Searching for the Mysterious Francisco Ruel

In this presentation, Dr. Beatrice de Leon Edwards describes her elusive search for her ancestor Francisco Ruel, some of whose descendants changed their name to Ruelas. The search takes her to the city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, where a study of the history of the city helps to determine further avenues of research into the Ruel family.

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Using City Directories to Build Family History

In this presentation, Esther Camacho explains and shows how city directories provide a unique perspective into an ancestor's community. It can also be used to create a detailed history of an ancestor’s life in the community.

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Paleography… Its Importance in Genealogy

In this presentation, Maria Elena Laborde explains why understanding what the ancient acts and documents tell us is very important to be able to know where, when, and how lived those investigated. is a magnificent source of information. What is the paleography, and give you examples of interesting cases, will help you to make better research.

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Understanding the Ethnic Ancestry in Your DNA Test

In this presentation, Richard Hill talks about how the inclusion of ethnic ancestry reports in autosomal DNA test results has greatly expanded the market for these tests. But there is considerable confusion about such reports. This session is designed to shed light on the subject and provide numerous examples comparing DNA tests from eight different companies.

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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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