Saturday, November 22, 2008

Censo de 1855 de Buenos Aires - reparado

Como mencioné en un post anterior el censo de 1855 de Buenos Aires esta en el sitio de FamilySearch que se llama Record Search. Algunos de Uds. dieron comentarios (feedback) que decia que no pudieron ver algunas de las imagenes. Recibí noticias hoy por la mañana que el problema esta reparado/corregido. Deben poder todas las imagenes de la colección ahora.

Los que esperan correcciones de la colección de Avila, España - no tengo noticias, pero creo que las reparaciones vendrán en seguida...gracias por su paciencia.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Catholic Parish Record Coma

Warning - this post is in English - los mensajes en Español regresarán pronto

It's been two weeks since I've last posted so I thought it was time to write about something. Truth be told I've been busy and lacked the desire to write. This week I've been putting together outlines for the courses I'll be teaching at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy(early registration is still open at:, and noticed Hispanic genealogy's dependence on Catholic parish records. Let's face it - they are the backbone of Hispanic genealogical research and they are the first record source we look for to put together ancestral families. Often times we put on blinders and forget about all the other wonderful records available to us...something I refer to as the parish record coma, because we fall prey to them way too easily. Here are just a couple of other record types we over look at the expense of the parish records. Keep in mind that I'm not advocating that we not use parish records on the contrary - use them if they are available. What I am advocating is an awareness of other records that will complement parish records, and/or act as a replacement if parish records are nonexistent.
  • Civil registration records - I don't know how many times people tell me that they have searched the parish records for a town in Mexico, but not the civil registration. It would be an interesting study to determine how few of the population actually show up in both record collections, because the truth is they ususally show up in one or the other, but hardly ever in both. All countries have civil registration, however, they are often over looked because they are as readily available nor do they cover as many years (late 1800s to present).
  • Census records - great locators and directors to parish records. Only a couple of Latin American countries have national census records that we can use - namely Mexico and Argentina. However there are plenty of municipal, town, and parish level censuses out there you just need to know where to look. Try the municipal archive first - I've found many municipal, town, and parish censuses in national archives as well (Colombia and Ecuador are great examples).
  • Notarial records - I could write forever about these huge collections available in every country. These are by far the most voluminous record sets in the world. Notary records include: testaments/wills, real property sales, personal property sales, guardianships, power of attorneys, marriage contracts, emigration contracts, etc. These are normally found in historical state/provincial/department archives, and can also be found in national, municipal, and notary archives.
  • Military records - These include service records, regiment listings, draft (quintas), and others. In Spain quintas are normally found in the municipal archives. They list all males old enough to serve in the military, and often provide parent information as well. These act almost like census records that list a certain demographic.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. Next time you feel that are stuck in your research, because you can find parish records for the town/parish where your ancestor live try others. I've had create success solving research problems using all these records as well as a handful of others. The key is to break out of your parish record coma, and not to be afraid of other less used records. One big obstacle I've noticed with some individuals is that they are afraid to ask questions - don't be...if you don't ask questions you'll never find other possible solutions to your research problems.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Una felicitación y proyectos futuros

Una felicitación

Muchas gracias a todos que han participado y continuan participando en el proyecto de indexación del censo de Argentina de 1869. Por medio de sus esfuerzos 20% ya esta indexado y estará en el Internet entre poco (en tiempo...gracias por su paciencia). Realmente, quiero agradecerles por el trabajo que han hecho!!

Proyectos futuros

Les comparto el siguiente pedazo de un comentario/pedida que recibí la semana pasada:

"Una consulta, no podría adelantarnos de nuevo el proximo proyecto q tiene familysearch? Digo, como adelantó el de Ciuda Real, Ciudad Rodrigo, no podría hacer lo mismo con el proximo?..."

No me gusta hablar o dar noticias adelantadas de proyecto futuros, porque? Porque si digo una fecha o una cosa de un proyecto y luego FamilySearch se tarda, siempre hay personas que se enojan o se desaniman. No quiero darles expectaciones y no poder cumplir con ellas, porque realmente los proyectos estan afuera de mis manos en cuanto de la fecha de publicación (o sea disponible en linea).

Les comparto mis deseos/mis esperanzas para el fin de año - hablaré en generales:

En Record Search:
  • Reparaciones (fixes) de las colecciones del censo de 1855 de Buenos Aires y de los registros parroquiales de Avila.
  • Por lo menos una colección de imagenes de registros parroquiales de México
  • Una colección de imagenes de registros parroquiales de España
  • Las imagenes del censo de 1895 de Argentina - para 'browse'
  • Las imagenes del censo de 1869 de Argentina - para 'browse'
  • Los indices del censo de 1869 de Argentina ya hechos
En FamilySearch Indexing:
  • Un proyecto de Peru - registros civiles
  • Un proyecto de Brazil - registros civiles

Bueno - Espero que este compromiso sea aceptable -