Colonial Spanish & Mexican Censuses & Census Substitutes

Henrietta Martinez Christmas
Jul 15, 2022
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About this webinar

Learn about the different types of census records and substitutes that can place your ancestors in New Spain or Mexico. This class will discuss why the records were created, where to find them, and what type of information they contain.

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About the speaker

Henrietta Martinez Christmas, a native New Mexican, a well-known genealogical and historical researcher; she descends from eleven of the soldiers that came with Oñate in 1598.  She has written several books which related to New Mexico’s small town
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  1. MG
    Monica Guzmn
    2 years ago

    Good presentation, syllabus too. I will definitely be watching again.

  2. JT
    Janet Thomson
    2 years ago

    Thank you, Henrietta. I have been helping a person whose genetic background shows Jalisco and we found (for sure) the relevant church records there for the ancestors of this adoptee (whose approx. age is 70). The adoptee’s father apparently was in North Dakota as a farm worker in about 1944, in an official farm worker program initiated by the U.S. Government–do you know if/where such records would be kept (for example, a Records Group # at NARA, an article on such work groups)? Just wondering if you have come across these. I put an inquiry in 18 months ago, but have not heard back from NARA. Thanks for this great overview–you are a fountain of wisdom and records! Hello from Montana, Jan Thomson

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    • Henrietta Martinez Christmas
      2 years ago

      Wow this is complex. First if he is in the 1940 US Census that of course would be helpful, but it sounds like he was not. I would check with the North Dakota Archives and then further into that the Agricultural Department. This was during WWII, so some of those records might have been initiated. Work backwards fromt he county, to the state level. As for NARA that would be a tough research plan as you have found out. Best, HMC

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    Xana Miller
    2 years ago

    Thank you

  4. CG
    Colleen Greene
    2 years ago

    Henrietta is such an incredible wealth of knowledge on this topic. I always learn from her.

  5. FU
    Fran Ussery
    2 years ago

    Lots of information

  6. PD
    Patricia Diane Godinez
    2 years ago

    I especially liked the references to Jalisco, Michoacan, and Texas because that is where I am looking. The 1930 Census of Mexico is excellent but I did not realize it was #5 and that other Censuses in Mexico can be researched in the archives. Not sure how to do that but I shall ask some of my friends. I will definitely go back and view this webinar a number of times. It was so rich in information and the visuals were great. Thank you so much for today’s presentation.

  7. AV
    Anna Valdez
    2 years ago

    Very organized. Speaker was well-read on the topic and very engaging.

  8. RT
    Roeene Tyler
    2 years ago

    It was very helpful to learn about the Census substitutes and how many were done. Henrietta is a wonderful speaker and packs a ton of clear information into her webinars!


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