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If you have not already registered.
Here is another incentive to say YES to San Antonio, September 27th thru the 30th!
Yes, the 30th! Many of you have asked why we are not doing something on Sunday like our last Conference in San Antonio. So we have added
Mass at St. Mary's Church located at 202 N. St Mary's St., San Antonio, TX 78205
Wait a Minute
the Holiday Inn Riverwalk is at
217 N. St Mary's St., San Antonio, TX 78205
Yes, Mass will be held right across the Street,
Come see the second oldest Church in San Antonio
which was built for the Germans, Irish and Americans
That is NOT ALL!
The Battle of Medina Historical Society
Will provide Tours of the Battle Field
Each tour is limited to 5 or 6 persons, lunch on your own
The Battle of Medina is planning on providing two tours on Sunday and two
more on Monday
for people who are interested.
Tour cost is $25 per person-Register at the Conference
The Van Tours will have limited walking, but walking shoes are recommended.
Bring a hat.


39th Annual Texas Hispanic Genealogical and Historical Conference
Sponsored by the Los Bexare
ños Genealogical and Historical Society       


Make your reservations early at the
Holiday Inn Riverwalk, September 27, 28, 29, 2018
217 North St. Mary's Street
San Antonio, Texas 78205-2303
(800) 315-2621 or 210-224-2500  Group Code: LBG

Fellow Historians, Genealogists, and History Buffs, Please join us in San Antonio for the 39th Annual Hispanic Genealogical, and Historical Conference. This upcoming event will take place on September 27th, 28th, and 29th, during the 300th Anniversary of San Antonio's Founding Celebration. Early registration begins now until May 1st. The reduced rate for the Holiday Inn River Walk applies for two days prior and two days after our conference, if you chose to extend your stay in our beautiful city.

Take this opportunity to visit our Historical Missions, which have been named a "World Heritage Site" by UNESCO. Take a dinner barge down the beautiful San Antonio River as you dine with friends and learn some historical facts from your Barge Captain.

Our conference will have 30 sessions with some of the most renowned Genealogists and noted Historians. We will have instructional sessions for beginning, intermediate, and advanced genealogists, and discuss the importance of collecting oral histories.We are also providing discounts on your DNA so that you can bring your results with you, and discuss it with an expert.  Bring your family trees or genealogy records and discover new "Primos" while extending our tree at our Sobremesa after dinner on Friday night.

Saturday Evening Banquet Speaker will be:
Dr. Emilio Zamora
Associate Professor with the School of information Science with a courtesy appointment in the Department of History and associate status in the Center of Mexican American Status at the University of Texas at Austin
Topic: Texas Colonial - Mexican Time Period

Conference Speakers

Friday 28, 2018

Time Room A Room B Room C
9:00 am   Dan Arellano
The French Connection to the Alamo
Ricky D. Reyes
The Four Directions of the Universe Prayer from the Secrete Wisdom of a Yaqui Mestizo Healer
10:05 am   Dr. Javier Villarreal
His presentation follow the road taken by the Spanish language in the Americas. It will explain the results of language contact, initially, in the Antilles, later betwenn Spanish and Nahuatl (the language of the Aztecs) in Mexico. He will explain how language expansion occurs linguistic and cultural environment. It concludes with a discussion on the vitality of Aztec words that have survived and thrived in today's Spanish and English.

Dr. Frank de la Teja Ph.D.
"The Other Seguín: Don Erasmo and the birth of Modern Texas."
Description: While Juan gets the lion's share of attention among the Seguíns of San Antonio, the story of his father, Erasmo, is no less compelling and full of hard choices over loyalties and adversity. Mostly known for escorting Stephen F. Austin into Texas in the summer of 1821, Erasmo's role during the Mexican War of Independence era and the early Mexican national
period are largely unknown. This talk attempts to deal with the conflicting loyalties and responsibilities faced by Erasmo and how his experience. shaped history

11:10 am   Janine Cloud
Family Tree DNA
You’ve decided to try DNA testing to help break through your genealogical brick walls, but all those test descriptions read like they’re written in a foreign language. What can you really expect from testing? What test should you take? Who should you test? What does it all mean? In this talk, Janine Cloud explains DNA testing for genealogy in simple terms
Steve Gonzalez
Executive Director of the Camino Real de Los Tejas, will bring us up to date on ongoing research projects that shed light on various aspects of the trail's history, has allowed historic sites to be recognized as official trail resoures.
1:00 pm  

Anthony Delgado & Joe Arciniega
The Interview (Dramatic presentation on Texas History)

William Scott
Early Ranching Women of the San Antonio and Guadalupe River Valley.

2:05 pm   Alex Baez
Alex Baez tells the tell the story of their grandfather “Memoirs” written in his own hand. The story of the grandfather’s migration from Spain to Monterrey. Beginning in 1834. The grandfather shared personal philosophies about life.
Dr. Carolina Castillo
Crimm Ph.D.
The Story of General Bernado de Galvez and how Tejanos became Sons of the American Revolution and resulted in victory for the Americans.
3:10 pm  

Sylvia Reyna
Research resources available at the San Antonio Library Texana Department.


Gus Martinez
The Evolution of the Tejanos: 500 years in the Americas and 300 years in Texas. Discusing the First Families of Bexar 1716-1730



4:15 pm  

Art Martinez de Vara & Norma Langwell
The Alcades Program


Jose Sierra Sr.
The presentation deals with the who, what, where, when and why Texas Spanish and Mexican Land Grants were stolen from Tejano ancestors after 1848 and will discuss U.S. reparation of those lands.


Saturday, September 29, 2018   

Time Room A Room B Room C
7:20 am      
8:05 am

Margarita Araiza
The History of Women Religious in Laredo.


