The History and Heritage of the Asian Cultures Who Call San Diego Home-Preconference

 On Friday, June 28, 2024, the History Section’s Genealogy & Local History Committee brings a full-day preconference to showcase and celebrate the Asian cultures and heritage that have built San Diego.

Hear from the Chinese Heritage Museum, the Japanese Friendship Garden and Museum, and the San Deigo Historical Society.

Tentative Agenda:

8:15-9:00 Registration/check-in

9:00-9:15 Introduction and welcome

9:30-10:15 Preserving our heritage: the story of the San Diego Historical Museum

Join us as we explore our museum’s origins, working to preserve the history of San Diego’s Chines Community. Jacinta Wong from the San Diego Chinese Heritage Museum will share a brief history of the Asian-American experience in San Diego and talk about the significance of the SDCHM and the work they have done towards protecting and preserving their Chinese-American history. The San Diego Chinese Historical Museum is a community-based organizations dedicated to preserving and celebrating the richness of Chinese and Chinese American history and culture.

10:30-11:30 Mexican Genealogy for Beginners

Genealogist John Schmal will discuss resources for tracing your Mexican ancestry, including FamilySearch, Ancestry, and the National Archives

11:30-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:00 Exploring the Indigenous California Roots 

Genealogist John Schmal will discuss the many dimensions of exploring your Indigenous California Roots, including resources available through FamilySearch, Ancestry, and the National Archives

2:15-3:15 Remote and Local Genealogical Resources for Southern California

We will discuss local resources, such as the National Archives and Records Administration in Riverside as well as libraries noted for their genealogical collections, such as the Huntington and Los Angeles Public Libraries. Many Southern California records are accessible remotely via websites such as the Online Archives of California and FamilySearch. We will examine their collections showing examples of information they contain.

3:30-4:30 Rick Nelson and Tyler Sterkel ProQuest/Ancestry info session

Come and hear what’s new in ProQuest and

This is a ticketed event and must be purchased in additional to your  ALA Annual Conference Registration.

Registrants are also invited to join us on Thursday for a San Diego Chinese Historical Museum walking tour on Thursday, June 27th @ 2:00 pm. Cost is $6.00 per person and will be paid at the start of the tour. If interested, please send an email to Ninah Moore at

Click here to register today!

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