Wednesday, March 9, 2011

San Diego Genealogical Society meeting on Saturday - Alfredo Pena presenting

The March program meeting of the San Diego Genealogical Society is this Saturday, 12 March at 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church (8350 Lake Murray Blvd). 

The program speaker will be Alfredo I. Pena.  The following information was published in the SDGS Newsletter:

While the central theme this month revolves around Spanish and Mexican ancestry, core research techniques using church, civil and local records are at the heart of these educational and informative lectures.  You may find some surprising ties with notable American families.

"The Conquest of Mexico: Finding Your Ancestor among the Conquistadors."  The myths and realities about the conquistadors: some of the families that descend from them and what sources can be used to find a link to one or several of the conquistadors.

"Coming to the New World after the Conquest: 1600 to 1900."  Not everybody arrived to the New World at the same time with the conquistadors.  Some of the Spanish families went to Mexico after the conquest.  Find out what are some of the books and other sources that can be used to find them.

"Exodus: The Reasons for the Massive Immigration from Mexico to the U.S."  Political and economic events such as the Mexican Revolution and the religious war against the government (Cristeros) fueled a massive immigration from Mexico to the U.S.

Born in Los Angeles, California, Alfredo has a degree in Graphic Design with 25 years experience in publications and advertising.  He is a member of the National Genealogical Society, Chula Vista Genealogical Society, Genealogical Societies of the Valley of Mexico, Northeastern Mexico, Northern Mexico, Society of Hispanic Historical and Ancestral Research, and the Association of Professional Genealogists.

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