Friday, October 13, 2017

Announcing Viva La Familia Fiesta--“Remembering the Families of Chavez Ravine”

The Genealogical Society of Hispanic America-Southern California (GSHA-SC) invites you to join us at our annual

Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 • 2:30-3:30 pm
East Los Angeles Library • 4837 E. Third St., Los Angeles

Join us for a lecture by Lawence Bouett
Lawrence Bouett will speak about the early history of the Los Angeles/Chavez Ravine barrios of Palo Verde, Bishop, and La Loma. He has traced the genealogies of many families who lived there through U.S. Census and Voter registrations between 1910 and 1950.
Lawrence Bouett is a retired research scientist, Petroleum Engineer, registered Professional Engineer; Genealogist, Historian, Researcher, and Lecturer. His great, great grandfather is Francisco Solano. The Solano Canyon community of Los Angeles is named for this family. The Solano Family began living in Solano Ravine in 1866.

Parking is free, behind the Library. The presentation will be in the Chicano Resource Center at the Library

GSHA-SC • P.O. Box 2472, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
Website: www.gsha-sc.org • Blog: http://gsha-sc.blogspot.com

Facebook: Genealogical Society of Hispanic America - Southern California • Twitter: gshasocal

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

South Orange County Presents "A Family History Seminar" Oct 21, 2017

Hispanic Saturday San Diego Oct 28 at 1pm

The next Hispanic Saturday is on 28 October at 1pm. However, there is a change in speaker and location. Lisa Medina will be talking to use about Mexican Genealogy and Research Methods at the Family History Library in Mission Valley (4195 Camino Del Rio South, San Diego CA 92108).
Please join us there and be prepared to be enlighten!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Why Your Genetic Family Tree Is Not the Same as Your Family Tree!

I am borrowing information from a blog that I have always found interesting and informing, that it should be shared here with those individuals who dappled in DNA. The article is from Diahan Southard. Most of you may not have been introduced to her blog, website or seen her on the many webinars on the web or in person, but she has a gift for making the technical subject "DNA" become understandable and helps the novice take a better grasp on the subject.

Diahan has had fifteen years of experience in the genetic genealogy industry. She was a microbiology graduate, and had worked before and after graduation for the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation. She has grown with the budding genetic genealogy industry which lead her to her start her current position as Your DNA Guide, where she provides personalized, interactive experiences to assist individuals and families in interpreting their genetic results in the context of their genealogical information. This is not a commercial for her, but her lectures are always fun, upbeat, and full of energy and knowledge. She possesses a passion for genetic genealogy, and is wanting others to have that same similar enthusiasm.

Please see the full article from Diane Southard under Lisa Louise Cooke's "Genealogy Gem" blog.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month is the period from September 15 to October 15 in the United States, when people recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the group's heritage and culture.

September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. All declared independence in 1821. In addition, Mexico, Chile and Belize celebrate their independence days on September 16, September 18, and September 21, respectively. Hispanic Heritage Week was established by legislation sponsored by Rep. Edward R. Roybal (D-Los Angeles) and first proclaimed President Lyndon Johnson in 1968. The commemorative week was expanded by legislation sponsored by Rep. Esteban E. Torres (D-Pico Rivera) and implemented by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period (September 15 - October 15). It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988 on the approval of Public Law.

Hispanic Heritage Month also celebrates the long and important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans in North America, starting with the arrival of Christopher Columbus in America. A map of late 18th-century North America shows this presence, from the small outpost of San Francisco founded in Alta California in 1776, through the Spanish province of Texas with its vaqueros (cowboys), to the fortress of St. Augustine, Florida — the first colonial settlement in North America, founded in 1513, ninety-four years before the English landed in Jamestown, Virginia.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Announcing Finding Your Roots in Mexico" Presentation Sept 16 at WLA FHC

John Schmal is again presenting his presentation on Finding Your Roots in Mexico.  All are welcome.

However, if you or a friend cannot make it,  the presentation is also at the following link: Finding Your Roots

This presentation replaced the old presentation of his from 2010 and is the most current version..

In addition, the Northern Mexico Presentation is now also available online:

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

It is time to renew your Ralphs Community Contribution Program!

Thanks to all of the GSHA-SC members and friends who joined the Ralphs Community Contribution Program in support of the Southern California Genealogical Society. GSHA-SC receives over $200+ each year through participation in this program. Ralphs policy requires that participants re-join the program every year. All of our members who are currently enrolled in the Ralphs Community Contribution Program must update their information to continue to participate in the program.

