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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How to Start Your Family Tree

In this presentation, How to Start Your Family Tree, you will learn how to get started researching your ancestors. With it, you will learn about genealogical databases, websites, tools, and resources that you need to succeed in researching your family tree.

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Cavazos Family History: Discoveries From 40 Years Research

In this presentation "Cavazos Family History: Discoveries From 40 Years Research" Robert Cavazos presents a small branch of a large family tree that goes all the way to the first Cavazos (Captain Juan Cavazos) in New Spain. You will also learn about the many interesting items he has found such as the largest land grant (San Juan de Carricitos) awarded by the King of Spain, to tragedies such as murder, kidnapping by Indians, infancy deaths, etc. In this presentation, he also provides information from the various families’ cemeteries, cattle brands and a collection of old family pictures.

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Tracing My Mother's Ancestors From Revilla to San Ygnacio, Texas

In this presentation "Tracing My Mother's Ancestors From Revilla to San Ygnacio, Texas" professor Gonzalez talks about his pioneering ancestors who founded Revilla nowadays Guerrero, Tamaulipas, and others that arrived there a few decades later.

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A Look at Mexican Catholic Church Records

In this presentation "A Look at Mexican Catholic Church Records" you will learn what genealogical information church records contain and where to find them online and offline. You will also learn about marriage investigations, and the books-websites to help you find them.

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Guanches, The Mysterious Natives of the Canary Islands

In this presentation, Guanches, The Mysterious Natives of the Canary Islands, Dr. Beatrice de Leon Edwards explains the connection that many of us have to the Canary Islanders, in particular through Francisco Baez de Benavides and Bernabe de las Casas, who both have many descendants in northern Mexico and the Southwestern United States.

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A Look at Mexican Civil Registration Records

Since 1860 Mexican Law has required that every birth, death, and marriage event be recorded by Mexico's Civil Registration Office. In this presentation, you will learn more about the Civil Registration and what genealogical information each of these records contains along as where to find these records online and offline.

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