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RootsWeb Lesson #22: Italian, Hispanic & Portuguese Roots


Seguin Descendants Historical Preservation  Learn more about the great Texas hero, Col. Juan Seguin!

Article: Spotlight on the 1930 Mexico Census

Tejano Heroes of the Texas Revolution

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Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama 

The Spanish Archives of New Mexico: Compiled and Chronologically Arranged With Historical, Genealogical, Geographical, and Other Annotations... icon

French and Spanish Records of Louisiana: A Bibliographical Guide to Archive and Manuscript Sources

Vaqueros in Blue and Gray icon

Los Paisanos: Spanish Settlers on the Northern Frontier of New Spain icon

Spanish-Mexican Families of Early California... icon

Hispanic Confederates

La Nueva California: Latinos in the Golden State

Hispanic Surnames and Family History icon

Tracing Your Hispanic Heritage

Hispanic American Genealogical Sourcebook

Finding Your Hispanic Roots

Censo de la Republica de Cuba 1907

Sold! Censo de la Republica de Cuba 1919

Report on the Census of Cuba, 1899

Among the Valiant: Mexican Americans in World War II and Korea icon

Genealogia, Heraldica E Historia de Nuestras Familias icon

Origenes De Una Fundacion. Genealogía De Don José García RODRIGUEZ 1530-1992 icon

HERRERA Y DIAZ HERRERA De La Ciudad De La Santisima Trinidad Y Puerto De Santa Maria Del Buen Aire icon

California Colony: Genealogy, Land Grants, And Notes Of Spanish Colonial California icon

The VALLEJOs of California

Minorcans in Florida: Their History & Heritage icon

Hispanic Arizona, 1536-1856 icon

House of OLIVAS: a Family History icon

Tejano Religion and Ethnicity: San Antonio, 1821-1860 icon

Arizona's Hispanic Flyboys 1941-1945
"World War II remains probably the most significant historical event of the 20th Century. It has been well documented in print and film over the last sixty years. Not much, however, has been written about Hispanics who served in uniform from 1941 through 1945. This is especially true of those who served in the so-called "glamorous" air corps of the US Army and Navy. This is a documentary of Hispanic young men from Arizona who served as pilots, navigators, bombardiers, flight engineers, gunners, and radio operators. Hispanics make up the largest ethnic minority in Arizona. Many of Arizona's Hispanics served valiantly in ground and sea forces during WWII, and today, in the Hispanic community as elsewhere, their service is remembered proudly. Less well known, however, is the contribution made by those young men in the elite volunteer services that fought the war from above."

The Regla Papers: An Indexed Guide to the Papers of the Romero De TERREROS Family and Other Colonial and Early National Mexican Families

Memoria Genealogica de la Familia DUBLE icon

Historia Genealogica de Casa de MOYA icon

Vaca-Pena Los Putos Rancho and the Pena Adobe
PENA Family

Census Records for Latin America and the Hispanic United States icon
This is the largest and most complete survey of census records available for Latin America and the Hispanic United States. The result of exhaustive research in Hispanic archives, it contains a listing of approximately 4,000 separate censuses, each listed by country and thereunder alphabetically by locality, province, year, and reference locator. The enormous number of census records identified by Dr. Platt in the course of his twenty-five-year investigation will surprise and delight the serious researcher, and none more so than the family historian researching his Hispanic roots.

"In every colony of the Spanish Empire at least one major census was taken during the colonial period (1492-1825), although not all of these documents have been preserved. However, the stream of colonial reports on local population submitted to Spain for administrative, fiscal, military, and religious purposes swelled to a flood as the Spanish colonial administrative apparatus was reformed and expanded during the Intendency Period (1763-1825). The amount of material available to genealogists and family historians during this period of time is the largest accumulation of demographic information available for any major region of the world

"Beginning in the late 1700s the Council of Indies, the administrative arm of the Crown in Spain, initiated an Empire-wide project of population management through systematic and regular census reports. All persons in a given area, together with information about their age, sex, residence, and marital status, were to be listed, by name, usually within family grouping, showing an implied or written relationship to the head of the household. The women were almost always recorded in these listings with their maiden names, as is common in all Latin American records.

"The first series of censuses beginning in 1776 resulted from orders issued to both civil and ecclesiastical officials that each take separate counts. The results were sporadic, but they were fairly extensive, and a large number of them have survived in one archive or another in Latin America or Spain. Many have been microfilmed by the Family History Library of the LDS Church in Salt Lake City, and they are identified here by film number. The largest number of censuses identified in this study, however, are those of the 1790 time period.

