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The Beginning: In 1993 three people, interested in finding their family’s history, met on-line and began what is now “The Hispanic Genealogical Society Of New York”.They began by helping each other research their Puerto Rican roots on Compuserve’s Genealogy Forum where there were very few people researching Latin roots. With time, the Latin American Forum was created where the group was able to expand their knowledge, specific to Hispanic research. They created an on-line Hispanic reference library, collecting genealogical resources from all over Latin America and Spain. Attendance to the forum continued to grow as on-line conferencing and networking between members from many Latin American countries, and Spain, enabled the group to be diversified. A short editorial letter in HISPANIC magazine gave further exposure to the groups purpose, helping to make it … Read entire article »

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Genealogists/Family Historians

The National Archives offers insight into the lives of people, their families and our history. Because the records at the National Archives come from every branch of the Federal government, almost all Americans can find themselves, their ancestors, or their community in the archives. Knowing how a person interacted with the government is key to a successful search. … Read entire article »

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Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

When Christopher Columbus arrived there in 1493, the island was inhabited by the peaceful Arawak Indians, who were being challenged by the warlike Carib Indians. Puerto Rico remained economically undeveloped until 1830, when sugarcane, coffee, and tobacco plantations were gradually developed. After Puerto Ricans began to press for independence, Spain granted the island broad powers of self-government in 1897. But during the Spanish-American War of 1898 American troops invaded the island and Spain ceded it to the U.S. Since then, Puerto Rico has remained an unincorporated U.S. territory. Its people were granted American citizenship … Read entire article »

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Introduction to Census Records

The name of your relative or ancestor, and the state he or she resided in, is enough to get you started searching Census records. The first Federal Population Census was taken in 1790, and has been taken every ten years since. However, data from recent censuses are not available after 1930 because of a 72-year restriction on access to the Census. Most researchers find it most helpful to begin with the 1930 Census and work backwards to locate people in earlier generations. The National Archives has the census schedules on microfilm available from 1790 to 1930. (Note: Most of the 1890 Census was destroyed in a Department of Commerce fire, though partial records are available for some states.) What can the Census tell me? Census records can provide the building blocks of your research, … Read entire article »

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