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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Overcoming Language Barriers in Genealogical Research

Struggling with Hispanic genealogical research? Learn the keys to naming structure, record patterns, reading dates, and basic vocabulary without having to be proficient in the Spanish language.

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The Oñate Expedition

With the growth of interest in the Onate expedition and genealogy many want to learn about their ancestors who may have come with Onate on his expedition in 1598. In thsi presetnation Gary de Leon goes over the goals of the expedition, why people wanted to go on a 700-mile journey into a harsh desert. Then, he provides a background on the colonists who came and those who stayed in the Texas-New Mexico region. Last, Gary gives some good resources for learning more about the expedition and the colonists.

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Alien Registration File or A-File

In this presentation Marty Puentes provides examples of what an Alien Registration File or A-File is, how they look, why they where created, and of the genealogical information you can expect to find in them. He will also provide us with the websites that can help you find them.

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Where to Find Genealogy Books Online

In this presentation, Moises Garza talks about the best places to find free and paid genealogy books online to use in your research. He will also show examples of books that he himself uses in his research and where he got them. He also talks about what he considers to be a genealogical book and how to use them in your own research.

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A Look at Border Crossing Cards

In this presentation, Moises talks about the Mexican border crossing records. He will provide an introduction to them, explain who got recorded, the genealogical information that you can find in them, and finally where you can search and find for these records yourself.

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