Monday, December 31, 2018

Free MyHeritage LIVE 2018 Webinars Are Online

 For everyone that has been waiting for the MyHeritage LIVE 2018 webinars, they are available free at Legacy Family Tree Webinars, here.

One really nice thing MyHeritage did was to include the actual speaker’s slides on the left side of the screen, with the speaker shown to the right. This means that you’re going to be able to see the slides better than many people attending the conference.

Friday, December 28, 2018

When DNA Leads You Astray

To read the full article please refer to Roberta Estes' blog.

I’m currently going through what I refer to as “the great purge.”

This occurs when you can’t stand the accumulated piles and boxes of “stuff” and the file drawers are full, so you set about throwing away and giving away. (Yes, I know you just cringed. Me too.)

The great news is that I’ve run across so much old (as in decades old) genealogy from when I first began this journey. I used to make lists of questions and a research “to do” list. I was much more organized then, but there were also fewer “squirrel moments” available online to distract me with “look here, no, over here, no, wait….”

Most of those questions on my old genealogy research lists have (thankfully) since been answered, slowly, one tiny piece of evidence at a time. Believe me, that feeling is very rewarding and while on a daily basis we may not think we’re making much progress; in the big picture – we’re slaying that dragon!

However, genealogy is also fraught with landmines. If I had NOT found the documentation before the days of DNA testing, I could easily have been led astray.

“What?”, you ask, but “DNA doesn’t lie.” No, it doesn’t, but it will sure let you kid yourself about some things.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Finding Your Roots Season starts January 8, 2019

Catch Finding Your Roots Season 5 Starting Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Finding Your Roots, hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., returns to the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) for Season 5, starting on Tuesday, January 8th, 2019.

Since the premiere of his groundbreaking series, African American Lives, in 2006 through the first two seasons of Finding Your Roots, noted Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has unearthed the family histories of influential people helping shape our national identity.

This season features an array of celebrated guests who are cultural trailblazers with fascinating family stories, including Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei; Emmy and Golden Globe Award winners Felicity Huffman, Laura Linney and S. Epatha Merkerson; and actors Michael K. Williams, Andy Samberg, Chloe Sevigny and Kal Penn. Season Five also includes superstar author George R.R. Martin; acclaimed journalists Christiane Amanpour, Ann Curry, Joe Madison and Lisa Ling; bestselling author and Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg; TV hosts Seth Meyers and Michael Strahan; artists Marina Abramovic and Kehinde Wiley; politicians Marco Rubio, Tulsi Gabbard and Paul Ryan; Academy Award-winning filmmakers Alejandro Innaritu and Michael Moore; and comedians Tig Notaro and Sarah Silverman.

Check Your Local PBS Listings for Finding Your Roots!

Monday, December 24, 2018

Feliz Navidad

Feliz Navidad is a Spanish phrase meaning "Happy Christmas" or "Merry Christmas".

To hear it thru Google hit here


Feliz navidad
Feliz navidad
Feliz navidad
Prospero año y felicidad

Feliz navidad
Feliz navidad
Feliz navidad
Prospero año y felicidad
I wanna wish you a merry Christmas
I wanna wish you a merry Christmas
I wanna wish you a merry Christmas
From the bottom of my heart

We wanna wish you a merry Christmas
We wanna wish you a merry Christmas
We wanna wish you a merry Christmas
From the bottom of our heart
Feliz navidad
Feliz navidad
Feliz navidad
Prospero año y felicidad
Feliz navidad
Feliz navidad
Feliz navidad
Prospero año y felicidad
We wanna wish you a merry Christmas
We wanna wish you a merry Christmas
We wanna wish you a merry Christmas
From the bottom of our heart
We wanna wish you a merry Christmas
We wanna wish you a merry Christmas
We wanna wish you a merry Christmas
From the bottom of our heart
Feliz navidad
Feliz navidad
Feliz navidad
Prospero año y felicidad
Feliz navidad
Feliz navidad
Feliz navidad
Prospero año y felicidad
We wanna wish you a merry Christmas
We wanna wish you a merry Christmas
We wanna wish you a merry Christmas
From the bottom of our heart
We wanna wish you a merry Christmas
We wanna wish you a merry Christmas
We wanna wish you a merry Christmas
From the bottom of our heart
Feliz navidad
Feliz navidad
Feliz navidad
Prospero año y felicidad
Songwriters: José Feliciano
Feliz Navidad lyrics © BMG Rights Management

