National Hispanic Cultural Center – Texas Records

April 19, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The Durango (Colorado) Herald is running a story that Sue Major Holmes, a writer for the Associated Press, wrote about Pat Vigil’s genealogy research. Vigil is from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and wrote a book about his family’s history and genealogy. The book is a part of the genealogy library at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (website).

The article mentions something that might be of interest to Hispanics in Texans doing genealogy research:

The library, housed in a historic elementary school building Vigil once attended, offers resources ranging from New Mexico land grant documents and 200 years of records of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santa Fe to censuses and church and government records from El Paso, Texas, and Chihuahua and Durango in Mexico.

The El Paso and Mexico documents are important because “nearly everybody who came this far north went through those areas, so if people work back far enough, they’re going to need to look at that information,” said senior librarian Greta Pullen.

The article mentions the center has thousands of volumes covering the history and culture of the Southwest (including Texas) and other areas that were covered by Spain.

Further Reading:
The Durango Herald (Durango, Colorado)

New Exhibits at Meadows Museum, DeGolyer Library (SMU)

March 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

There is a new exhibit opening up at SMU’s Meadows Museum, focusing on King Charles IV of Spain and his twenty year reign from 1788 to 1808, which included parts of Texas (when it was called New Spain). The exhibit runs for three months and consists of furniture, paintings, and other artwork from the era.

Of particular interest to genealogy and history buffs, there is another exhibit at SMU running alongside this one, hosted by the DeGolyer Library at SMU. It’s the Mexico: Colony to Empire, 1519-1867 and it’s running from February 11 – May 20, 2010. Part of the exhibition covers the large hacienda land grants that helped shape this part of North America.

Among the items being exhibited at the DeGolyer Library of interest to genealogists:
– Manuscript collections concerning viceroyalty documents
– Land grants
– Nobility applications referencing purity of blood/lineage
– Catholic Church documents
– Assorted materials from the Mexican War and Texas Revolution
– Early Maps

Further Reading:
Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University
DeGolyer Library at SMU
Dallas Morning News