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Hispanic Learning Resources[edit | edit source]

Here is a list of organizations that provide online tutorials and genealogy guides outside of FamilySearch. FamilySearch includes genealogy tutorials and guides and provides access to its seminars through its Research Wiki. For FamilySearch webinars, click here.

Tutorials and Guides for Hispanic Research[edit | edit source]

Genealogy Guides[edit | edit source]

Language Website Keywords Details
Spanish Asociación de Genealogía Hispana (HISPAGEN) Spain

Hispanic America

Free online resources for Spain and Hispanic American genealogy research.
Spanish Historia y Genealogia Hispanoamericana South America

Argentina

Free genealogy blog on South American genealogy, with emphasis in Argentina, that includes over 1,000 articles on South American families, genealogy databases, and other online resources.
Spanish La Guia de Informaciion Genealogica Latin America

Argentina

Free genealogy blog and directory based in Argentina that offers resources for Latin America as well as Argentina.
English Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC) Latin America Portal for Latin American studies established by the University of Texas at Austin. Explore the history, geography, culture and educational centers of individual Latin American countries.
English FamilySearch / BYU Research Outlines Latin America Research outlines for each country in Latin America, showing available records and location. The original publications are in Spanish and were upgraded by BYU with additional material in English.
English Colleen (Robledo) Greene Mexico

Spain

Free genealogy guides for Hispanic research with focus on Mexican research. You can sign up for a free newsletter that includes blogs on Hispanic research.
English Our Caribbean Ancestry Caribbean

Central America

Extensive blog that includes resources for Caribbean countries such as Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Dominican Republic, as well as Central America and parts of Venezuela and Colombia.
English The Genealogy Corner Hispanic America Free blog that includes some Hispanic research topics.
Spanish The Genealogy of Mexico Mexico

Hispanic America

An encyclopedia of genealogical resources for colonial Mexico and other Hispanic countries
English Hispanic Local History and Genealogy in the US United States

Hispanic America

Research guide to the Hispanic genealogy resources for the United States at the Library of Congress.
English Las Villas del Norte Mexico

Spain

Latin America

Free blog on Hispanic research, primarily for Mexico but also for Latin America in general. Video library available with subscription. Other content is free, including recent videos. You can sign up to a free newsletter.
English/Spanish FamilySearch Research Wiki Latin America You can search by country and for areas within each country for genealogy research guidance. English and Spanish versions usually have different content.
English The Family History Guide Hispanic Resources Latin America Free genealogy guides and tutorials include a brief tutorial for Hispanic research.
Spanish Anillo de Genealogia Hispana Hispanic America Genealogy hub that contains information on over 30 genealogy sites for Spain and Hispanic America.
English We Are Cousins (Somos Primos) United States

Latin America

Blog dedicated to Hispanic heritage, especially in the US, includes many articles since 2000 and is published by the Society of Hispanic Historical and Ancestral Research in California.
English Top Hispanic Genealogy Websites United States

Latin America

Article published in Family Tree Magazine that gives a list of top Hispanic websites.

Genealogy Tutorials[edit | edit source]

Language Website Keywords Details
Spanish Busqueda de Antepasados Spain Free tutorial available at the National Library of Spain (BNE) on researching ancestors with personal, civil, parish records and FamilySearch resources.
Spanish Manual de Genealogia Hispana Spain

Latin America

Comprehensive blog and tutorials on Hispanic research. Web Site is based in Spain but also covers Latin America.
Spanish Mauricio Melendez Genealogias Central America Free genealogy tutorials on hispanic genealogy, with emphasis in Costa Rica, published by Mauricio Melendez, including all the articles that appered in his newspaper column, Raices.
English The Family History Guide Hispanic Resources Latin America Free genealogy guides and tutorials include a brief tutorial for Hispanic research.

