Thursday, December 31, 2020

Legacy Family Tree Webinars are open to register for 2021


MyHeritage and FamilyTreeWebinars.com are pleased to announce that registration is now open for its 2021 Legacy Family Tree Webinars series, now in its 12th year. Choose from 120 classes from genealogy's leading educators on topics ranging from Prussia to Ireland to Samoa, from Zotero to WordPress, from The National Road to Angel Island to the 1890 census, and from the top 10 DNA do's and don'ts to the genealogy of your house. We are also introducing the brand new "African Diaspora" and "O Canada" series, PLUS we have increased the attendance capacity of live webinars to include up to 3,000 live viewers.

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Update on Panes


Please note the following information:

We realize that many people who are researching their Hispanic roots may come across this website. We would like to invite them to join us and take advantage of the information that we continually add by including them on our email list. Therefore we are working on requiring a registration process that will include your email and the formation of a password. The system isn't in place yet so you may continue using the site without logging in even though the instructions say otherwise. Just click search and browse as always. We will let you know when all is ready. Thank you for your patience.

5 Brits Take A DNA Test

 To watch the video, hit here

Five Britons took a DNA test to find out our ancestry. Many of them have an idea of where they came from, but they wanted to see how much they really knew about their family history. 23andMe's DNA testing kit gives you a detailed breakdown of your DNA makeup, sometimes even detailing the region of each country your family came from. The results were pretty surprising. 

Monday, December 28, 2020

Thursday, December 24, 2020

What is Triangulation with DNA

 Triangulation Concepts and Tools

What is triangulation? How do you go about it? And why it is important for genealogy. 

The best way to describe it is triangulation allows you to confirm your ancestors or ancestral lines when you are able to match with at least two other people who have their trees posted and you share a great grandparent (usually third cousin or fourth cousins) on the same reasonably sized segment of DNA.

With this you can identify a common ancestor or ancestral couple who has passed that segment of DNA to all of the people who match on that segment of DNA.

Take a refresher course thru SCGS 2021 Jamboree Webinar Extension series.


We are letting our members know that the Southern California Genealogical Society is hosting their 2021 Jamboree Webinar Extension series again this upcoming year. Take advantage and choose a course that will help educate your genealogy research or how to organize your material. This is a worth while organization to think about joining also. Please go to their website for information on membership and what benefits they can offer you. 

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

GSHA-SC Writer's Workshop Sunday 27, 2020 2 to 4pm Zoom Meeting


Dear Members and Friends of GSHA-SC:

Now that you have taken care of everyone else, why not gift yourself two hours to write your family story with our in-house poet and expert, Karen Cordova?? Please see the attached flier and join the fun this holiday season. It's a Zoom workshop.

Mark your calendar today and contact Karen.

In the meantime, stay safe and remember, better days are ahead but we need to help protect others. Give elderly friends a call and support.

You must be a member of the society to participate.

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Emotional DNA results

Alex finally gets his 23 and me DNA test results back and they are shocking! He gets very emotional learning about his heritage and where his ancestors are from. His reaction to his DNA test results are priceless! To watch the video hit here

Friday, December 18, 2020

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Yolanda Nava ! Culture, Virtue, and Tradition with Yolanda Nava, Author


Here is the link to the event.
Culture, Virtue, and Tradition with Yolanda Nava, Author

Join us on Zoom and Facebook Live as author Yolanda Nava discusses the digital audio release of her ground-breaking book, “It’s All in the Frijoles: 100 Famous Latinos Share Real-Life Stories, Time-Tested Dichos, Favorite Folktales, and Inspiring Words of Wisdom,” sharing the inspiration, faith and spirituality inherent in Latino culture.

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Mulattos of Cochiti: Caste, Race, and Identity in Colonial New Mexico

 Our Utah chapter is sharing a presentation given by Rob Martinez, PhD, State Historian of New Mexico. It is unknown how long the presentation will be able to be view. To watch it, hit here There will be a passcode requirement. Please type the following: Ptb%9&+6

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Introduction to GSHA Blog page



The GSHA board is excited to announce the roll-out of the GSHA Blog page on the GSHA website, Wednesday, December 9th.

To cut costs and move to a modern means of communications and receive information in a timelier manner, instead of every 3 months. the GSHA blog will replace the GSHA Newsletter. This allows all of us to participate in GSHA information gathering and sharing, to send and receive current genealogical, historical articles and presentation dates and times. Also, the GSHA Board can post information on the status of GSHA, financial, conference and web site updates, as they occur. It also gives you, the member, a place to post your short stories and antecedents of your family history.

Let me make this perfectly clear, this does not replace the Nuestra Raices journal, and I encourage you to continue submitting your articles for the journalistic and editorial expertise of the journal staff. Although GSHA members are the heart of GSHA, the journal is the brain and it will continue to be the main source of the in-depth journalism we have come to expect from Ms. Nelson and staff, for which they have provided us over these many years.

