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Here you will find the schedule of presentations for our three day virtual conference. This schedule will be completed by July 17, 2020. NOTE: All times are Central Time U.S.A. 

  • Day 1 - Sep. 23, 2020

  • Day 2 - Sep. 24, 2020

  • Day 3 - sep. 25, 2020

Day 1 - Sep. 23, 2020

8:00 AM - Reboot Your Genealogy The Right Way - Moises Garza

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.  Read more about Moises Garza

9:00 AM - Overcoming Language Barriers in Genealogical Research - Esther Camacho

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. Learn more about Esther Camacho


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

11:00 AM - Writing History with Genealogy - Dave Gutierrez

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. Learn more about Dave Gutierrez

1:00 PM - Sephardic Research and Resources - Schelly Talalay Dardashti

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. Learn more about Schelly Talalay Dardashti

2:00 PM - So you think you are related to a Mexican Revolutionary? - Cindy A. Medina

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? Learn more about Cindy A. Medina

3:00 PM - The Impact of the De León Family in Texas - Dr. Carolina Crimm

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. Learn more about Dr. Carolina Crimm

4:00 Pm - Exploring the Guanche Roots of Francisco Baez de Benavides - Dr. Beatrice de Leon Edwards

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. Read more about Dr. Beatrice de Leon Edwards