Thursday, September 24, 2015

Genealogy Workshops by Donie Nelson

Veteran Genealogist, Workshop Leader, and Speaker

Whether you are a veteran wishing to brush up on your skills or a newbie with a lot of questions, the Santa Fe Springs City Library has invited Donie Nelson to produce a series of monthly genealogical workshops in their Community Room beginning this Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 10 am to 12 noon.

When & Where
Saturday, September 26, 2015

10:00 am to 12:00 noon

Santa Fe Springs City Library

11700 Telegraph Road

Santa Fe Springs, CA, 90670


Charts: The Foundation of Your Research

Pedigree charts and family group sheets are the building blocks of your research. Learn how to read the charts and how to fill them out. Whether you have a Genealogical database program or are working from paper, understanding and using these charts and group sheets with ease aids your research in many ways. Bring the names, dates and places (birth/marriage/death) of your ancestors to participate in filling out your charts.

Monday, September 21, 2015


New Mexico Resource Basics.... continue

•Hispanic Genealogical Research Center
855-833-4197; P.O. Box 27250; Albuquerque, NM 87125 ~ http://www.hgrc-nm.org/
Home of the Great New Mexico Pedigree Database
•Historical Society of New Mexico
P. O. Box 1912, Santa Fe, NM 87504 ~ hsnminfo@hsnm.org
•New Mexico Genealogical Society
PO Box 27559, Albuquerque, NM 87125-7559 ~ http://www.nmgs.org/index.php
The First 40 Years of the New Mexico Genealogist on CD; Genealogical Resources in New Mexico, 3rd edition
•New Mexico State Archives and Libraries
•New Mexico State Records Center and Archives
1205 Camino Carlos Rey
, Santa Fe, New Mexico ~ Phone: (505) 476-7900
•Olibama Lopez Tushar Hispanic Legacy Research Center
PO Box 140978
Denver, CO 80214 ~ 
Published materials include journals, newsletters, magazines, and books. Genealogy can be expensive, so be clear about your budget and your situation. If you have a genealogical library nearby that has a selection of material that you can use in your research, focus on this “free” material first. At the same time, make note of the published books you would like to own, and then make a request of the librarian that they acquire these books. Same goes for journals, many libraries have memberships in numerous genealogical and historical societies and their publications are available to library patrons. If libraries and archives are not local, be organized and inventive. You can barter your skills or information with another researcher who can research and copy material at these locations for you. OR research the contents of a particular facility and then plan a trip, spend most of your time accessing and copying information so that when you return home you can “figure it out.” OR purchase published records, but first see what is available for free on the Internet. No Internet? You need at least one or more “research buddies” who are willing to locate material for you. Start with your family: motivate those grandchildren or younger family members who have time and technology available. Ask for research assistance instead of after-shave or dusting powder for birthdays or other holidays. With younger family members involved, you get a “two-fer”: assistance and a closer connection to other generations who may be inspired to carry on your work.

The Internet has exploded with free genealogical sites sponsored by individuals, government groups, genealogical and historical societies, as well as fee-based/subscription sites. You can access these sites from home on your own computer or you can use a computer at your local public library to browse the Internet. Most genealogical societies who operate their own library subscribe to the fee based sites like Ancestry.com and if you are member, using their computers to access the sites are usually at no charge. And if you are not a member, the fee is usually minimal. The Family History Libraries and Family History Centers sponsored by the LDS offer free access to numerous sites. If you have a laptop, take it with you and transfer data directly onto your own computer and into your own genealogical database.

~Reprinted from Nuestras Raices, the quarterly journal of the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America, with the author's permission.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Upcoming Genealogy Garage Workshop

WHEN: Saturday, September 19, 2015 – 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Let’s Explore the LAPL Photo Archives

Los Angeles Public Library Senior Librarian Christina Rice will showcase the LAPL photo archives. This Genealogy Garage workshop is so popular that we now meet in one of the library’s meeting rooms. The collection contains photographs from obsolete newspapers, such as the Herald-Examiner, the Valley Daily News, etc., as well as donations from private collections. Learn about the collection’s history and how patrons can search the archives and obtain copies of photographs for personal use. Genealogy Garage Coordinator Charlotte Bocage will give you a personal tour of the History & Genealogy Department’s vast holdings.

