster) and Rancho Santa Gertrudes (Downey and Santa Fe Springs).

In 1843, Temple purchased Rancho Los Cerritos and built the adobe house in 1844 as headquarters for his cattle operations. In 1866, Temple sold the rancho to Flint, Bixby & Company, which converted the ranch from cattle to sheep. Jotham Bixby, the brother of one of the company's founders, managed and resided at the ranch from 1866-1871. Jotham Bixby, eventually purchased the property for himself and raised seven children at the adobe. Beginning in the late 1870s, Bixby began leasing or selling portions of the ranch, which became the cities of Downey, Paramount and Lakewood.

Between the 1870s and 1920, the adobe fell into disrepair. In 1929, Llewellyn Bixby (Jotham's nephew) purchased the property, and made extensive renovations to the house, including plaster cement coating, a new red-tiled roof, electricity, plumbing, fireplaces, a sun porch, new floors and much of the landscaping. When Llewellyn Bixby died in 1942, the family sold the house to the City of Long Beach in 1955. The City turned the house into a museum dedicated to educating the public about California's rancho period.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Hispanic Saturday San Diego October 19, 2018 Saturday 1-3pm San Diego Central Public Library

John Schmal Presentations upcoming!

John Schmal has a presentations if you are unable to meet at Viva La Familia Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 1:00pm at Rancho Los Cerritos. please see his schedule.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Photographer needed

BillionGraves is hiring full-time photographers in the Los Angeles area!
That's right, we are looking for 5 full-time photographers to take pictures in cemeteries in the Los Angeles area during the month of November.
Ideal candidates will be photographing large cemeteries in the Los Angeles and surrounding cities. Candidates will be photographing cemeteries 10 am - 3 pm each day, so candidates must be able to walk and navigate through a cemetery quickly, safely, and efficiently. Need reliable transportation to drive to working cemeteries. Light administrative work required following each cemetery visit so good oral and written skills is required. Photographers will work directly with BillionGraves staff to assist in every aspect of the project. This is a temporary, full-time position during the month of November. This position can increase to additional projects in Los Angeles in subsequent months.
Pay will be $15-$20 based on experience.
Are you, or do you know anyone that would be interested in this fun and rewarding project to preserve cemeteries for family history!? We will be holding interviews in Los Angeles NEXT WEEK (Oct 23-24) for photography positions that start November 4, 2019 - November 29, 2019.
Email Bonnie@BillionGraves.com for more information.
The BillionGraves Team

GSHA-SC in the public!

On Saturday, October 12, 2019, GSHA-SC, represented by Cathy Romero, joined 123 other exhibitors at the daylong bazaar of historical, art, and social action groups at the USC Doheny Library. They all had stories to tell about Los Angeles. There were more exhibitors this year and it was great to talk to others exhibitors, students, and the interested public. GSHA-SC partnered with the Southern California Genealogical Society table and we were very busy with questions and stories. There will be a similar event in Orange County, "Murals, Memories, and Meaning-Making", Saturday, October 26, 2019, 11am - 5pm, Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University, 167 N. Atchison. St., Orange, California.