A series of four records breaks down a 16 year research brick wall, allowing me to verify the names of my great-grandfather’s parents through evidence analysis.
Taking a California Homesteading class at the SoCal Genealogy Jamboree leads me to discover that my husband’s California pioneer 2nd great-grandfather received a homestead patent in Mariposa County.
For 15 years, I have beaten my head against a wall in total frustration at being unable to locate a birth record for my paternal grandfather, Benjamin Robledo (1919-1990). 14 months ago, I finally had a breakthrough that only confused things more. Yesterday, I obtained a copy of his original birth certificate.
This past Monday marked the anniversary of my parents bringing me home as a baby, which six months later resulted in my legal adoption. I have the best parents and family in the world, and have never felt the need to try to find my birth parents. Last week though, I I finally caved and began the process of identifying my biological family by taking an autosomal DNA test through Ancestry.com.
Despite them both living in Los Angeles County, California, and Benjamin having a very large family in Los Angeles County, my grandparents Rosie Salas and Benjamin Robledo chose to marry in nearby Orange County. I found this out when I discovered their marriage record, which came as a big surprise to both me and my dad….because his parents married one city away from where I spent my entire childhood.
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.
All my husband knew about his 1st great grand uncle is that he drove a snow plow in Yosemite. My father-in-law confirmed this, and told me that he thought his grandfather’s brother George had also been a miner in Madera. So when I saw the “plowing through” theme for this year’s 52 Ancestors project, I decided to try to find out a bit more about 1st great rand uncle George.