Hispanic Local History and Genealogy
in the United States
Selected Titles at The Library of Congress
Compiled and Annotated by Lee V. Douglas, Local
History and Genealogy Reading Room
Humanities and Social Sciences Division, Library of Congress
Research Guide No. 40
This bibliography lists titles for research on two primary
topics: histories of American families of Hispanic origin,
and histories of places in the United States settled by people
of Hispanic origin. The nature of these topics requires research
far beyond the borders of the United States, into countries
of Spanish America, Spain, Portugal, and in some instances
as far afield as Corsica and Sweden. The broad sweep of this
research makes the titles here contained potential sources
for secondary topics as well, their scope limited only by
the needs of the researcher.
Part I lists handbooks for genealogical research in the
United States and in some Spanish American countries. Part
II deals with personal names and place names and will benefit
equally the genealogist, the historian, and the linguist.
Part III lists books on Hispanic history of the United States
of America. Parts IV-X list materials for research on specific
American states, most of them former Mexican or Spanish territories.
Parts XI-XV list materials on Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and
Spain, many of which are relevant to emigration or immigration.
Part XV, "Emigration from Spain," merits a section of its
own because it touches on the beginnings of the Spanish movement
across the Atlantic, reasons for its continuation in the nineteenth
and twentieth centuries, and because it helps to trace emigration
routes; relatively few people emigrated directly from Spain
to the United States, but hundreds of thousands traveled from
Spain to Spanish colonies in the Americas, and thence to territories
that now lie within U.S. borders.
Part XVI treats of Spanish Jewish emigration and the unique
circumstances that shaped it. Part XVII lists catalogs and
archives outside the Library of Congress that contain significant
numbers of local histories, censuses, and land records. Parts
XVIII and XIX list materials on Spanish American countries
not covered in preceding sections and materials not easily
categorized under the preceding headings.
It should be emphasized that the titles in this bibliography
are those that the compiler hopes will be of most help to
researchers, but the Library of Congress contains thousands
of additional works on these subjects that may be found in
the library's catalogs by using the subject headings that
appear in the catalog displays of the works here listed.
Table of Contents
III. Hispanic History of
the United States
VIII. New Mexico
X. Other States
XI. Puerto Rico
XV. Emigration from Spain
XVII. Catalogs and Archives
XVIII. Other Countries
of Spanish America