Exploring the Guanche Roots of Francisco Baez de Benavides

In this presentation, Dr. Beatrice de Leon Edwards talks about how many Hispanics are descended from Francisco Baez de Benavides (1594 – 1666), a well-known, prosperous landowner in the Monterrey, Nuevo León area of New Spain. He is considered the progenitor of the Benavides surname in Nuevo León, Tamaulipas and Texas. In this presentation, his Canary Island Guanche roots are further explored.

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Deciphering Handwriting in Old Documents

In this presentation, Leslie Carney talks about how knowing the History of writing or script found in old documents can help genealogists read and understand what the document is about. Leslie will discuss how handwriting changed through the ages from the 15th to the 18th centuries.

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Did Your Abuelita…?

In this presentation, Schelly Talalay Dardashti talks about how social and food traditions are the last to disappear in ethnic populations. Topics covered will demonstrate what traditions – life-cycle, food, and more - are still observed in many Hispanic families of Sephardic ancestry – whether that heritage is known, has been lost in history, or is simply denied.

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First Founders of San Antonio

Being direct descendent of Francisco Hernández/Ana García, listed as founders of San Antonio, Ms. Laborde´s investigations prove that members of that family, through generations, were and are in contact with relatives of the town they left in 1718, today is Guerrero, Coahuila (San Juan Bautista del Río Grande del Norte)

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So, You Think You Are Related to a Mexican Revolutionary?

In this presentation, Cindy A. Medina talks about how with the popularity of genealogy growing in Hispanic homes, there is also a desire to find out if one is related to a famous revolutionary or government federal. It is a matter of connection and pride. Who are these revolutionaries? Where do some of their descendants live?

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The Alamo in My Story: Writing Your Memoir

In this second Part 2: Barbara Renaud talks about how she still has yet to read the great Tejana/o memoir. Yet we have world-class stories to write. In this workshop, we will learn how to interweave the socio-political, geographic, and linguistic heritage that has impacted our lives, our family, into a great memoir.

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Why do last names change?

Researchers often encounter challenges discovering surnames change. Through this conference, we´ll review how rules for assigning surnames changed in Mexico, fundamentally when Mexico went from having only parish files to being governed by the rules of the Civil Registry Participants will find useful information and tools to facilitate their work.

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El Mesquite: How to Write Your Memoir

In this Part 1, Barbara Renaud talks about how participants will learn about Memoir Writing; Creative writing techniques to make your story as vibrant as possible; How to face FEAR and your family as you write your truth; The publishing world today. I want to help you tell a great story.

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The Impact of the De Leon Family in Texas

In this presentation, Dr. Carolina Castillo Crimm talks about how Martín de León and his wife Patricia de la Garza were instrumental in founding Victoria, Texas and creating a family in Texas which still to this day has impacted the state. Their story is one of survival and overcoming adversity.

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Sephardic Research and Resources

Sephardic genealogy has seen a proliferation of websites, books, and databases relevant to Jews exiled from Iberia in the 15th century. Topics covered include geography, traditions, history, immigration, challenges, languages, online and archival resources, and the newest resources. Learn how Hispanic research intersects with Jewish genealogy.

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Writing History With Genealogy

Author Dave Gutierrez details the role Genealogy played in writing the book Patriots From the Barrio. The book is the true story of the only all Mexican American US Army unit in WWII. CBS TV Studios and Hollywood Actor Wilmer Valderrama have obtained the film rights to the book.

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Indigenous Northeastern Mexico: The Ancestors of the Tejanos

John Schmal’s presentation “Indigenous Northeastern Mexico: The Ancestors of the Tejanos” will discuss the native peoples who originally lived in the present-day states of Nuevo León, Tamaulipas and San Luis Potosí. Today, virtually all of the native tribes of Nuevo León and Tamaulipas have disappeared as “distinguishable cultural entities.” In their place, social and cultural assimilation created an unusual ethnic mix that epitomizes the people of this region. San Luis Potosí has also experienced its own brand of assimilation, which has been discussed in several publications, but the state still has a substantial population of indigenous speakers (over 10%). Together, the Spaniards who settled in this region and the Indian groups who had been there earlier represent the ancestors of many of today’s Tejanos. Their journey through the colonial period to the present-day will be discussed.

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