Genealogy Garage workshops are offered on the third Saturday of each month, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, except the month of December. Here is an opportunity to “tune-up” your current research skills or learn something new.

Where: Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) Richard Riordan Central Library
630 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071
History & Genealogy Department, Lower Level 4
Parking: 524 Flower Street, south of 5th Street, $1 on Saturdays with library card
Directions to the Central Library and parking information is available at http://www.lapl.org/central/
RSVP Central Library 213-228-7000, ask for the History and Genealogy Department 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 if the workshop is unexpectedly cancelled.

Park UNDER the library, entering at 524 Flower Street 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.
Please travel light. This is a public building—it is NOT recommended that you leave computers, purses or other personal items unattended while researching.

Contact: Charlotte Bocage/SCGS Education Chair: 323-669-1982 or rubymoon01@yahoo.com
Donie Nelson: 310-204-6808 or doniegsha@earthlink.net

Tuesday, September 15, 2015


Please join us on October 3 for our annual Viva La Familia Fiesta. This year the Fiesta is a tour of Rancho Los Alamitos, located in the City of Long Beach.


The tour begins at 10:00 am and concludes at noon. Lunch is not included and RSVP's are required. If you are interested, please reply to Rita Vega-Acevedo at rvacevedo@att.net no later than September 20, 2015. GSHA-SC will cover a $5 charge for our members. Members are allowed to bring a guest, but are required to pay $5 for each of their guests at this event. Please arrive no later than 9:45 am to gather for the tour. The Rancho is located at 6400 Bixby Hill Road, Long Beach, CA, 90815. Staff at the Rancho encourages carpooling.

Rancho Los Alamitos, the Ranch of the Little Cottonwoods, occupies a spot on the National Register of Historic Places for two reasons: the native Tongva people and its role in local Spanish history. The Rancho built in 1790 was a 300,000-acre land grant given to a Spanish soldier named Manuel Nieto for services rendered to the Spanish Crown. Ownership of the Rancho changed hands several times, the last owners being Fred and Florence Bixby who donated the Rancho to the City of Long Beach in 1968. The remaining 7.5 acres of Nieto’s original land grant welcomes the public with exhibits about the Rancho’s history.

Hope to see you on October 3.

Of Interest: The Los Angeles Times published an article about the Rancho on August 7, 2010 titled "Lost LA Rancho Los Alamitos." http://articles.latimes.com/2010/aug/07/home/la-hm-rancho-alamitos-20100807


Friday, September 4, 2015


Announcing our traditional gathering in October. Please note that RSVP's must be made in advance. Non-GSHA-SC members paid a small fee of $5.00. Please email your attendance to this gathering before September 20, 2015.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Fondo Colonial of the Parral Archive online

Hidalgo del Parral, Chihuahua – The Archivo Históricos Municipal de Hidalgo del Parral (Parral Archive) announced today that its collection of Spanish colonial documents, known as the “Fondo Colonial,” is now accessible for free online to the public at: hh-p.org, then Fondo Colonial.

The Fondo Colonial collection, spanning a period between 1611 and 1821, contains the civil colonial records of the Province of Nueva Viscaya, which today consists of the states of Chihuahua, Durango, Sonora, Sinaloa and part of Coahuila as.  Hidalgo del Parral was the unofficial capital for Nueva Viscaya for over 100 years, from the 1632s to the 1738s, and has the largest collection of Spanish colonial documents in northern Mexico. 

The Parral Archive staff reorganized the Fondo Colonial documents following the UNESCO guidelines, which is by subject than by chronological order and created a new catalog.  They identified the content of the majority of the documents and assigned each document a number that will allow a researcher to easily locate and cite to the digital image.  Presently, all of the sections of the collection have been imaged and are now online, with the exception of the Justicia section.  The Justicia section, which comprises two-thirds of the collection, will be imaged by the end of this month and gradually added to the online collection.

The Fondo Colonial is one of the most important archive collections in North America.  It contains records pertaining to the history of the people of Spain, Mexico and the southwestern United States, and the many indigenous nations of the region.  The documents provide significant insight into the political, economic, social and cultural environments of a vast region, from Durango to Nuevo Mexico, and from Coahuila to Sonora.