David Gonzales
He will discuss his research on of Sephardic Jews in Texas and Mexico and what is the meaning of this renaissance and where do Hispanics with Sephardic ancestry go from here.

Angel of Goliad
Presentation Team
Preserving the Memory of an Incredible Lady.
9:10 am

María Elena Laborde y Pérez Treviño
Author of the hottest selling book “Objective: Salvar Vidas: Mexico en Madrid, 1936” of Mexican Involvement in the Spanish Civil War. She is a descendant of 1716 families of Bexar and author about her grandfather who was governor of Coahuila, founder of a political party, presidential candidate and ambassador of Mexico to Spain where he saved lives during the Spanish Revolution.


Dave Gutierrez
Author of “Patriots from the Barrio.” The Story of Company E, 141st Infantry: The Only All Mexican American Army Unit in World War II. The unit consisted of men from El Paso, San Antonio & other Texas towns. Film rights have been sold for a movie.


Ed Mata
The Cristero War. The persecution of Catholics in Mexico.  This was a popular uprising against the anti-Catholic Mexican government 1926 to 1929.

10:15 am

   Lic. Maria de Jesus Real
         Garcia  Figueroa
Spanish Presentation
Nace en el Distrito Federal. Es licenciada en Antropología e Historia con especialidad en Etnohistoria, enfocándose en Historia Oral. Tiene la maestría en Historia por la UNAM y es cronista de la Delegación Benito Juárez. 

Bill Millett
Bill Millet - film director & co-producer of the Music Soundtrack - had an imaginative and original way to illustrate the synthesis of a vast and detailed history of Spanish Texas that has never been revealed to the public in Film. People involved in film production from California will participate in the presentation.

Brennan Gardner Rivas ABD
An unequal right to Bear Arms. State weapon laws and how regulations targeted the non-white persons of Texas, particularly the male slaves and Indians who posed a threat to the safety and social order of white communities

11:20 am Lic. Miguel Angel Munos Borrego
"Spanish Presentation"
His research will show a connection of the Borrego families that brought ranching into northern Mexico. To include rancher Jose Vasquez Borrego who crossed the Rio Grande near Laredo in 1750 and in 1755

Dr. Teresa Von Hoy Ph.D.
Presentations by several of her St. Mary’s University History students who will present stories about their families in Texas, primarily South Texas.


Moises Garza
The author of over 38 books on Mexican Genealogy, the administrator of The Mexican Genealogical Blog; and developer of the WEARECOUSINS.website will present on current findings and research

1:30 pm Art Martinez de Vara
"Mission Espada After Seclarization: 1794 - 2014"
He is a Texas historian, author and attorney. He was the grand Prize Winner at the 2016 TSGS Book Awards for "Dios y Tejas: Essays on the history of Von Ormy Texas" and the winner of the 2014 Presidio La Bahia Award for "The Jose Franciso Ruiz Papers: Report on Indian Tribes of Texas in 1828"
Dr. David Carlson, Ph.D.
The Bexar County Archivist

“¿Quién crees que eres? History, Genealogy and Popular Culture viewed from the Archives.”

Dr. Francis Galan Ph.D.

An Assistant Professor of History at Texas A&M University-San Antonio.

“From Los Adaes to the Alamo: The Significance of East Texas

to San Antonio’s Tricentennial Celebration”

San Antonio celebrates the 300th anniversary of its founding in 1718, this talk considers the ties that bound Adaeseños from East Texas alongside Bexareños, Coahuiltecans, Apaches, and Comanches at the three principal institutions that constituted the Alamo City’s core identity of the missions, presidio, and town in its formative years. Adaeseños infused a spirit of accommodation and rebellion from the Texas-Louisiana border at Los Adaes and Nacogdoches to South Texas, and vice-versa, as Tejanos became caught in revolutionary movements for American, Mexican, and Texan independence. In particular, family surnames such as Losoya, Esparza, Carmona, and Tejeda are but a few who came to San Antonio from Los Adaes while others traveled back and forth along the Camino Real in search for opportunity, land, and freedom 
2:35 pm Crispin Rendon
The well-known Genealogist who many of us depend upon will speak on:
Exploring Mexican Catholic Marriage Records using FamilySearch.org
Mary Ozuna Torres
The Harlingen Native write a weekly column for the Valley Morning Star, will present the weaving of the story of the Molina and related families of Revilla, Mexico and South Texas.
Dr. Mary Jo Galindo, Ph.D.
La Orden Caballeros de America and the Legacy of Maria L. Hernandez La Liga Pro Defensa Escolar demonstrations protesting the discrimination in and deplorable conditions of public school for Mexican children in the 1930's
3:40 pm

Carlos Martín Herrera de la Garza

Spanish Presentation

He will discuss his book on the marriages that occurred in Burgos, Tamaulipas from 1750 until 1860 which encompass such names such as Adame, Balli, Cano, Flores, Garza, Gonzáles, Guillén, Gutiérrez, Palacios, Treviño, and Zuñgia. Professor Herrera is a faculty member of the Universidad de Tamaulipas in Ciudad Victoria  

Cindy A. Medina

The Administrator of the FB site “New Spain and Mexico” will talk about the Dr. Hogan Book “Abraham Lincoln and Mexico”


M. E. Rios

M.E. Ríos is a genealogy enthusiast who is passionate about connecting people with the history of northeastern México through their genealogies. He has research experience in archives in México, Spain, and the United States. His current research focuses on tracing lineages of Jewish ancestry in northeastern México. He is the project administrator for the Cohen de México Project on Family Tree DNA, and has a forthcoming book on proving an unbroken maternal lineage of Judeo-converso origin in northeastern México dating back to 1495 in Spain and HOW that could affect YOU!