Hispanic Roots

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A growing number of genealogists are researching their Hispanic roots. If you have Hispanic ancestors, you can use several different types of records to pursue your genealogy, depending on when your ancestor immigrated.

If your ancestor immigrated in the nineteenth or twentieth century, look for vital records, military records, photographs, passports, church records, passenger lists, naturalization papers, diaries, or other items that can give you an idea of the birthplace of your ancestor. For those ancestors who immigrated before the nineteenth century, you may want to consult Spanish colonial records after you exhaust any local records in the region where your ancestor lived.

For more information on researching Hispanic records, see the following:

1 The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, edited by Loretto Dennis Szucs and Sandra Hargreaves (Ancestry, Inc.). In particular, see Chapter 16, "Tracking Hispanic Family History," written by George Ryskamp.

1 Hispanic Family History Research in a L.D.S. Family History Center, written by George R. Ryskamp (Hispanic Family History Research).

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