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By mazochoa - Posted on 22 October 2011

In reading the marriage certificate of Basilio Baldes y Manuela Gomes I see that it reads " Bacilio Baldes espanol originario y vecino de Santa Maria, hijo lejitimo de Luis Baldes y de Anna Lopes y a Manuela Gomes Casta??? origenaria y vecina de esta villa, hija de "padres no conocidos".

First what is Casta? her name? a label/class? and also does "padres no conocidos" mean that her parents had expired, she was an orphan? or they just were not present?

https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-18571-2506-14?cc=1874591&wc=12236790

Thanks for any help in advance.

Best regards,
Monica Ochoa

Hello Monica,

In the margin on the left it says Manuela Gomez is a castiza which means the
daughter of an español(a) and and a mestizo(a). Wikipedia has good articles
in Spanish http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casta and English
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castas on the caste system of Latin America.

Hija de padres no conocidos means they don't know who the parents are. She
was orphaned or abandoned at a young age. The priest likely called her
castiza based on her looks. Mostly European features with some Indian
features.

Saludos
Armando

On Sat, Oct 22, 2011 at 2:59 PM, wrote:

> In reading the marriage certificate of Basilio Baldes y Manuela Gomes I see
> that it reads " Bacilio Baldes espanol originario y vecino de Santa Maria,
> hijo lejitimo de Luis Baldes y de Anna Lopes y a Manuela Gomes Casta???
> origenaria y vecina de esta villa, hija de "padres no conocidos".
>
> First what is Casta? her name? a label/class? and also does "padres no
> conocidos" mean that her parents had expired, she was an orphan? or they
> just were not present?
> https://familysearch.org/pal:/**MM9.3.1/TH-1-18571-2506-14?cc=**
> 1874591&wc=12236790
>
> Thanks for any help in advance.
>
> Best regards, Monica Ochoa

Once again Armando your wisdom/experience is priceless. Thanks a million!

Monica Ochoa

I have had only a little success finding out parents when I find padres no conocidos but a little means that I have found the parents a few times. It does not mean a complete deadend so do not give up hope
R A Ricci
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Hello Monica,

In the margin on the left it says Manuela Gomez is a castiza which means the
daughter of an español(a) and and a mestizo(a). Wikipedia has good articles
in Spanish http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casta and English
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castas on the caste system of Latin America.

Hija de padres no conocidos means they don't know who the parents are. She
was orphaned or abandoned at a young age. The priest likely called her
castiza based on her looks. Mostly European features with some Indian
features.

Saludos
Armando

On Sat, Oct 22, 2011 at 2:59 PM, wrote:

> In reading the marriage certificate of Basilio Baldes y Manuela Gomes I see
> that it reads " Bacilio Baldes espanol originario y vecino de Santa Maria,
> hijo lejitimo de Luis Baldes y de Anna Lopes y a Manuela Gomes Casta???
> origenaria y vecina de esta villa, hija de "padres no conocidos".
>
> First what is Casta? her name? a label/class? and also does "padres no
> conocidos" mean that her parents had expired, she was an orphan? or they
> just were not present?
> https://familysearch.org/pal:/**MM9.3.1/TH-1-18571-2506-14?cc=**
> 1874591&wc=12236790
>
> Thanks for any help in advance.
>
> Best regards, Monica Ochoa

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