It comes as no surprise to me that the enthusiasm for family history is growing in the Hispanic community.
In addition to my day job, I taught English as a Second Language (ESL) for 12 years two nights a week and, from my own personal experience, I’ve learned that family is the most important social unit for Hispanics. Family includes not only parents and children, but also the extended family. People within a family unit believe there is a moral responsibility to help other members of the family experiencing problems. And, they walk the talk.
The term Hispanic was created by the United States in 1970 in an attempt to provide a common denominator to a large diverse population connected by the Spanish language to track population and trends. One can view the term Hispanic in the same light that you would Europeans. Think about how many different languages are spoken in Europe and all the different customs and personalities.
Even within the tiny British Isles, after hundreds of years as part of the United Kingdom, the Scots and the Welsh still have culture and customs different from the English. The same holds true for Hispanics, they are Colombian, Mexican, Venezuelan, Chilean, Peruvian etc. There are well-defined cultural differences and, although the common language is Spanish, there are also differences in the language.
During the four days of the 2012 NCLR Family Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, locals arrived in family groups and a 10ft banner Start Your Family History Today was a real attention grabber. Many people were motivated to visit the booth and asked questions about finding their ancestors Mimi Lozano led the team of hosts,whe is the founder and director of “Somos Primos” the oldest and largest on line publication dedicated to Hispanic Heritage.
If you’d like to read the entire account of the event and learn more click on Family Search.