The GSHA blog is more informational and for short personal stories of your family history or historical events. So, please consider submitting your stories, genealogical events, and announcements to the blog. Articles must be in electronic form and it is your responsibility for grammar and punctuation. We will not be editors or gatekeepers of the information, though articles will be archived on the blog page, for future references. So, please do not plagiarize or violate the copyright of someone else's work, please get permission, in writing before including in your article. This can jeopardize GSHA’s good name and burden GSHA with great financial liability.

So, how do I submit an article for posting? I am glad you asked. Lynda (Sena) Kouba, GSHA secretary, has agreed to be the receiver of these items and will be the main posting person for our blog. The GSHA representatives will be our field reporters for their respective chapters. They will encourage and receive articles from their chapter members and email articles to Mrs. Kouba for posting. Members may email their articles to Mrs. Kouba at gsha.secretary@gmail.com directly. Again, all items must be in electronic form, any article that cannot be posted because of its format will be returned to the submitter for correction(s). Contact information will be at the end of this announcement.

I am excited about our blog and I hope you will take advantage of being more involved in GSHA’s growth and involvement in genealogical exploration. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me or any of the officers or chapter reps.

Also, those members that do not have access to a computer, you can access the GSHA blog using your smartphone. Just type in www.gshaa.org/blog, in your browser.


Bob Craig
GSHA President

GSHA Board
Tom Martinez, Vice President

Lynda (Sena) Kouba, Secretary
Albert Garcia, Treasurer
GSHA representatives
Patsy Vazquez, Southern California chapter representative
Jessica Tidball, Fray Angelico Chavez chapter representative
John Martinez, Utah chapter representative
Arturo Cuellar, Member at Large representative
Contact info:
Lynda (Sena) Kouba gsha.secretary@gmail.com
Patsy Vasquez gsha.screp@gmail.com
Arturo Cuellar gsha.malrep@gmail.com
John Martinez gsha.utahrep@gmail.com
Jessica Tidball, FACC rep, Ms. Tidball is in the medical care field, though not a frontline worker, her job is quite critical and presently is knee deep in monitoring the Covid-19 pandemic for the health provider that she works for. FACC members, please send articles directly to Mrs. Kouba.

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Get excited! 1950's Census is just around the corner.

The date April 1, 2022 can’t come fast enough! Why? Because that is the date of the release of the 1950 United States census. As you wait for the release of the census, learn more about what you can expect from the 1950 census and what records you can search in the meantime!

The 1950 census encompassed the continental United States, the territories of Alaska and Hawaii, American Samoa, the Canal Zone, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands of the United States, and some of the smaller island territories.

Americans abroad were enumerated for the first time in 1950. Provisions were made to count members of the armed forces, crews of vessels, and employees of the United States government living in foreign countries, along with any members of their families also abroad. This enumeration was carried out through cooperative arrangements with the departments of Defense and State, the United States Maritime Administration and other federal agencies that took responsibility for distributing and collecting specially designed questionnaires.

Other persons living abroad were to be reported by their families or neighbors in the United States, but the quality of these data was considered to be poor and they were not included in the published statistics.

A new survey on residential financing was conducted as part of the 1950 census. In a separate operation, information was collected on a sample basis from owners of owner-occupied and rental properties and mortgage lenders.

To read a pdf copy of the procedures and download a copy, hit here

The National Archives releases a census to the public only 72 years after the day the census was taken. Because census day in 1950 was April 1, the 1950 census will be released to the public on the same date in 2022.

Friday, December 4, 2020

Thursday, December 3, 2020

GSHA Fray Angelico Chavez Chapter Dec 12, 2020 Presentation "From the Steel City to Ph.D."

 The FACC will have Dr. Irene Blea on Zoom, Dec. 12, 10:00 a.m., PST(1:00 a.m. EST; 12:00 CST; 11:00 a.m. MST). The link to this presentation will be sent a couple of days before the event or if you wish to receive an invitation, please contact gsha.vp@gshaa.org and note the event.


Dr. Irene Blea is an award winning and internationally known author, scholar and poetess who draws from her family and personal history, plus her many years as a sociological researcher. She will reveal her journey from a northern New Mexico settlement to Colorado and why it is the focus of her next book, Erené with Wolf Medicine.

The former Puebloan will discuss how she writes, what she writes, and the underlying meaning of her work. The activist scholar and poet has evolved from writing with pencil, a pen, typewriter, and computer to embrace an Internet presence on blogs, Facebook, countless Zoom sessions, and Webinars.

Dr. Blea’s novel, Daughters of the West Mesa, is based on the discovery of 11 women and an unborn fetus in the desert west of Albuquerque. The novel was awarded the Best of Albuquerque in 1915.