Sign up or re-enroll here (see below).

Thanks for supporting GSHA-SC!Ralphs policy requires that participants re-join the program every year. Take advantage of their annual Fall Drive and update your information in September of each year.

All of our members who are currently enrolled in the Ralphs Community Contribution Program must update their information, ONCE A YEAR, to continue to participate in the program.

1. Log in to www.ralphs.com and Click Sign In and log into your account (or register for an account, then follow these steps)

2. SCROLL DOWN and find the COMMUNITY REWARDS section - Click the ENROLL button if you are new. If you are re-enrolling then go to Account box and double click it. It will display information on your account.

You may be prompted to fill in your name & address and save/submit...once you reach the Find your Organization

3. Type in GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY of HISPANIC AMERICA and press Search or use Organization Number:84513

4. Toggle the button in front of GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY of HISPANIC AMERICA

Click the ENROLL again - and you are done!

If you need help please bring your Ralphs card number at the next meeting and we will assist you in signing or re-enrolling you up!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Hispanic Research South Bay extended!

We are proud to announce that the Torrance Family History Center has allowed our organization to have an Hispanic Research day on the last Thursday of the month for 2017 and into 2018. Please take advantage of the hosts, who are experts in researching Mexico records! Thank them for volunteering for our members! Please see attached Flier for more details.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Article to be read on "The Best DNA Ancestry Testing Kit"

Based upon a study done by Wirecutter and the Sweethome (which is part of The New York Times Company) list the qualities of DNA Companies and what do expect out of the services provided. We present this article titled DNA Article . It gives the pros and cons on a few companies that deal with genealogical testing. A must read to understand what you will get by ordering a test kit.

For those wondering who is The Wirecutter, it is Brian Lam. He is a blogger and the former Editorial Director at Gizmodo, a blog focusing on technology, Lam was also a contributor and assistant editor for Wired magazine. He is the writer of this piece. He also started the organization The Wirecutter as his personal blog and a list of his personal recommendation for products, gadget. The growing popularity of The Wirecutter was featured in The New York Times in 2012. On October 24, 2016, The Wirecutter was acquired by The New York Times Company for more than US$30 million.

PBS to Renew “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.”

The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) has announced its fall lineup of new television programs. Of interest to genealogists, “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.” is returning Oct. 3. Celebrities who will learn about their ancestors include Scarlett Johansson, Aziz Ansari, Bryant Gumbel, and Garrison Keillor. Check your local PBS station for time and schedule.

“Who Do You Think You Are?” Returns to TV in Spring 2018!

Been missing your genealogy TV fix lately? You’re in luck: TLC has renewed the “Who Do You Think You Are?” for a new season in spring 2018.

Each episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?”, once on NBC but now on TLC, follows a celebrity to libraries, churches, cemeteries and ancestral hometowns to learn about his or her ancestors. (The show is an adaptation of a British show of the same name.)

TLC hasn’t yet revealed the premiere date or which celebrities will appear in 2018.

The 2017 season of WDYTYA?, which aired in March and April, traced the family trees of actors Courteney Cox, Julie Bowen, Jennifer Gray, Noah Wyle, Jessica Biel, John Stamos and Liv Tyler, and musician Smokey Robinson.

Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky of Is or Isn’t Entertainment produce WDYTYA, which was recently nominated for an Emmy in the “Structured Reality Program” category. (The Emmys air on TV Sept. 16.) At Hollywood Reporter, you can watch an interview with Kudrow and Bucatinsky talking about the show and the nomination.

Watching “Who Do You Think You Are?”

You can view video clips on the “Who Do You Think You Are?” website. Subscribers to any of several TV services, including Spectrum and DirectTV (but not Netflix, Hulu or Sling TV), also can view full episodes from past seasons online. My household doesn’t have cable, so at least I have some time to figure out how to watch in 2018.

Monday, August 21, 2017

"How to do Mexican Research and be Successful" free webinars on Legacytreewebinars.com

Legacy Family Tree puts on research webinar every Wednesday, on August 23rd, they are putting on a webinar titled "How to do Mexican Research and be Successful". The website is www.familytreewebinars.com . Jonathan Walker will be the presenter. It might be something that our members may be interested in.

