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GeneaBloggers Radio – Show Notes for Friday, April 22, 2011


GeneaBloggers Radio – Episode 13–finding-your-roots

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Friday, April 22, 2011
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Latino Genealogy – Finding Your Roots

Join us for another episode of GeneaBloggers Radio on Friday, April 22, 2011 starting at 10pm Eastern, 9pm central, 8pm Mountain and 7pm Pacific when this week we’ll be discussing Latino genealogy and finding your roots.


Our special guests will include Richard Villasana of Find Relatives In Mexico who will tell us how to locate Mexican ancestors; Mari Alvarado Tsosie, A.G. of Hispanic Ancestry who will help us understand some of the research challenges involved; genealogist Sheila Lee Prader who specializes in early California Hispanic families as well as central coastal California local and family history; and genealogist and blogger Ellen Fernandez Sacco who will tell us about Puerto Rican genealogy.

Richard Villasana

Richard Villasana

Richard Villasana, President of Find Relatives In Mexico, is an international expert and leading authority on Mexico Family Genealogy. His company has helped the Department of Defense, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, foster children, and more than 3,500 individuals to identify and find family and relatives living in Mexico.

His company, Find Relatives In Mexico, offers highly specialized services that include identifying and finding family, relatives and loved ones living in Mexico. They provide a verification service of family genealogy data, a City and State Locator service to find people in Mexico and one-on-one consultations.


Mari Alvarado Tsosie

Mari Alvarado Tsosie, A.G.

Mari Tsosie graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.A. in Family History/Genealogy with an emphasis in Latin American and Native American research. She is an Accredited Genealogist through ICAPGen: International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists. Born in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico. She has done extensive research on her personal lines. This has given her much experience in Catholic Parish records, Civil Registration, Census and notarial records. Mari has hands on experience with national archives including Mexico’s AGN, Archivo Nacional de la Nación, and Navajo Chapter Houses.

Mari is a full-time client researcher which gives her time to focus exclusively on projects and allows for timely delivery of work. In addition, she volunteers two times a week as a genealogy teacher in the Hispanic and Native American community. This keeps her research and methodology skills sharp and up to date with the latest technology.


Sheila Lee Prader

Sheila Lee Prader

Sheila Lee Prader began researching her own early California and Mexican genealogy in 1983.  She has conducted considerable research in the records of Spain, the Azores, Mexico and early California, and continues to research Hispanic ancestry for herself and for clients.  She maintains a great interest in the local history of Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito and southern Santa Clara counties in California.  She has the Certified Local designation from Professor/Historian Sandy Lydon.

Sheila is currently President of the San Juan Bautista Historical Society and is also working on cataloging the archival holdings of the San Benito County Historical Society.  She is a member of Pajaro Valley Historical Association, Monterey County Historical Society, Gilroy Historical Society, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History and Ag History Project of Watsonville.  She is also a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.  She is a Historian member of Los Californianos and has been a volunteer at the Santa Cruz Family History Center for several years.


Ellen Fernandez Sacco

Ellen Fernandez Sacco

Ellen Fernandez Sacco’s background is in archival research and field work and grounds her genealogical research. Before diving into genealogy she earned a doctorate in Art History (UCLA 1998) and published on the history & development of American museums, art practice, race, and the history of Mundillo, traditional Puerto Rican lace making. Ellen cofounded Sociedad Ancestros Mocanos in 2001, and moderates RodriguezPR, both on Yahoo Groups.

Ellen teaches introductory courses on Latino genealogy, and her recent articles focus on family histories and land ownership in Moca for Hereditas, journal of the Sociedad Puertorriqueña de Genealogía. She is also a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

As for her recent projects, Babilonia Family History is focused on a large, diverse family in the Northwest muncipality of Moca in Puerto Rico. Ellen is interested in the intersection of genealogy and local history, to better understand the past.

Mundillo, Encaje y Vida: Mundillo, lace & life, weaving words & thread: is a series on history of women lacemakers in Moca, Puerto Rico. Since information on women tends to be shortchanged in older records, Ellen’s research on mundillo (traditional PR lacemaking) is helpful for understanding how women networked to sustain their families, over the course of the 20th century.


Door Prizes!

Thanks to Family Tree Magazine and, we’ll be giving away copies of the Family Tree Magazine Mexican Genealogy Guide Digital Download during the show! And don’t forget to use your special GeneaBloggers discount code for the website: GBLOG and you’ll receive a special 15% discount!

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Disclosure:  I have written several articles for Family Tree Magazine for which I have been compensated; I was recently a member of the Family Tree 40 Panel which assisted in selecting the 40 Best Genealogy Blogs for Family Tree Magazine; and I use affiliate links to sell Family Tree Magazine-related products. Please see Disclosure Statements for more information on my material connection with Family Tree Magazine and other genealogy vendors.

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