She is the author of much poetry, numerous articles, the Suzanna trilogy, and 7 textbooks on women and race relations. Blea taught at the University of Colorado-Boulder, Metropolitan State College-Denver, as well as at Colorado State University-Pueblo. She retired as a Tenured Full Professor and Chairperson of Mexican American Studies at California State University-Los Angeles. Her work is best known for the style in which characters, including the environment and politics, are utilized in her writing. Dr. Irene Blea is frequently referred to as the Chicana novelist of these times.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Late Notice--Explore Ute horse culture with tribal representative and elders; How have horses shaped the history of Colorado and the West.


Coming Thursday: explore Ute horse culture with tribal representatives and elders


3 December Thursday / 6 pm MST 5pm PST

Zoom Video Conferencing / 

Join Up! Horse Traditions in Ute Culture & History

How have horses shaped the history of Colorado and the West? History Colorado seeks to answer this and other questions about the relationship between equines and humans in our state with a source-community initiative, Join Up! Exploring Equine Culture in Colorado.

In this second program in the Join Up! series, Southern Ute community members will share their stories and knowledge about horses - from the "kava" of pre-reservation life, to horses of the contemporary revival of rodeo competitions. Presentations and conversations from this program will contribute to the development of an exhibition on horse culture in Colorado.

This event is open to the public by suggested donation but registration is required.

Please consider supporting the Borderlands of Southern Colorado lecture series at Colorado Gives.

The Borderlands of Southern Colorado Lecture Series is generously supported by the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area and Colorado State University-Pueblo.

To here this presentation, you will need to register ahead of time at here

Exploring Jalisco's Indigenous People: Past and Present Dec 5, 2020 1pm

 You will need to register ahead of time at this link, hit here

Saturday, November 28, 2020

GSHA Annual Meeting December 19, 5pm PST

Though GSHA had to forgo the annual conference this year due to Covid 19, they are still required to have an annual business meeting per the bylaws. 

Therefore, the Board of Directors has agreed to a date of December 19th. Saturday, 2020, time 5 pm PST, 6 pm MST, 7 pm CST and 8 pm EST. Meeting will be on Zoom, and an invitation will be sent on December 17th. Please download the ZOOM app, on computer and/or phone, if you wish to attend the meeting.

If you have an item to be added to the agenda or you wish to receive an invitation to zoom, please send to: president@gshaa.org and gsha.secretary@gmail.com, by December 10th.

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Finding Women's Maiden Names

One of the most difficult things a family historian faces is tracking the women in their family. To watch the video, hit here

Join Crista Cowan as she shares tips to discover the maiden names of the women in your family!

Bringing together science and self-discovery, Ancestry helps everyone, everywhere discover the story of what led to them. Our sophisticated engineering and technology harnesses family history and consumer genomics, combining billions of rich historical records, millions of family trees, and samples from almost 10 million people in the AncestryDNA database to provide people with deeply meaningful insights about who they are and where they come from. What will you discover about your personal history with Ancestry?  

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Family Secrets Emerge as DNA Testing Gains Popularity

Two families with lifelong secrets unearthed because of home DNA test kits are now dealing with the truth. Here's what their stories tell us about the shock that can come from new ancestry technology, and how to deal with it. To watch the video, hit here

Friday, November 20, 2020

GSHA-SC Writer's Workshop Nov 22, 2020 2-4pm

 Please see attached flyer for more information

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

DNA testing can share all your family secrets. Are you ready for that?

 To watch the video, hit here

DNA testing is all about unlocking secrets. But sometimes surrendering your saliva may also mean surrendering a bit of privacy – yours or someone else's. 

“I think people need to be prepared and warned that they might find out something that could make them very uncomfortable," said Jeff Hettinger, one of the growing number of people who submitted a sample and discovered a sibling he never knew existed. His dad had never told him.

DNA testing from the likes of leading services 23andMe and Ancestry, among others, has always boiled down to risk and reward, a fascination and curiosity about one’s roots and/or predispositions to disease, balanced against trepidations around privacy, security, and, for sure, the possibility of an awkward or identity-altering discovery.

It also has some of the top DNA testing companies in the industry banding together to put privacy front and center.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Hispanic Genealogy Talk


Hispanic Genealogy Talk is a podcast that will encourage others who are looking for their Hispanic ancestors. The episodes will include book recommendations, articles, History, interviews with Hispanic genealogists and others who have tips for the subscribers to help them on their journey of discovery.
Listen on Spotify

If you are unaware of one of our member's from GSHA-SC Cynthia A Rodriquez. To listen to her many podcast, please hit here

A LONG JOURNEY The Hidden Jews of the Southwest

 A new documentary to air on PBS telling story of the hidden Jews of New Mexico and the US Southwest, including history, genealogy, etc.

