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!