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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

SAVE THE DATE 

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.

Greetings,
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


IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • 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

SPECIAL PRESENTATION ON USING DNA TO SOLVE MYSTERIES!

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.





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.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Hispanic Saturday – San Diego 29 April 2017 wrap Up

The San Diego Hispanic Saturday group met at 1pm on 29 April 2017 at the San Diego Central Library. We had 11 in attendance. Ceasar Castro informed the group that the Hispanic Society of America was going to have their annual conference in California this year. The conference will be held at the Radisson Ontario Airport Hotel during 18-20 August 2017. Ceasar passed out information on the conference.


The speaker for day was Carlos M. Yturralde. He talked about how he started doing his genealogy which lead into the founding of the Hispanic Heritage Project. The project is dedicated to preserving Latin American colonial era archives. Since its’ inception they have imaged the colonial collection of Nueva Vizcaya in the Hidalgo del Parrel Archives. Currently they are about to image the colonial records at the Archivo Histórico de B. C. S. de Pablo L. Martinez in La Paz, Baja California.


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
www.mexicangenealogy.info

Monday, March 27, 2017

Long Lost Family has returned on Sunday

Long Lost Family is an American documentary-style television series based on the British series of the same name, airing on TLC since March 2016. Presented by Chris Jacobs and Lisa Joyner, the show helps provide aid to individuals looking to be reunited with long-lost biological family members. It has returned and can be seen on TLC on Sunday evenings and/or watch on line via

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Updated Published Book Order Form


Who Do You Think You Are? has returned



On this Sunday’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? at 10/9c on TLC, actor Noah Wyle unravels the mystery of his mother’s family line, searching for answers to a lifelong question about his family’s participation in the Civil War. He discovers an ancestor who was catapulted into one of the bloodiest battles of the time, and whose life spiraled out of control from remarkable success to a shocking and tragic end.

You can catch a sneak peek of the episode at: http://bit.ly/2nbYjAE.

For past episodes check your television or click here



Monday, March 6, 2017

1992 – 2017
Celebrating 25 years

 SAVE THE DATE!
 
 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 raíces

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 1-800-333-3333 to make your hotel reservations. Please specify Group Reservations and give Group Code GSHGSH. Room rates $89 per night, single or double. If you have any questions, please call the hotel.

The Radisson offers complimentary services and amenities, such as free parking, 24-hour shuttle to and from the Ontario Intl’ Airport, high speed internet in all rooms, use of the Executive Athletic Club, with pool, spa, racquetball and tennis courts.
 
Hotel reservations must be made by July 28, 2017        
to ensure the special group rate



 



 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Finding Your Roots in Mexico Presentation

John Schmal will present his presentation at two locations in the month of March. Please make arrangement to attend either or both. Locations are noted below:

Mar 11, 2017, 10-12noon, "Finding Your Roots in Mexico" Orange FHC 674 S. Yorba St., Orange, CA.

Mar 25, 2017, 1-3pm, "Finding Your Roots in Mexico" WLAFHC 10741 Santa Monica Bl., LA.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Wrap up on the Feb 25, 2017 Hispanic Research

There were 14 participants who attended the 25th February 2017 meeting. The two topics that host Ceasar Castro discussed were: finding Mexican documents on the Familysearch.org web site and the translating of the Mexican documents.

Mr Castro gave demonstrations on how to get to the actual Mexican birth, marriage and death records on the Familysearch web site. Since many of the Mexican records are not indexed, as of yet, a follow up demostration was given on the procedures in going through the actual documents in hopes of finding the record of an ancestor.

A followup demostration was given on he process of transcription in three steps: 1)Transcribe the document verbatim, 2) transcribe to modern Spanish and 3) then translate to English. Ceasar demonstrated the process and providing several books about Spanish paleography (the study and deciphering of ancient handwriting) which will help the readers in translating old Spanish 
documents. 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Take A Detour From Route 66: Taos To L.A.




Saturday, March 25 at the Homestead Museum
15415 East Don Julian Road, City of Industry, CA 91745

10:00-11:00 a.m., Children’s Poetry Workshop
In this interactive workshop, children will learn how to use movement, color, environment, and
storytelling to write poetry. This program is ideal for students in grades 2-6. Taught by Peggy Dobreer.

2:00-5:00 p.m., Day 1 Main Event
Poetry, music, art, history, and a Route 66 diner tasting will transport visitors to different
points in time along the Old Spanish Trail and Route 66. Visit five venues around the beautiful
grounds of the Homestead Museum, once part of an immense Mexican rancho. Today, the
six-acre historic site features the Workman House, a Victorian-era country home constructed
around an 1840s adobe; La Casa Nueva, a 1920s Spanish Colonial Revival mansion; and El
Campo Santo, one of the oldest private cemeteries in the region.


Sunday, March 26 at the John A. Rowland House
16021 East Gale Avenue, City of Industry, CA 91745

2:00-4:00 p.m., Day 2 Main Event
Join poets from Saturday’s event for an intimate, single-stage reading in the parlor of the
Rowland House. Built in 1855, it is the oldest surviving brick structure in Southern California
and rarely opened to the public for events like this!

Admission is free. Space for each program is limited, and reservations begin February 10.
Call 626.968.8492, or visit homesteadmuseum.org or facebook.com/Route66TakeTheDetour