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Full schedule coming soon

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

8:30 am - John Valdez

Your Master of Ceremonies opens the GSHA Virtual Conference

8:45 am - 9:05 am - Entertainment, Shayne Sotelo & the Mariachi Alegre Group

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 

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12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch

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

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4:15 - 5:15: Jorge Rodriguez

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Day 2

Friday, 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

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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

Afternoon Speakers

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

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: Miguel Torrez

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5:15 - 5:45: Closing Ceremonies

  • 50/50 winner

  • Entertainment

  • GSHA recognitions

  • Announcement: 2023 Conference site.