When we’re young, the pages of textbooks are filled with names and dates and events that seem so far removed from our daily lives that it’s hard to accept the significance of them. As we age, the impact of events in the collective past come to mean different things because we start to realize how our own family histories fit in to the world.
When Colonel Thomas Baker’s bones were laid to rest in 1872, they were placed in a very specific location. That’s because Baker, himself, selected the site for his eternal resting place.
Sitting amongst the seemingly endless columns of books that rest silently on the shelves of the Beale Memorial Library Genealogy Room, Shirley Jackson is hard at work assisting kindred explorers in finding the hidden gems that paint a portrait of their family’s ancestry.
The Bushwhackers, Confederate sympathizers also known as the Mason and Henry Gang, had one stated goal: kill every Union man from Kern County to San Francisco, thereby eliminating any opposition to making California an independent republic.