Genealogy Webinars[edit | edit source]

Language Website Keywords Details
Spanish FamilySearch Classes in Spanish Latin America Over 80 webinars presented at the Family History Library (FHL) over several years, in Spanish. Each year the FHL hosts a week-long Latin American Research Seminar. The classes are usually recorded and uploaded to FamilySearch.
English FamilySearch Classes in English Latin America Around 20 webinars presented at the Family History Library over several years, in English. Classes from the English track of the Latin American Research Seminar are usually uploaded to FamilySearch.
English Virtual Genealogical Association (Hispanic SIG) Mexico

Spain

Webinars for Hispanic research with focus on Mexican research. Low cost $ annual membership is required. Also includes Facebook membership in the Hispanic SIG (Special Interest Group).
English Las Villas del Norte Mexico Free blog on Hispanic research, primarily for Mexico but also for Latin America in general. Video library available with subscription. Other content is free, including recent videos. You can sign up to a free newsletter.
Spanish Red de Antepasados Spain

Hispanic America

Free videos and classes offered in Spanish, based in Spain. There are also many interviews with respected professionals in the Genealogy Community.
Spanish/English Gens Video Web Channel Spain

Latin America

A collection of video tutorials on Hispanic genealogy and Hispanic surnames. Individual contributions are welcome.
English BYU Family History Webinars Latin America Free repository of weekly genealogy webinars from Brigham Young University (BYU). More Hispanic webinars may be added in the future. Also includes basic genealogy tutorials.
Spanish Genealogy Tips Latin America Free short YouTube video clips that provide helpful tips for researching your family history.

Hispanic Archives and Digital Libraries[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Digital Libraries[edit | edit source]

Language Website Keywords Details
Spanish Biblioteca Nacional de España (BNE) Spain

Latin America

The National Library of Spain has a large digital collection of Latin American books, newspaper articles, and genealogical materials.
Spanish Biblioteca Digital del Patrimonio Iberoamericano (BDPI) Spain

Latin America

The Digital Library of Iberoamerican Heritage is a cooperative venture of the National Library of Spain and several digital libraries in Latin America. Collections include maps, history, culture, and some genealogical resources.
Spanish Biblioteca Digital Miguel de Cervantes Spain

Latin America

Based in Spain, this virtual library has formed alliances to present material not just from Spain, but also from Mexico, Peru, and Colombia.

Immigration and Heraldry Resources for Hispanic Research[edit | edit source]

Immigration Resources[edit | edit source]

Language Website Keywords Details
English Immigrant Ancestors Project South America

Spain

Portugal

Italy

BYU project dedicated to extract emigration data from European ports regarding migration of people from Spain, Portugal, Italy and other countries to South America (Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil) and other countries.
Spanish Barcos e Inmigrantes Argentina

Spain

Passenger lists, origination, and destination of ships traveling between Spain and Latin America. Primarily focused on Argentina.
Spanish Movimientos Migratorios Iberoamericanos Spain

Cuba

Puerto Rico

Mexico

Dominican Republic

Argentina

Lists of passengers and emigrants from the Spanish Consulate in Veracruz, boarding permits for travelling to Cuba and Puerto Rico, National Register of Foreigners in Mexico, requests for residency permits for the Dominican Republic, passenger Log Books of the Montevideo Police, and Nationality Register of the Spanish Consulate in Rosario, Argentina.
Spanish Historia y Arqueología Marítima Europe

South America

Argentina

Based in Argentina, this website contains detailed information about ships that sailed between Europe and Latin America.
English Immigrant Records at the National Archives Latin America

United States

Resources available at the National Archives for researching Hispanic roots. Includes immigration, visa, passport, naturalization, and alien records.
Spanish Historia Comparada de las Migraciones en las Americas Latin America

Spain

Digitized book that describes migrations in the Americas from the time of the Spanish conquest until today.
Spanish Centro de Estudios Migratorios Latinoamericanos (CEMLA) Argentina

Latin America

Database of immigrants to Latin America, based in Argentina.
English Index to the Enciclopedia Heráldica Hispano-Americana of Alberto and Arturo García Carraffa Spain

Hispanic America

An index to the Heraldic Hispanic American Encyclopedia of the Carraffa brothers. This encyclopedia describes the history of hispanic surnames and consists of nearly 100 volumes. The index allows you to search your surname online to find out if it is included in the collection and which volume has it. The Family History Library has a complete collection.

