John P. Schmal

John P. Schmal

Author John P. Schmal will be a speaker for the 4th We Are Cousins Virtual Genealogy Conference taking place September 23-25, 2022. In this post, you can read more about him and his presentations.

About John P. Schmal

John P. Schmal is an historian, genealogist, and lecturer. He specializes in the genealogical research and Indigenous history of several Mexican states. He manages the following website, which provides historical information and presentations about the Mexican states: IndigenousMexico.org.

Scheduled Presentation for 4th WAC Conference

Title: The Coahuiltecans Over Time: Past and Present

Summary: This is such a wide-ranging group that covered so many states (Coahuila, Nuevo León, Tamaulipas and Texas) that I would try to categorize some of the groups, talk about their wars, show maps, discuss their gradual disappearance and mention any present-day representations of them. I've always been curious to try and create a more detailed account about them, even though I believe they were more diverse than some suspect.

Past and Archived Presentations

Title: Indigenous Coahuila: Past and Present (Presented at the 3rd WAC Conference)

Summary: John P. Schmal will provide a PowerPoint presentation about the Indigenous peoples of Coahuila through time. First there will be a discussion of the various people who inhabited the area during the colonial period, followed by a discussion of the indigenous languages spoken in Coahuila during the last century. Example of some indigenous records will be included. Watch Presentation

Title:  The Settlement of the Rio Grande (Nuevo Santander) (Presented at the 2nd WAC Conference)

Summary: John P. Schmal will discuss the original establishment of the Nuevo Santander colonial posts along the Rio Grande from 1749 to 1755. A discussion of the challenges of the settlers and their relationship with the neighboring native people will follow. The history of the region to the American period will be included. Resources for genealogical research on this area will be discussed towards the end. Watch Presentation

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