I am excited to announce that I am coordinating a monthly Hispanic SIG (Special Interest Group) for the Virtual Genealogical Association (VGA) starting next month.
Whenever I teach in person on a Mexican or Hispanic genealogy topic, I meet people in the audience who are eager to learn more about researching their ancestors. Yet there often is not a local society, library, or Family History Center near them that provides education on Hispanic research. Even if there is a nearby local society (like my own Southern California Chapter of the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America), one’s busy life and schedule can make it difficult to attend in-person meetings. Others might just want to participate in multiple societies…we don’t have to pick one society over another.
I am one of those very busy people whose hectic schedule makes it difficult to attend in-person meetings.
As a college instructor who teaches a 100% online graduate genealogy course, I am also a big advocate of online education.
So this type of program makes it easier for me to give back to the genealogy community.
The following is cross-posted from VGA’s website.
Our goal is that this SIG will help you advance your Hispanic research from the comfort and convenience of your home or wherever you have an internet connection.
Do you already belong to an in-person Hispanic-focused genealogical society or SIG? Our virtual SIG is not meant to replace your existing society or societies. We genealogists often belong to multiple societies. VGA provides yet another opportunity to learn about Hispanic genealogy research and connect with other family historians.
What to Expect from this SIG
We invite you to join us at our monthly online meetings, and for ongoing discussions in our Facebook Group.
Our meetings are informal and discussion-driven, providing members an opportunity to talk about problems and solutions, ask questions, and share their tips. These are not formal lectures, however, some months might include a brief presentation by a member or invited guest.
- When: The 3rd Tuesday of each month (6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Pacific)
- Where: Online via Go To Meeting (will be recorded)
These meetings are conducted in English, and will be recorded and archived to view at your convenience.
Our inaugural meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 15th at 6:00 p.m. Pacific and will focus on search and documentation strategies for Hispanic names.
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT UPCOMING DISCUSSION TOPICS
Colleen Robledo Greene, MLIS is a librarian, college educator, and web developer with 22 years of genealogy experience. She specializes in Mexican and Hispanic research, GPS methodology, and emerging technologies. Colleen particularly enjoys helping non-Spanish speakers succeed at their Hispanic research.
Her Mexican ancestors hail from California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, San Luis Potosí, Tamaulipas, Chihuahua, and Durango.
Questions or ideas? Post them in our SIG Facebook Group, or email Colleen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participating in this SIG
VGA SIGs are for paid members as a benefit of membership.
Not yet a VGA member? Annual membership is just $20 USD. JOIN VGA TODAY!
Visit our Events Calendar to add these SIG dates to your own calendar.
I look forward to your joining us online each month!
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