Jonathan Walker is from Cache Valley, Utah. Where, he lives with his beautiful wife and 2 daughters. He served a LDS Mission to Mexico, where he learned to love and enjoy the Mexican culture and people. Jonathan, started doing Mexican genealogical research over 20 years ago, to help his wife (who is from Mexico) trace her ancestors. He has a great desire to share what he has learned over the years with others, and to help them find their ancestors.

To register, please go to Legacytreewebinars.com and find the upcoming August 23rd webinar and complete the information to receive the invitation.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Genealogical Society of Hispanic America

28th Annual Genealogical Conference and Business Meeting

August 18—20, 2017
Ontario Airport Hotel & Conference Center—Ontario, California
700 North Haven Avenue
Ontario, CA 91764
(909) 980-0400
Ancient Trails to Super Highways...Discover Your Roots

We have all arrived where we are via an ancient land or sea trail. These trails may have been Indigenous trade routes; pioneer settlement routes from Mexico, Canada, and Asia; or sea routes from Europe and Africa. The super highways of today―the internet, air travel and recent DNA discoveries―continue to assist us in uncovering our common roots which connect our past to our future.

The conference features a wide range of topics that 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. For more information about the conference and a list of conference speakers, go to the GSHA website www.gsha.net

Conference Sponsored by the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America (GSHA)
P.O. Box 3040
Pueblo, CO 81005-3040

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Family History Library Class Calendar

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City is offering several webinars in... double click here
To register as a family history consultant and receive online training, go online to consultant.familysearch.org. Intermediate or Advanced level classes may have prerequisites.

Hispanic Saturday – San Diego 5 August 2017 Follow up

The San Diego Hispanic Saturday group met at 1pm on 5 August 2017 at the San Diego Central Library. We had 14 in attendance. Ceasar Castro informed the group about the Hispanic Society of America annual conference and the change in location to the Ontario Airport Hotel.

For this session Ceasar invited members to present some of their genealogy research. Each person was given 10 minutes to present any aspect of their genealogy. We had 7 presenters: Kareen Stipp, David Delgadillo, Ana Bañuelos Castro, Lisa Medina, Ralph Muñoz, Diane Godinez and Ceasar Castro.

Kareen Stipp spoke first and used photos to talk about their Alvarez family line discovered through a DNA match. David Delgadillo shared the sad story of his cousin Maria Cruz Dominguez who he met once. Maria Cruz was adopted. Ana Bañuelos Castro talked about her mother’s side of the family, the Cisneros and the Guerras. Lisa Medina talked about a murder mystery in their family. Ralph Muñoz talked about both his father’s and mother’s family lines. He also shared an old photo of his wife’s grandfather’s family. Diane Godinez spoke about her family line from Canada. Ceasar Castro talked about his great-great aunt, Angela Castro who married an Irish man named Nichols McDonough in Baja California Sur in 1853.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

DNA Summer time Sale!

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Aug 5, 2017 General Meeting announcement

Information from our next meeting should help by giving  you "how to organize" your genealogy data. Please join us in hearing our feature speaker on how she sets up her computer and data. See Flier below for more information.

Hispanic Research Day San Diego 5 Aug 2017

The next meeting will be on 5 August 2017. The plan is for each person who wants to, will get 10 minutes to present some part of their family genealogy. The use of a computer with a overhead screen will be available for those who wish ro provide a Power Point presentation or just use photos to allow others to see while describing your family heritage. This will be advance notice to those who wish to participate. Time 1pm at the Central San Diego Library downtown located at 330 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101 . For other questions or concerns, call 619-236-5800 or email weblibrary@sandiego.gov

Monday, July 17, 2017

Announcing new Hispanic Thursday in South Bay

We are proud to announce that the Torrance Family History Center has allowed our organization to have an Hispanic Research day on the last Thursday of the  month for July and August. The center is testing the amount of traffic to determine if they wish to continue on an ongoing basis. Please help us in using their services for us to continue the research day. The host are experts in researching Mexico records! Thank them for volunteering for our members! Please see attached Flier for more details.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The search is on for the lost ships of Hernán Cortés, conqueror of Central America

The lost fleet is thought to lie at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.

The Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés landed in Yucatan, Mexico, in 1519, eventually to conquer the Aztec empire of Central America. Now, 500 years later, Mexican researchers plan to find these lost shipwrecks and explore them to see what artefacts they might hold.

