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.