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.

General Meeting Announcement Saturday, May 5, 2018 10 AM to 2 PM

Rachel Ornelas will speak about taking advantage of the non-indexed records in FamilySearch.org at our next general Meeting in May. Please join us and learn how easy it is to find and source your records from this vast collection.

Rachel has been involved in family research since 2002.  She was born in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico. She met her husband and married in Mexico City.  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.

10 am Coffee & Setup
10:30 am GSHA Southern California announcements
11 - 12 pm Rachel Ornelas
12 pm Lunch on your own. Door Prize Drawing. An eclectic array of prizes, many geared to genealogy.  Tickets $1/each, 6 tickets for $5 or 12 tickets for $10
                                Research till library closes.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018


Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 25th, is National DNA Day — celebrating some of the most important milestones in the history of human genomic research.
And this year, 2018, is the 15th anniversary of the completion of the Human Genome Project!
Several DNA companies are offering their lowest prices for the year. 

Monday, April 23, 2018

Wrap up of San Diego Research Day April 21st "DNA Discussion"

The San Diego Hispanic Saturday group met on 21 April 2018 at 1pm at the San Diego Central Library. The group had 22 in attendance. Led by Ceasar Castro, the group started with the traditional round table introductions, with each person updated their genealogy research status and included any DNA testing if they had it.

After the round table, Mr Castro provided a presentation on Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) testing. He discussed the three different DNA tests available (Autosomal, Y-DNA and Mitochondrial) and the companies that are providing them (Ancestry.com; My Heritage; FamilytreeDNA and 23andMe.  Now is the time to purchase one of these kits, since there are sales going on.

Mr. Castro shared examples of his own personal DNA results and explained how to read the results. He explored the information from DNA Chromosome Browser and DNA matches. He also provided information on programs available to document you genealogy research.

This presentation generated lots of question which Mr. Castro was able to address. The majority of the attendees had taken the Autosomal test. Because of this there was a lot of discuss and input from the audience. DNA testing is of great interest to genealogist.

To get more information, please contact the these companies directly at 

Ancestry.com  https://www.Ancestry.com
23andMe  https://www.23andme.com/dna-ancestry/
My Heritage  https://www.myheritage.com/
FamiytreeDNA  https://www.familytreedna.com/

 International Society of Genetic Genealogy
ISOGG https://isogg.org/

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Nueva Galicia Genealogical Society Meeting Apr 21 11 am to 2 pm

Nueva Galicia Genealogical Society
Please attend one of our sister organization scheduled quarterly meeting on the 21st of April, from 11 am until 2 pm. Feel free to bring laptops, books, family trees, questions, and more! They meet at the Family History Library in Orange, from 11 am until 2 pm. The address is 674 S. Yorba St. Orange,
California 92869.

Genealogy Garage and Hispanic Research Day LA Central Library April 21, 2018

Genealogy Garage, April 21, LA Central Library
11:00 am to 12:30 pm
"Think You Know What's in the Census?"

Central Library
LL4 Meeting Room
To RSVP, go to the History Reference desk or call 213-228-7000, and ask for "History." Please give us your name and an email address or phone number so you can be notified in case the workshop is cancelled.

Veteran researcher Charlotte Bocage will expand your knowledge of the U.S. Census records…discover the “hidden in plain sight” information contained in the census.

Afterwards, please join one of our researcher help you in Hispanic Research, 
GSHA SC Hispanic Saturday, April 21, LA Central Library
with Sunny Vazquez McMullen, PhD
Genealogy Dept.
2-4 pm