Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Saturday Class, 11 September - Alfredo I. Peña talk

The CVGS Saturday Class program this month features Alfredo I. Peña speaking on “The Conquest of Mexico: Finding Your Ancestor Among the Conquistadors.” The Class will be held at 1 p.m. at Bonita Library (4375 Bonita Road), in the Community Room.

This talk will discuss the myths and realities about the conquistadors that came to Mexico in the 16th century. Some of the families that descend from them will be presented, and the sources that can be used to find a link to one or several of the conquistadors will be provided.

Alfredo Ignacio Peña was born in 1969 in Los Angeles. He has a degree in Graphic Design and has 25 years of experience with publications and advertising. He has worked with the Ahora-Now, Frontera San Diego, and El Informador newspapers and with the PennySaver. Mr. Peña has experience designing publications, editorial design and advertising, and is a member of the San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Peña has studied his genealogy following a family tradition passed down for several generations and has been able to trace his ancestry all the way back to Charlemagne. In 2003, he joined CorGoMiUri, the family’s group of genealogists. He is a member ofthe National Genealogical Society, Genealogical Society of the Valley of Mexico, Genealogical Society of Northern Mexico, Society of Hispanic Historical & Ancestral Research, the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Plazola Family page; is moderator forthree of those associations; and is working on his lineage papers to join several lineage and hereditary societies. His biography was recently featured in the June issue of the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly.

He is the director and founder of Ancestros, Investigaciones Genealógicas (ancestral and genealogical investigations). He was invited by the San Diego Family History Center to collaborate with them and is now helping with the Hispanic/Mexican research and history section the first and fourth Thursday of every month.

Mr. Peña will also make presentations on these dates to CVGS:

o Saturday, October 2 Fall Seminar at Norman Park Senior Center at 2:30 p.m.: “Coming to the New World After the Conquest, 1600 to 1900.”

o Wednesday, October 27th at the October Program Meeting at Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library at 12 noon: “Exodus: The Reasons for the Massive Immigration from Mexico to the U.S.”

For more information about this class, please contact Barbara I at baribai@cox.net.

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