Pobladores Project

Tracing the life histories of early California settlers

This project traces the life histories of early California settlers from their origins in Mexico and elsewhere to their final days in California.

The Pobladores Project is a database of vital information that covers the entire life spans of thousands of Spanish-speaking colonists or pobladores who came to California during the mission period. The primary sources for the Pobladores Project Database are the baptism, marriage, and burial registers kept by the Franciscan missionaries of early California as well as genealogical guides that document the family histories of the soldiers and settlers who lived in Mexico before they came to colonial California.

This project has historical and genealogical importance for the present and future study of the non-Indian people and communities of early California. Now complete, it reveals the complex, dynamic visual dimensions of the waves of Spanish and Mexican migrations into California and within California over more than a century.

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Follow the Money Project is affiliated with the Spatial History Project.