Please check with your local PBS schedule to determine when it will air.

For more info:, hit here

Monday, November 16, 2020

Tales, Tools, and Tips of the Trade: Using Spanish Documents in your Genealogy December 5, 2020 10:00-10:45am PST

Tales, Tools, and Tips of the Trade: Using Spanish Documents in your Genealogy

Please join Aaron C. Taylor, Ph.D., President of Taylor Translation Services by emailing your request to taylortranslationsnm@gmail.com and state you wish to view his presentation. Remember our general meeting will begin at 11:00 AM PST.

December 5, 2020 10:00 – 10:45 AM PST (Please note that flyer is for Mountain Standard Time)

· How can you go beyond just extracting of the name, dates, and places for your family tree?

· What online resources are available to improve your reading skills at historical Spanish documents?

· What online sources can you use to find more Spanish-language documents connected to your ancestors?

Would you like answers to these questions?

Join Zoom Meeting

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Unete / Join Up! Exploring Charro Culture in Colorado


from Kathy DeHerrera (FACC member) by way of History Colorado.

"Exploring Charro Culture in Colorado" and can be found at 


(The actual program starts about 10 minutes into the video.)

It features three 15 minute presentations by:

 1. Geraldo (Jerry) Diaz, 4th generation charro, showing charro gear, demonstrating skills, and discussing charro values and his work with the Great Western Stock Show in Denver

2.  Dr. Santiago Guerra of Colorado College discussing the origins of ranching traditions in Spain and Mexico, and the beginning of charros in Mexico

3.  Dr. Laura Barraclough of Yale U. detailing the birth of charro associations in the U.S., and how charros were active in their communities, especially Pueblo and Denver.

This is followed by a Q&A.

Friday, November 13, 2020

Two presentations from John Schmal are available to our members. Nov 14th at 1pm and Dec 5 at 1pm.

John Schmal will conduct an Indigenous Mexico presentation on Saturday, Nov. 14th, at 1:P.M. via Zoom. A flyer is attached, but you can also register at this link (no charge for attending) To register, please hit here

And Indigenous Jalisco presentation by zoom will follow on Saturday, December 5th. It is also on the calendar.

In the meantime, John wants to remind you that you can access information about Indigenous Mexico at the following links:



He recently updated this part of the website with presentations on how to find your indigenous roots in Mexico:


He also updated the census link with new data about Michoacán, Jalisco, San Luis Potosí, Nayarit, Chihuahua and Sonora.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

FACC Membership meeting Speaker Presentation: Hispanic Women in the Military (A Personal story) 11am, Business meeting 12 pm Time: Nov 14, 2020 11:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

FACC Membership meeting

Speaker Presentation: Hispanic Women in the Military (A Personal story) 11am, Business meeting 12 pm

Time: Nov 14, 2020 11:00 AM Mountain Time 10:00AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

To join the Zoom Meeting Hit here


Meeting ID: 810 5710 9590

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Monday, November 9, 2020

GSHA-SC Zoom Presentation on Mexico's Early Cookbooks at 11am on Saturday, December 5, 2020

Please RSVP to gshasocal@gmail.com to receive a zoom link to hear presenter Maite Gomez-Rejoin on her examination of early Mexican cuisine. Please stay afterwards to hear the organization general meeting on business and election of officers. 


Saturday, November 7, 2020

Two Sisters Took a DNA Test. It Revealed That Everything They Knew About Their Family Was Wrong.

 It also solved a heartbreaking, decades-long kidnapping mystery.

It all started out innocently enough. In 2017, Audrey Bell, a 51-year-old mother of triplets from Long Island, hopped on the internet to purchase a 23andMe testing kit to help her figure out which of her triplets were the identical siblings and which was the fraternal sibling. But when she received the results weeks later, they revealed something curious.

The testing was able to correctly identify which of her triplets was the fraternal sibling, but while their heritage was categorized as Southern European, the ancestry composition didn’t mention anything specifically about Italy. That struck Bell as odd, since her father, Richard Palmadesso, had always been so proud of his Italian ancestry. She mentioned the results to her twin, Cynthia McFadden, her younger sister, Stephanie Palmadesso, and her parents, who were also confused about the lack of Italian ancestry. (Cynthia and Audrey are twin sisters who go by their married last names.) Still, no one thought much of it at the time.

Then, at the end of 2019, Cynthia also decided to take a 23andMe test. Similarly, she was surprised to see that she had no Italian heritage. The sisters didn’t know what to make of their results, and grew more suspect this time around. Their father had passed away in 2017, so by this point, they couldn’t ask him any questions or have him take his own DNA test.

