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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

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