Researching Indigenous Ancestors in Mexico and its Spanish Colonial period can be done. In this post you will learn about a great resource to help you expand your knowledge in this topic.
Once a month I will feature a presentation that is available on Las Villas del Norte (the official premium genealogy group for our Mexican genealogy community). These presentations have a focus on researching Mexico or are about methodology that can be applied to researching our Mexican and Spanish Colonial Ancestry.
Today the presentation that I want to make you awar eof if that of Nefi Arenas and it is titled "No Surnames? No Problem! Researching Indigenous Ancestors in Mexico".
The summary of the presentation is: A prevailing myth when researching ancestors in Mexico who belonged to an indigenous group is that there is no documentation available, or that it can't be done. Indigenous books are usually well preserved; there are a few challenges (like no surnames) but those ancestors can be found.
If you suspect or have heard your family say that you have native/indigenous ancestry then this presentation is perfect for you to learn about available resources and gain the knowledge so you can properly search for records about them.
This presentation provides a great case study on how to do indigenous research.
About Nefi Arenas
Nefi is a full-time genealogy researcher based in Toluca, Mexico. He specializes in finding Jewish ancestors in Colonial Mexico. He was born in Mexico City, graduated from BYU Idaho and founded Parentum Genealogy Services. He is an APG board member, and has presented for Roots Tech.
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