22 July 2013

Researching Spanish Jewish-conveso Lineages - Colorado Springs - July 28, 2013

Jose Antonio Esquibel is conducting a four-hour genealogy seminar in Colorado Springs on July 28, 2013, for the 23rd Annual Conference of the Society of Crypto-Judaic Studies. There is a fee for the individual seminar and the full conference. Below is Esquibel's blog post describing the seminar:

Genealogy Seminar: Researching Spanish Jewish-converso Lineages of Nuevomejicano Families 
I accepted an invitation to conduct a four-hour genealogy seminar on the afternoon Sunday, July 28, 2013, 12:00pm to 4:30pm, as a pre-conference session for the 23rd Annual Conference of the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.

The registration fee for the genealogy seminar is $20. Participants can pay at the door or online.

The registration fee for the full conference, which begins on Sunday, July 28th, is $195. You can read more details about the genealogy seminar and conference, including a list of presenters, and find registration information at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/even...

Questions about the SCJS conference can be submitted to tmizer@uccs.edu.

Here is the description of the genealogy seminar—

"Generation by Generation
Researching Spanish Jewish-converso Lineages of Nuevomejicano Families"

José Antonio Esquibel
Genealogical Researcher, Historian and Author

Even with the amazing resilient survival of the memory and traditions of the Jewish faith and customs among some Hispano families of New Mexico and other regions of Spain’s former northern provinces of the Americas, the paper trail documenting lineages to specific Jewish-converso families of Spain is challenging. This is not surprising given that most conversions of Jews to Christianity occurred in the mid to late 1300s and in the 1400s.

To date, only a few Hispano families of New Mexico’s Spanish imperial era (1598-1821) can be traced to the mid-1500s, leaving a gap of 60-200 years, or about two to six generations.

This genealogy seminar will provide guidance on tracing lineages from New Mexico going back in time through communities that are now part of modern-day Mexico and then into Spain. This will include a close look at the migration patterns of settlers to New Mexico and places of origins, as well as discussing the historical context that influenced those migrations and the settlement patterns in 17th-century New Mexico and in the early 18th century. The history of the Inquisition of New Mexico will also be addressed.

The lineages of two New Mexico families that trace back to Jewish-converso families of 15th-century Spain will serve as examples of the types of records that are available for genealogical and historical research. Directions about how to access the records will be provided.

One lineage traces from the Cansino family of Andalucía to the Silva-Ruiz family that settled New Mexico in 1694 and the other is in regard to the Montoya-Góngora family of 18th-century New Mexico with ancestral family relations among the Jewish-converso Pulgar family of 15th-century Spain.

This will be an interactive seminar with time for dialogue and sharing of knowledge among participants. Also, instruction will be given in how to make the best use of specific research tools and sources available on the Web.

Whether you are a novice in New Mexico Hispano genealogy and history or more experienced, you will gain insights and direction for your future research.

Registered participants are invited to submit questions to José Antonio about Hispano genealogy research in advance of the workshop.

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