Friday, December 7, 2018

If You Don’t Want to Deal with Family Skeletons, Don’t Look in the DNA Closet

A reader wrote in to a newspaper columnist asking what he should do about the results that he found. The columnist gave him some sound advice. Dick Eastman, who writes a blog took the information and provided more sound advice. You can find his original blog article on his Eastman's Online Genealogy 

See a copy below:

Amy Dickinson is an American newspaper columnist who writes the syndicated advice column Ask Amy. In a recent column, she published a letter from a reader asking how to handle a family surprise: upon having her DNA tested, the writer discovered he had a half-sibling that he was not aware of previously. He then shared this bit of information with her family, including with both of her parents.

The information was not well received.

You can read this rather interesting letter and Amy Dickinson’s advice in a number of newspapers, including the Detroit Free Press at: http://bit.ly/2QxfdL6.

Comment by Dick Eastman: I certainly cannot compete with Amy Dickinson’s nationally-syndicated advice column but I will offer one piece of advice to genealogists: If your research finds a something that was previously not widely known within the family, you might want to stop and consider the implications before you broadcast that information to your relatives. Do you really HAVE to tell everyone? or anyone?

Thursday, December 6, 2018

The Most Controversial Soup in Indigenous Mexican Culture

Pozole: The Most Controversial Soup in Indigenous Mexican Culture on KCET

Chef Claudette Zepeda-Wilkins discusses the symbolism of pozole in her own family's history, as well as in the history of Mesoamerica's Indigenous culture. Journalist Beto Lanz-Hola discusses what anthropologists have to say about this Mexican stew.

To view it hit Pozole


3 pounds boneless pork leg.
2 25oz. cans of hominy, drained and rinsed.
5 ancho chiles.
5 guajillo chiles.
1/2 white onion.
3 arból chiles (optional, use if you want a spicier broth)
3 cloves of garlic + 1 head of garlic.
1 tbsp Mexican oregano.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Finding Your Roots in Mexico by John P. Schmal

For those who are unable to attend our General Meeting, we have another event which we are promoting. Please see flyer.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Time to renew your membership for the year 2019!

Time to renew your membership for 2019. Please use this form or renew online

at https://www.gsha-sc.org/membership.html

Help out the organization by donating your use or new books to our library or adding a $ donation to the application or while paying online thru our PayPal account. All donation are recognized and tax deductible. GSHA-SC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. #33-0589453

Who Do You Think You Are returns for a new season

TLC’s Emmy Award-winning series, WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? returns on Monday, December 3 at 10:00p.m. ET/PT, with four new episodes featuring celebrities tracing their family history, as they dive into their past and explore their connection to generations that came before them.

With the help of Ancestry.com and historical documents, these stars get the opportunity of a lifetime and embark on exciting missions to discover their own heritage. For some, that may mean tracing back several generations to distinct moments in world history. The celebrities featured in these new episodes are:

12/3 – Mandy Moore – Actress Mandy Moore is shocked to discover ancestors who lived in Australia and travels far, determined to unlock the mystery of how they got there. Moore is touched by the courage of those who made THE JOURNEY and the sacrifice of those who were left behind.

12/10 – Josh Duhamel – Actor Josh Duhamel travels to England to investigate the extraordinary life of his twelve times great-grandfather and uncovers an astonishing, dark twist of interrogation and torture that rocks his belief system to the core.

