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Countdown to GSHA Conference

In-Person Registration Ends August 20
Zoom Early-Bird Registration Extended Indefinitely


All Conference Events based on Mountain Daylight Time

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

Speakers will be recorded for view on the GSHA YouTube Channel

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


Day 1 - Pre-Conference Activities (this is Not on Zoom)

Family Search Library, 35 North West Temple

Thursday, August 24, 2023

  • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM - In-Person Check In, Classroom C

  • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM - Family Search Library Orientation, Classroom B Main Floor (30 person limit)

  • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM - Workshop - Intro to Family Search, Main Floor Computer Lab (30 person limit)

  • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM - Workshop - Advanced Searching, Main Floor Computer Lab (30 person limit)

Day 2 - Conference First Day

Family Search Library – Classrooms B & C

Friday, August 25, 2023

  •   9:00 AM - 9:30 AM : In-Person  Registration Check In - Zoom Open For Chat & Networking. Water and snacks will be provided for in-person registrants. 

  • 9:30 AM -10:00 AM : Introductions by Tom Martinez, president GSHA, Gloria Gonzalez-Cook, president Utah chapter, and present awards.

  • 10:00 AM -11:00 AM : Dr. Armando Solorzano

The Legacy of Hispanics/LatinoXa in Utah - Tracing back to their indigenous roots, and looking forward to the XX century, this presentation recreates the social, cultural, and religious contributions of Hispanics to Utah. In spite of its centrality in the Southwest, Hispanics of Utah have been historically neglected by reinforcing the overwhelming misconception that Utah is primordially a Mormon state. Hispanics contributions to the labor market, the diversification of the religious landscape, and their political and social organizations have shaped the idiosyncrasies of the people and Utah, and made Hispanics a visible and integral force in the development of the Beehive State.

  • 11:00 AM -11:15 AM : Break

  • 11:15 AM -12:15 PM : Michael Mejia

Fictions in/of the Family - In this talk I will present the genealogical research I’ve been pursuing for my current creative project, Conquests of Mexico. A hybrid work of fiction and nonfiction, Conquests of Mexico reflects on my relationship to Mexican identity, familial mythmaking, cultural loss and recovery, and metaphors of motion and progress. The project consists of three entangled narratives: that of my father's family's immigration from Jalisco state in the 1920s; the participation of Gonzalo Mexía in Cortés's expedition of conquest in 1519; and media narratives of contemporary migrants to the US from Central America. My talk will provide details about the central questions and results of my research, drawing on interviews with relatives, archival and internet research, and site visits in Mexico, Texas, New Mexico, and California.

  • 12:15 PM -  1:45 PM : Lunch on your own, Explore the CityNetworking if on Zoom

  •   1:45 PM -  2:45 PM : Debbie Gurtler

Breaking Down the Adobe Wall: Methodology Tactics for Finding Elusive Hispanic Ancestors - When facing an adobe or brick wall in your genealogical research, there are several strategies you can try to overcome a roadblock. This presentation will discuss them and demonstrate a case study employing those techniques.

  •   2:45 PM -  2:55 PM : Break

  •   2:55 PM -  3:55 PM : Peggy Ryskamp

Reading and Understanding Spanish-Language Documents—You Can Do This! Nothing matches the thrill of realizing you have at last found a record containing valuable information about your family´s history—and nothing matches the frustration of realizing you can’t read it! This class will teach helpful strategies for reading a Spanish-language document written between 1520-1820. Going beyond recognizing letter forms and handwriting idiosyncrasies, it will show and discuss how knowing the basic format and phrases of both church and legal documents will help in finding and understanding the critical family information you are looking for. Using examples from Mastering Spanish Handwriting 1520-1820, the class is designed to help Spanish-language researchers at all levels.

  •   3:55 PM -  4:05 PM : Break

  •   4:05 PM -  5:05 PM : Beth Taylor

Using DNA to Determine Relationships You’ve taken a DNA test and the DNA company gave you a list of matches. Matches are people who have also taken a DNA test with whom you share DNA. These people are probably your relatives. But that DNA test only suggests a relationship exists. This class will walk you through the process of determining the common ancestor between you and a DNA match or among a cluster of DNA matches.

