North American Basque Organizations
  A federation of organizations to sustain BASQUE culture


  Izan ziralako, gara, eta garalako izango dira  
"Because they were, we are, and because we are they will be"
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HISTORY: Argitxu Camus Etchecopar


  To view an online version of NABO's story as written by Argitxu Camus Etchecopar, click on URAZANDI:  NABO
(Be patient for the download; it's a big file)
  If the file does not open, you will need to download the free software to view it by clicking on free pdf viewer


Activities of the History Committee
Report to Delegates:  Reno, July 2009

With the collaboration of Koldo San Sebastian in the Basque Country, we are currently working on a project called the “California Basque Heritage Project.” We are creating a biographical index of Basques that immigrated to California from 1850 onward.

The California Basque Heritage Project, once completed, will help many people in the US and in the Basque Country with their genealogical research while at the same time providing us with a better understanding of the immigration process as a whole. At the end, we will have a pretty good idea of how many Basques immigrated to California, what valleys they departed from, what were the networks involved, what was the men/women ratio, while at the same time capturing the diverse situations Basque immigrants experienced in the new country.

It is a project that the Center for Basque Studies in Reno thinks strongly about, and the idea is to extend the research to other states in the western US such as Nevada and Idaho in the near future.

We are looking at different sources: Censuses, military drafts, lists of emigration agents, parish records, among others. And it is our opinion that the project could benefit from collaborating with the local clubs.

The collaboration could be of different kind:

By asking your membership and/or Board if they would agree to make their membership lists available to us.

By helping us locate your festival booklets (that often time include valuable information on Basques in a given area).

By informing your membership about the California Basque Heritage Project (which will be extended –we hope- to the “Western Basque Heritage Project” in the near future) and inviting local Basque families to share their history with us.

Other suggestions?


Argitxu Camus Etchecopar

NABO's Story Argitxu Camus' Book in pdf format


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