21 January 2013

Online Genealogy for Latinos -- Somos Primos and other resources!

GenealogyBank includes a selection of Spanish-language newspapers,
Source: http://www.genealogybank.com/static/newsletter/1111/prospects/images/hispanic-american-newspapers-collage.png

Though we use terms like Latino or Hispanic to describe the Spanish-speaking population, the countries and traditions from which such individuals come is incredibly diverse.  Spanish is spoken as essentially the national language in twenty-one countries.

This means that researching Latino or Hispanic ancestors brings its own challenges.

There is a website, Somos Primos, which is dedicated to supporting those researching Latino heritage as described in an article on politic365.com, Somos Primos Online Genealogy For Latinos

Somos Primos is a website with more than a decades’ worth of news and resources pertaining to Latino genealogy. The site started out as a quarterly newsletter in 1990, but when that became too unruly, founder Mimi Lozano moved the information online in 2000.

Online you will find an archive of issues starting in 2000.  Additionally, there are other resource areas on the website.

Are you or someone you know researching Latino or Hispanic genealogy?  If so, here are a few more resources which might help: 

Do you know of other resources for those researching Latino or Hispanic roots?

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  1. Via a FB exchange with Debbie Shurtz Gurtler in response to this post, she shared:

    FamilySearch has some of the best collections of records for el mundo hispano (the Hispanic world). This collection grows larger everyday. They also have 16 Research community pages on Facebook dedicated to Hispanic research. We invite your readers to join us there where they can receive research assistance for tracing their Hispanic ancestry. (See Hispanic Genealogy Research on Facebook for the community designed for those who have Hispanic roots but may or may not speak Spanish) See this page in the FamilySearch wiki for those of you who speak Spanish https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/es/Paginas_de_FamilySearch_en_Facebook_%28espa%C3%B1ol%29)

    In case your readers weren't aware this year at RootsTech one of the classes will be presented in Spanish (with English translation) showing how to request records of your ancestors from Spain online from the Spanish government. (http://rootstech.org/schedule/saturday/G59)

    The world of Hispanic genealogy is growing everyday and I'm excited to be a part of it. Later this year in September a worldwide gathering of Hispanic genealogists will take place in Salt Lake City. All who would like to participate are invited to attend the only requirement is that you speak and/or understand Spanish. (http://www.genealogia2013.org/)

    Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. [Debbie can be reached via this FB page, https://www.facebook.com/HispanicGenealogy]

  2. The upcoming NGS conference in Las Vegas, http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/conference_info, will feature the following session on Hispanic Genealogy Research:

    Saturday, 11 May 2013, 8:00 a.m., session S405
    Lynn Turner, AG
    "Finding Your Way: Discovering Your Hispanic Ancestors"
    Whether your ancestors were Spanish Conquistadores or nineteenth-century immigrants, millions of records are available at your fingertips to discover your Hispanic heritage.

    Lynn Turner, AG, is accredited in Spanish research and has taught Hispanic research at conferences in the United States, Colombia, Peru, and Spain.

  3. Via Thomas MacEntee (FB) ... Asking my friends to help spread the word: Sonia Meza Morales who runs the Red de Antepasados genealogy blog is trying to reach out to the Hispanic genealogy community - she is giving away a free 3-day registration at RootsTech! Please share this information if you can!