I have loved cemeteries even as a child. I played in one as a pre-teen. I love the peace, art and history they represent. When I began researching my fathers Spanish-Mexican, Californiano roots, I discovered how shabbily the graves and cemeteries of California’s first European settlers have been treated. A big chunk of California’s history is missing, destroyed and misrepresented. I really believe that how a society honors its dead and its past reflects what it has learned and where we are going as a people.
In 1885 in order to build the new Holy Cross church in Santa Cruz the cemetery for Mission Santa Cruz was dug up and 6 wagon loads of remains were reburied in a unmarked mass grave at what today is Old Holy Cross Cemetery.Some of the markers were moved and some left behind,my photo taken behind the church shows broken headstones that were left.
I am an 8th generation native of California. I have a lifelong interest in old photos, family history and stories, cemeteries with a focus on my early California Spanish/Mexican ancestors. I hope my blog can help me organize research, help others in their searches and memorialize those who are a forgotten chapter in California's history.