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Good morning, its -15 degrees in Pueblo right now the high is suppose to hit 14, a heat wave. Be safe and stay warm. California send some warm air this way.

I am not a big Facebook person, but I realize it is important to keep our members informed, which mostly has been through emails and our website. I will do a better job in the future on Facebook.

There will be some exciting news this week about our Annual Meeting and Conference, I have a planned meeting with the GSHA executive board and chapter reps this Wednesday to discuss our moving forward.

This pandemic has been rough on all of us and has forced us to change the way we do business, Zoom has become our main means of communication with conducting our membership meetings. It has becomes more popular as we are able to live stream outstanding presenters and I see it continuing when we can meet in person again hopefully by the fall.

I want to Thank all the chapters of remaining strong and especially the excellent speakers they have provided, they have been quite informative and have provided much needed help in do our genealogical research. So Great job! You can connect to the chapter websites on

GSHA has entered into a collaborative partnership with the Pueblo City/County library to provide future speakers, my Thanks to Charlene Garcia-Simms, the Hispanic genealogist and historian of the library, for this partnership and look forward to future joint presentations. Also, we our working on another partnership with the Colorado Genealogical Society with same purpose. I will be talking with Kelly Glenn, VP of Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies and former President of Colorado Genealogical Society early this week to get the ball rolling.

I want to remind everyone of our blog on our website, there you can find other website upcoming events, family stories and general information on GSHA. But we need your help, this is your way of getting your story out there and informing us of what is going on. I thank Lynda Sena-Kouba and Tom Martinez for their diligence in maintaining the blog. Again this your blog, please use it, no story is to small. You can send your articles or information to:, or for posting.

I thank the Conference Planning Committee for their hard work, Rose Alavarado (UT), Ed Muniz(UT), Gloria Gonzales-Cook(UT), Maria Garciaz(UT), Albert Garcia(UT), Jeanette Martinez(SC), Cathy Romero(SC), Roccie Hill (SC), Tom Martinez(FACC), Charles Lobato(UT), John Matinez(UT), Debbie Gurtler(Familysearch), Juan Becerra(Church of Jesus, Loe Marie Pierce(Church of Jesus, we are all grateful for your dedication.

I conjunction with GSHA chapters, will be starting a Oral History section on our website, it is in its infancy. Ed Muniz , a professor at the University of Utah, is conducting such a program with his students in Chicano studies and we will be consulting with him how to move forward. I hope to have this up and running by May 2021.

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Again, Thank you all for your perseverance and loyalty, stay safe, stay strong and stay warm.

Bob Craig

GSHA President

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What does this mean:

“Founder Effect Analysis is the genetic calculation of mutations within the Y-Chromosome to measure common ancestry to the progenitor forefather within a family bloodline. It is done between two or more male descendants of a single family bloodline.”

On December 6, 2020, I (Lynda Sena de Kouba) had a conversation with Angel de Cervantes and Paul Cochet, Jr., regarding our Lobato line. My Great-Grandfather was Juan Nepomuseno Lobato, born on June 20, 1852 in San Miguel del Vado, NM. He was married to Gabriela Martin or Martinez on June 1, 1876, at Santa Clara Catholic Church in Wagon Mound, NM and two of their sons were Toribio Lobato and Felipe Lobato.

Angel provided us with a “Founder Effect Analysis” at the Y-DNA 67 Marker test of our Great-Grandfather Juan N. Lobato utilizing the 67 markers of Y-DNA for Toribio Lobato’s son Herman Lobato and Juan’s Great-Grandson Leo Lobato. Leo Lobato is the son of Genovevo Lobato, Grandson of Felipe Lobato and Great-Grandson of Juan N. Lobato.

It is normal for all of the Y-DNA STR Markers to be identical, within one generation, when comparing close family DNA matches. If all Y-DNA 67 Markers are identical, the Genetic Distance is zero (0). In this case, the Genetic Distance is one (1) because 66 Markers are a match, and one Marker is a mismatch. See the comparison chart between Leo and Herman.

Angel stated that Herman Lobato has a “Forward Count mutation” of 19 at the DYS576 marker. This DYS576 marker code is a “Fast” mutation. Normally a fast mutation can occur within 3-4 generations or even within one. This DYS576 code mutation is highlighted in yellow in the image showing all 67 Markers.

The numbers in each Marker are called STRs (Short Tandem Repeats). They are Short= ranging from 1 to 6 nucleotides., Tandem = located one after another at a specific location and Repeats = repeatedly present at a specific interval like in the Image below.

What is interesting is that it appears that Toribio Lobato’s line is creating a new family branch of Lobato males.

Leo Lobato has a DYS576 “mutation count” of 18. As you can see for Herman Lobato, his “Forward Count mutation” is 19.

In order for a determination to be made if the Mutation at 19 will continue, we must test one of Herman Lobato’s sons, or a later progeny. If the son or later progeny has the same mutation it confirms the creation of a new family branch on the Lobato males.

The Lobato Haplogroup is R-M269 (R1b1) which indicates Celt-Iberian ancestry.

My Fifth Great-Grandfather was Tomas Lobato, born c. 1725, in Santa Fe, New Mexico and his wife, my Fifth Great Grandmother was Petrona (Petra) Encinias, born c. 1728 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. At this time, I have not been able to trace further than Tomas Lobato and Petra Encinias.

Here is the Y-DNA tree based on the paper trail and the Y-DNA results.



1. New Mexico DNA Project, Angel Cervantes, Executive Director

New Mexico DNA Project Website:

2. Paul Cochet, Jr.

3. Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society DNA Project Website:

4. Graphics: Tom J. Martinez

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