12/17 – Matthew Morrison – Actor Matthew Morrison explores his American roots for the first time and is surprised to discover his family’s ties to the Revolutionary War. He learns of the bold lengths his ancestor went through to protect his allegiances and the brutality he faced on the battlefield.

12/17 – Regina King – Actress Regina King investigates her maternal FAMILY TREE and uncovers an ancestor who was a passionate civil rights activist in Alabama; a man who came out of slavery, endured horrific violence, but never stopped fighting for his people.

Ancestry, the leading family history company, is teaming up again with TLC as a sponsor of the upcoming season. As part of the show sponsorship, Ancestry provides exhaustive family history research on each of the featured celebrities to help make discoveries possible and build out the story of each episode.

WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? is produced by Shed Media (a division of Warner Bros. Unscripted & Alternative Television) and Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky’s Is Or Isn’t Entertainment for TLC.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Support our organization by shopping thru Amazon smile

The holidays are approaching and you can make a difference for our organization!  AmazonSmile donates to Genealogical Society of Hispanic America-So CA Branch when you do your holiday shopping at smile.amazon.com/ch/33-0589453

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Interesting article on Sephardic Jews

Please read this interesting article on Sephardic Jews. Hit here

Tuesday, October 30, 2018


Time to help out the organization by going to Smile.amazon.con and select GSHA-SC as the designated non profit organization and purchase your items.To celebrate, they're launching their biggest bonus donation to date — 5% for 5 days. From Oct 29 - Nov 2, they're donating 5%, ten times their usual rate, on all eligible smile.amazon.com purchases. Click here for details.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Día de Muertos

Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States. It is acknowledged internationally in many other cultures. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey.

The holiday is sometimes called Día de los Muertos in Anglophone countries, a back-translation of its original name, Día de Muertos. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico where the day is a public holiday. Prior to Spanish colonization in the 16th century, the celebration took place at the beginning of summer. Gradually, it was associated with October 31, November 1 and November 2 to coincide with the Western Christian triduum of Allhallowtide: All Saints' Eve, All Saints' Day, and All Souls' Day. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using calaveras, aztec marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts. Visitors also leave possessions of the deceased at the graves. Credit by Wikipedia

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Viva La Fiesta wrap up

Saturday, October 13, 2018, Professor Bernardo Gallegos was the guest speaker for GSHA Southern California Chapter at the Chicano Resource Center, East Los Angeles, California. Professor Gallegos discussed his recent book "Post Indigenous Performances, Coyote Musings on Genizaros, Hybridity, Education, and Slavery" concluded the session with questions and answers and a book signing.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Wrap up on Hispanic Research San Diego

 The San Diego Hispanic Saturday group met at the San Diego Central Library in the Neil Morgan Auditorium. The meeting had 31 in attendance, which included students from University of San Diego, Southwestern College and local high school. The speaker for the day was Richard Griswold del Castillo. Mr. Griswold del Castillo is a retired professor from San Diego State University and the author of the book The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.

He discussed the Mexican-American war and the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Richard presented the causes and reasons for the war. From the U.S. side, Manifest Destiny was one of the drive forces for the U.S. involvement. He also presented details on the consequence of the war; reform movement in Mexico, U.S. economic growth, the U.S. Civil war, Mexico remained underdeveloped and the creation of the new minority group (Mexican-American).

Richard also showed detailed maps of land grants in the California. He talked about the hardships of the Californios had in retaining their land. Dominga Dominguez (San Fernando Valley) and Maria Amparo Ruiz de Barton (Jamul) were examples of land owners who had to go court to retain their land grant of which they ultimately lost.

His insight on the American-Mexican war of 1848 was both informative and exceptional.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Hispanic Research Resources: What is available! by Mona Hernandez, GSHA-SC member at Alhambra Public Library; Oct 20, 2018

Please join our member, Mona Hernandez, where she'll give her presentation at Alhambra Public Library located 101 S 1st St, Alhambra, CA 91801 at 2pm to 3pm in Reese Hall.

The title of her presentation is: Hispanic Research Resources, where she will be giving an introduction on how she got stated in genealogy research.

