Sunday, December 14, 2014

Genealogy Garage

Join us on the third Saturday of each month (except December), from 11 am-1 pm, Genealogy Garage workshops for family researchers at all levels of expertise will be held at the Central Library of the LAPL. Whether you are a beginner or have been researching for years, here is an opportunity to "tune-up" your current research skills or learn something new about family history research.

Genealogy Garage is designed to be interactive, so bring your questions! Please RSVP as noted below. At the end of each workshop there will be a tour of the Genealogy department. Stay and we will help you research afterward.

Directions to Central Library and parking info available at http://www.lapl.org/central/. Use this link for directions: http://www.lapl.org/central/directions.html

Park UNDER the library, enter at 524 Flower St. just off 5th Street. You need a LAPL card to receive the $1.00 Saturday parking rate. Apply for the card at your local LAPL or at the Circulation Desk when you arrive. Just bring identification. Show your library card to get your parking ticket validated at the Information Desk before returning to your car. Take the escalator or elevator down to Lower Level 4. We will be near the main reference desk; just ask the library personnel for our location.

Please travel light. This is a public building-it is NOT recommended that you leave computers, purses or other personal items unattended while researching.

To RSVP: CALL Central Library Info: 213-228-7000, then ask for the History and Genealogy Dept. Tell them you are making a reservation for the Genealogy Garage workshop on [give the specific date]. Give them your name and an e-mail address or phone number so you can be notified in case the workshop is cancelled.

If you would like to be a workshop leader, please contact:
Email: Charlotte Bocage /SCGS Education Chair: 323-669-1982
Donie Nelson /GSHA-SC Outreach Chair: 310-204-6808

Workshop co-chair Charlotte Bocage is the Education Chair for the Southern California Genealogical Society and is a veteran researcher in archives and libraries across the country. Donie Nelson has over 30 years experience researching her Spanish, Scottish, & Swedish ancestors and is a founder of GSHA-SC and past president.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Genealogy Roadshow

The next Genealogy show to watch is 


Reruns from 2014 can be view now on the url above, with 2015 season 2 beginning January 2015.

GENEALOGY ROADSHOWcombines history and science to uncover fascinating stories of diverse Americans in and around St. Louis, Philadelphia and New Orleans.  Each individual’s story links to a larger community (and in some cases, national) history, to become part of America’s rich cultural tapestry.

Monday, November 24, 2014

New Revised Book Sale

 Attached is our latest list of books! Think of us when you have that genealogist needing the perfect gift!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Finding Your Roots in Mexico

Attached is complete information on John Schmal's last workshop for 2014.  It will be held Saturday, December 13, from 1-3pm at the WLA FHL. You, too, can "Find Your Roots in Mexico." This event is co-sponsored by the WLA FHL and the Outreach Committee of GSHA-SC.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Upcoming December Meeting Speaker

Please join us on December 6 for our annual Holiday gathering. Featured speaker Karen Cordova will present: 

“Cuentos are Conejos ¡Dios Mio! They are everywhere.” Translation “Stories are Rabbits!   My God! They are everywhere.” 

            Karen was born in Colorado and has deep roots in Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico. Much of her writing reflects a love of her heritage by weaving stories about la gente of the Southwest.
She has participated in formal spoken-word performances and is proud to have been included in the 2010 Festival de Flor y Canto at USC, as well as in many ekphrasis events. Karen curated her first show, Ekphrasis: Sacred Stories of the Southwest in 2014 at a gallery in Phoenix, AZ. She has received praise for her lively, fun, engaging and poignant poems before many audiences. Her work has been published in various journals. Her first book, Farolito, has been accepted for publication in 2015 by 3: A Taos Press. It is a true story, which casts a Hispano light on the dark subject of elder abuse and neglect but also illuminates a jagged path to solution and unexpected healing. Her second book, Hidden, which is being written with three other poets, Andrea L. Watson, Joan Ryan and Carol Aronoff, is expected to be published in 2016. Hidden is a book of poetry about the Conversos and crypto-Jews of Spain, who found their way to the New World.

            Karen's will explain how she uses genealogy, family stories, heirlooms, and study of her cultural heritage to inform her poetry. She will intersperse a few poems throughout the talk, as examples of how she does this. Audience members with a poetic bent might even be inspired to do the same.  This will be an interactive talk, so your questions will be welcomed!

Karen Cordova is a writer and business woman who lives in Southern California. She is a graduate of the University of California at Irvine (BA and MBA). Her ancestors were Native American, Spanish and even Mountain men who wandered west. She is also a member of GSHA-SC.

Monday, November 3, 2014

General Meeting and Holiday Potluck, Dec 6, 2014

GSHA-SC is please to announce their Dec 6, 2014, General Meeting presentation. Please see flyer for  more information.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Check out Season One of Finding Your Roots, before it is too late!

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. reveals the ancestral pasts of Hispanic actor Adrian Grenier, actress Michelle Rodriguez, and commentator Linda Chavez. Double click on the highlighten "Finding Your Roots".

Finding Your Roots

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Expanding Hispanic Saturday into San Diego

If you live in San Diego County, please join us on Saturday, November 1, from 10am – 1pm in the 9th Floor Genealogy Library of the San Diego Central Library for our first Hispanic Saturday/San Diego. Please see flyer for more information.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Take advantage and learn from others on their journey to learn genealogy

You are probably well-familiar with "Who Do You Think You Are", but there is another television program focused on genealogy. And, it is on your local PBS station's schedule. That show is "Finding Your Roots with Henry Louise Gates, Jr." The URL below will take you to their website so you may watch it on your computer. This is the first of many episodes. Please check back each week.

Another location to learn is Ancesty.com blog, which has teamed up with CNN to do ancestry bios on the many correspondents listed below:

Join the journalists of CNN as they explore their … roots. 
Michaela Pereira
Anderson Cooper
Chris Cuomo
Jake Tapper
Don Lemon
Erin Burnett
Christine Romans
Fareed Zakaria
John Berman

The first is Michaela Pereira

You can also view it through CNN's own web site Roots: Our Journey Home

Monday, October 13, 2014

25 years in the making!

The GSHA Nuestras Raices journal has been published and is being shared to the public since it is a momentous occasion, Please double click on the two and be patient since it is very large, Enjoy the history of the organization and its many chapters.

Nuestras Raices Coverpage

Nuestras Raices journal

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Photos from the day:

From the photos you could not tell the weather for the 2014 "Viva La Familia Fiesta" was a little warm that day (100+), but the spirits of our members were exuberant! Forty members and their guests were present to take the tour. Some of the members enjoyed a good meal together. The Mission Inn, is a historic landmark hotel in downtown Riverside. Please double click on Mission Inn for more information.

Those in the photo L to R: are Jeanette Fisher, Karen Cordova, Rita Cardenas, Doug Daniels, Margaret and Jack Hall.
 L to R seated: Cynthia Talamantes, Leticia Talamantes, Naomi Talamantes, Rita Vega-Acevedo.
Non member, Louise Saiz and member, Rita Cardenas
L to R: Phil Duran, Jeanette Fisher, Karen Cordova, Doug Daniels, Margaret and Jack Hall.

Interior view of the Mission Inn.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Viva La Familia Fiesta

Announcing our October 4th 2014 "Viva La Familia Fiesta" being held at the Mission Inn in Riverside, California. For more details, please see flyer below. Remember RSVP's and its accompany money must be in by the cut off date. Space is limited!