TxSGS 2016 Conference Sessions Focusing on Hispanic Research

TxSGS 2016 Conference Hispanic Research

TxSGS is proud to offer 5 classes focusing on Hispanic research at our 2016 Family History Conference in Dallas later this month!

We strive to bring you the best possible program each year, packed with valuable learning opportunities. Those interested in learning more about Hispanic research will benefit greatly from many of the sessions and workshops in our extended schedule–classes focusing on methodology, strategies, record types, repositories, and tools. However, certain types of research often require a more specialized focus.

We look forward to seeing you in Dallas!


2016 TxSGS Speaker Colleen Greene

Colleen Greene

An Introduction to Researching Your Mexican Ancestors

This introductory lecture will cover key U.S. records and strategies for identifying when and where your Mexican ancestors immigrated, and for identifying their hometown in Mexico. It will also provide an overview of the main Mexican record types available online for tracing those family lines further back in Mexico. Learn how even a non-Spanish speaker can be successful at this research.

  • Date: Friday, October 28, 2016
  • Time: 11:30am-12:30pm

Digging Deeper into Mexican Church & Civil Registration Records

The long history of formalized record keeping in New Spain and Mexico provides a wealth of information for researching Mexican ancestors. Church records date back to the early Spanish Colonial Era, and civil registrations went into effect shortly after Mexican Independence. Learn how to find and analyze Mexico civil and church registration collections to build out your Mexican family history, and how even a non-Spanish speaker can be successful at this research.

  • Date: Friday, October 28, 2016
  • Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm

Henrietta Martinez Christmas

Henrietta Martinez Christmas

Southwestern US, Spanish Colonial Military, Is Your Soldier Eligible for the Sons or Daughters of the American Revolution?

In the last decade many records have become available that signify your Spanish Colonial Soldier may have donated funds, cattle or other aid to George Washington’s Cause. A case study of one Spanish Colonial Soldier, his records, his service and how his family played a role in his life.

  • Date: Friday, October 28, 2016
  • Time: 10:00am-11:00am

Mary Ozuna Torres

Mary Ozuna Torres

My Mexican American Ancestors: A Case History

The objective of this presentation is for participants to learn the basic techniques and resources needed to begin researching Hispanic ancestors in South Texas, Northeastern Mexico and beyond. It will cover the geography and history of the area, giving the context of time and place. The use of various resources will be illustrated such as genealogical websites, including FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com; interviews with family members; census, church; civil and other record types.

  • Date: Friday, October 28, 2016
  • Time: 8:30am-9:30am

Schelly Talalay Dardashti

Schelly Talalay Dardashti

The Other Side of Jewish Genealogy: Sephardic Research

This session focuses on records of many types found in Spanish and Portuguese archives, including Inquisition, notarial and other records, and the family information that can be gleaned from these detailed records. Additional resources, websites and books will be discussed. These records provide a glimpse into the medieval Jewish communities of Spain, including the 1391 riots, the Inquisition, the 1492 Exile and the Sephardic Diaspora.

  • Date: Sunday, October 30, 2016
  • Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm
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Colleen Greene

Colleen (Robledo) Greene is a librarian, web developer, and educator, who has been researching her family history for 20 years. Colleen served as the 2016-2017 Director of Communications for TxSGS, from her home in Southern California. She blogs about her professional work and interests at www.colleengreene.com and shares her own family history research at www.cjroots.com.

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