To read moreof the article, hit here

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Telling the Entire Story of Mexico’s Indigenous People A One-Stop Resource for Information on Mexico's Indigenous People

 If you have not discover John Schmal's new website "Telling the Entire Story of Mexico’s Indigenous People, A One-Stop Resource for Information on Mexico's Indigenous People" hit here

If you do not know about John Schmal, here is a short bio. 

John P. Schmal is a historian, genealogist, and lecturer. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. After graduating from high school, John attended Loyola-Marymount University in Los Angeles and St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, where he studied Geography, History and Earth Sciences and received two BA degrees.

John specializes in the genealogical research and Indigenous history of several Mexican states, especially Chihuahua, Nayarit Zacatecas, Jalisco and Guanajuato. He is also the author of several books, including Mexican-American Genealogical Research: Following the Paper Trail to Mexico (Heritage Books, 2002) and The Journey to Latino Political Representation (Heritage Books, 2007). In addition to being a GSHA member, he serves on the board of the Society of Hispanic Historical Ancestral Research (SHHAR).

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Should you be worried about your DNA privacy?

 I've always been wary of at-home DNA tests, and I don't think I'm alone in that. There are a lot of things I regularly do that might compromise my personal information-online shopping, banking, and healthcare communications spring to mind-but sending off a sample of my DNA to some huge corporation? No, thank you.

So when my editor floated the idea of doing a deep-dive into the privacy and security practices of at-home DNA kits, I was first in line to volunteer. I was genuinely curious to find out just how well these companies protect their users' information, and some of the things I found during my research surprised me.

For this article, we’re going to focus on a few key privacy concerns, including:

Data storage

Third-party information access

Biospecimen handling

And law enforcement probes

However, you should always carefully review the terms and conditions of any DNA testing service to ensure you fully understand your rights and how the company plans to protect your privacy.

One of the first issues that comes to my mind with any type of sensitive information is whether it’s susceptible to a data breach. After all, if huge corporations such as Equifax can be compromised by cybercriminals, what’s stopping hackers from going after a DNA testing company?

In fact, it’s happened before. Just last year, DNA-testing firm Veritas Genetics experienced a data breach, according to Bloomberg, and security experts aren’t surprised: “Any data repository with rich personal data in it will be a target for cybercriminals,” explains cybersecurity expert Tony Anscombe, Chief Security Evangelist at internet security company ESET.

“The potential for sensitive information, such as genealogy, to be used by cybercriminals in extortion campaigns is highly probable if the information was to be compromised in a data breach,” Anscombe continues. “While regulation is no guarantee of security, it would seem logical for genetic data to be covered under a regulation such as HIPAA or something similar to ensure that companies provide adequate cybersecurity measures to protect the data.”

HIPAA is the common term used for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which sets strict national standards for the protection of sensitive patient health information—chances are you’ve had to sign HIPAA forms at your annual doctor’s appointments. However, these standards have yet to be extended to DNA testing services, despite the fact that genetic information is health information.

So what, exactly, are DNA companies doing to protect your information? We reached out to two of the biggest companies in the at-home DNA testing industry—AncestryDNA and 23andMe—to ask.

“Personal information and genetic information are stored separately in secured, segmented databases,” explained a 23andMe spokesperson. “We employ the highest industry standards for authentication, encryption, and authorization to our systems … We also use the highest industry-standard security measures to encrypt sensitive information both at rest, in transit, and while processing in our databases. Access to sensitive information is limited to authorized personnel, based on job function and administrative need. 23andMe access combines token-based, multi-factor authentication, and strict least-privileged authorization controls.”

To read the rest of the article, hit here

Monday, November 2, 2020

La Sierra: A discussion on the struggle for land rights


Coming Thursday: A discussion on the struggle for land rights

Coming Thursday: A discussion on the struggle for land rights


5 November Thursday / 6 pm
Zoom Video Conferencing / Suggested donation $5

La Llorona: Myth, Memory, and Imagination

Join us on Zoom on Thursday, November 5, at 6 pm, for our next Borderlands of Southern Colorado online lecture. This panel discussion will feature Shirley Romero Otero, Juanita Martinez, Jose Martinez, Rocky Madrid, Roy Esquibel, and Ronnie Cordova and will include an introduction by artist Shelby Head.

For 150 years descendants of Mexican settlers in Costilla County, Colorado have claimed communal rights to graze livestock, hunt and fish, and gather firewood on La Sierra, the mountain tract in the Culebra Valley above the village of San Luis. Hear from members of the Land Rights Council tell their stories related to the ongoing struggle to guarantee access to La Sierra, originally granted through the 1844 Sangre de Cristo Land Grant.

The Borderlands of Southern Colorado Lecture Series is generously supported by the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area and Colorado State University-Pueblo.

