Seeing through Both Sides of the Eye: Critical Thinking about What is being Viewed

When we typically examine evidence, we rely on what we physically see; but what are we really viewing? The need for critical evaluation and application involve the “other side” of the eye: the brain, and our objective thinking about, and perception of, what we see.

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The Four Directions Prayer

In this presentation Ricky Reyes talks about the Four Directins Prayer.

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Your 19th & 20th Century Mexican Ancestors in the U.S.

A new border, new laws, a violent revolution, two world wars, and changing economic and political conditions significantly impacted your Mexican ancestors who came to or were born in the United States after the mid-19th century.

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Ancestors in Story and Time, a Saga

After researching my ancestors since 1987, I had compiled a collection of: oral histories told me by my maternal Grandmother and memories of my maternal great grandmother, and maternal grandparents, genealogical citations, and photos. These became foundation for a saga about my ancestors titled: "Los Marmolejo's". I share the process of presenting my predecessors in history and story format. I do this as a passionate benefactor of great ancestors- and as a study of the origin of the Mexican and Mexican American people.

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Using Online Resources for Remote Hispanic Research

Our focus will be free online tools and resources for researching Hispanic genealogy remotely. The emphasis will be on resources for Spain and Latin America. We will explore web sites, databases, and collections available in digital libraries, and genealogical associations, as well as useful social media for connecting with fellow researchers.

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The Academic Library: An Untapped Resource for Family History Research

Academic libraries provide access to digital and physical collections, and specialized research services that are relevant to, yet often overlooked by, genealogists. This presentation will take the mystery out of academic libraries, while highlighting materials that are particularly relevant to researching our Mexican ancestors.

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From Huichapan to Nuevo Leon

During the early 1600s, a few years after the definitive founding of Monterrey, another wave of immigrants arrived into the Nuevo Reino de Leon. A large group of Spanish traders, military officers, and cattle ranchers arrived from the town of Huichapan. A few of these families will be studied here.

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Marriage Dispensations

Marriage dispensations help us solve brick walls, recognize family relationships, and identify our ancestors in the absence of other documents such as christenings, marriages, and burials. In this class we will learn about the different kind of marriage dispensations and its application in our genealogical research.

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Rest In Peace: Finding the Dead

Learning about headstones, funeral and cemetery records can reveal more information about your ancestors that goes beyond Birth and Death dates.

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Native American Genealogy: Water is Memory

Tired of not finding written documents of your Indigenous or Native ancestors? Join us in this venturous talk on discovering where the clues are. “Water is Memory” will trigger memories within you that can help you discover your past while on this journey of self-discovery.

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Taking a Closer Look at Immigration Records for Your Mexican Ancestors

Did your Mexican ancestors immigrate to the United States in the 20th century? This period of history witnessed significant waves of Mexican immigration to the U.S., both permanent and temporary. The types of immigration records introduced or refined during this era, provide a wealth of information.

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Newspaper Research in Texas

Numerous Texas newspapers are now available for research via the Internet, many of them at no cost. Presentation will include National and State newspaper projects, Archives & Libraries, Historical & Genealogical Societies, University and College Collections, Internet portal web sites and some premium web sites that may be searched without cost.

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