Use these eight genealogy resources to help your Latin American family tree research along.
If you’ve ever traveled out of the country, chances are you talked with friends about where to go and what to see. You scoured the internet for information about your dream destination. You perused travel guides and maps. Your Latin American and Caribbean genealogy research should begin in exactly the same way: Start at home, gather information and get ready for a wonderful journey.
As much as you’d like to, you might not be able to actually go to Mexico, Belize, Grenada or another locale, but you’ll still need to know how to get around, where records are and how to get to them. And to get the most understanding out of the records you find, you’ll want to brush up on the geography, history, culture and language of your ancestors.
This guide will help you overcome many of these challenges by recommending places where you can stop and ask directions along your genealogical journey. With more and more indexes and original documents appearing online, you might be lucky enough to locate an ancestor’s birth or marriage record at one of these waystops. But even if that elusive ancestor isn’t somewhere online, the resources listed on these pages will point you to the most likely libraries, archives and repositories where he can be found.