Mona will be discussing why we do genealogy and why it is important and she will be covering the types of resources that are available to Hispanic researchers, such as the internet and other sources, including:

• Print Book (can include family genealogies)

• Microfilm

• Print Journal (genealogy)

• Internet (web pages)

– Family Search (Free)

– Ancestry (Subscription)

– Facebook

– Blogs

• Vital Statistics (Birth/death certificates)

• DNA Testing

Other topics, such as types of records to research:

• Birth Records

• Baptismal Records – parish records

• Marriage Records – parish and civil records

• Prenuptial Investigations (diligencias matrimoniales)*

• Death Records – parish records

• Census Records (Internet)

• Military Records (SAR and DAR)

• Wills, Inventory of Estate

• Land Grants, Land Transfers, Deeds

• Tax Records

• Social Security Records

• Passenger Lists

What to keep in mind when doing genealogy research, why it’s important to cite your sources, and how to keep a record of source citations.

She will also provide two handouts.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Viva La Familia Fiesta October 13, 2018 Time 3-4pm

13th-annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar

Saturday, October 20, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Doheny Memorial Library
USC University Park Campus

All Day. All in one Place.

Come and celebrate the diversity of stories that make Southern California such a place of discovery. At the Los Angeles Archives Bazaar, presented by L.A. as Subject and the USC Libraries, anyone with an interest in the region’s history will find something of value. A broad array of institutions and archives will have experts on hand to show off their collections and answer questions.

In addition to the wealth of information on display from exhibitors, day-long programming will feature preservation workshops and enlightening presentations.

The USC Libraries serve as the host institution for L.A. as Subject, an alliance of libraries, museums, and other archival and cultural organizations. The relationship complements the USC libraries’ strong regional history collection and is a natural outgrowth of the libraries’ efforts to preserve and expand access to the primary sources of L.A. history.

USC is minutes from downtown Los Angeles and is easily accessible by major freeways and the Metro Expo line. Doheny Library is located in the center of campus, adjacent to Alumni Park and across from Bovard Auditorium, on Trousdale Avenue. For information regarding parking on campus, visit the Parking Services Website.

The Genealogical Society of Hispanic America – SC and the Southern California Genealogy Society will have tables at this event.

Hispanic Research San Diego next meeting Oct 6, 2018

Hispanic Genealogist living in San Diego area,

The next Hispanic Saturday is on October 6th at 1pm at the San Diego Central
Library. It will be in the Neil Morgan Auditorium which is on the ground
floor. Richard Griswold Del Castillo will be talking to us about the Guadalupe
Hidalgo treaty. The treaty was negotiated at the end of Mexican-American war.
Richard has written the book The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Richard is a
retired professor from San Diego State University.

Remember, you get 2 hours of free parking at the Central Library.
See you on the 6th at 330 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Photos from the John Schmal,s Presentation "History of Jalisco and Zacatecas".

Thanks to 75 people who came to the "History of Jalisco and Zacatecas" lecture. Thanks to Tom Saenz as moderator.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

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!

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Wrap up from San Diego Meeting

Hispanic Saturday – San Diego - 25 August 2018

The San Diego Hispanic Saturday group met on 25 August 2018 at 1pm at the San Diego History Library in Mission Valley where we had 21 in attendance. John Miranda and Ceasar Castro were the speakers for the day.

John Miranda talked about the emigration of his ancestors from Spain. Using a video, he was able to simulate the ocean route the Spanish families traveled to get to California. He went in to detail how most passenger had to struggle to get to California. Below is the information on the web site, The California Frontier Project (https://www.californiafrontier.net/), that Mr. Miranda mentioned in his presentation.

Mr. Castro discussed Hubert Howe Bancroft history books, which are a great source for genealogical researcher. Mr. Bancroft published 48 books. Seven volumes pertained about California in general. The books are full of genealogical information. Bancroft wrote about the historical events and the people involved. In his footnotes, he would provide specific information about individuals and provide information about their family.

