Legacy Family Tree Webinar’s 2023 Mexico Research Series

Legacy Family Tree Webinars and I are partnering again for a research series focused on Mexican genealogy.

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I am happy to announce that Legacy Family Tree Webinars and I are collaborating again on a Mexico genealogy series for 2023. This six-part webinar series runs every-other-month and dives into some of the most critical records and strategies for researching Mexican ancestry. Don’t miss this series if you have Mexican ancestors from colonial New Spain, the independent country of Mexico, or the United States.

Joining me on the series teaching team this year are two excellent knowledgeable presenters. Lisa Medina returns, teaching two lectures focusing on revolutionary-era Mexico. Lisa is an academic colleague from one of my day job university’s sister campuses, and she is a former graduate student of mine. New to the series this year is Joy Oria, a library profession colleague who until recently worked helping genealogists at the fabulous Clayton Library in Houston, Texas. Joy is currently a full-time graduate student, and she teaches a lecture focusing on colonial-era Mexican censuses.

The 2023 Series Lineup

Registration is open for the Legacy Family Tree Webinar 2023 Mexico Research Series. That web page will allow you to bulk register for the entire series all at once. Register today on the Legacy Family Tree website!

Can’t make the live broadcast times? Recordings will be available in the Webinar Library.

1) Foundational Concepts & Reference Tools for Mexican Genealogy

We pour a lot of time, money, and soul into our family history research. So, we want to make sure we are tracing the right people and families in the right place at any given time, and that we glean all possible information and clues from the records. This presentation reviews social and cultural customs, and tools for learning about jurisdictions and key terminology. It is suitable for those still new to Mexican genealogy as well as more experienced researchers.

2) Padrones of the Past: Colonial-era Censuses of Mexico

Thousands of localized censuses, or padrones, were taken all over Mexico during the Colonial era. Mostly created during the 17th to 19th centuries, these censuses provide a snapshot in time of our ancestral families. Learn to find these censuses for your research locations and discover the content they may hold.

  • Date & Time: Friday, March 17, 2023 (2:00 p.m. Eastern)
  • Instructor: Joy Oria

3) Your 19th & 20th Century Mexican Ancestors in the U.S.

Historical records and social history paint a rich picture of the lives of our Mexican ancestors who were in the U.S. after the mid-19th century. A new border, new laws, a violent revolution, two world wars, and changing economic and political conditions significantly impacted your Mexican ancestors who came to or were born in the United States. Sharing a border, and sharing a long common history in certain regions of the U.S. has presented situations unique to those of Mexican descent compared to other immigrant and ethnic groups.

4) Tracing Ancestors through Revolutionary Mexico

Listen to the story of Atala Apodaca Anaya and her achievements as a female revolutionary during the early 20th century, as well as those of other lesser-known figures from the Revolución Mexicana. Learn about sources and methodologies for tracing your own ancestors in revolutionary Mexico.

  • Date & Time: Friday, July 21, 2023 (2:00 p.m. Eastern)
  • Instructor: Lisa Medina

5) Mexican Land Reform and the Ejido: History and Records

Between 1916 and 1945 the Mexican government distributed 74 million acres of land to Mexican citizens – many of whom had been dispossessed of the right to that land in preceding generations. In this session, we will review the laws, administrative processes and records related to the distribution of that land, known as the ejido. We will also review strategies for requesting the original records. Intended for those with experience in Mexican and/or Hispanic genealogy, this session can help you take your research to the next level.

  • Date & Time: Friday, September 15, 2023 (2:00 p.m. Eastern)
  • Instructor: Lisa Medina

6) Tío Juvenal: Putting the Records, Context & Strategies All Together

This 20th century Mexican and Mexican-American case study showcases and weaves together different types of records available online, as well as those that need to be viewed at or requested from physical archives, and family interviews. It demonstrates the essential role that understanding historical context and customs plays in analyzing sources and building out a more comprehensive family history.

About Legacy Family Tree Webinars

Legacy Family Tree Webinars produces a regular series of high quality educational webinars on a variety of genealogy topics, for all levels of experience. Live webinars are available free to the public. However, a subscription membership provides on-demand access to their robust library of previously recorded webinars and a copy of the presentation handout.

I factor an annual membership ($49.95) into my genealogy education plan and budget.

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