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Fray Angelico Chavez Chapter of the Genealogical Society of Hispanica America

Genealogy fosters a sense of belonging and pride in our rich and unique history

Our Purpose

The purpose of the society is to promote on-going genealogical research, through the study of family history, tracing lineages and recording ancestral information.

Our Objectives

  • FACC will establish and maintain an ever growing repository of books, Catholic Church records, films, journals, films, CDs and other pertinent documents for conducting family research.
  • FACC will conduct Board of Directors and General Membership meetings, seminars, guest presentations and workshops to educate and disseminate genealogical information.
  • FACC will establish, maintain and nurture relationships with various public and private educational institutions, state and federal governments, churches, philanthropic organ-izations and the media specifically for the enhancement of genealogical research.
  • FACC will constantly make an effort to recruit new members.

Annual Membership: from Jan. 1 – Dec. 31. Get a membership application as well as see events and library list at our website:

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Benefits of Membership

In addition to the researching, networking, socializing and informative presentations at our monthly meetings, the publications and resource library materials listed below, provides additional information and inspiration to help you in your family research.

  • The Fray Angelico Chavez Chapter Website and Facebook Group are very useful sources for your genealogy research. The website includes an Events Calendar, Videos of presentations, a list of our library resources, links to other sources including original records on film. Our Facebook Group is a great place to converse with others, including well known genealogists. Website Link:   Facebook Group Link:
  • The Genealogical Society of Hispanic America (GSHA) newsletter, Noticias de Nuestras Raices is issued to members only on a regular basis throughout the year. It includes a wide assortment of genealogical information pertaining to the three GSHA Chapters.
  • The GSHA Journal NUESTRAS RAICES, is an extensive publication of continuing research, articles, maps, drawings, photographs, records and other pertinent information relating to genealogy, history, culture and traditions. Members receive no more than four journals and no less than one annually.
  • The Fray Angelico Chavez Resource Library is an expansive collection of books, historical documents, tapes, videos, CS’s and journals owned by the FACC. These valuable resources contain genealogical information such as birth, christening, marriage & death records. Some research information is a one-of-a-kind or no longer in print and only available through the FACC. Materials are available for check out on a monthly basis during research hours at our monthly General Meetings.

As New Mexico’s first native Franciscan priest, Fray Angelico Chavez (1910-1996) is known as a literary and artistic figure, as well as an intellectual and a historian.

Fray Angelico Chavez was born in Wagon Mound, New Mexico from Chavez and Roybal lineage that have long ties to northern New Mexico. He lived his early life in Mora, where his first language was Spanish. Later in life he lived in the villages of Pena Blanca, Cerrillos and the Indian Pueblos of Santo Domingo, Cochiti, San Felipe and Jemez, where he served for over thirty years. He was later appointed archivist for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe (1975-1982). His published works focus on the people who first made their way up the Rio Grande Valley from El Paso del Norte to their descendants who faced the advancing American frontier. His contribution to translation, genealogic research and regional history is a legacy to his life-long devotion to his Hispanic heritage.

In 1995, Fray Angelico Chavez honored the Pueblo Chapter of the GSHA by permitting the use of his name in its title. The Fray Angelico Chavez Chapter of the GSHA is located in Pueblo, Colorado and is the largest of the three Chapters in the United States that currently make up the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America (GSHA). The other Chapters are Southern California Chapter and the Utah Chapter. Its members are dedicated to ongoing genealogical research comprised of the study of family history, tracing lineages and recording ancestral information.


The Board of Directors meet on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 5:00 p.m. at the Heritage Center and Museum, 201 West B Street, Pueblo, Colorado, 81003.

The General Membership Meetings are held on the 2nd Saturday of each month, at the above address, from 8:30 to noon. Member research and book check-out is from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. A business meeting is from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. A speaker usually presents a program from 11:00 a.m. to Noon.

GSHA Privacy Policy

The Genealogical Society of Hispanic America, its presently affiliated chapters and any future chapters respect your privacy. Any personal information you provide to us including and similar to your name, address, telephone number and email address will not be released, sold or rented to any entities or individuals outside of GSHA. Likewise, the same information shall not be used by members of GSHA for purposes unrelated to society business without prior approval from the Board of Directors of GSHA.

“In all of us there is hunger,
marrow deep, to know our heritage,
to know who we are,
and where we come from”
-Alex Haley-