26 March 2010

Over 120 digital collections of archives, libraries and museums in Spain

A article in the March 25, 2010, ELPAÍS.com, newspaper portal announced, Nace Hispana, el portal de colecciones digitales de archivos, bibliotecas y museos de España (in Spanish) or translated by Google Translate, Born Hispanic, the portal for digital collections of archives, libraries and museums in Spain (in English.)

Spain's Ministry of Culture is announcing that there are 121 cultural online databases available online through their website,
http://hispana.mcu.es. Many of these online collections have been available for years, but now they available together in one place (portal.)

This is a boon to those of us with Spanish ancestors. I have found download-able images of documents about or written by my ancestors centuries ago. Also some of the libraries (bibliotecas) have digitized books identifying my ancestors in terms of occupation and family ties.

BE FOREWARNED: much of this is in Spanish but armed with a good Spanish Dictionary and Google Translate, . There can be lots of things to find.

You will not be finding anything like this at ancestry.com anytime soon.

18 March 2010

Pompanic Street, San Antonio

The town of St. Leo needs to know how Pompanic Street in San Antonio/St Leo got it's name. This is a great genealogy question where the society can help the local community.
Does anyone know how this name came about? Can anyone do some research and help this community in determining the source of the street name?
I know the members have the skills to step up to the plate and research this question.
Please post your findings.
Thank you.

13 March 2010


At today's meeting, a question was asked about the slide showing the movement of the center of population from 1790 to 1900. According to the U.S. Census, the map does reflect the exact center of population both east and west as well as north and south. Their explanation is that if an equal weight were assigned to each person, the map would balance at that point.

For an updated map from 1790 to 2000, go to the Census home page, http://www.census.gov/index.html and search for: meanctr.pdf

Thanks, Louie Holt