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Moises Garza is the founder of We Are Cousins and Las Villas del Norte Genealogy Group. He is also the author of over 30 publications and the popular book series Last Names of Nuevo Leon. He is also the creator of the Mexican Genealogy blog and the many Facebook groups that form part of the Mexican Genealogy Network.

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Reboot Your Genealogy the Right Way

Author Moises Garza will talk about restarting your research the right way, about software to help you manage it, and also of websites, you should be using to find your ancestors.

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Overcoming Language Barriers In Genealogical Research

Struggling with Hispanic genealogical research? Learn the keys to naming structure, record patterns, reading dates and basic vocabulary without having to be proficient in the language.

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Deciphering Handwriting in Old Documents

Knowing the History of writing or script found in old documents can help genealogists read and understand what the document is about. Leslie will discuss how handwriting changed through the ages from the 15th to the 18th centuries.

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Writing History With Genealogy

Author Dave Gutierrez details the role Genealogy played in writing the book Patriots From the Barrio. The book is the true story of the only all Mexican American US Army unit in WWII. CBS TV Studios and Hollywood Actor Wilmer Valderrama have obtained the film rights to the book.

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Sephardic Research and Resources

Sephardic genealogy has seen a proliferation of websites, books, and databases relevant to Jews exiled from Iberia in the 15th century. Topics covered include geography, traditions, history, immigration, challenges, languages, online and archival resources, and the newest resources. Learn how Hispanic research intersects with Jewish genealogy.

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So You Think You Are Related to a Mexican Revolutionary

With the popularity of genealogy growing in Hispanic homes, there is also a desire to find out if one is related to a famous revolutionary or government federal. It is a matter of connection and pride. Who are these revolutionaries? Where do some of their descendants live?

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The Impact of the De Leon Family in Texas

Martín de León and his wife Patricia de la Garza were instrumental in founding Victoria, Texas, and creating a family in Texas which still to this day has impacted the state. Their story is one of survival and overcoming adversity.

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Exploring the Guanche Roots of Francisco Baez de Benavides

Many Hispanics are descended from Francisco Baez de Benavides (1594 – 1666), a well-known, prosperous landowner in the Monterrey, Nuevo León area of New Spain. He is considered the progenitor of the Benavides surname in Nuevo León, Tamaulipas, and Texas. In this presentation, his Canary Island Guanche roots are further explored.

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Introduction to DNA for Genealogy Research

In this presentation, you will learn about DNA for Genealogy, the major DNA testing companies, the types of tests, and how you can use them in your research. Also, learn about tools and resources to help you get the most out of your DNA results.

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Using City Directories to Build Family History

City directories provide a unique perspective into an ancestor's community. It can also be used to create a detailed history of an ancestor’s life in the community. 

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Families of Revilla (Guerrero Viejo) 1750-1850

In this presentation professor, Mauricio J. González talks about his most recent book, Tracing My Mother’s Roots in Revilla (Guerrero Viejo) 1750-1850. He will discuss several aspects of the book, including organization and sources. He also showcases some of his ancestors and the families with whom they had a connection.

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