Thursday, November 29, 2007

1895 Argentina Census Now Online

Having the the Mexico 1930 National Census images available online was a pretty significant event for Hispanic genealogy. For the first time a major Latin American collection had been published online for free. It definitely marked a turning point for anyone doing Hispanic family history/genealogy, now the same collection is being indexed. I strongly believe that the Mexico 1930 Census paved the way for other collections. Now on FamilySearch Record Search you can search the 1895 Argentina National Census. The searchable index is linked to digital images and for the first time Argentines have a valuable collection at their fingertips. Again, all available for free!!

Items that can be found on the 1895 Argentina Census:
  • Full name of all individuals in a household.
  • Place of birth if born in Argentina. If an individual was born outside of Argentina, then their nationality was given (same as country of birth).
  • Age, gender, and civil status of all individuals
  • Religion, Occupation, whether the individual could read or write
  • If the person is going to school (for children)
  • If the person owns real estate
  • How many children an individual had (for women) and how many years a couple had been married
  • If the person was physical or mentally handicap or an orphan
I hope everyone that has Argentine ancestors appreciates this collection and uses it in their research. Being online the census will make research much faster and in many cases more easy. keep coming back to Record Search for additional Latin American collections, inevitably more are coming.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Roots Television and FHL Hispanic Genealogy Conference Update

I imagine many of you are wondering why the FHL Hispanic Genealogy Conference classes have not been posted on Roots Television. Having asked myself the very same question I did some digging. Here is what I know so far...

asked that the classes not be published on Roots Television at this time. I believe the two are looking for ways to work together in order to publish the Hispanic genealogy classes along with other FHL classes on many different genealogy topics.

I'm pretty confident that the classes will eventually be posted online, however, it is going to take a little longer than we initially hoped.

Factoid: Since being published on Roots Television on November 1st the class: Spanish Parish Records ranks in the top 10 most viewed videos for the month. It has been viewed nearly 1,000 times.

With a demand like that I think it's in FamilySearch's and Roots Television's best interest to get the other classes up as quickly as possible.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

FamilyHistoryLive Hispanic Online Conference

I've been excited to see so many people vote on which classes they would like to see presented online via I have also received several comments to my last post making some recommendations. I might suggest that if the Spanish translation on needs work that you contact them through their site. I currently don't have any affiliation with the company, but was approached by Jonathan Walker, who does weekly online classes through the site, to do a Hispanic conference/fair.

So far we have seen interest in a variety of topics for the Saturday, January 12th conference, which might suggest that more conferences may be needed. The top four recommendations are the following:
  • Spanish Emigration Records (in Spanish...just having problems right now getting accents and tildes to work)
  • El Censo-guia de Archivos
  • Nuevos Recursos del Internet
  • FamilySearch Indexing en Espanol
I might also recommend that a class on the Family History Library Catalog be taught, which was recommended by a user via the comments on the last post. I have only offered 8 different topics, which means this is not a final schedule, however, we will need to begin finalizing the 4 classes by about mid December so we can make final preparations of the classes. Also, keep in mind that we are thinking that 2 classes will be taught at the same time.

I'll be preparing a new poll over the next few days, but anyone can still make class recommendations via the comments option on this blog post, vote on the next poll, or click here to send me an email.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Nicaragua FamilySearch Indexing Project Launched

I haven't felt very much excitement in the Hispanic genealogy community for the Nicaragua (Managua) Civil Registration indexing project. Clearly the first initial push on this project is late 20th century records, which aren't the most desirable records for genealogists, however it is important that the project be supported.

The buzz surrounding the Mexico 1930 indexing project (a handful of states are being added as the project progresses) was deafening, at least I thought, until recent reports suggested FamilySearch Indexing is not seeing the number of volunteer indexers working on the project as they initially thought they would. I hope everyone who can dedicate some time to participate will do so...the whole concept behind the program is to let people work on indexing when it's convenient for them.

As an advocate of Hispanic genealogy I would love to see an indexing project for each Latin American country. Doing so would provide motivation for genealogists throughout Latin America to participate in a project that is meaningful to them. Unfortunately I believe that if FamilySearch Indexing continues to see a lack of response to Spanish indexing projects Hispanic countries will be put on the back burner.

