Jorge, Thanks for your response. We would like to trace our family history but resources have been limited. I figured there may be information on Miguel's family and background that could help us. I appreciate any of your insights.
My grandfather's name was Alfred Raphael Aleman, son of Fernando Fernandes Aleman. My grandfather said that he, as yours, was a cousin of Miguel. My grandfather, although he was born in Arizona and lived most of his life in California, was offered a job in Miguel's administration, but was turned off by something he saw. I've heard the people either loved or hated Miguel.
There were many children in my grandfather's family and he was one of the younger ones. Some of his siblings were named Fernando, Albert, Cecilia, Henry, Raymond. If we're related, maybe some of these family names will mean something to your grandmother.