Research Your Hispanic Heritage at TSLAC

Alec Head, Reference Librarian and Rachel Union, Library Assistant

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) joins the country in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 – October 15. In honor of this event and its relevance to Texas history, TSLAC is highlighting resources in our collection that can aid researchers studying their own Hispanic heritage and genealogy. TSLAC has numerous publications and government records to assist family historians. We invite the public to visit us during the week from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to start your journey or come in when we open for our monthly Second Saturday hours from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Second Saturday in October happens October 14, 2023.


TSLAC’s collections contain a variety of materials that could be helpful to researchers studying their Hispanic heritage. This post highlights genealogy publications along with examples of government records on microfilm. The books listed below are currently on display in TSLAC’s Reference Reading Room. Other items in our collections can be found by searching the library catalog. Information on our location and hours can be found on our “Visit Us” webpage.

Title

Author

Call Number

Collection

Census records for Latin America and the Hispanic United States

Platt, Lyman De.

016.929 P697ce

Genealogy

Genealogical historical guide to Latin America

Platt, Lyman De.

929.1 D441G

Genealogy

Ethnic genealogy : a research guide

Smith, Jessie Carney

929.1 ET38

Genealogy

Mexican and Spanish family research

Konrad, J.

929.1 K837M

Genealogy

Hispanic family history research in a [sic] L.D.S. family history center

Ryskamp, George R.

929.1 R994h

Genealogy

A student’s guide to Mexican American genealogy

Ryskamp, George R.

929.1 R994S

Genealogy

Finding your Hispanic Roots

Ryskamp, George R.

929.1 R994T 1997

Genealogy

The source : a guidebook to American genealogy 3rd ed.

Szucs, Loretto Dennis

929.1 SO84 2006

Genealogy, e-Book online

Mexican genealogy research online : a guide to help you discover your ancestry 2nd edition.

Garza, Moises

929.1072 G199m

Genealogy

Mexican-American genealogical research : following the paper trail to Mexico

Schmal, John P.

929.1072 Sch43m

Genealogy

With all arms : a study of a kindred group

Duaine, Carl L.

929.2 R145D

Genealogy

Naturalizations of Mexican-Americans : extracts Vol 1-4

Schmal, John P.

929.3 SCH43n V.1-4

Genealogy

Hispanic surnames and family history

Platt, Lyman De.

929.4 P697h

Genealogy

Spanish military records

Ryskamp, George R.

946 R994S

Genealogy

With the makers of San Antonio : genealogies of the early Latin, Anglo American, and German families with occasional biographies, each group being prefaced with a brief historical sketch and illustrations 2nd ed.

Chabot, Frederick C.

976.406 Y15 V.4

Genealogy

The first census of Texas, 1829-1836 : to which are added, Texas citizenship lists, 1821-1845, and other early records of the Republic of Texas

Mullins, Marion Day

976.4373 M917 1829-36

Genealogy

Tracing your Hispanic heritage

Ryskamp, George R.

929.1 R994T

Genealogy Ready Reference

All-in-one basic to advanced guide to genealogy & ancestry history research

Berry, Kimberly L.

929.1072 B459a

Genealogy Ready Reference

New guide to Spanish and Mexican land grants in south Texas

Greaser, Galen D.

L600.8 G941n2009 HIST

Reference Reading Room Collection


Hispanic lineages may be traced back for many generations in the region. Those searching for ancestors may find government records useful. For example, TSLAC has in its holdings information regarding births, marriages, voter registration, and much more that help identify Texas-area residents of the past.

Image: “Escuela ‘B. Juarez’ de la Sra. Pra. Luz Guillen Fiesta del 18 de Julio,” group portrait of children posed in costume, Brownsville, Texas, 1964/263-165. Harry Lund collection.

The image below, taken from the Texas Voters Registers,1867-1869, shows that in 1845, Jesus Rodriguez registered to vote, being eligible under the rules of annexation. (The United States annexed Texas to become the 28th state in the union in 1845.) [Click image for larger version.]

Texas Voters Registers, 1867-1869. Microfilm. Reel #2, 976.4 V941, TSLAC Main Collection.

Another image, taken from the same resource as above, shows the registry of several citizens in multiple Texas counties, including Bexar County. Additional details include the date of registry, the voter’s name, place of residence, precinct number, and their respective length of residence in the state, county, and precinct in which they registered to vote. [Click image for larger version.

Texas Voters Registers, 1867-1869. Microfilm. Reel #2, 976.4 V941, TSLAC Main Collection.

Among the collections at TSLAC are birth records from Nuevo Leon, Mexico during the same time period. Prior to Texas becoming an independent republic and then a U.S. state, the region of Texas was part of the Northeastern territories of Mexico along with Nuevo Leon. Records from Nuevo Leon may include ancestors of modern-day Texans.

Nacimientos Libro 1, Archivo Municipal de Agualeguas, N. L., Rollo 532. Fondo de documentación para la historia del noreste [i.e. nordeste] de Mexico microform Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. Biblioteca. FILM 972 F731, Genealogy Collection.

The image above represents one entry in Book One of births during the years 1867-1890. In this particular entry, father Maximiano Salinas presents himself before the civil judge on April 14, 1879, to record the birth of his son, Simon Salinas, on May 25, 1878. Included are the names of the child’s mother, Selveda Salinas, as well as the paternal and maternal grandparents respectively, Antonio Salinas and Gracia Hinojosa, and Simon and Francisca Salinas. [Click the image for a larger version.]

Scans of TSLAC microfilm and more genealogy resources are available through Ancestry.com and FamilySearch. Learn more by visiting our Genealogy Resources webpage here: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/arc/genfirst

Watch our research webinars on genealogy and other topics: www.tsl.texas.gov/arc/workshops

Lastly, connecting with others interested in genealogy is a great place to start your own heritage journey. The Texas State Genealogical Society maintains a list of genealogical societies across Texas. This list includes some groups specifically focused on Hispanic genealogy, such as Los Bexareños Genealogical Society in San Antonio.


For questions about TSLAC collections please contact our reference staff at ref@tsl.texas.gov or 512-564-5455.

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