Ethnic Resources[edit | edit source]

Language Website Keywords Details
Spanish Diaspora y Cultura Vasca Basque

Spain

Basque culture website that includes a Genealogy center with links to Basque families and surnames, plus important Basque genealogy links to other sites.
Spanish La Migracion Asiatica a Latinoamerica Asia

China

19-page magazine article available in Jstor that describes the migration of Chinese, Japanese, Syrian, and Lebanese people to Latin America since the Spanish colonization. (Note: you can subscribe to Jstor and read up to 6 articles per month for free.)
Spanish La Diaspora Judia Jewish

Latin America

Web page in LANIC (Latin American Network Information Center) that contains links for researching Jewish groups in Latin America, broken down by country.
Spanish Historia de los Judios en America Latina Jewish

Latin America

Web page in the Shalom Israel website that describes the Jewish migration to various countries in Latin America.
Spanish Immigracion Arabe en America Arab, Chile

Latin America

Website based in Chile that includes history and resources for the Arab immigration to America, including the United States.
Spanish Apellidos Italianos Italy

Argentina

Free resource for finding your Italian roots. Based in Argentina but also includes other countries in Latin America.
Spanish La Migracion Italiana a Argentina, Brazil y Uruguay: Bibliografia Selectiva Italy

Argentina, Brazil

Uruguay

60-page downloadable pdf stored in the ECLAC (Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean) digital repository. It contains an extensive bibliography to resources on the Italian migration to Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay.
Spanish History of the Italian Migration to South America Italy

Argentina, Brazil

Chile, Peru, Uruguay

Web page from Renata Bueno that describes the Italian migration to South America. This website also includes links to contact Italian embassies and consulates in South America. Renata Bueno is the first Brazilian born Italian citizen elected to the Italian Parliament.
Spanish Emigraciones Transoceanicas. Los Alemanes en America Germany

Latin America

Downloadable 34-page pdf that describes the German migration to Latin America. Its author is based in Argentina.
Spanish/English Emigracion-Immigracion Francia - America Latina France

Latin America

Documents migratory movements between France and Latin America and vice versa.
Spanish/English Portal to Departmental Archives for France and its overseas territories France

Latin America

Heraldry Resources[edit | edit source]

Language Website Keywords Details
Spanish Heraldaria Spain

Hispanic America

Includes free guide to heraldry in Spain and Latin America and free tutorials on genealogy. You can search for your surname coat of arms for free, but they also sell services.
Spanish Biblioteca Heraldica

Biblioteca Heraldica (new platform)

Spain Allows you to search for coat of arms and provides forums you can join. Subscription is free. The newer version is not identical to the older version.
Spanish Blog de Heraldica Spain Blog that was updated from 2007 to 2012, includes weekly articles regarding Spanish heraldry.
Spanish Heraldica Hispana Spain Includes tutorials on heraldry and information on coat of arms for the Castilla-La Mancha region of Spain comprising the provinces of Albacete, Ciudad Real, Cuenca, Guadalajara, and Toledo.
Spanish Heraldica de Apellidos Spain Extensive collection of surnames with corresponding detailed descriptions of surname origins and coat of arms.
English Index to the Carraffa and Mogrobejo Heraldic Encyclopedia Spain

Hispanic America

Hosted at the Library of Congress, this index covers the 86-volume heraldic encyclopedia of Hispanic America by Alberto and Arturo Garcia Carraffa plus 6 additional volumes by Endika Mogrobejo. The Family History Library has the entire Carraffa collection plus 16 volumes from Mogrobejo.
Spanish Diccionario Hipanoamericano de Heraldica, Onomastica y Genealogia Spain

Hispanic America

Endika de Mogrobejo and his sons are working on a new dictionary that updates and expands the content of the Carraffa encyclopedia. It is expected to be completed in 2023 and to include about 100 volumes.

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