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Countdown to GSHA Conference


All Conference Events based on Mountain Daylight Time

Registered Attendees will get a link to the Speaker Sessions on Zoom

Speakers will be recorded (except Alex King) for view on the GSHA YouTube Channel

Only paid attendees will have access to the recordings, after the conference


Day 1

Friday, Sep 16, 2022

8:00 am - Log on and Chat with other attendees

8:45 am - 9:05 am - Entertainment:

Cipriano Vigil

"Corridos Fronterizos"

Antonia Apodaca & Cipriano Vigil

"Friholitos Pintos" 

9:10 am - 9:45 am - Bob Craig, President

"Welcome and introduction of chapter presidents and present awards"


Morning Speakers

10:00 am - 11:00 am: José Antonio Esquibel

"The Formative Era of Nuevomejicano Culture, 1693-1720"

1693-1700 was a period of great migration of Spanish citizens into Northern New Mexico. With thismigration, there were people who came from a broad array of geographic locations, especially from numerous towns of Nueva Vuzcaya, Nueva Galicia, and Nueva España, as well as Spain and France.


Members of all these groups established families in NM for which there are numerous descendants living today, not only in New Mexico but also across the United States and in other countries.


As part of the presentation, I will describe the history of the migration, I will share lists of family names from all groups, as well as a list of geographic origins. My presentation will also examine considerations about how this period served as the foundation of the development of Nuevomejicano culture through the 1700s and into the 1800s.

11:15 am – 12:15 pm - Ada Nelson 

"Digging for Diamonds in Your Neighbor's Backyard"

Many of us are unaware of "genealogy gems" buried in our attic, basement, or closet, but what about in our neighbor's backyard? In this presentation, I will explore the collections of the GSHA headquarters, the GSHA Fray Angelico Chavez Chapter and the GSHA Southern California Chapter and show you how to dig up your own diamonds in the rough. I will show you how to take advantage of public services and membership benefits to access these records remotely and analyze their content to discover their true value. I will also show you how to polish the gems in the Hispanic Heritage Project (HHP) founded by Carlos Yturralde, a long-time associate of GSHA.

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch Break

Afternoon Speakers

1:45 - 2:45 pm: Gloria Mora

"Positive Cultural ldentity"

It is assumed that students of another language and culture will readily transition or assimilate in the classroom by learning English and forgetting about their home language and culture. But what actually takes place?

3:00 - 4:00: Carlos Yturralde

"Hispanic Heritage Project" 

Hispanic colonial documents represent the largest source of history in the western hemisphere.  Their importance cannot be overstated however, the vast majority of those records are not easily accessible. is addressing that problem.  The name is an acronym for “Portal de Archivos de Nueva Espana” meaning “Gateway to the Archives of New Spain”.  It is a website that hosts digitized archival documents which in the future will be searchable.  Without question this project could be considered among some of the most unique and exciting historical projects in the western hemisphere.

4:15 - 5:15: Jorge Rodriguez

"Identity and Heritage"

How I learned the value of my own history.

Day 2

Saturday, Sep 17, 2022

8:45 - 8:55: President Bob Craig

Morning Speakers

9:00 - 10:00: Rick Hendricks

"Not those Chavezes"

This genealogical case study is a microcosm of Spain in the New World and very representative of the families of northern New Mexico. It is very much a reflection of the immigrant experience and therefore common to most Americans. Here one will find descent from a peninsular Spaniard, a distant connection to Moorish Spain, and a mid-nineteenth-century arrival from Mexico. Native peoples are also represented in this complex family history from the Chama drainage.


10:15 - 11:15: Daniel Horowitz, My Heritage

"MyHeritage Research for Hispanics"


11:30 - 12:30: Alex King

“A Simple Primer on Early Californio Families”

Historical background about Hispanics settling in Alta California during the Spanish and Mexican periods, including the basics about when they arrived and where they settled.  Also, what records still exist, finding aids and resources available for research today.

12:20 - 1:30: Lunch Break

Afternoon Speakers

1:30 - 2:30: GSHA Annual Business Meeting

"Will We Meet In Person Next Year?"

2:45 - 3:45: Debbie Gurtler

"Leave No Stone Unturned: Getting the Most out of"

FamilySearch adds millions of new records every week. Are you finding everything you should? This presentation will highlight a variety of ways to search the vast collections of FamilySearch and demonstrate some innovations designed to help everyone to be more successful in their family history research.

4:00 - 5:00: Dr. Armando Soloranzo

"History of Hispanics in Utah"

5:15 - 5:45: Closing Ceremonies

  • 50/50 winner

  • Entertainment

  • GSHA recognitions

  • Announcement: 2023 Conference site.

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