Society of Hispanic Historical and Ancestral Research
SHHAR (pronounced "share") is a non-profit all-volunteer organization with the specific goal of helping Hispanics (Spanish language heritage) research their family history. A need for cooperative data sharing was first recognized in 1986 by a small group in Orange County, California, Tony Campos, Raul Guerra, Mimi Lozano and Ophelia Marquez. Networking and support among researchers was through weekly one-on-one support meetings at the Bolsa Family History Center in Westminster, California. Soon, annual quarterly meetings were offered, and special regional interest groups were organized.