Popular accounts suggest that Cortés burnt his ships to prevent his men from attempting to flee. But Cortés himself claimed in a letter to the Spanish king Charles V that he sank, or 'scuttled', the fleet off the coast of Veracruz.

About a dozen ships are thought to remain at the sea bed in the Gulf of Mexico, where he left them. They have never been found or explored by archaeologists.

Staff writer from International Business Times

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness has Returned

The original version of Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK) closed in October of 2011. Now, it appears that an effort is being made to get RAOGK going again. 
Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK) is a global volunteer organization. Volunteers agree to do a free genealogy research task at least once per month in their local area as an act of kindness. The volunteers have agreed to donate their time for free.
People requesting a random act of genealogical kindness must pay volunteers for their expenses incurred while fulfilling that request (if the volunteer asks for reimbursement). This can include paying for: copies of records, printing fees, postage, film or video tape, parking fees, etc. It seems fair for volunteers, who are doing a genealogical act of kindness for free, to get reimbursed for expenses relating to the completion of a request.
It is advisable that you read the FAQs before you make a request from a RAOGK volunteer. It provides important information that will help you understand how things work. Some of it might be described as “common sense”.
You must be registered before you can make a request for a RAOGK volunteer to do a genealogical task for you. Use the RAOGK website to locate a volunteer in the area where the information you are seeking is located.
Make sure you select a volunteer that has stated that they are willing to do research in that area. Do not make requests for a volunteer to look up information for you if you live up to 50 miles from where the information is located. The best way to use RAOGK is to seek assistance from a genealogist who lives far away from you, and who is close to resources that you cannot easily travel to.
Would you like to be a RAOGK volunteer? Start by reading the FAQs. Next, register with RAOGK. Somewhere towards the top of the site is a Volunteer Listing Submission Form. It is only accessible to those who have registered with RAOGK. If you are having trouble registering, there is a Contact Formyou can use to ask for assistance.
Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness is all about volunteering. Have you received help from a genealogist? A great way to “pay it forward” is to volunteer with RAOGK and help someone else with their genealogical difficulty. Those that want to provide more help can donate to the RAOGK GoFundMe.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017


Genealogical  Society of Hispanic America (GSHA)
28th Annual Genealogical Conference and Business Meeting

August 18 - 20, 2017 

Ontario Airport Hotel & Conference Center 

700 North Haven Avenue 

Ontario, CA 91764

"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 Genealogical Conference and Business Meeting. 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 $99.00 per night, single or double occupancy. This rate will be extended two days prior to and two days after the conference. Daily breakfast vouchers may be purchased for $12.00 per person upon registration at the hotel.

Detailed instructions are provided on the GSHA website for how to book your hotel room with our discounted group rate.

To make room reservations on-line, please visit the GSHA website to access the special on-line link: http://www.gsha.net/conference/lodging/. Or call 909-980-0400 and ask for the GSHA special rate. If you have any questions, please call the hotel.

The Ontario Airport Hotel & Conference Center is a half-mile from I—10 and is 2.2 miles from both the Ontario International Airport and the Ontario Convention Center. The hotel also offers free parking and shuttle service to the airport and anywhere else within 5 miles. The rooms offer free Wi-Fi and coffeemakers. The on-site restaurant and bar serves breakfast and dinner. There is also an Internet café, a heated outdoor pool, a hot tub, and a fitness center.

Hotel reservations must be made by July 18, 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, historical people and events, DNA and a “how to” on doing genealogy research.

The list of conference speakers and titles of their presentations are as follows:

Debbie Gurtler (Keynote) of FamilySearch, Vaya Con Dios—Columbus’ historic voyage in 1492 set in motion the exploration and colonization of the Americas with Spanish and Portuguese conquistadores leading the way. This presentation will highlight key historical events along with the push and pull factors that led Hispanic immigrants to leave their native lands to come to North America. Important research resources will be highlighted.

James Brewster of Family Tree DNA, Understanding DNA for Genealogy

John Schmal, Genealogical Research in Northern Mexico

Letty Rodella, President of the Society of Hispanic Historical and Ancestral Research, Spanish Patriots During the American Revolution

Marietta Vigil Gonzales, Vigil, Quirós, Argüelles and Related Family Lines in Medieval Spain: Who? When? Where? How?