Most of Bancroft’s history books are available on the Internet because they were published before 1924. The copyright laws do not cover books printed before 1924. Google has copied most of the books, which are available to download from the Internet.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Finding your Roots in Mexico Presentation! Sept 1, 2018 West Los Angeles

John P Schmal next "Finding Your Roots in Mexico" Presentation will be on the afternoon of Sept. 1st.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Hispanic Saturday San Diego

Hispanic Genealogists,

Our next meeting of Hispanic Saturday is 25 August at 1pm. The meeting will be held at
the Family History Library in Mission Valley. Although the Library has formally closed for
remodeling, Don and Donna Martin, Co-Diectors of the library have made arrangements for
us to use the Library for our meeting, since the remodeling has not started. We will use
the same class room we used the last time.

John Miranda is going to talk about the original settlers of El Pueblo de la Reina de
Los Angeles. If time permits, Ceasar Castro is going to talk about Hubert Howe Bancroft's books
on the history of California and his books on the History of the North Mexican Sates
and Texas.

We also want to mention that at our 6 October meeting, Richard Griswold Del Castillo
will giving a talking on The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo at the San Diego Central Library.
It will be in the Neil Morgan Auditorium.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Wrap up on Aug 4th General Meeting

August 4, 2018, GSHA Southern California Chapter meeting, Cynthia Valdez-Rodriguez gave e an excellent presentation on her ancestor, "Finding Maclovia Flores, An American Family Searches for their Mexican Roots".

Thursday, July 19, 2018

How Can Siblings Have DNA Showing Different Ethnicity Estimates?

If you have a DNA test performed and it shows 35% German ancestry, 25% Irish ancestry, 10% Scandinavian ancestry, and the rest from the Middle East, does that mean your brother or sister will show exactly the same results if they also take a DNA test? Actually, the answer usually is “no.”
How can full-siblings have different ethnicities when they have the same parents? It’s a consequence of the complex relationship between genetics, ancestry, and ethnicity.

It is usually because one sibling received more or fewer genes from one parent than the other. In contrast, the sibling may have received more genes from the second parent and fewer from the first.

Confused? An article and a graphic in the Genealogy Explained web site at http://bit.ly/2NnKr29 will explain it.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Announcing General Meeting: Saturday, August 4, 2018 10 am - 2 pm "Finding Maclovia Flores an American Family searches for their Mexican roots"

Please join us for our next General Meeting on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 10 am. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

San Diego Hispanic Saturday 30 June 2018 meeting update

The San Diego Hispanic Saturday group met at the Family History Library in Mission Valley. The meeting traditionally starts with a round table introductions, with each person updated their genealogy research status. Fourteen gave their in-depth research.

In attendance was Carlos Yturralde, one of two “Ask an Expert” in helping solve the attendees questions; the other was Ceasar Castro. The following three questions were answered.

1.) Lois Farnsworth Rattray was trying to nail down the link between Juan Bautista Smith and Thomas Smith and firm up dates. – Ceasar Castro addressed the first question. Juan Bautista Smith was the son of Thomas Smith. Thomas Smith jump ship in Baja California in 1808 and settled in Baja California. He married Maria Meza.
2.) David Delgadillo wondered if civil marriage is not enough for the Catholic Church; that a Civil marriage equals a natural child. – Carlos Yturralde answered the second. A child christened in the Catholic Church whose parent have not been married in the Church is concerned a natural child, rather than a legitimate child.
3.) Michaela Burris stated that her brick wall was Esparza, Juan Antonio b about 1775, San Jual el Mezquital, probably Nuevo Leon. I am not sure that "San Jual el Mezquital" is in Nuevo Leon or Zacatecas or somewhere else. Carlos answered that in doing family history research it important to know where our ancestors are from or where they lived, for there is where we will find records. To help locate a place the best tool is a website called “pueblosamerica.com.” Once the place is located then we can find the parish, which would have the birth, marriage and death records as well as other information. Secondly we would locate the historical archive that would have the colonial civil records. A search for San Juan el Mezquital we found there were two locations one in Nuevo Leon and the other in Durango.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Genealogy Garage Schedule for Summer and Fall

