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Paul K. Sholar

I'm interested as to whether you're going to plumb the issue of how the key players' feeling toward pre-Civil War sectionalism affected their dealings with each other's business, social, and private interests after they reached California. The Wilson-Patton "axis" is clearly aligned with Confederacy and its social values. And several other early power brokers in L.A. were Southerners. Please don't omit these important considerations in parsing the lives of these early American emigrants in California.

Lynn M. Gavette Roberts

[this is good] This is very good as far as it goes. I especially like the pictures. I'm researching my hometown of Colton, California where many New Mexicans settled (Agua Mansa). Seems all the sites talk about the same people and come up with all kinds of reasons why the rest are left out. I imagine it's mostly because too much is lost in archives somewhere, although I understand that New Mexico is supposed to have had really good archives and genealogies. Possibly most of the families lost connections with those who went to California. Seems too many historians decide which nationalities are worth remembering, and unless you happen to be of that nation, all is forgotten. Even then, it seems hard for them to share as though they are afraid the only use others will find for the information will be negative. There are good and bad in all nations...

Raven Jake

Lynn, you're absolutely right, but you've gotta be the change you want to see in the world. One of my new friends at the Family History Center (no, I'm not a Mormon, but I sure like their tenacious archiving) turned me on to this site: http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=home which gave me access to some of those old census records (watch how the names in your town change from 1850-1870) and I'm also fond of this one (the Early California Population Project): http://www.huntington.org/Information/ECPPmain.htm And - keep checking back in with your findings - history belongs to everybody!!!!

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