The matrimonial investigation records, or "diligencias matrimoniales",
are part of a collection of California materials gathered by William F. McPherson, an Orange County rancher, scholar and
collector. Predominantly though not exclusively the records of Mission San Gabriel (other California missions are also
these investigations of the period 1788-1861 consist of notarized interviews with couples requesting marriage in the Roman
Church. There are 165 investigations in all, with 173 men and 170 women being interviewed. An alphabetical index indicates
folder number of each item.
The San Gabriel Mission Matrimonial Investigation Records are significant because they offer a unique
insight into the pre-statehood activities of the Mission. Also, they establish many facts concerning
the individuals married at the Mission and provide much genealogical detail for descendants. There are
165 investigations in all, with 173 men and 170 women being interviewed.
4 feet (2 boxes and 1 large envelope)
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This collection is open for research.