  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM: PRESIDENT’S RECEPTIO- Theresa Martinez

Our Roots, Our Music - Theresa’s presentation will center on Chicana/o Rock Music, focusing on the roots of the music as well as its evolution in American culture. Music clips of various artists from the 1950s onwards will be featured, framing a rich cultural heritage and legacy. Mestizo Coffee House, 631 N Temple. Complete Dinner, Drinks and Entertainment will be provided. - 7:00-9:00 PM. Note - You can purchase extra tickets for non-attending conference guests. $40 per person (pay with registration).


Day 3 - Conference Second Day

Salt Lake City Main Library, 210 East 400 South – Conference rooms A, B, and C

Saturday, August 26, 2023

  • 10:00 AM -10:30 AM: In-Person Check-In and Log in to ZoomDrinks and Snacks will be provided to in-person registrants.

  • 10: 30 AM -10:45 AM: Tom Martinez, Gloria Gonzalez-Cook.

Opening of Second Day, Announcements.

    • 10: 45 AM -11:45 AM: Rick Hendricks.

  • Pablo Abeita: The Life and Times of a Native Statesman of Isleta Pueblo. My talk will present information from my new book, written with Malcolm Ebright, Pablo Abeita: The Life and Times of a Native Statesman of Isleta Pueblo, 1871-1940 (UNM Press, 2023). This is the first biography of Pablo Abeita, a Pueblo leader generally considered the most important Native leader in the Southwest in his day. Abeita delt with many issues that are still relevant today, among them Pueblo sovereignty and land rights..

  • 11:55 AM -12:55 AM: Rob Martinez

Two Priests and a Map Maker: Dominguez and Escalante Explore the Great Basin 1776 State Historian of New Mexico Rob Martinez takes a look at the 1776 expedition to California that ended up being an encounter with what would later become the state of Utah and the peoples of that region.

  • 12:55 PM -1:35 PM: Box Lunch served to In-person RegistrantsNetworking on Zoom.

  • 1:35 AM - 2:30 PM: GSHA Annual Business Meeting.

Who and where will the 2024 GSHA Conference be held?​

  • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM: Dr. Ed Munoz

Oral History as Collaborative Community Research.​ “Constructing Latinx Identity” began as a collaborative project with the Wyoming State Museum and the Wyoming State Archives prior to my arrival at the University of Utah in 2013. Since then I developed the ongoing Community Engaged Learning (CEL) oral history project, Construyendo Latinidad (Constructing Latinx Identity) in the Intermountain West. The current project is a collaboration with University of Utah upper-division U.S. Latino Diaspora seminar students, the Genealogical Society for Hispanic America (GSHA)—Utah Chapter, the University of Utah Marriott Library, and the Utah Division of State History. In detailing the origins, development, and sustainability of Construyendo Latinidad, this research article will demonstrate the value of collaborative research between academics, public agencies, community organizations, and equally important, with student and volunteer researchers.

  • 3:30 PM - 3:40 PM: Break

  • 3:40 PM - 4:40 PM: Dr. Abelardo de la Cruz

Linguistic connections of the Americas: Nahuatl languageI am macehualli, a Nahuatl native speaker from Mexico, and an ixtlamatquetl, a Nahua scholar.This talk is related to the language from the Aztecs called Nahuatl. Nowadays Nahuatl is the second language most spoken in Mexico after Spanish. This talk highlights and discusses the linguistic connections between indigenous cultures from Mesoamerica and the Nahuatl lexicon shared into Mexican Spanish after the arrival of Spaniards in Mexico-Tenochtitlan. Furthermore, I will highlight the cultural wealth practiced by the Nahuas of today in their communities and its several contributions to the global world after five centuries of colonization.

  • 4:40 PM - 5:00 PM: Closing Session

(Possible Informal Gathering -location TBD - 7:00-9:00 PM)

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