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 Portal:  Hispanic Family History Resources (English)

     See this Portal in Spanish, click:  Recursos de genealogía hispana

Records and Databases

Family Search has online digital records, searchable databases, and microfilm records for millions of people with Hispanic ancestors.  Online digital Hispanic records are added almost weekly and are listed by country in FamilySearch Record Search.  Online database record sets are searchable through FamilySearch > Advanced Search.  Microfilm Hispanic civil and church records are listed by country in the Family History Library Catalog, and they may be ordered and viewed at a Family History Center near you.

   Or if you like, you can go directly to the following regions by clicking on the region: 
        Caribbean, Central and South America 

  • FamilySearch > Advanced Search (click to search for your Ancestors by database record sets)
    Search for your Ancestors in All or any one of the following record sets:  Ancestral File; Census; International Genealogical Index; Pedigree Resource File; US Social Security Death Index; Vital Records Index; and Family History Websites.

   These microfilm records may be ordered and viewed at Family History Center near you.

Related Websites

Several websites are particularly useful for Hispanic genealogy research:

Hispanic Genealogy Presentations

Training presentations from the Family History Library, including those from the 2007 Hispanic Genealogy Conference, are now available to view for free on the Internet either at the Library link or at Roots Television.  To see a presentation from the list below, simply select it, and click the link.  Roots Television videos are selected and clicked from the top tabs: "Hispanic Research Series at the FHL", or "Hispanic Roots TV".

Presentations include:

1.  Principios básicos para la investigación genealógica en Hispanoamérica (México)
    (Basic Principles for genealogical research in Latin America (México)
    Three short lessons are presented in Spanish:  1) Elementos fundamentales para la historia familiar;  2) Registros Parroquiales; and  3) Registro Civil.

2.  Hispanic Roots  Dr. George R. Ryskamp, AG, is interviewed by Sharon de Bartolo Carmack.  The interview is presented in four parts.  Presented in English.

3.  Buscando ancestros Mexicanos en el Internet  Topic includes how to research Mexican ancestors using web sites and resources on the Internet.  Presenter:  Lynn Turner, AG.  Presented in Spanish.

4.  Mexico: Genealogical Research  Presenters are: Dr. George Ryskamp, AG, author of “Finding Your Mexican Ancestors,” and wife Peggy Ryskamp, CG.  Presentations in Spanish.

5.  Spanish Parish Records (Spanish Paleography)  Presentation discusses how to read and understand Spanish records, including common phrases, basic rules to follow, common abbreviations, and helpful resources.  Presenter: Lynn Turner, AG.  Presented in English.

6.  Spanish Municipal Archives   Presentation discusses Hispanic research in Municipal archives. Presenter: Dr. George R. Ryskamp, AG, author of “Finding Your Mexican Ancestors.”  Presented in English.

Help Near You

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Genealogy Software

PAF is free genealogy software that allows you to quickly and easily collect, organize, and share your family history information.

Helpful Guides

  • How do I read old Spanish writing?
    Expert guidance in deciphering Hispanic manuscripts and other old documents printed in old typefaces or written in old handwriting styles.
  • FamilySearch Research Wiki
    Provides up-to-date information on how to research sources for information about your ancestors shared by research experts and interested genealogists.

FamilySearch Forums

FamilySearch Forums now provides worldwide forums where you can search for answers, and ask questions about, your family history research, including forums in Latin America, Europe, North America and all countries of the world.  You may also provide answers to others seeking information you may know.  See forums in both English and Español.

Research Aids


FamilySearch Indexing – Hispanic Projects

FamilySearch Indexing is a volunteer-based effort to index billions of records from around the world. You can help make indexes freely available online for yourself and others.  There are a number of Spanish language projects available.  Find out more ....

LDS Church Service Resources

Priesthood Leadership and Family History Consultants registration  Select English or Español.
For all priesthood leaders who oversee family history work, and for all Family History Consultants.

Administrative Guide for Family History (English) (Español)
For all priesthood leaders who oversee family history work, and for all Family History Consultants.

new FamilySearch.org (English) (Español)
For those who qualify for registration or already have a login for new FamilySearch.