The documents in the Gobierno y Administración section reflect the inner workings of the Spanish colonial system, and include a wide-range of documents on the governance of several communities of the north of Nueva España.  The Gobierno y Administración section includes documents on mines and the granting of mines, petitions and disputes, labor and slavery, censuses and inventories, and the issuance and implementation of royal orders.  The Milicia y Guerra section contains an array of documents pertaining to the military defense of several Nueva Viscaya communities, the respective struggles of the indigenous and non-indigenous in war and peace, and the diverse groups of people who lived and worked in or near the many presidial communities of Nueva Viscaya.  The Hacienda and Tesorería section includes many types of transactional and accounting records that reflect various economic activities and the economic relations between and amongst people. 

The Fondo Colonial reflects a paper and archival culture -- one that valued the making and keeping of correspondence, reports, summaries, indices and the details.  The imaging of this collection captures stories and drama, as well as the beauty of handwriting, creases, spots and stains.  It is truly a precious gift to historians, independent scholars and to the descendants of those represented in the records.

This project is the result of the efforts of many people, including Dr. Cruz Lopez, historian and Parral journalist José G. Rocha and Guillermo Gallardo.  Rocha and Gallardo compiled the first index in the late 1930s.  In 1959, Dr. Charles Di Peso began microfilming the collection and a newer guide was created.  In 1984, after additional documents were found, Hector Arras, the Archivo General de la Nación, the Tinker Foundation of New York, the University of Minnesota, and Dr. Cheryl Martin of the University of Texas El Paso supported the creation of the “Nueva Guía” by Dr. Robert McCaa, Carolyn Roy, and Rosamaría Arroyo Duarte.  It was then that the Hispanic Heritage Project, which was then a part of the Friends of the Escondido Public Library, provided the final financial assistance to complete the Nueva Guía.

In 2007, under the guidance of Instituro Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Blanca Jennyra Figueroa completed the present catalog of the collection.  Now under the leadership of Roberto Baca, the current director of the Parral Archive, and with the support of the Hispanic Heritage Project and RootsPoint, the Fondo Colonial collection is now available online.  We will forever be grateful for the contributions of many dedicated individuals over a long period of time that has made it possible for many of us to enjoy this collection for years to come.

For more information contact:
Archivo Historico Municipal de Hidalgo del Parral

Roberto Baca Ornelas, Director

Wednesday, September 2, 2015


 New Mexico Resource Basics

No matter how long you have been researching it is always a great idea to review what you know (or what you think you know). If you are researching the Spanish Colonists of New Mexico, whether you began your research last week or 40 years ago, reviewing the basic resources for New Mexico research may help you demolish a brick wall or add an entirely new branch to your family tree. The following is not inclusive—that might fill an entire issue! Readers are urged to send us your favorite resources and sources and tell us why, so that we can spread the word.
Joining both genealogical and historical societies is a great way to access information and expand your network. The more groups you join, the more newsletters and journals you will receive. Think of each one as a trial subscription: 1-2 years is enough time to determine whether their membership and publications offer information you can use. Hold onto the memberships that work for you. Remember that information you can access from your own home, saves you travel time and costs. Here are some of the groups to join:

•Any genealogical group that is geographical close to where you live and offers regular meetings, and assistance for beginners. The focus does not have to be on your geographical area of research. These groups are wonderful for gaining new skills, research techniques and mentors.

•Any genealogical group or historical society that is based in the city, county or state where your research is focused. Their members and publications help you focus on specifics and this information may not be available elsewhere. Get to know your research area.

•Colorado Archives, Libraries, Historical & Genealogical Societies
Complete list of Colorado research facilities

•Colorado Genealogical Society
P. O. Box 9218, Denver, CO ~ http://www.cogensoc.us/
•Colorado Society of Hispanic Genealogy
2300 South Patton Court, Denver, CO 80219-5212 ~ http://www.hispanicgen.org/
•Genealogical Society of Hispanic America
P.O. Box 3040
Pueblo, CO 81005 ~ http://gsha.net/

GSHA-Fray Angelico Chavez Chapter ~
PO Box 3027, Pueblo, CO 81005
Reference collection at the Pueblo City-County Library

GSHA-Southern California
PO Box 2472, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670-0472
Reference collection at the Southern California Genealogical Society Family History Library in Burbank, CA
Complete sets of New Mexico Genealogist, Nuestras Raices, and Dorothy Adams Collection

~Reprinted from Nuestras Raices, the quarterly journal of the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America, with the author's permission.