Hispanic Genealogy is defined as the art and science of researching our Hispanic/Spanish heritage or ancestry. For our purposes Hispanic refers to "of or pertaining to Spain" and includes all individuals from Spanish speaking countries including Spain and Portugal. Portugal is not generally considered a Hispanic country but, due to the fluidity between the borders of Spain and Portugal, the two country's genealogies are quite intertwined.
Hispanic genealogy researchers have several advantages over researchers of other genealogies. The practice of Hispanics carrying the surnames of both parents makes it easier to research the female side of our genealogies. In addition, the meticulous recordkeeping of the Catholic Church, the Spanish military and civil authorites provides large amounts of information about our ancestors. These documents are contained in hundreds of archives throughout Spain, Portugal and Latin America. While it is not always easy to access these documants, the situation has been constantly improving.
The location of Hispanic genealogical records is not limited to the countries of Latin America, Spain and Portugal, there are records in the states of California, Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, and Florida. There are also American civil war records of Spanish speaking confederate soldiers.
The hispanic genealogy researcher can expect to uncover several generations of his/her ancestors with most going as far back as the 1600's. A smaller number should be able to go back to the mid 1300's. Those with noble ancestries may be able to go as far back as the late 900's. All this is due to that meticulous recordkeeping we spoke about earlier.
For more information on Hispanic Genealogy, including articles on Spanish surnames, how to get started, etc., visit Al Sosa's Hispanic Genealogy site at http://www.alsgenealogy.com
For more information on the more than 6150 Hispanics who served in the Confederate Military you should visit www.HispanicConfederates.com