Now is the time to prove to FamilySearch and the genealogical community as a whole that Latin America shouldn't be overlooked anymore. FamilySearch has initiated two projects, and hopefully more are on the way; now is the time of opportunity. Please come and participate in indexing. Tell your friends, neighbors, relatives to come and help out. If you are a family history center director or a family history consultant invite everyone that you work with to participate in indexing. Remember: "If we all do a little, then we can all do a lot."

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Back from Peru

Last week was busy, here is a recap of my week:
  • I attended the genealogy and heraldry congreso presented by the Instituto Peruano de Investigaciones Genealogicas
  • Met with adiministrators from the Archivo General de Peru
  • Presented a class at the Seminario Internacional - Implementacion de technologia avanzada en los archivos. Presented by the Archivo General de Peru
People keep asking how I liked Peru, I tell them I loved it, even though I didn't make it outside of Lima the entire week. Here is a quick review of my trip.

1) XIV Reunion Americana de Genealogia - Congreso Iberoamericano de Ciencias Genealogicas y Heraldicas (sorry, I'm on my laptop and can't get the accent marks to work) - This was an interesting conference. I have never attended one like it before. The presenters were mainly academics from all over Latin America and Spain, and their presentations were mainly on pre 1650 research. The ponencias were only 15 minutes long followed by 5-10 minutes of questions. I found a handful of them to be very interesting, especially the one that asked the question: "Why do we do genealogy?" It was an interesting perspective, and the presenter actually ended by asking the question to the audience. The answers varied, but were very interesting. I could write for days about this conference, but will only say that it was an interesting experience. It looks like the next one will be in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (2009)...nothing is final, so stay tuned if you are interested in attending.

2) Meetings with th
e AGN - I learned a lot about Peru civil registration, some of which is not found in any books that I have read on the topic of Hispanic genealogy. Lima (the city of, and it's districts) have civil registration records dating back to 1857. The same should hold true for any municipios that existed in 1857. You can find these records in the municipio where your ancestor was born, married, or died. Starting in 1875 copies of the civil registration books were sent to each regional archive. The AGN (Archivo General de la Nacion) has civil registration books for Lima city beginning with this date. The records from 1875 to 1900 can be found in the Archivo Historico (branch of the AGN), and those after 1900 are located in the AGN itself (all the way to the present). Outside of Lima, for example in the region of Cuzco (regions are equivalent to U.S. States) all civil registration records after 1875 should be in the regional archive of Cuzco, because that's when the duplication of the records began. Before that date you will need to check with each municipio.

I also lear
ned a little more about the marriage petitions or expedientes matrimoniales created by the civil government. Each couple getting married had to present a couple of records in order to get married. These expediente packets include: baptisms (or birth certificate), death record of previous spouse (if anyone was previously married), and other notarized material ensuring that the couple had met all the prerequisites to marry. These records are great supplements to the actual marriage records. The AGN had some of these records, but you may also want to contact the municipio where your ancestors married.

3) Seminario Internacional - The AGN asked FamilySearch to do a two evening conference at the Archivo Historico. We talked about the different technologies that FamilySearch uses to digitize record collections. It was a fun conference and full of people. The first night we estimated 250+ people attended the conference. As you can see by the picture there was standing room only.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

More Mexico IGI Batch Numbers Added...

If you are reading this, and you still haven't visited the Mexico IGI batch number wiki you are missing out! If you have been to the site and benefited from the work of others, then we hope that you will return the favor and contribute other batch numbers to the site too...that's why I decided to make it a wiki. A wiki allows any registered user (in this case) to add information on any page. Some of you may think that this is scary and seems like a big problem with so many people being able to change the pages, but this is a work that should be done by many, not one or a handful of people.

I wanted to take a minute and give another update of the site. As of today (6 Nov 2007) 809 batch numbers for 20 different states have been added to the wiki...not bad for being up for less than one month. This is just a drop in the bucket of the total number of batches out there for Mexico. Come be apart of something that is growing, and helpful to others. This is a wonderful opportunity to share with each other.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

FHL Hispanic Conference Classes and Roots Television Update


We should be begin seeing the classes online at: starting next week. Some of the English classes will be the first to be posted followed closely by the Spanish classes. I'm writing now, because next week I will be in Lima, Peru attending a conference so I don't know when I will be able to blog. Please visit Roots Television's site to watch for when the classes are posted. They will most likely be on the Hispanic Roots station (could be on the conferences station too). To get the Hispanic Roots channel click here...or just select Hispanic Roots from the pick list located in the upper right corner of the home page.

I hope you all enjoy the classes and that you all plan on attending the online family history conference via