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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Article in NY Times is written about finding unique history!

Some of Lenny Trujillo's ancestors are from Abiquiu, New Mexico which were cited in an article in the New York Times, January 28, 2018 after discovering a unique piece of history. To read it please visit below.
A New York Times article

Monday, January 15, 2018

Updated Book Sales Order Form




Help the organization by updating your library at home with one of the many books that are for sale.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Hispanic Saturday San Diego Revealed for 2018

San Diego Hispanic genealogist,

Below is the schedule for the San Diego Hispanic genealogist meetings for 2018.
Also attached is our flyer for 2018 which also has the dates.

Saturday, 24 February, 2018 • 1-3 p.m. San Diego Central library
Saturday, 21 April, 2018 • 1-3 p.m. San Diego Central library
Saturday, 23 June 2018 • 1-3 p.m. Family History Center
Saturday, 25 August, 2018 • 1-3 p.m. Family History Center
Saturday, 27 October, 2018 • 1-3 p.m. San Diego Central library

Dates may change. It is usually because of the availability of speakers. Please note the first meeting was changed from the 17th to the 24th of February due to a conflict.



Monday, January 1, 2018

Challah Rising in the Desert: The Jews of New Mexico and Our First 2018 Family Stories' Workshop

GSHA-SC Hispanic Family Stories’ Workshop Series

Each and every one of you can write. Some are novices; some are professionals; and you will work at your own level if you participate in the GSHA-SC Hispanic Family Stories’ Workshop Series.
 Attending the workshops is not about achieving an impossible task.  By the end of every workshop, you WILL have completed at least the draft of one story. Some will edit and enhance their stories when they return home; others will not. Either is fine. Our purpose is that you get started writing a family story during the workshop.

The focus of our 2018 Holiday Meeting will be to display our story telling skills.  Whether there are few or many who attend the workshops, the meeting will honor each individual’s work as part of our group effort.

This will be a place to experiment with form. You may try writing a short story, the beginning of a longer piece, a poem, a description of a place beloved by an ancestor, a recipe whipped into a creative writing soufflé.  You might be a fledgling screenwriter, a producer of gorgeous lists, one who loves to write short descriptions of ancestral foods, towns, or customs. Could you be a writer with a flair for historical-fiction-based ancestors? Might you be a lyricist? You’ll never know until you put pen to paper or fingers to the keyboard, and see what keeps emerging.

These workshops aren’t designed to be the place to complete a literary masterpiece, though it’s possible that a literary masterpiece will emerge from one or more attendees. Do not be afraid. If you’re stumped, the act of writing will help you get unstuck. For those not afraid, be a kind and shining light for the rest of us.

Please come with paper and pen and/or a fully charged laptop. Also, give some thought to particular people, places, or things about which you’d like to write. We’ll always start the workshop with a 5-minute prompt-driven exercise designed to loosen any thought of “I can’t write” out of your brain.
There will be 5 to 8 workshops throughout 2016. Most will be in Orange County. If there is anyone in L.A. or elsewhere who would like to be my writing moderator twin and coordinate another location, please contact me. The more, the merrier.

Our first Hispanic Family Stories’ Workshop in the series will be at:
Zeidler’s Café
Skirball Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA  90049

12:00 – 2:30 p.m.
You must R.S.V.P to me by Wednesday, January 10. I need to make reservations at the restaurant, and the restaurant is expecting each of us to purchase lunch with a 20% tip for their allowing us to use the restaurant during a busy day. I will provide the list of attendees to the entrance personnel, so that you won’t be charged museum admission for attending the workshop.

The L.A. premier of Challah Rising in the Desert: The Jews of New Mexico will be shown at the Skirball from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.  We welcome you to stay and watch the movie. You must, separately, register for the movie on the Skirball website. Many of our members deep New Mexico roots descend from Sephardic Jews.

To view a trailer of this movie or make your reservation go to:


Karen S Córdova
January 1, 2018



To attend the movie, make your reservation online, using the link provided, below.

General Admission: $12.00

Students: $9.00

Skirball Members: FREE

From the Skirball Center website:

"LA premiere! Discover the fascinating story of New Mexico’s distinctive Jewish community. In this documentary—showcasing “passionate storytelling,” as hailed by the Albuquerque Journal—braided challah bread represents the five waves of settlement of New Mexico’s Jewish community, including conversos escaping the Spanish Inquisition 400 years ago, German Jewish pioneers of the Santa Fe Trail in the 1800s, scientists of the 1940s at Los Alamos, and the counterculture of the 1960s.

Challah Rising in the Desert is a poignant account of the Jewish experience intertwined with New Mexico’s unique history and landscape. (2017, 84 min. No MPAA rating.)

A Q&A with filmmaker Isaac Artenstein and coproducer Paula Amar Schwartz and sampling of green chile challah follow the screening."

Skirball Cultural Center (310) 440-4500
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049


"We'll Meet Again" series features behind the scene a GSHA-SC member.

Donie Nelson, one of the founders of GSHA-SC and served six terms as President, is a featured genealogist on a new PBS program entitled, “We’ll Meet Again.” Her episode, which launches the genealogy-based reality show, airs on your local PBS station on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. The show reunites long-lost friends, using the tools of genealogy. In this episode childhood friends in Los Angeles during World War II are reunited 70+ years later.

Mark your calendars to watch future episodes in the “We’ll Meet Again” series:

CHILDREN OF WW2 - 01/23/18

RESCUED FROM MT. ST. HELENS – 01/30/18

LOST CHILDREN OF VIETNAM - 02/06/ N18

HEROES OF 9/11 – 02/13/18

FREEDOM SUMMER – 02/20/18

COMING OUT – 02/27/18

You can view the series trailer online here:

ABOUT THE SHOW

"We’ll Meet Again" is a documentary series reported and executive produced by Ann Curry. Each episode introduces us to two people who were affected by momentous events in American history. We follow them on a journey of detection as they look for a long-lost friend, family member or significant stranger.

The series explores significant historic events that have shaped America and its citizens - not from the point of view of world leaders - but through the eyes of ordinary people who experienced them directly.

The series features the events of World War II, Mount St. Helens eruption, the Vietnam War, the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, the attacks on September 11, 2001, and coming out in America.