Saturday, August 3, 2019
GENERAL MEETING: SATURDAY, AUGUST 3, 2019 (10:00AM – 3:00PM)
Please join us at our a general meeting at 10 am to 3 pm on August 3, 2019 where we will hear the presentation on "The Spanish Settlement of Southern California (1769-1790)." This presentation explores the original settlement of Southern California by the Spaniards. Starting with the early settlement of San Diego (1769) and San Gabriel (1771), the speaker outlines the various Spanish activities in the Southland, including the Expedition of 1781 and the founding of Los Angeles and Santa Barbara from 1781-1786. The lecture also includes a discussion of several of the original indigenous inhabitants who lived near the Spanish missions. The presentation will conclude with data from the 1790 census for California.
The speaker, John P. Schmal, has specialized in Mexican genealogy since 1990 and is the
co-author of “Mexican-American Genealogical Research: Following the Paper Trail to Mexico.” He has done extensive research in the states of Aguascalientes, Jalisco, Zacatecas, Chihuahua, plus considerable research in at least 15 other Mexican states. John Schmal is an honorary member of GSHA-SC, a board member of the Society of Hispanic Historical and Ancestral Research (SHHAR) and is a regular contributor of articles to latinola.com and Nuestras Raices, the official journal of the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America. John is a graduate of Loyola-Marymount University, a historian, and lecturer.
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