Take advantage of this unique education series devoted to genealogist and underwritten by your organization GSHA-SC for our members and others.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Hispanic Research San Diego revised

Note change in meeting date: We have moved the date of our next Hispanic Saturday meeting from 23 June to 30 June. The meeting will be at the Family History Library in Mission Valley from 1 to 3pm.  We have attached an updated Hispanic Saturday flyer. [Please also note that the date of our last meeting of the year has also changed to October 6th.  Our speaker, Richard Griswold Del Castillo, will be talking to us about The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.]

Saturday, May 5, 2018

May 5th Presentation Follow Up!

Rachel Ornelas spoke about taking advantage of the non-indexed records in FamilySearch.org. She gave good insights on how to find records under the new format at FamilySearch.org. She stated that are free tutorials available to all at the web site, which are denoted below.

Rachel and her husband, Juan,  have been involved in family research since 2002.  In 2012,  Rachel and her husband received an assignment from the LDS church as Area Family History advisers for the Spanish speaking LDS units in Southern California. They are assisting the public in researching and understanding the new format at the Torrance Family History Center on the 4th Thursday of the month, except November, when it is the 5th at around 6:30 to closing time.

The house was packed and we had several members tune in via our Go-To-Meeting to hear the presentation.

General Meeting Announcement Saturday, May 5, 2018 10 AM to 2 PM

Rachel Ornelas will speak about taking advantage of the non-indexed records in FamilySearch.org at our next general Meeting in May. Please join us and learn how easy it is to find and source your records from this vast collection.

Rachel has been involved in family research since 2002.  She was born in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico. She met her husband and married in Mexico City.  In 2012,  Rachel and her husband received an assignment from the LDS church as Area Family History advisers for the Spanish speaking LDS units in Southern California.

10 am Coffee & Setup
10:30 am GSHA Southern California announcements
11 - 12 pm Rachel Ornelas
12 pm Lunch on your own. Door Prize Drawing. An eclectic array of prizes, many geared to genealogy.  Tickets $1/each, 6 tickets for $5 or 12 tickets for $10
                                Research till library closes.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018


Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 25th, is National DNA Day — celebrating some of the most important milestones in the history of human genomic research.
And this year, 2018, is the 15th anniversary of the completion of the Human Genome Project!
Several DNA companies are offering their lowest prices for the year. 

Monday, April 23, 2018

Wrap up of San Diego Research Day April 21st "DNA Discussion"

The San Diego Hispanic Saturday group met on 21 April 2018 at 1pm at the San Diego Central Library. The group had 22 in attendance. Led by Ceasar Castro, the group started with the traditional round table introductions, with each person updated their genealogy research status and included any DNA testing if they had it.

After the round table, Mr Castro provided a presentation on Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) testing. He discussed the three different DNA tests available (Autosomal, Y-DNA and Mitochondrial) and the companies that are providing them (Ancestry.com; My Heritage; FamilytreeDNA and 23andMe.  Now is the time to purchase one of these kits, since there are sales going on.

Mr. Castro shared examples of his own personal DNA results and explained how to read the results. He explored the information from DNA Chromosome Browser and DNA matches. He also provided information on programs available to document you genealogy research.

This presentation generated lots of question which Mr. Castro was able to address. The majority of the attendees had taken the Autosomal test. Because of this there was a lot of discuss and input from the audience. DNA testing is of great interest to genealogist.