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Día de Muertos

 The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated in Mexico and elsewhere associated with the Catholic celebrations of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day. The multi-day holiday involves family and friends gathering to pray for and to remember friends and family members who have died. Sun, Nov 1, 2020 – Mon, Nov 2, 2020.

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Dark secret comes to light through DNA test that unites sisters after 30 years.

 It took Pam Davis and Beverly Young over 30 years to meet as sisters. An Ancestry DNA test allowed them to finally meet on July 25. To watch the video, hit here

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Genealogy Garage November 21, 2020-- 1pm to 2:15pm Creating an Interactive Family History Album by Donie Nelson

In November, our Genealogy Garage will be a little different--a workshop! The original workshop format our founder Donie Nelson intended is making a come-back! 

Saturday, November 21, from 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. (see flier attached to this email) will be facilitated by Isabel Perez. She has developed a really neat way to display your genealogy findings using Google Drive--an interesting way, that should draw in family members!

This is also different from the first two Garages in that it will require an RSVP (because I have to send you a Zoom "invite" to attend). So write back if you want to be included, and I'll send you the information you'll need to attend.

It's also helpful (if you want to take part in the "workshop" aspect) for you to have a Google account, so that you can work along with us in Google Drive. Go here to get one: https://accounts.google.com
Also, please have a few photos downloaded to your computer from your family or tree research that you would want to include in the album you create.

Write back if you have questions!
Happy family history hunting,

Julie Huffman, Genealogy Librarian
Los Angeles Public Library
630 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles, CA 90071

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

La Llorona: Myth, Memory, and Imagination

 Please note that we are letting our members be aware that other organizations are using Zoom to their members or the general public in educating Hispanic heritage, history and cultural events. This organization specializes in the borderlands of Southern Colorado. You will need to register to receive an invitation.


This Thursday: La Llorona


29 October Thursday / 6 pm
Zoom Video Conferencing / Suggested donation $5

La Llorona: Myth, Memory, and Imagination

Join us on Zoom on Thursday, October 29 at 6pm for our next Borderlands of Southern Colorado online lecture. In this talk, Dr. Fawn-Amber Montoya and Xavier Madrid will present "La Llorona: Myth, Memory, and Imagination."

Dr. Fawn-Amber Montoya is the Associate Dean of the Honors College and Professor of History at James Madison University and the former coordinator of Chicano Studies and Professor of History at CSU-Pueblo. She taught courses in race, ethnicity, and gender with a special focus on Mexican-American history. She has Consulted on the development of a number of museum exhibits for History Colorado, including Borderlands of Southern Colorado, El Movimiento in Colorado and Pueblo, and The Children of Ludlow.

Xavier Madrid was born and raised in Pueblo, Colorado. He is a first generation college graduate. During his undergraduate studies, a passion grew to study Latinx identity in the Southwest and the discipline of Sociology as a whole. He is a former curatorial intern at the National Museum of American History (Smithsonian Institution), where he worked on the ¡Pleibol! In the Barrios and the Big Leagues exhibit and book (acknowledged as a contributor).

The event is open to the public with a suggested donation of $5. Registration is required.

Please consider supporting the Borderlands Lecture Series by contributing at Colorado Gives.

This event is offered in collaboration with the Roswell Hispano Chamber of Commerce and the Roswell Public Library.

Our Online Borderlands Lecture Series is generously supported by the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area and Colorado State University Pueblo.




Spanish Speakers Invited to ExpoGenealogía — A Free, Virtual Family History Event This year will mark the third year for ExpoGenealogía

 Spanish Speakers Invited to ExpoGenealogía — A Free, Virtual Family History Event

This year will mark the third year for ExpoGenealogía

Those who speak Spanish or have Mexican heritage are invited to participate in ExpoGenealogía — a free, virtual family history event entirely in Spanish on October 30–31.

Coinciding with Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), this event is an opportunity to honor and celebrate family, said Antulio Muñoz, FamilySearch multi-area manager for Latin America. FamilySearch is one of ExpoGenealogía’s partners.

“It’s a good time to learn more about ancestors and traditions. It is a good opportunity to develop a feeling of belonging to the most important group of the humanity that is the family,” Muñoz said.

Similar to RootsTech, ExpoGenealogía will include entertainment, keynote speakers, classes and personal consultations. Speakers include Mexican athletes Paola Espinosa, Rommel Pacheco and Elsa Avila, as well as FamilySearch CEO Steve Rockwood.

Content will be available for on-demand viewing for a year, Muñoz said.

This will be the third ExpoGenealogía event. ExpoGenealogía 2019 — held in Mexico City, Mexico — drew more than 4,000 participants.

Prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the online format of this upcoming event allows for greater reach to the Latino community. “We have a lot of people registering for the event from different countries in Latin America,” Muñoz said.

Muñoz added that he hopes ExpoGenealogía will “touch the hearts of the people to remember their ancestors and to remember that family values are the most important things in their life.”

