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Old 09-25-2011, 06:19 AM
 
Location: SW MO
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Being a native is no big deal. If you're truly special you qualify to join this group:

The Society of California Pioneers
Interesting! I'm the only one I know of in my family to be born in California yet I could possibly qualify for membership. One of my ancestors is William Stephen Hamilton, son of Alexander Hamilton. William came to California in 1849 and died in Sacramento in 1850, probably of cholera.

I had no idea he even existed, much less that I had any family connection to Sacramento, until my wife and I took an historical tour of the Old City Cemetery in about 2006 and lo-and-behold, there was his grave. It was actually his third grave as he died penniless and was first buried in the lower section. When it flooded a few years later he was moved to the next higher section. When that was flooded, family in New York paid to have him moved to the more prestigious upper section where his remains remain.

Doesn't make me feel special though!

Good thing. I'm wrong. See below!

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Old 09-25-2011, 06:34 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Interesting! I'm the only one I know of in my family to be born in California yet I could possibly qualify for membership. One of my ancestors is William Stephen Hamilton, son of Alexander Hamilton. William came to California in 1849 and died in Sacramento in 1850, probably of cholera.!
Sorry but you would have to be a direct descendent of his to get in. According to his wikipedia bio, William never married and presumably died childless. I also have a collateral ancestor who arrived in time but the earliest of my directs were three years too late.
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Old 09-25-2011, 07:40 AM
 
Location: SW MO
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Sorry but you would have to be a direct descendent of his to get in. According to his wikipedia bio, William never married and presumably died childless. I also have a collateral ancestor who arrived in time but the earliest of my directs were three years too late.
Drat! You're right. Oh well, still not speshul!

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Old 09-25-2011, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Drat! You're right. Oh well, still not speshul!
Colorado is a bit more lenient. They had a program where you could get a "Pioneer" license plate if you could prove you were descended from someone who moved there before 1900. However, as could have been predicted, an irate citizen complained to or sued the state claiming this was discriminatory so they were forced to allow just any Tom, Dick, or Harry just off the highway from CA to get one regardless of proof of "speshulness". . I could have qualified for that and was all ready to move there just to have one until I discovered they'd dumbed it down. I'm thinking of petitioning my state legislators here in VA for one that you can get only by proving pre-1776 ancestry. Of course I'll first need to have the 14th amendment repealed.
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Old 09-25-2011, 10:39 AM
 
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Well, my ancestors have been on this dang planet for -- well, er -- uh -- a long long time ... and, dang it! I want some recognition!

So far, I'm enjoying a lot of responses ... but still not finding any nails pounded in ... closest yet is from KC6ZLV with his notation on Californians' attitude toward Texans' attitudes about "Cali-for-nigh-a" ...
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Easy. Aliens complain ... and say California should follow Texas as an example.
It does ring true that Californians pretty near uniformly unite when Texans start bashing ...
(and I KNEW that issue had to come up!)
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Old 09-25-2011, 12:18 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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It does ring true that Californians pretty near uniformly unite when Texans start bashing ...
(and I KNEW that issue had to come up!)
Well, having been stationed in Texas twice, I always wondered why the license plates for puck-em-up trucks were boldly emblazoned with Texas Truck.

I mean, cummon, did Texans really need constant reminders of what they were driving or were they really unable to tell a truck from a car?

Things that make ya go, Hmmm!
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Old 09-25-2011, 12:32 PM
 
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Well, having been stationed in Texas twice, I always wondered why the license plates for puck-em-up trucks were boldly emblazoned with Texas Truck.

I mean, cummon, did Texans really need constant reminders of what they were driving or were they really unable to tell a truck from a car?

Things that make ya go, Hmmm!
And now fasten your seatbelts, folks ... we're off! ..... 3 ... 2 ... 1 ...
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Old 09-25-2011, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Coachella Valley, California
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Several generations of my family are Californians, born and raised here, but I don't know if they've been here since 1850 or before. But anyway ....... I feel special everyday, regardless!
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Old 09-25-2011, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Mokelumne Hill, CA & El Pescadero, BCS MX.
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Your family belongs to one of these tribes. Otherwise you're just another person who's mom/dad or grandad or maybe greatgrandaddy
came out here from wherever, whenever they did
Bravo!
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Old 09-25-2011, 12:49 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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Several generations of my family are Californians, born and raised here, but I don't know if they've been here since 1850 or before. But anyway ....... I feel special everyday, regardless!
Well, as we well know, Y'ar speshul!
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