Friday, May 5, 2017

Announcing May 6, 2017 GSHA-SC General Meeting

Please join us at our General Meeting on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 10 am to 3 pm in Burbank at the Southern California Genealogical Society location at 417 Irving Drive, Burbank, California.

Our General Speaker, Aaron Magaleno, will give his presentation on his research about New Mexico, El Paso area and Northern Mexico. It will be well worth your presence for the information and guided power point presentation if you have ancestors from the regions, as well as those who may have migrated north from other states. Lunch will be available for a small fee if you wish not to miss the networking after the meeting.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017


Come join us for a special presentation to Genealogy Garage on May 20, 2017 hosting by GSHA-SC, LAPL and SCGS. 

Date(s): Saturday, May 20, 2017

Time: 11:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Central Library Mark Taper Auditorium

Audience: Adults

Category: Genealogy Research

RSVP: No RSVP required for this Genealogy Garage.

Description: Today, forensics are more popular than ever thanks to television shows like CSI and Forensic Files. Solving mysteries by analyzing evidence, investigating DNA connections, and uncovering secrets that no one wanted discovered…sounds a lot like genealogy!

Come meet Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD, a real-life Forensic Genealogist who has worked dozens of cold cases nationwide, was involved in the identification of the “unknown child on the Titanic,” and is currently involved with the Abraham Lincoln DNA project. Colleen will speak to us about some of the cases she has worked (and even solved!) by using an innovative blend of forensic and genealogical tools that were unavailable in the past.

Learn why forensic genealogy is one of the most interesting new aspects of solving the mysteries of how we’re connected—after all, John or Jane Doe in a forensic case has to be someone’s long-lost relative, right? It’s up to the forensic genealogist to connect the dots!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Genealogical Society of Hispanic America (GSHA)
28th Annual Meeting and Genealogical Conference 
August 18 - 20, 2017

Radisson Ontario Airport Hotel - Ontario, California
2200 East Holt Boulevard
Ontario, CA 91761

"Ancient Trails to Super Highways...Discover Your Roots"
Senderos antiguos a supercarreteras...Descubra sus raices

It's been twenty years since the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America - Southern California Chapter hosted the GSHA Annual Meeting and Genealogical Conference. In 1997, the conference was held in Long Beach, California. This year's conference is being held in Ontario, California. This year also commemorates the chapter's 25th anniversary.

With the support of GSHA National President, Paul Gomez and GSHA Southern California Chapter President, Leonard Trujillo, the conference planning committee is working on making this year's conference an exciting and memorable event. 

Our special guest room rate is $89.00 per room, single or double. This rate will be extended three days prior to and three days after the conference. If you are interested in a suite, the Radisson is offering only two suites at a rate of $129.00 each. Daily breakfast vouchers may be purchased for $10.00 per person upon registration at the hotel.

To make room reservations on-line, go to www.radisson.com and give Ontario, California as the city, your dates of stay at the hotel, and enter Group Code GSHGSH. Or call 188-333-3333 to make your hotel reservations. Please specify Group Reservations and give Group Code GSHGSH. Room rate $89.00 per night, single or double. If you have any questions, please call the hotel.

Hotel reservations must be made by July 28, 2017 
to ensure the special group rate

To register for the conference, go to the GSHA website at http://www.gsha.net, click on the programs & conference tab to download the registration form.

This year's conference will feature a wide range of topics that will include presentations on the history of colonial Mexico, California, and the Southwestern United States, involving migration, food, historical people and events, DNA and a "how to" on doing genealogy research.

The line-up of speakers include: Debbie Gurtler with FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, UT, Keynote speaker; James Brewster with Family Tree DNA, Houston, TX, DNA speaker; John Schmal, historian, genealogist and lecturer, specializing in Mexican genealogy; Letty Rodella, President, Society of Hispanic Historical and Ancestral Research (SHHAR); Marietta Vigil Gonzales, genealogy researcher; Nancy Melendez with the Spanish Town Heritage Foundation, Riverside, CA; Dr. Carlos Herrera, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at San Diego State University; Ceasar Castro, GSHA-SC outreach coordinator, San Diego, CA; Paul Spitzzeri, Museum Director of the Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum, City of Industry, CA; Ernest Miller, chef, historian, educator, consultant and speaker, of Rancho La Merced, Montebello, CA; Alexander King, Director-at-Large of the Old Spanish Trail Association; Colleen Greene, MLIS, Librarian, web developer and educator; Karen Cordova, poet.

Hope to see you at the conference!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Ancient Trails to Super Highways...Discover Your Roots Registration Form

Dear Member,

Registration for the 2017 GSHA Conference & Meeting, August 18-20, 2017 at the Radisson Hotel, Ontario, California is now available. ( Please print a copy)

The Speakers list and topics will be published in the very near future.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Announcement of Mexican Genealogy Facebook Page by a non member

What Mexican State or States where your ancestors from? Now you can join Genealogy focused Facebook groups for all of the 32 Mexican states. If you are a member of our Mexican Genealogy Facebook Group the group wants to thank you and we do hope that you continue to be a part of it. If you are not, you are missing out! Check the links at the bottom of this page to join, you will not regret it.

With that said here is the deal, about a year ago We realized that our Mexican Genealogy Facebook Group had limitations and that most of the postings were for South Texas and Northeastern Mexico. I created a Facebook group for each state but hesitated to announce it to everyone and had been putting it off. I named my little project “The Mexico State Facebook Project”.

The group created a centralized page here on this website to make it easier to find the groups, explain what the project is about, and also to ask you and everyone else for help. This project is not a one person show, it is and must be a community project. Thus each group requires at least three moderators and for some I think up to five as they grow.


  • What Mexican State or States where your ancestors from? Now you can join Genealogy focused Facebook groups for all of the 32 Mexican states. If you are a member of our Mexican Genealogy Facebook Group I want to thank you and I do hope that you continue to be apart …
Read more: https://mexicangenealogy.info/mexican-genealogy-facebook-pages-for-every-state/
With nothing else,
Moises Garza