Register for free at expogenealogia.mx.

Saturday, October 24, 2020

If you missed GSHA Pueblo Presentation, it is on YouTube

Nacion Genizara on YouTube

The Zoom presentation by Moises Gonzales and Virginia Sanchez last Saturday is now on YouTube. If you missed it, here is the link, hit here

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The DNA Doe Project

To watch the video, hit here 

The DNA Doe Project is a an all-volunteer organization dedicated to using genetic genealogy to identify John and Jane Does. Working with law enforcement, they are able to find success even when the DNA was highly degraded. Their DoeFundMe program allows for public donations to solve cases when resources may not be otherwise available

We sat down with Margaret Press and Colleen Fitzpatrick, co-founders of the DNA Doe Project. They describe how the DNA Doe Project was formed, how they’ve learned to overcome obstacles (such as degraded DNA), the differences in working with Doe cases versus criminal cases, and what it means to them to be able to provide identities to the unknown.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Raised as Paul, Genetic Genealogy Helped Him to Discover His True Identity

 To watch the video, please hit here

Paul Fronczak spent his life wondering if he was a baby who’d been kidnapped from a Chicago hospital. As an adult, DNA tests confirmed that detectives had gotten it wrong. CeCe Moore, founder of The DNA Detectives describes how she was able to use commercial DNA databases to help Paul uncover his true identity.

Monday, October 12, 2020

A DNA Detective Story - the Bush Baby

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Why was a nine-month-old baby left in a bush on the highest point of the South Downs on a beautiful summer’s afternoon in late August 1937? Decades later, both parents were identified through DNA, one in a very unusual way. The mystery that foxed Scotland Yard in the 1930s was eventually solved by science. Julia will take your through the twists and turns of this incredible story to its fascinating conclusion. Julia Bell was most recently featured as the ‘DNA Detective’ on ITV’s Long Lost Family. Her speciality is difficult to solve foundling cases, she uses DNA results and detective skills to unpick even the most complex, where leads are very few or non existent. She has now solved numerous cases in the UK and overseas. She also has a proven track record for finding GI fathers based in the UK in WW2. Julia has now appeared as the ‘DNA Detective’ on various TV programmes as well as being featured in the press and on the radio. Julia believes most UK unknown parentage cases can now be solved, in fact, all of them if the families concerned have been rooted in the UK for the last few generations. She already achieves what some have called impossible. Julia also aims to promote genetic genealogy in the UK and to encourage UK database growth. Website: https://juliabelldna.co.uk This lecture was presented at Family Tree Live (FTL), London, 26-27 April 2019. Please note that these FTL videos are copyrighted to the presenter and should only be used for personal study. They are not to be used for any other purpose without the presenter's express permission. Also, please note that because this is a rapidly advancing field, the content may quickly become outdated. The FTL lectures were sponsored by FamilyTreeDNA (at www.ftdna.com) and organised by Debbie Kennett, a volunteer from ISOGG (International Society of Genetic Genealogy at www.isogg.org). ISOGG volunteers provided free DNA advice and support for members of the public at the conference.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Please join us for our Zoom broadcast of "The America Southwest: Digital Collections & Archival Finding Aids" on Saturday, Oct 17, 2020

GSHA-SC presents Colleen Greene and her presentation on finding digitized collections & archival aids.

The Southwest is rich in records pertaining to the Spanish, Mexican, territorial, and statehood eras. Learn about key finding aid portals to locate specific repositories and collections to visit in-person, as well as key portals to consortia-shared digitized collections that can be accessed online for free. We will briefly cover key archival terminology before a walk-through of how to search, browse, and analyze these finding aids and digitized collections.

 Colleen Robledo Greene, MLIS, is an academic librarian, college educator, and web developer who has been researching her family history since 1997. She is the Digital Literacy Librarian at California State University, Fullerton, and also teaches an online graduate-level genealogical research methods course for San Jose State University. Colleen is a nationally recognized speaker and educator specializing in methodology, Mexican & Hispanic research, libraries and archives, technology, virtual instruction, and society communications.

Monday, October 5, 2020

Zoom Presentation by Moises Gonzalez, one of the editors of the new book "Nacion Genizaras"


The Fray Angelico Chavez Chapter of the GSHA is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Presentation by Moises Gonzales, one of the editors of the book, "Nacion Genizaras".
Time: Oct 10, 2020 11:00 AM Mountain Time; 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)


Note: There will be a short business meeting after the presentation.

Join Zoom Meeting by clicking on this link:


Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Twins get 'mystifying' DNA ancestry test results

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According to 23andMe's findings, Charlsie has nearly 10 per cent less "broadly European" ancestry than Carly. She also has French and German ancestry (2.6 per cent) that her sister doesn't share.

