Thursday, July 19, 2018

How Can Siblings Have DNA Showing Different Ethnicity Estimates?

If you have a DNA test performed and it shows 35% German ancestry, 25% Irish ancestry, 10% Scandinavian ancestry, and the rest from the Middle East, does that mean your brother or sister will show exactly the same results if they also take a DNA test? Actually, the answer usually is “no.”
How can full-siblings have different ethnicities when they have the same parents? It’s a consequence of the complex relationship between genetics, ancestry, and ethnicity.

It is usually because one sibling received more or fewer genes from one parent than the other. In contrast, the sibling may have received more genes from the second parent and fewer from the first.

Confused? An article and a graphic in the Genealogy Explained web site at http://bit.ly/2NnKr29 will explain it.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Announcing General Meeting: Saturday, August 4, 2018 10 am - 2 pm "Finding Maclovia Flores an American Family searches for their Mexican roots"

Please join us for our next General Meeting on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 10 am. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

San Diego Hispanic Saturday 30 June 2018 meeting update

The San Diego Hispanic Saturday group met at the Family History Library in Mission Valley. The meeting traditionally starts with a round table introductions, with each person updated their genealogy research status. Fourteen gave their in-depth research.

In attendance was Carlos Yturralde, one of two “Ask an Expert” in helping solve the attendees questions; the other was Ceasar Castro. The following three questions were answered.

1.) Lois Farnsworth Rattray was trying to nail down the link between Juan Bautista Smith and Thomas Smith and firm up dates. – Ceasar Castro addressed the first question. Juan Bautista Smith was the son of Thomas Smith. Thomas Smith jump ship in Baja California in 1808 and settled in Baja California. He married Maria Meza.
2.) David Delgadillo wondered if civil marriage is not enough for the Catholic Church; that a Civil marriage equals a natural child. – Carlos Yturralde answered the second. A child christened in the Catholic Church whose parent have not been married in the Church is concerned a natural child, rather than a legitimate child.
3.) Michaela Burris stated that her brick wall was Esparza, Juan Antonio b about 1775, San Jual el Mezquital, probably Nuevo Leon. I am not sure that "San Jual el Mezquital" is in Nuevo Leon or Zacatecas or somewhere else. Carlos answered that in doing family history research it important to know where our ancestors are from or where they lived, for there is where we will find records. To help locate a place the best tool is a website called “pueblosamerica.com.” Once the place is located then we can find the parish, which would have the birth, marriage and death records as well as other information. Secondly we would locate the historical archive that would have the colonial civil records. A search for San Juan el Mezquital we found there were two locations one in Nuevo Leon and the other in Durango.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Genealogy Garage Schedule for Summer and Fall

Take advantage of this unique education series devoted to genealogist and underwritten by your organization GSHA-SC for our members and others.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Hispanic Research San Diego revised

Note change in meeting date: We have moved the date of our next Hispanic Saturday meeting from 23 June to 30 June. The meeting will be at the Family History Library in Mission Valley from 1 to 3pm.  We have attached an updated Hispanic Saturday flyer. [Please also note that the date of our last meeting of the year has also changed to October 6th.  Our speaker, Richard Griswold Del Castillo, will be talking to us about The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.]

Saturday, May 5, 2018

May 5th Presentation Follow Up!

Rachel Ornelas spoke about taking advantage of the non-indexed records in FamilySearch.org. She gave good insights on how to find records under the new format at FamilySearch.org. She stated that are free tutorials available to all at the web site, which are denoted below.

Rachel and her husband, Juan,  have been involved in family research since 2002.  In 2012,  Rachel and her husband received an assignment from the LDS church as Area Family History advisers for the Spanish speaking LDS units in Southern California. They are assisting the public in researching and understanding the new format at the Torrance Family History Center on the 4th Thursday of the month, except November, when it is the 5th at around 6:30 to closing time.

The house was packed and we had several members tune in via our Go-To-Meeting to hear the presentation.