Find Your Hispanic Roots
6/12/2014
If Latin America is in your ancestral past, you'll find it's easier than you think to track your heritage.

If Latin America is in your ancestral past, you'll find it's easier than you think to track your heritage. Here's how to get started finding your Hispanic roots.

Before you can tap the riches of parish records you need to locate ancestral birthplaces. All parish records are identified geographically, and the birthplace is your starting point. Family History Centers maintain extensive map collections; a good atlas or the map collection at your local library will also be helpful. But you shouldn't go straight to a map and start looking for the name of your ancestral hometown—many towns in Latin American countries share the same name. For example, Mexico has at least 10 towns named Santa Cruz. Make sure you get the right one!