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Latin American Inquisition Records

In 1480, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella established the Inquisition in Spain.

Through the Inquisition, the Spanish Crown sought to achieve both religious unity and civil control throughout the empire, including Latin America.

The Holy Office of the Inquisition was established throughout the Catholic world in order to prosecute heretics and religious criminals.

Jews also suffered from the inquisition.

For information about aspirants to the Inquisition courts of Mexico, see:

  • "Fernandez de Recas, Guillermo Sergio. Aspirantes Americanos a Cargos del Santo Oficio: Sus Genealogias Ascendientes" (American Aspirants to Polisition in the Holy Office: Their Genealogies) Mexico, D.F.: Libreria Manuel Porrus, 1956 (FHL book 972 D3fr film 0,283,553).

    For genealogical information about the Inquisition of Lima, see:

  • "Lohmann Villena, Guillermo, Informaciones Genealogicas de Peruanos Sequidas Ante el Santo Oficio" (Genealogical Reports of Peruvians Brought Before the Holy Office) Lima: (s.m.), 1957, (FHL book 985 D2l, film 0,873,987, item 3).

  • Remember:


    Remember that the early censuses always have a hard copy index, alphabetized by surname, and then by first name of the heads of households.

    These indexes usually cover the entire state and are easy to search.

    You can find them in most large public libraries and genealogical societies. The indexes are also available at the

    Online Geneolagy Library.


    Military Organizations that Supply Markers for Members:

  • Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)
  • Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) - Veterans and Descendants of Union Civil War Soldiers
  • Sons of Confederate Veterans
  • Department of Veteran Affairs/Headstone or Marker Program
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • AND

    Abbreviations on tombstones can also be confusing.

    The most often used are:

  • d/o -- daughter of
  • m/o -- mother of
  • s/o -- son of
  • f/o -- father of
  • w/o -- wife of
  • R.I.P. -- Rest in peace


    Several people have asked about Native American tribes with unfamiliar names.

    A good online source for locating information about tribes is's Native American Tribes page.

    This site gives you valuable leads on where to start your search.

    To find a tribe's original and current landholdings, visit Native American Online.

    This site also has extensive links that can be of great assistance.


    The key to conducting research on Canadian ancestors is knowing where to start.

    One of the best places is the vital records office for the province in which the family lived.

    Although these records may not go back very far (the 1850's at the earliest), they can be useful for finding death certificates of original pioneers.

    Below is a list of sites you may want to check out:

    Canada GenWeb Project

    Provincial Archives of New Brunswick


    GenWeb of Quebec

    Newfoundland and Labrador GenWeb

    Saskatchewan GenWeb

    Alberta GenWeb

    Manitoba GenWeb Project

    British Columbia GenWeb

    Yukon GenWeb

    NWT (Northwest Territory) and Nunavut GenWeb Project

    If you can't find what you're looking for, check with the GenWeb host. Do you have some genealogy knowledge to share or have a question?

    You can Write to me!

    Include your first initial and last name and put the word GENEALOGY in the subject.

    I'll try to use your contribution in a future column.

    (Please note that these columns are written several weeks in advance so publishing it will be delayed accordingly.)

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