The Berryessa Family: A California Legacy - Anthony Ray

Saturday, June 24, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo 

The Berryessa family from the de Anza expedition to the twentieth century will be reviewed including military, ranchos, religious and social involvements, family murders in the 1850s, and settling into the American culture by the nineteenth century. Records to be discussed include manuscript collections, church records, newspapers, vital records, and others.

Anthony Ray, a descendant of the original Berryessa colonist who came to Alta California with the de Anza party in 1776, will present a brief history of the Berryessas beginning with the de Anza expedition and ending in the early twentieth century. He will review Berryessa military involvement, ranchos, their religious and social involvements, the murder of Berryessa family members in the 1850s, and how the family settled into American culture by the late nineteenth century. Anthony will discuss the records that he has researched which include manuscript collections, church records, newspapers, vital records and more, and how he incorporated them into his history of the Berryessas.

Anthony Ray is an avid genealogist who specializes in church records, California, Mexican, and Southwest research. He has been researching his own family for the past fourteen years and has been a member of the Antelope Valley Genealogical Society, the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America, The Contra Costa County Historical Society, and the Solano County Genealogical Society.

In 2011, Ray was honored with being awarded the first Suzanne Winsor Freeman Student Genealogy Grant, which he used to further his research. He has done extensive research all throughout California, Arizona, and in the northern Mexican state of Sonora. He is currently in the process of researching and writing a comprehensive history of the Berryessas, a founding family of San Francisco and San Jose. 

In addition to being a genealogist, Ray is also a musician, currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in vocal performance and music education. He sings with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Tonality, Lore Vocal Ensemble, and the Sunday Night Singers. He has also been a guest chorister with many other community and church choirs throughout the Los Angeles area.

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