The identical twins also apparently have different degrees of Eastern European heritage — 28 per cent for Charlsie compared to 24.7 per cent for Carly. And while Carly's Eastern European ancestry was linked to Poland, the country was listed as "not detected" in Charlsie's results.

"The fact that they present different results for you and your sister, I find very mystifying," said Dr. Mark Gerstein, a computational biologist at Yale University.

Twins' DNA 'shockingly similar'
Marketplace sent the results from all five companies to Gerstein's team for analysis.

He says any results the Agro twins received from the same DNA testing company should have been identical.

And there's a simple reason for that: The raw data collected from both sisters' DNA is nearly exactly the same.

"It's shockingly similar," he said.

The team at Yale was able to download and analyze the raw data set that each company used to perform its calculations.

An entire DNA sample is made up of about three billion parts, but companies that provide ancestry tests look at about 700,000 of those to spot genetic differences.

According to the raw data from 23andMe, 99.6 per cent of those parts were the same, which is why Gerstein and his team were so confused by the results. They concluded the raw data used by the other four companies was also statistically identical.

Still, none of the five companies provided the same ancestry breakdown for the twins.

"We think the numbers should be spot on the same," Gerstein said.

To read more of the article, hit here

Monday, September 28, 2020

Wednesday, September 23, 2020


New episodes of Finding Your Roots

 are back Tuesday, October 13, at 8/7c on  PBS

! Check out the guests who will be joining Henry Louis Gates, Jr. next to uncover their family histories. https://genealogybargains.com/finding-your-roots-season.../

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

State approves use of familial searching to help identify crime victims

 State approves use of familial searching to help identify crime victims

Until now, the use of familial searching was just limited to identifying suspects. Investigators will have to wait for about two months for the technique to get all the necessary approvals to start using it. To read the article in Newsweek hit here

Friday, September 11, 2020

Zoom Presentation for our General Meeting September 19, 2020 at 11:00 am

 General Meeting Saturday September 19, 2020 at 11:00 AM

Presentation via Zoom

Invitation to GSHA-SC members only

An email will be sent to you on how to attend this presentation

From Mexico City to Santa Fe

Presented by Henrietta Martinez Christmas

The Camino Real from Mexico City to the Villa of Santa Fe in the northern province of New Mexico where the land was unknown and isolated. The Camino Real permitted the founding of many mining centers and agricultural areas which today constitute some of the oldest cities in the northern central area of the Republic of Mexico and the Southern United States.

Henrietta Martinez Christmas, a prolific speaker, has given hundreds of presentations on topics related to Hispanic/Southwestern research. Engagements include: keynote – Santa Fe Trail Association, featured at annual conferences: Texas Genealogical Society, Historical Society of New Mexico, DAR and BIA, International Conference.

A native New Mexican, Ms. Martinez Christmas is a well-known genealogical and historical researcher. She descends from 11 of the soldiers that came with Juan de Oñate in 1598. She has written several books which relate to New Mexico’s small town and history and over 150 articles about New Mexico’s Colonial Families. She is a long-time member and the current President of New Mexico Genealogical Society. She has worked with the History Museum of New Mexico, the Albuquerque Museum, and the El Camino Real Heritage site in preparing exhibits and researching historical data. She is a frequent contributor to various author’s books in terms of researching biographies of noted individuals in books. She works with a group that honors historic women in New Mexico for their New Mexico Historic Marker Program. Honored by the DAR for historic preservations, she has extracted and transcribed over 50 books dealing with early New Mexico.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Panes Updates




Sylvia Magdaleno continues the inexhaustible work of transcribing documents from repositories that give information about various towns in Chihuahua. Her latest completed transcriptions are of the 1778 census of some small towns surrounding Cusihuirachi. They include Cajurichic, Usuachi, Coyeachi, Hacienda de la Consepción, Hacienda de la junta and Cerro Prieto. The organization is forever greatful for all the work that she does, work that may give one of our readers that long, lost link that they have been looking for.



It gives us great pleasure to announce that the Spanish Inquisition project of organizing a catalog for the images that are already on FamilySearch has begun. With the help of the Colegio de Michoacán, the Hispanic Heritage project has contracted with Dr. Isabel Juárez Becerra, who is the coordinator of the project, to make the catalog. She is directing a group of students from the university and they have now transcribed three of the rolls of microfilm. The transcriptions will be used for putting data in their catalogs. You can purview these films online at panes.info. However, unfortunately, our budget cannot sustain the cost of this project without more funding. As you know, Hispanic Heritage Project is a non-profit organization and we depend totally on donations. We invite you to donate so that we can continue this valuable project. You may donate at the same site, Panes.info.

Again, if you would like to participate in helping to transcribe, please contact by email to cmyturralde@gmail.com.