First, there are no rules; I have been conducting research on my own family lines, including those that lead back the the founding of Los Angeles and beyond to México, Spain, Costa Rica, and Venezuela, for more than 45 years. Conducting genealogical and historical research was first an interest, then a hobby, and now a passion that I, now retired, am free to pursue full-time. So when I say there are no rules, what that means is simply that I will follow any leads or pursue any interests that present themselves, including questions that are asked by readers of this blog. Interested persons should use the Contact Us link on this site to ask historical or genealogical questions. I will try to answer as many questions as I can directly, and I will also choose those questions that hold a particular interest for me to include in future blog posts.
Second, some blogs will have as their subject genealogies that are not directly connected to the pobladores or members of the escolta, but which somehow have a connection to the founders or to early Los Angeles history.
Finally, I want to call attention to two genealogical societies that are dedicated to exploring and preserving the history and genealogy of early California:
- Los Californianos. Formed to celebrate the bicentennial of the arrival in San Francisco Bay of Don Gaspár de Portolá in 1769, Los Californianos membership is open to anyone whose ancestors were living in California between 1769 and 1849 — in other words, during the Spanish Colonial and Mexican periods.
- Los Pobladores 200. Formed in 1981, membership is open to descendants of the founders, the 44 settlers and four soldiers who founded Los Angeles on September 4, 1781.