"While the majority of census listings are for Mexico, all countries of Spanish North America, Central America, and South America are covered. The modern states of California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas are found here under Mexico because they belonged to Mexico during the period in which most of the censuses were taken. Florida and Louisiana, on the other hand, are separate because of their loose ties to Mexico. Notwithstanding the Mexican emphasis, anyone even slightly interested in identifying the early inhabitants of Latin America and the Hispanic United States will find this book absolutely indispensable."

Hispanic Periodicals in the United States, Origins to 1960: A Brief History and Comprehensive Bibliography
"By all accounts, the most important document for studying history, literature, and culture of Hispanics in the United States has been Spanish-language newspapers. Now, a noted cultural historian an a respected indexer-bibliographer have teamed up to provide the first comprehensive and authoritative source on the production, worldview, and distribution of these periodicals. This useful compendium includes richly annotated entries, notes, and three indexes: by subject, by date, and by geography. The bibliography includes some 1,700 entries in standard bibliographic annotation."

Preliminary Survey of the Mexican Collection (Finding AIDS to the Microfilmed Collection of the Genealogical Society of Utah, no. 1)

A Student's Guide to Mexican American Genealogy
Ages 12 & Up.

Sold! The Spanish Censuses of Pensacola, 1784-1820: A Genealogical Guide to Spanish Pensacola

Origins of New Mexico Families in the Spanish Colonial Period icon

In the Days of the Vaqueros: America's First True Cowboys icon
"Combining impressive research and the skill of a campfire storyteller, Freedman describes the rugged and often violent life of the original "cowboys," as they are known today. ...  "Long ago before cattle came to Texas, before George Washington crossed the Delaware, before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock cowboys rode the range in Spanish Mexico," begins Freedman's inviting narrative. Readers interested in cowboys and all things Western will pore over the detailed descriptions of the techniques and equipment used by the largely unsung vaqueros to herd cattle on the open range; they essentially invented the lasso (from lazo) as well as rodeos (from rodear, meaning "to surround or encircle"). Freedman deftly sketches the rigid class system that confined the vaqueros to lowly status of peon ("man at the bottom of the social ladder") and tied them to wealthy landowners and he documents how these skilled laborers taught their trade to American settlers. Drawings by Jos‚ Cisneros and Frederic Remington plus period photographs highlight this tribute to the lifestyle and daring of the vaqueros. Though their contribution to the building of the West may have been eclipsed by the legends of U.S. cowboys, Freedman sets the record straight. Ages 8-12."

1830 Citizens of Texas: A Genealogy of Anglo-American and Mexican Citizens Taken from Census and Other Records icon

20,000 Spanish American Pseudonyms icon
"20,000 Spanish American Pseudonyms is a compilation of pen names used by writers of Spanish America from the earliest colonial times until the present. Divided into two main sections, the book first provides listings of names by pseudonym with corresponding real name, then from real name to corresponding pseudonyms. Each entry consists of four elements : (1) a pseudonym in normal word order (2) the writer's name, last name first (3) one or more short references to the source(s) of the association of the pseudonym and name that correspond to more detailed entries in the "Works Cited" section, and (4) an entry number between one and 20,000. Those readers wishing to verify a pseudonym for an author, and those wishing to find more detail regarding the author's use of a particular pseudonym will find "20,000 Spanish American Pseudonyms" an invaluable reference tool for beginning their research."

Voices from the Wild Horse Desert: The Vaquero Families of the King and Kenedy Ranches icon

An American Family in the Mexican Revolution 

Lives of the Bigamists: Marriage, Family, and Community in Colonial Mexico icon
"This fascinating examination of bigamy in colonial Mexico reveals for the first time the lives, routines, and networks of ordinary people. The author, drawing from his close reading of Inquisition files, situates these people in the web of daily life: in families as they grow up and in communities as they learn the ways of society. With vivid glimpses of courtship, loss of virginity, marriage, adultery, abusive treatment, and failed marriage, he also follows them in their private lives. In the campaign to root out bigamy, the Inquisition relied on people to denounce one another. How they went about this reveals that gossip and curiosity sustained a surer and swifter system of communications than we might have imagined.

"The many pieces of stories recounted here convey emotions and reactions rarely preserved from past centuries. From a young child enduring abuse and rape by relatives to the wily suitor who tricks his future father-in-law with a tale of lost loot stored in a robber's cave, throughout this volume we hear the voices of hitherto invisible people."

