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President's Message

Welcome GSHA Members, Families and Friends

Doug Daniels

Dear GSHA Members and Friends:

Welcome to the Internet home (website) for the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America, which was founded in 1988 and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. The purpose of the Society is to promote Hispanic genealogical and historical research and education, and to expand the awareness and knowledge of Hispanic culture, history, and traditions.

We boast over 450 members who reside predominately in 22 of the United States, and one member in the United Kingdom, as well as over 30 libraries and archives. The majority of our members belong to one of our two chapters: Fray Angelico Chavez Chapter based in Pueblo, Colorado or GSHA-Southern California, based in Burbank, California. Our chapters have regularly scheduled meeting and events that include both educational as well as social outlets for our members. Our researchers range from high school students and hobbyists to professional genealogists and historians.

All members of the Society are either directly involved in their personal family projects, research that involves the history of their ancestors in general, or are primarily interested in learning more about their heritage, while forging lifelong friendships in the process.  We offer both an environment for skilled researchers and those just wishing to share common interests and heritage.

Our annual dues provide our members with many benefits. GSHA publishes a quarterly newsletter, Noticias de Nuestras Raices and a quarterly journal, Nuestras Raices. The highlight of each year comes every summer when we convene for our Annual Meeting and Genealogical Conference. We have met in Southern Colorado, New Mexico, and Southern California. Our conferences are open to the public, but are offered at a discount to members. Each conference features prominent historians and genealogists leading presentations and workshops. Attendees have opportunities to expand their knowledge and network, while enjoying cultural entertainment at social events.

While visiting our website please take time to scroll through our publications and links where you may find further information to help with your specific interests.

The majority of our members descend from families based in Spain prior to the discovery of the New World. The descendants of these Spanish families migrated to Mexico and their offspring eventually settled in the American Southwest (Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas). However, the Spanish Empire also included the Canary Islands, Africa, the Philippines, Central and South America, which provide additional branches to our family trees. Plus, we do not overlook our European, Middle Eastern, and Asian ancestry. As more genealogists explore their own DNA, we are changing our perception of what it is to be "Hispanic."

Like all organizations we continue to thrive because of volunteers and donations. If you are not a member of the Society please consider a membership and get involved today. Once again, thank you for visiting our website. We look forward to getting to know you and helping you discover your ancestry.


Douglas S. Daniels


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