Hispanic/Latino Genealogy Selective Bibliography prepared by Dr. Paul R. Rivera, 17 April 2019
Informative Books
Daniels, Roger, Coming to America: A History of Immigration and Ethnicity in American Life, Harper Perennial, 2002. An accessible examination of immigration from Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas from the Colonial period to the present. Extensive bibliography included.
Dinnerstein, Leonard, and David M Reimers, Ethnic Americans: A History of Immigration, 5th Edition, Columbia University Press, 2009. Surveys history of immigration with an emphasis on 20th and 21st century arrivals. Contains a useful annotated guide to further reading, and an appendix of immigration statistics.
Douglas, Lee V., Hispanic Local History and Genealogy in the United States: Selected Titles at the Library of Congress. Library of Congress Research Guide No. 40, 2002. This bibliography lists titles for research on the histories of families of Hispanic origin in Latin America and the United States. Part XV, “Emigration from Spain” traces the beginnings of Spanish movement across the Atlantic and reasons for its continuation in recent centuries.
Fairbank, Rebekah, “Iberian Emigration Law: A Comparison Study of Liberalism in Nineteenth-Century Emigration Law of Spain and Portugal,” The BYU Family Historian, Vol 6 [Fall 2007], pp. 43-58.
Figueroa, Luis, Sugar, slavery, and Freedom in Nineteenth-Century Puerto Rico, University of North Carolina Press, 2005. Informative example of how the ubiquitous institution of slavery colors family histories and genealogies
Gjerde, Jon, Ed., Major Problems in American Immigration and Ethnic History, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1998. The best single sourcebook of documents dealing with the experiences of a broad range of immigrant groups who have come to America.
Pico, Fernando, History of Puerto Rico: A panorama of its People, Markus Weiner Publishers, 2006. Highly readable account whose endnotes demonstrate how the family historian can access and use data and insights from history.
Platt, Lyman, Census Records for Latin America and the Hispanic United States, Genealogical Publishing Company, 2014. Contains the largest and most complete listing of nearly 4,000 separate censuses by country, locality, and year.
Ryskamp, George, Finding Your Hispanic Roots, Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc, 1997. A valuable introduction to the range of records available in the United States, Latin America, and Spain. Includes chapters on Spanish language and research techniques with examples of translated records.
________, Finding Your Mexican Ancestors, A Beginner’s Guide, 2007. A useful work for genealogists who are tracing their family and heritage to the Spanish- speaking nation with the largest number of immigrants to the U.S.
Genealogical Records on the Internet
FamilySearch <familysearch.org> is an online service of The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints [LDS]. It offers searchable access to a host of records [census, directories, civil registration, church registers, emigration and immigration, land and property], genealogies, books, and family trees drawn from 261 nations and 14 “extinct” states. Many records are available online.
Family History Research Wik <https://familysearch.org/wiki/en.Main_Page>. The Family Search website offers a wiki which allows you to click on a world map and identify a range of genealogical records and sources for specific countries. Or, from the Family Search Wiki page, click Online Genealogy Records in the list on the left side of the page. There you will find access to Online Genealogy Records for the following Iberian and Latin American nations: Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
An Online Visit to the Archives of the Indies, Sevilla
General Archive of the Indies. The General Archive of the Indies in Seville came into being in 1785 for the purpose of collecting in a single place all the documents pertaining to the Spanish colonies in the New World. See: Portada del Archivo General de Indias. Culturaydeporte.gob.es
Scott Cave, Pennsylvania State University, “Taming PARES: Accessing Some of the World’s Greatest Archives with One of the World’s Crankiest Websites.” scottcave.net
Roger Louis Martines, University of Colorado, “The most useful combination of Latin American search tools is a Portal de Archivos Espanoles [PARES] search of the Archivo General de Indias [AGI] because of the robustness of the online search engine and the number of digitized records.” rogerlouismartinez.com
Erin Stone, Vanderbilt University, “A review of the General Archive of the Indies, Seville.” dissertationreviews.org