To get more information, please contact the these companies directly at 

Ancestry.com  https://www.Ancestry.com
23andMe  https://www.23andme.com/dna-ancestry/
My Heritage  https://www.myheritage.com/
FamiytreeDNA  https://www.familytreedna.com/

 International Society of Genetic Genealogy
ISOGG https://isogg.org/

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Nueva Galicia Genealogical Society Meeting Apr 21 11 am to 2 pm

Nueva Galicia Genealogical Society
Please attend one of our sister organization scheduled quarterly meeting on the 21st of April, from 11 am until 2 pm. Feel free to bring laptops, books, family trees, questions, and more! They meet at the Family History Library in Orange, from 11 am until 2 pm. The address is 674 S. Yorba St. Orange,
California 92869.

Genealogy Garage and Hispanic Research Day LA Central Library April 21, 2018

Genealogy Garage, April 21, LA Central Library
11:00 am to 12:30 pm
"Think You Know What's in the Census?"

Central Library
LL4 Meeting Room
To RSVP, go to the History Reference desk or call 213-228-7000, and ask for "History." Please give us your name and an email address or phone number so you can be notified in case the workshop is cancelled.

Veteran researcher Charlotte Bocage will expand your knowledge of the U.S. Census records…discover the “hidden in plain sight” information contained in the census.

Afterwards, please join one of our researcher help you in Hispanic Research, 
GSHA SC Hispanic Saturday, April 21, LA Central Library
with Sunny Vazquez McMullen, PhD
Genealogy Dept.
2-4 pm

Monday, April 16, 2018

Hispanic Research Day in San Diego Jan 21st, 2018 1pm to 3pm

Just a reminder that this coming Saturday is Hispanic Saturday at 1pm at the San Diego
Central Library, located at 330 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101. We will be meeting at the Commission Room on the 9th floor. When you get off the elevator, walk straight forward. The Commission room is on the other side of patio area.

Finding Your Roots In Mexico April 21st 1pm T FHL West Los Angeles

Please join us in hearing John Schmal's updated version of Finding Your Roots in Mexico at the West Los Angeles Family History Library, located at 10741 Santa Monica Blvd at 1pm.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Siblings Can Have Surprisingly Different DNA Ancestry

When it comes to tracing your roots through your genes, biological siblings may have less in common than many people expect. The fact is that one sibling might inherit more from Mom than from Dad while the other sibling might inherit a different mix.

An article by Nicole Wetsman in the National Geographic web site explains it all at http://bit.ly/2DPLSBj.

TLC’s “Long Lost Family” Season 3 Premieres on Sunday, April 8

“Long Lost Family” is an American documentary television series. The show helps provide aid to individuals looking to be reunited with long-lost biological family members. The series has been renewed for a third season that is set to premiere on April 8, 2018.

The show is produced by Shed Media, the same company that produces the American version of “Who Do You Think You Are?” The series is co-sponsored by Ancestry.com, which provides family history research and DNA testing to help make discoveries possible. The television series is based on the original British program that began airing in 2011 and has so far distributed 7 seasons. An Australian version was broadcast for one season but then was canceled

Quoting from TLC’s web site:

“Long Lost Family features the highly emotional and touching stories of people who have suffered a lifetime of separation and are yearning to be reunited with their birth parents or biological families.

Hosts Chris Jacobs and Lisa Joyner are both adoptees who have embarked on their own journeys to discover their biological families. Each episode follows the hosts as they investigate the stories of two individuals or families who have longed to resolve their lifelong searches.

‘Over the course of the series, we meet sisters desperate to trace their father who suddenly and mysteriously abandoned them when they were just 4 and 5 years old; a mother who as a teenager was pressured to relinquish her baby and has never recovered from the trauma; and a woman whose life was turned upside down when she suddenly discovered the man who raised her wasn’t actually her father.

‘The stakes are high: a successful investigation offers the promise of not just a heartwarming reunion but also a chance of redemption for people who have wrestled with emotional agony for years.

‘There is no simple path to find the missing loved ones. With tightly held family secrets in their way, the searchers have odds stacked against them. Lisa and Chris conduct painstaking searches through public records and utilize the latest DNA technology in their hunt for answers. But what they discover, and who they find, is anything but expected.”

You can learn more about “Long Lost Family” at http://bit.ly/2Gz9nF7.

