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

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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

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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: