Wednesday, October 5, 2011

New technology helps Hispanics trace their roots

Oct 05, 2011 | by Laura Wides-Munoz

MIAMI—Programs such as NBC's "Who Do You Think You Are?" and PBS' "Faces of America" are helping fueling the trend in genealogy. But for many Hispanics, tracing the family tree hasn't been so easy.

Now that's changing for America's largest minority group as a wealth of genealogical data, including a landmark 1930 census in Mexico, is going online. Discovering information about one's great-great grandparents and other relatives could be keystrokes away for many of the nearly 32 million Mexican-Americans -- a group long left out of the sleuthing done largely by European-Americans and some African-Americans.

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