Nancy Melendez of the Spanish Town Heritage Foundation, La Corazon de La Placita

Dr. Carlos Herrera, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at San Diego State University, Juan Bautista de Anza The King’s Governor in New Mexico

Ceasar Castro, Alta and Baja California and the Mexican War 1846-1850

Paul Spitzzeri, Museum Director of the Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum, To the Best of My Knowledge and Belief Thomas W. Temple II and the Authority in History

Ernest Miller, chef, historian, educator, and consultant, Chiles, Chili and Hot Sauce A Spicy Sampling of California History

Alexander King, Director-at-Large The Old Spanish Trail Association, New Mexican Immigration to Alta California Between 1830-1855

Colleen Greene, MLIS, librarian, web developer and educator, The Suspect Centenarian Using a Common Source to Connect to Mexican Origins

Karen Cordova, poet, Crossing the Borders of My Heart

Hope to see you at the conference!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Update from Hispanic Heritage Project

We are posting some updates from this organization, since we support the ideology of preserving records from Mexico. We have supporting them over the years and will hope to continue.

Please read Carlos Yultarde letter to those who support their cause.

We are experimenting with mailchimp as a means to keeping you updated on our progress on imaging the colonial records of New Spain. I recently spent ten days last month visiting the sites of our current projects that being Durango, Guadalajara, and La Paz. 
  • In Durango we finished up the municipal archive and I was able to pick up our equipment and take it to La Paz.  When I visited the state archive, Dr. Miguel Villabueno, greeted me with open arms by saying, "We were wondering when you were coming."  He is the new director and welcomed me to help them publish the archive online. 
  • My second visit was to Lic. Gutierrez, the director of the Archivo Instrumentos Documentos Públicos that houses part of the collection Audiencia of Guadalajara. He would like that collection imaged and we are working on getting permission to do just that.
  • My next stop was La Paz where I deposited the equipment to begin imaging the colonial collection in the Pablo L. Martinez archive.The director Isabel Acosta was waiting for me with the contract which we signed to image the colonial collection online .I was impressed with the professional level of how that archive was functioning.They should be commended. They bent over backwards to help us by even allowing our man in Mexico, Ernesto Ochoa to image from 9:00 in the morning until 8:00 in the evening. We are happy to announce that the colonial collection has now been imaged.
On another important note, we are making progress working with a firm in Mexico to manage our PANES.INFO website.  We should shortly have the Parral archive and the La Paz archive on that website followed by the Durango municipal archive and the Zamora, Michoacan archive.
I want to express our most sincere appreciation to all of you who have donated to make this possible.

Carlos Yultarde

Monday, June 19, 2017

Wrap up for Hispanic Research Day San Diego

The San Diego Hispanic Saturday group met at 1pm on 17 June 2017 at the San Diego Central Library. We had 13 in attendance. Ceasar Castro informed the group about that the Genealogical Hispanic Society of America annual conference is in California this year. The conference will be held during 18-20 August 2017. The information on the conference and on the GSHA organization was given to each attendee.

Then Ceasar Castro gave a presentation on the California Spanish census of 1790. He first covered some of the early California history. Most of the early California history was taken from Harry Crosby’s book Antigua California. Ceasar then discussed the 1790 California census. A lot of that information came from William Marvin Mason’s book The Census of 1790.

The meeting ended with our normal round table discussion where everyone talked about the status of their family genealogy research.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Hispanic Research Saturday San Diego June 17, 2017 1pm

The next San Diego Hispanic Saturday meeting will be on 17 June at 1pm at the San Diego Central Library. At the meeting, host Cesar Castro, will be talking about the 1790 Spanish Alta California Census and some of the early California history associated along with it.

Please bring your pedigree charts and family history sheets and/or your laptop so that you will be prepared.

Ceasar Castro has been researching his ancestors in Baja California since 2008. He has a masters degree from Purdue University and is a member of the San Diego Genealogy Society, the Chula Vista Genealogy Society, the San Diego Computer Genealogy Society, the Southern California Genealogy Society (SCGS) and the
Genealogical Society of Hispanic America – Southern California (GSHA-SC). Visit his blog (castrobajacalif.blogspot.com).

