Glossary

On September 30, 2015, Posted by , In Glossary, With Comments Off on Glossary

  Spanish / English Genealogy Glossary of Terms ~A~ SPANISH ENGLISH     abogado Lawyer abril April abuelo/a Grandfather/grandmother Abuelos Grandparents abuela materna Maternal grandmother abuela paterna Paternal grandmother Acre Acre Acta Document, record, take minutes Acta de defunción Death certificate Acta de nacimiento Birth certificate Acuerdo Agreement Adoptado/a Adopted…

Links to Maps and Plats

On September 30, 2015, Posted by , In Map/Plat,Research Location, With Comments Off on Links to Maps and Plats

MAPS/PLATS Maps and Plats are extremely useful for locating your family’s origin. Many state and federal government sites offer images in a variety of formats for public use. This list will be updated regularly as more free websites are located. Following are a few to the top sites that may…

Bilingual Relationship Chart

On September 29, 2015, Posted by , In Bilingual Relationship Chart, tagged in , With Comments Off on Bilingual Relationship Chart

Some researchers find visual tools useful. Following is an English/Spanish Relationship 4-Generation Chart for viewing:

Books

On September 29, 2015, Posted by , In Genealogy Books, tagged in ,, , With Comments Off on Books

Genealogy and History Books ~last updated 10/1/2015 Anyone interested in the field of Mexican-American Genealogy should take advantage of the body of literature that is available to further your research. Many books are available for free online. Although there are some you can purchase, there are many genealogy and history…

Glossary of Mexican Land Terms

On September 27, 2015, Posted by , In Reference, tagged in ,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Glossary of Mexican Land Terms

  Many common terms of measurement exist in Spanish and Mexican land grants. Following is a handful of land terms useful when reading land grants: aldeas – hamlets a los consejos de ellas (related to land documents) – representatives arrabales – suburbs avecinado – person from a different locality bueno y mediano – good…

Defining What is a Mexican Vara

On September 27, 2015, Posted by , In Law, tagged in ,,,,, , With Comments Off on Defining What is a Mexican Vara

Land grants issued in Mexico were measured in varas, the unit of all measurements of length. The Mexican vara is based on the Castillian vara used in the “Marc of Burgos.” It is the legal standard of measurement in colonial Mexico. According to the Hamilton book of Mexican Law written in 1882: How are varas determined? “The…

Mexican Land Measurements

On September 25, 2015, Posted by , In Law, tagged in ,,,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Mexican Land Measurements

Spanish and Mexican land grants were primarily for livestock raising and agriculture. Exact measurement of these grants were codified in Mexican law and inform modern researchers how to interpret land grants. According to Leonidas Hamilton’s book “Mexican Law A Compilation of Mexican Legislation…” published in 1882, following are the basic…

The Power of Genealogy Groups

On September 23, 2015, Posted by , In Research Location, tagged in , With Comments Off on The Power of Genealogy Groups

If you are like most genealogy researchers, you may come across a time where you feel stuck in your research and don’t know what to do next. It is during times these times when the power of genealogy groups can seem like magic. Recently I found myself challenged with locating…

Top Tips for Beginning Mexico Family History Research Overview

On September 21, 2015, Posted by , In Training,Video, tagged in , With Comments Off on Top Tips for Beginning Mexico Family History Research Overview

In this video from Ancestry.com, Cristy Cowan known as the Barefoot Genealogist will provide you basic information on how to do basic Mexican family research and includes: Naming Conventions Identifies types of U.S. records relevant to Mexico family research How to use the Ancestry.com Card Catalog to narrow your genealogy…

Family History Centers Location Search

On September 3, 2015, Posted by , In Research Location, tagged in , , With Comments Off on Family History Centers Location Search

For more than a century The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) has been the world’s leader of collecting and archiving genealogy information. The LDS church offers abundant free  genealogy research assistance to anyone interested in researching their family ancestry. The main Family History Library (Library) is…