John P. Schmal

John P. Schmal

Author and researcher John P. Schmal will be a speaker for the 7th We Are Cousins Virtual Genealogy Conference this coming September 11-13, 2024. In this post you can read more about him and what he will be presenting.

About John P. Schmal

John P. Schmal is the manager of the website and is a member of Las Villas del Norte. He does presentations on Texas, New Mexico, California and Mexican genealogy and history.

Scheduled Presentation for 7th WAC Conference

Title:  Researching Your New Mexico Roots

Summary: Many people in Texas and Northeastern Mexico have ties to the New Mexico settlements. The resources available for New Mexico research will be discussed and will include an inventory of Catholic Church records provided in the handout.

Past and Archived Presentations

NOTE: The following presentations can only be viewed for 60 days after each conference if you purchase the Gold Pass. Or all year if you purchase the Platinum Pass.

Title:  The Tlaxcalans of Northeast Mexico (Presented at the 6th WAC Conference)

Summary: The Presentation will discuss the special role of the Tlaxcalans in Colonial Mexico. Their settlements in the northeastern section of Mexico will be discussed. Some records from their churches will also be shown. Watch Presentation

Title: The Coahuiltecans Over Time: Past and Present (Presented at the 4th WAC Conference)

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. Watch Presentation

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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  1. Thank you for reading my message my family is from Mexico the state of Jalisco city of El Campo from the beginning when the Spanish invaded the city of El Campo I’m trying to find out if the Valderrama were the people that fled from that area to San Diego Orange County Coachella Valley area and I don’t have the ability to do the research and I’m just trying to find out the migration path of my ancestors how do I do this and how can you help me thank you for all that you can do