San Diego Central Library
• 9th Floor Genealogy Library
330 Park Blvd.,
San Diego, CA 92101
http://www.sandiego.gov/public-library/    Directions: 619-236-5800

Thursday, June 1, 2017

San Gabriel’s historic mission district: San Gabriel Mission and La Casa de Lopez de Lowther Adobe Tour

GSHA-SC would like to announce the tour event:

Historical Society of Southern California (HSSC) tour and talk.
Saturday, June 10
10:00 am to 12:30 pm

Historical Society of Southern California tour and talk. HSSC will tour two sites in San Gabriel’s historic mission district: San Gabriel Mission and La Casa de Lopez de Lowther Adobe. Founded by Spanish Franciscan missionaries in 1781, San Gabriel Mission remains one of the best preserved missions in California. The church built in 1805 is the oldest functioning Catholic church in the archdioceses and continues to serve as a parish church for the city of San Gabriel. Also dating from the early 1800s is La Casa de Lopez de Lowther, part of the mission complex. Juan Lopez moved into the home in 1849, and members of his family lived there until 1964. La Casa de Lopez de Lowther is usually closed to the public, but during this event the tour group will be allowed to enter. HSSC tour tickets. San Gabriel Mission, 428 S Mission Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776. Cost: $15 for members of HSSC, $25 for non-members.

Ancient books from Mesoamerica

Ancient books from Mesoamerica 
are part of special collection at University Library (Cal State LA)

Thousands of antique books about colonial Mexico and Mesoamerica are now part of a unique collection at the University's John F. Kennedy Memorial Library. The collection, "Transcultural Dialogues: The Books of Mesoamerica and Colonial Mexico," was on display at the conclusion of the two-day Mesoamerican Symposium sponsored by the Art History Society of Cal State LA and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). The collection features approximately 6,000 books that were produced between the 15th and 20th centuries, said Cal State LA Professor Manuel Aguilar, who organized the symposium. "These new collections mean that scholars from all over, members of the community, and Cal State LA students can study these topics without needing to use any other library in the United States," Aguilar said.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Follow up on Hispanic Research Saturday--San Diego

The San Diego Hispanic Saturday group met on 20 May 2017 at 10am at the San Diego FamilySearch Library in Mission Valley. Carlos Yturralde arranged the meeting at the Family Search site. We had 13 in attendance. 

The speaker for the day was Stella Cardoza (left). She talked about all her years of genealogy research and her family history book “Esquer Family Chronicle 1600-1800”. Her family is from Alamos, Sonora, Mexico. She has traveled to Alamos in search of family genealogical records. She has also traveled to Mexico City to research records at the Archivo General de la Nación and to Spain to research records at the Archivo General de Indias. She printed 100 copies of her family genealogy book for her family members. She is now working on a book about her genealogy research that she plans to publish and sell. Her presentation was extremely interesting because of her extended genealogy research.

Susan Ainchan (right) of the Family Search Library
provided a tutorial on generating a Family Tree on the FamilySearch web site. She covered all the detailed features in generating a Family Tree on the web site.

All in all, it was a very informative day.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Registration Now Open For Live Streaming of FREE Jamboree 2017 Sessions

GSHA-SC is letting our members know if you are not able to attend any of the sessions that SCGS Jamboree provides, here is one way to hear and see some of their Jamboree Sessions. If you are able to attend, drop on by to see us at the vendor table where we will be assisting members on hispanic research.

Registration is NOW OPEN for 
live streaming of 14 Jamboree sessions!

Southern California Genealogy Society is very grateful to their Diamond Sponsor, Ancestry, for underwriting Genealogy Jamboree Live Stream. With their generous support, SCGS is once again able to bring you 14 hours of high-quality family history education free of charge. 

The live streamed sessions from Jamboree are listed below. Session descriptions, speaker bios, suggested experience levels and schedule details are available on the Jamboree website.

The Jamboree streaming video is FREE, but you will need to register to view the broadcasts. They encourage you to register in advance so there is no delay when you want to view the sessions.

The live-streamed sessions from Jamboree are listed below. Session descriptions, speaker bios, suggested experience levels and schedule details are available on the Jamboree website.

Friday, June 9

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.             
Presented by Thomas MacEntee

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.             
Presented by Annette Burke Lyttle

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.             
Presented by Peggy Clements Lauritzen, AG®

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.             
Presented by Tessa Keough

Saturday, June 10

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.         
Presented by Michael L. Strauss, AG®

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.         
Presented by Gena Philibert-Ortega, MA, MAR

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  
Presented by Camille Andrus

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.              
Presented by Drew Smith, MLS

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.              
Presented by Randy Whited

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.              
Presented by Brad Larkin, MBS, MCSE

Sunday, June 11

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.          
Presented by Donna M. Moughty

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.          
Presented by Christine Woodcock

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.            
Presented by Lisa Alzo, MFA

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.              
Michael John Neill

Not able to watch live? No Problem!

