Hispanic SIG

Logo extension for VGA's Hispanic SIG Interest Group

The Virtual Genealogical Society has a new SIG (Special Interest Group) focusing on Hispanic research. This group launches in January 2019, and is for paid members of VGA who have an interest in Hispanic genealogy.

The Hispanic SIG is coordinated by Colleen Robledo Greene, MLIS.

Our online meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Pacific.

For our purposes, the term Hispanic refers to anyone from or who descends from a Spanish-Speaking country. This includes Spain, and is not limited to just Latin America. It does, however, exclude Portugal and its former colonies.


SIG Activities

We invite you to join us at our monthly online meetings, and for ongoing discussions in our Facebook Group.

Monthly Meetings

  • When: The 3rd Tuesday of each month (6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Pacific)
  • Where: Online via Go To Meeting (will be recorded)
  • Who: Open to all VGA members
  • How: Via the Hispanic SIG Meeting Access page (Members must be logged in)

Go to the Hispanic SIG Meeting Access page

Our meetings are informal and discussion-driven, providing members an opportunity to talk about problems and solutions, ask questions, and share their tips. These are not formal lectures, however, some months might include a brief presentation by a member or invited guest.

These meetings are conducted in English.

2019 Discussion Topics

Because the SIG is brand new, the Coordinator has scheduled the following discussion topics for the first few months

  • February 19, 2019: Search and documentation strategies for Hispanic names
  • March 19, 2019: Context behind Mexican civil registrations
  • April 16, 2019: Search strategies for civil registrations

SIG members will be surveyed for future topics of interest, and are encouraged to lead discussions. If you are a VGA member who would like to lead a discussion topic in 2019, please contact the Coordinator at colleen.e.greene@gmail.com.

Archived Meetings

Monthly meetings will be recorded and archived for VGA members to watch at their convenience.

These recorded meetings can be viewed from our Hispanic SIG Meeting Access page (VGA Members must be logged in).

Go to the Hispanic SIG Meeting Access page

After each meeting is archived, the link will be posted in our Facebook Group so that members can continue the discussion.

Facebook Group

We have a private Facebook Group where VGA members with an interest in Hispanic research can post questions; request future meeting topics; share tips, events, links, and family history stories; help each other out; and connect with other researchers.

You must be a current paid member of VGA to join or remain part of the Facebook Group.


SIG Coordinator

Colleen Robledo GreeneColleen Robledo Greene, MLIS is a librarian, college educator, and web developer with 22 years of genealogy experience. She specializes in Mexican and Hispanic research, GPS methodology, and emerging technologies. Colleen particularly enjoys helping non-Spanish speakers succeed at their Hispanic research.

Her Mexican ancestors hail from California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, San Luis Potosí, Tamaulipas, Chihuahua, and Durango.

You can contact Colleen at colleen.e.greene@gmail.com.

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