The third part in my ongoing Manuel Nieto Project — trying to prove or disprove my family relationship to this famous early Californian. A look at the initial 1784 Rancho Los Nietos land grant, and its subsequent 1834 breakup into multiple smaller ranchos throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties.
After RootsTech 2015, I am seriously considering embarking upon a one-name study for my Robledo (maiden) surname — whether just on my own, or officially registered through the Guild of One-Name Studies. My hope is that a study will help me make a breakthrough on my brick wall Robledo ancestral line.
New Caledonia, in particular its port of Nouméa, became a strategic base for the Allies during World War II, serving as the base of operations for the Battle of Guadalcanal in 1942-43 and the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. Navy Station Nouméa is where I first find my grandfather serving in the war. My grandfather served here in 1944.