Welcome to my genealogy blog where I am putting on pictures that I have acquired of my family. Along with any history that I find on them. If I have met that person and can remember something about them, then I will add that story too!
Some of our family names are: Utterback, McKenzie, Armstrong, Riggs, Ralston, Parker, Maupin, Dilbeck, Leister, Smith, Clough, Bowyer, McPherson, Andrews, Howard and Allen. I will only be putting on those last names up to my fourth generation, as you will see in the tabs. If I get too many last name of a different generation, I might need to put that on also. Example: Dilbecks.
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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Missions and Vacations

Santa Barbara Mission

As a family we went on vacations every summer. Mostly up and down the coastline of California. Along the way we would camp, visit family members and visit the California missions. My father always had a route and made sure it included the California Missions. We have been through quite a few of them.  I remember being bored and wanted to go to something more fun than just walking through dirt, musky smelling old buildings. Now that I am older, I enjoy more of the history of California and am glad that we have these pictures for our memories.
There are 21 missions from San Diego up to San Francisco. There are many sites one can look up to see the information about each mission and where there are located from google search engine. I know that I have been to at least 10 of the missions’ maybe more. The one I am most familiar with is La Purisuma Concepcion as I have lived in Lompoc and visited there more than once.
Here are some pictures that my father took while we were young. Kent, Karen or anyone who has been to some missions please add comments at the end. (Thanks!)

Santa Barbara Mission

A good link to learn about this mission is: http://www.athanasius.com/camission/san_jose.htm

Aunt Shirley and her children came to San Jose with us. Left to right: Shirley (dad's sister), Randy (cousin), Glenda (me) ,Kent (brother), Emma (mom) holding Kevin (brother). It looks like I am the only one happy? Summer of 1957.

San Jose Mission

Part of the cemetery at San Jose.

Inside San Jose Mission

 Even though time has faded some of the details in these pictures, I think my father did a good job of deciding what pictures he wanted developed. As back in the late 1950's film and developing was costly.

1 comment:

  1. Welcome to the Geneabloggers family. Hope you find the association fruitful; I sure do. I have found it most stimulating, especially some of the Daily Themes.

    May you keep sharing your ancestor stories!

    Dr. Bill ;-)
    Author of "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories" and family sagas
    and "Back to the Homeplace" and "The Homeplace Revisited"