If you can't watch a session in real-time as it is being live streamed, you will be able to watch it at your convenience before midnight, July 10, 2017, on the Jamboree Registration & Viewing Portal (not to be confused with the SCGS website and the Extension Series Webinar archives available for SCGS members).

Registration for the Genetic Genealogy pay-per-view and free Jamboree sessions will remain open through July 10, 2017


  • You do not have to be a member of SCGS, nor do you need your SCGS membership number, to view any of the streaming videos.
  • Streaming videos will not be shown on the SCGS website and are not the same as Jamboree Extension Series Webinars.
  • Genetic Genealogy/DNA Day pay-per-view live streaming is separate from Jamboree Free live streaming and is accessed via a separate web page.
  • Each registration will generate a confirmation email that will contain your username (email) and automatically generated password.
  • Passwords: If you sign up for both live streamed opportunities (pay-per-view and free), you will generate 2 separate passwords. Please keep track.
  • If you forget your password or have any technical difficulties, click "Contact Support" on the live streaming web page.
  • The Jamboree App is not involved in live streaming.
 Jamboree live streaming is FREE and available to the public, but viewers need to register. We highly encourage you to register in advance.

Jamboree Live Streaming: 

DNA Pay-per-view Streaming:

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Wrap up on DNA Presentation

Our feature speaker, Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD, is an internationally recognised forensic genealogist, the founder of Identifinders International.  She explained in her presentation that she has been involved in high profile forensic cases, including the identification of the Unknown Child on the Titanic and the Amelia Earhart project; and that she is now the Forensic Genealogist on the Abraham Lincoln DNA Project.  Colleen told that she has also been a key member of team that have exposed three international Holocaust literary frauds. Colleen's collaborations include the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory, the US Army Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Office, the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem, the University of Arizona, Harvard Medical School and other noted professional organizations. She is a Fellow of the Society of Photoinstrumentation Engineers (SPIE), an Associate Member of the American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS).

Her presentation brought conclusion to two recent cases where she was able to identified an adoptee's mother based upon handwriting that was marked out by the county registrar office and the solving of who a mother was after a suicide and the techniques of tree triangulation. The mother's background was of deceit and lies that were establish after her death.

As a world traveler and multi-lingual, Colleen specializes in international cases; she has researched in over 50 countries. Colleen assists nonprofits, military organizations, attorneys, and law enforcement with cold case work, forensic identification, and with locating hard-to-find individuals. She has developed innovative DNA identification techniques that have benefited Child Survivors of the Holocaust and adoptees who otherwise would have given up hope of finding their birth parents.

Colleen lectures widely in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.  She has appeared in hundreds of domestic and international newspapers and magazines, and on international radio and television programs. These include the BBC World News Tonight, RTE Ireland Television’s Nationwide, Radio New Zealand, CNN, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, More Magazine, Scientific American, The Wall Street Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, The Boston Globe, The Melbourne Sun, The Denver Post, The Seattle Times, and The Orange County Register.  She is the author of three books:  Forensic Genealogy, DNA & Genealogy, and The Dead Horse Investigation:  Forensic Photo Analysis for Everyone, which were available to purchase after the meeting. Here is a photo where she was personalizing with her signature.

Friday, May 19, 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, May 11, 2017

Hispanic Research Day-- San Diego May 20th 2017

Hispanic Genealogists,

The next meeting of the Hispanic Saturday group is 20 May at 10am at the Family History
Center in Mission Valley (4195 Camino del Rio South). It is at the far east end of Mission
Valley. They have parking on the east side of their building.

Carlos Yturralde has arrange for us to meet at the Family History Center and he will give a tour of the facility. We will first meet in their class room and Marie Cardoza, a member of the researcher group, will be speaking to us about her research and her book. Afterward, we will have the opportunity to use the computer lab and do some researching on your own.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Wrap up on General Meeting May 6th, 2017

Saturday, May 6, 2017, was a well attended meeting GSHA Southern California Chapter of 35+ members and friends eagerly listened to Aaron Magdaleno's presentation: "Marriage Records 1728-1775, Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, Paseo del Norte". Below are just a few photos of the event. We have placed links to his web site under "Recommended Websites" under "Research in the Internet" When time and technology allows us we will post an audio rebroadcast of his presentation.