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Genealogical & Historical Events
​Interest to Los Californianos

The activities listed below are presented solely for the information and convenience of our members and their listing here does not constitute an endorsement by Los Californianos.


                                                ANZA CELEBRATION at PRESIDIO of SAN FRANCISCO

Saturday, June 29, 2024, 10:30 am

San Francisco’s Birthday & Arrival of Anza Expedition June 1776

RSVP to the free June 29th event, click here:https://loscalifornianos.wildapricot.org/event-5769644/Registration   Please help us project attendance numbers by RSVP-ing.

The Presidio of San Francisco

Pershing Square (Arguello Boulevard at Moraga Avenue)

Descendants of the founding families of the Juan Bautista de Anza Expedition (1775-76) will celebrate the 248th anniversary of the arrival of Spanish soldados de cuera (“leather-jacket soldiers”), men, women, and children, who made the long journey overland to San Francisco and founded El Presidio de San Francisco and Mission San Francisco de Asis (Mission Dolores).

  • 10:30 am Formal Welcome & Flower Ceremony, Pershing Square by Officers Club.
  • Open to the Public: Period Clothing is welcome (Soldado, Vaquero, pioneer, military).
  • Join in singing the beautiful Alabado, as our ancestors did daily on their long
  • Roll Call of Anza expedition members as descendants commemorate their Californio ancestors by placing a flower in a special memorial display.
  • Noon &/or 2 pm Visit Presidio Heritage Gallery in the historic Officer’s Club before and/or after lunch.
  • View the adobe walls of the original El Presidio de San Francisco Spanish fort, see historic cannons, and learn about recent archaeological discoveries.

Tour after Ceremony: The Presidio Heritage Gallery in the historic Officer’s Club presents the Presidio story through multi-media displays – including films, images, and artifacts.  View artifacts focusing on the Presidio’s rich Spanish and Mexican heritage.  Los Californianos members made numerous contributions to this exhibit, participated in docent education, and are included in the gallery video interviews.

PICNIC with PRIMOS, bring a picnic to enjoy on Presidio lawn or purchase delicious food celebrating our diverse cultures & cuisines from mobile food trucks https://presidio.gov/explore/attractions/presidio-pop-up.


Reserve a seat at aNo-host Californianos Table’ for lunch inside the Presidio Officers Club, see Registration page for details.

Mid-afternoon: 3:00 p.m. Guided tour of Old Mission Dolores, 3321-16th Street, San Francisco.  Car pool or public transportation to Mission Dolores for special tour for Los Californianos led by Andrew Galvan, Curator.  (Note, optional 5:00 pm Mass.)

Donations greatly appreciated to support increased event expenses, link



                                               California History and Genealogy Workshop Series 

A California History and Genealogy Workshop Series, co-sponsored by the California Genealogical Society & Library (CGS) and Los Californianos, will be offered on the second Saturday of the month at 1:00 pm in Oakland, California beginning in May 2024.  Registration details are posted on Eventbrite  (https://www.eventbrite.com/o/california-genealogical-society-5537240243).

Los Californianos, and CGS, members attend for free; non-members pay $10; reservations are required.  CGS is located at 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA 94612, in the Breuner Building, two blocks north of BART’s 19th Street Station.  AMTRAK riders disembark at Jack London Square and take the free Broadway Shuttle to 2201 Broadway.  Free parking is available.  Some programs will be available concurrently live via Zoom.

Workshop Series Dates:  

A California History and Genealogy Workshop Series is held monthly in Oakland, Alameda County, co-sponsored by the California Genealogical Society & Library (CGS) and Los Californianos.  It features expert speakers on the history of Spanish and Mexican colonization of Alta (“Upper”) California from 1769 to 1850’s.  Register for free July 13th program on EventBrite, reservations are required.  Most in-person programs are available concurrently live via Zoom, https://www.eventbrite.com/o/california-genealogical-society-5537240243


                                                     July 13th  New Spanish Patriots’ Eligibility for D.A.R.

Discussion of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) research efforts, genealogical discoveries, sources, and on-going efforts to obtain recognition of the significant contributions to the cause of American freedom at the time of the Revolutionary War by soldados de cuera (leather-jacket soldiers) residing in early California.  Great info for SARs too.

Presented by Robin Rhein Hurwitz, DAR State Chair for Specialty Research and Mary Anthony Startz, National DAR Specialty Research Chair (NSDAR). 

  • Volunteer to ‘staff’ a Los Californianos Table before and after this event in Oakland. Share information on Los Californianos membership options and programsShare Californio Spanish genealogy tips and challenges.  Assist in identifying helpful sources found in the CGS library’s California Room. 

Transportation options:

California Genealogical Society & Library (CGS) is located at 2201 Broadway, Lower Level Suite 2, Oakland, CA 94612, in the historic Breuner Building, two blocks north of BART’s 19th Street Station.

AMTRAK riders disembark at Jack London Square and take the free Broadway Shuttle to 2201 Broadway.  See web page link below for map, public transportation and driving directions as well as locations of public parking lots. Convenient street parking is available on weekends.  https://www.californiaancestors.org/directions-and-parking/


 August 10     

Sylveria Pacheco – A Woman of Mystery and Longevity

Presented by historian Damian Bacich.

Born into a world of change, Sylveria Pacheco’s extraordinary life spanned over a century of California’s history.  From humble beginnings at Mission Santa Clara to becoming a female landholder in the shadow of Mt. Diablo, Sylveria defied societal norms and personal tragedies to carve her own path.  Her story intertwines with the tumultuous era of the Mexican War as she navigated shifting dynamics of race, immigration, and property rights.  Her resilience and determination in the face of adversity offer a captivating glimpse into the untold stories of 19th-century California, challenging our understanding of the time period.

September 14    To Be Announced

October 12         To Be Announced 

November 6     Contra Costa County Ranchos Digital Exhibit Project

Presented by LeighAnn Davis, Contra Costa County Historical Society,and Genene Welch, Los Californianos. Innovative exhibit will focus on the Rancho period of California.  Seeking descendants of California ranchos to share information, resources, and family lore.  Join us!

Los Californianos have started to offer local workshops throughout the State to expand member opportunities for in-person education and genealogical research.  CGS is committed to continuing to providing in-person and hybrid events to showcase its extensive genealogical library and numerous resources on California genealogy and American Ancestors. 

 (Video tour ofLibrary, including California Room at: Explore the California Genealogical Society Library (youtube.com). 

Please contact Terri Taylor, Director7LosCalifornianos@gmail.com, with any speaker 
recommendations you have for our upcoming California History and Genealogy series. 


Los Californianos FALL CONFERENCE: October/Nov 2024 in Monterey, details soon. 












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