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The Many Wives of Pedro Yanunali


This report presents a method of reconstructing Chumash social organization using Santa Barbara Mission records. The analysis begins with the construction of genealogies based on the mission's baptismal, marriage, and death registers. Using this method, the investigator can reconstruct native marriages and kin relationships which are not directly recorded in the registers. The reconstructed genealogies of four Chumash capitanes illustrate this procedure. This study is part of an on-going analysis of mission records from 1787-1806.

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