This collection contains genealogical files about the earliest founding Santa Barbara families, including pedigree charts,
clippings, and correspondence; and subject files containing newspaper clippings, articles, and other ephemera related to Santa
Barbara County places, buildings, and people in general.
Margarita Delbrook Villa (1913-2011) was a 6th generation descendant of Presidio soldiers Jose Dominguez and Victorino Feliz.
She was born in Santa Barbara and lived there all her life. She married Leroy Villa, also a descendant of Spanish soldier
Juan Jose Villa, in 1932. The couple had four children: Leroy, William, Therese, and Marjorie. Margarita Villa did extensive
family genealogical research on the early founding families of Santa Barbara. She was a docent at the Santa Barbara Historical
Society and the Presidio and was a founding member of Los Descendientes de Santa Barbara, begun in 1986. She was also a member
of Los Californianos, and Los Pobladores 200 de Los Angeles. Marjorie Villa Elkin was Secretary of Los Descendientes from
1996-1997. Villa created a family history called
Footprints of the Past: Family Memories of Leroy W. and Margarita D. Villa. Volume II documents her married life and travels with Leroy, as well as provides photos, pedigree charts, and additional
information about their ancestors.
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All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Director for
Historical Resources. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation Research
Center as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which
must also be obtained by the reader.
Collection is open to researchers.