Check your local television listings for the time that the TLC network will broadcast “Long Lost Family” in your area on April 8.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

New Traveling Hispanic Research Day announced for April 14th, 2018 10am to 12noon.

Please Join Genealogy Society of Hispanic America - Southern California for an exciting morning of Hispanic research. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned researcher you will glean invaluable knowledge. Bring the data you have compiled thus far and let us help you expand your research a little further. You might even find a distant cousin or your information could possible help one of the other participants break through a wall.

Note that this event is in Glendale, Arizona on April 14th from 10 am to 12 noon.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Earning more dollars for our organization by just registering and shopping

GSHA-SC is excited to tell you about a new AmazonSmile promotion that will launch soon. Amazon is tripling the donation amount to 1.5% when customers make their first eligible smile.amazon.com purchase from March 12 - 31. This is a great opportunity to increase our organization, Genealogical Society of Hispanic America-So CA Branch's AmazonSmile donations, by reminding your supporters to shop at smile.amazon.com.

From March 12 - 31, please use the message and banner below in email to help spread the word to your friends, associates and relatives. .

For additional details about the promotion, visit the promotion detail page.

Remember you can help the organization out by 3x your impact by registering and shopping during this period! Tell your friends and relatives to assist us.

From March 12-31, Amazon is tripling the donation rate on your first smile.amazon.com purchase! Go to smile.amazon.com/ch/33-0589453 and Amazon donates to Genealogical Society of Hispanic America-So CA Branch.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Join us for GSHA-SC traveling Hispanic Genealogy Research in Mission Viejo March 3rd!

Join with the Genealogy Society of Hispanic America -Southern California for an exciting day of Hispanic research.

Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned researcher you will glean invaluable knowledge.
Bring the data you have compiled thus far and let us help you expand your research a little further. You might even find a distant cousin or your information could possible help one of the other participants break through a wall.

Learn of the variety of websites that are available as well as new books with gems of genealogy material plus difficult-to-find out-of-print books stuffed with information. It will be a memorable Saturday.

Entry to the Family History Center is at the rear of the building, left hand door.
Contact: Carlos Yturralde, cmyturralde@gmail.com

Jamboree 2018

In its 49th season, the Southern California Genealogy Society is having another wonderful conference for genealogy and genetic genealogy held at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, 2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank. Early Bird Deadline registration is April 14th and Advance Registration ends May 12th , so save your place now! This is one of the best conferences you will attend, and there are classes for all experience levels and even for people who are not genealogists. All days run from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. GSHA-SC will have a booth in convention hall. Please come by to see us

"Relative Race" is returning for a 3rd season

“Relative Race” will return for a third season. The program features four, two-person teams who race across the country to find their long-lost relatives. Unlike some other genealogy television programs, the individuals seeking their ancestry are not well-known celebrities.

This season’s episodes will include new routes, new contestants, new cities and new challenges, according to Dan J. Debenham, executive producer of the show. teams will travel for 10 days, completing two challenges every day, with only paper maps, a rental car and a flip phone to help them. To help them find their way through strange cities and complete their two daily challenges, the contestants will receive instructions by text message that will hopefully lead them to discover new relatives. They will then be asked to stay overnight with a new relative that they meet in each city, according to a news release at http://prn.to/2Frq0P2.

BYU Television is available on many cable systems across the country.

You can watch a video “trailer” of the new season at https://youtu.be/GuGyXb5741M .

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Wrap up on San Diego Research Day

 The San Diego Hispanic Saturday group met on 24 February 2018 at 1pm at the San Diego Central Library.  There were seventeen in attendance. The theme for the day was “Where did your Ancestors come from?”. Ceasar Castro brought a large map of Mexico and of the United States. Each person marked the spot on the map where their mothers’ and fathers’ families migrated from. In the process each person talked about their families. There was lively discussion particularly, after everyone had presented their 

family migration paths. This session was one of the best received activities. The participants were well prepared with their genealogy.