A Mexican Elite Family, 1820-1980  
"This book presents the history of the Gomez, an elite family of Mexico that today includes several hundred individuals, plus their spouses and the families of their spouses, all living in Mexico City. Tracing the family from its origins in mid-nineteenth-century Mexico through its rise under the Porfirio Diaz regime and focusing especially on the last three generations, the work shows how the Gomez have evolved a distinctive subculture and an ability to advance their economic interests under changing political and economic conditions. One of the authors' major findings is the importance of the kinship system, particularly the three-generation "grandfamily" as a basic unit binding together people of different generations and different classes. The authors show that the top entrepreneurs in the family, the direct descendants of its founder, remain the acknowledged leaders of the kin, each one ruling his business as a patron-owner through a network of relatives. Other family members, though belonging to the middle class, identify ideologically with the family leadership and the bourgeoisie, and family values tend to overrule considerations of strictly business interest even among entrepreneurs."

Crossing Over: A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail icon
"The U.S. is "a nation of immigrants," but most Americans don't know much about the experience of immigration today. Martinez, an associate editor at Pacific News Service and correspondent for PBS' Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, aims to illuminate that experience in this involving story of an extended Mexican family's journey. Three of the Chavez brothers died in a border incident; Martinez goes to their small town in Michoacan and describes their funeral. But other family members have not given up hope, and Martinez documents what they find across the border, in Arkansas, Missouri, California, and Wisconsin. This is one of the strengths of Martinez's narrative: so much of the literature about Mexican immigrants, legal and undocumented, focuses on the Southwest, it's all too easy to forget that midwestern slaughterhouses and orchards also depend on immigrant labor. Martinez captures the terrors and small victories of the immigrants' journey, as well as the inexorable reciprocal flow of culture between a Mexican village and the new homes the immigrants find in el Norte."

Mexican American Family Album
"Mexican Americans have a unique relationship with the United States. Because of the proximity of the two countries, the old traditions of Mexico remain ever so close to immigrants' hearts even as they embrace a new life in America. As a matter of fact, the first Mexican Americans did not leave their homeland by choice to come to the United States. Instead, the United States went to them. At the end of the U.S.-Mexican War in 1848, Mexico was forced to cede territory that is now the southwestern United States, and the roughly 80,000 Mexicans who had been living in this vast territory suddenly found themselves living within U.S. borders. As the Tejanos (Texans of Mexican descent) say, "We never crossed a border. The border crossed us." ... Through it all the common thread is a celebration of the Mexican heritage even as the immigrant becomes more and more "Americanized." It is that spirit that envelops The Mexican American Family Album--not only as a history of immigration from one country to another, but as a chronicle of the contributions, large and small, made by Mexican Americans. The continuing pride in the culture and traditions of Mexico have enhanced and strengthened their lives in their newly adopted country, and brought new dimensions to the multicultural society of America.  Ages 9-12 "

The Cuban American Family Album icon
"When you ask my sons where they are from they will answer, 'I'm Cuban, but I was born in McAllen, Texas.'"--Maria Luisa Salcines, born in Guantanamo, Cuba, who came to the United States in 1963.

"Between 1960 and 1995 over one million Cubans arrived in the United States--almost 10 percent of the island's population. Many came in the dead of night with only the clothes on their backs. Though it is less than 100 miles from Cuba to the tip of Florida, the journey was often an dangerous and unpredictable voyage in makeshift boats. The "Golden Exiles" who escaped Fidel Castro's revolutionary government between 1959 and 1962 were probably the best-educated and wealthiest large group of immigrants ever to arrive in the United States. These immigrants who had been doctors, lawyers, bankers, business owners, and college professors in Cuba quickly established a community that remains a powerful political and economic force, and one that embraces the new Cuban immigrants who continue to arrive today.

"A whole generation of Cuban Americans has grown to adulthood in the United States. Many left the island as young children and have assimilated into American life. Others yearn for a life in Cuba they can only imagine from the stories their grandparents tell. These stories--full of longing and hope--are the heart of The Cuban American Family Album. Interviews, excerpts from diaries and letters, newspaper accounts, profiles of famous Cuban Americans, and remarkable pictures from real family albums tell a poignant yet exuberant story of a beautiful blending of Cuban and American traditions. The result is a vibrant picture of a distinctive and important American community.  Ages 9-12 "

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