Hispanic Heritage Month, has been observed in the United States since 1968. During this month, the history and culture of Americans with Hispanic roots in Mexico, Spain, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America is celebrated. Please see our Latin American and Caribbean Genealogy guide for a select list of resources in the Grosvenor Room pertaining to Hispanic local history and genealogy.
Another resource helpful to those who want to research their Hispanic roots, is Ancestry Library Edition (ALE). ALE is a database available for use at any of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library locations. When using the database, a good way to see if there are materials related to the country you are researching is to search the ALE card catalog by inputting the country’s name in the’Keyword’ field. To access the card catalog, go to the ‘Search’ menu located at the top of the screen in the database.
Featured Ancestry Library Edition Database:
Border Crossings: From Mexico to U.S., 1903-1957 – Most content is related to aliens crossing the U.S. Mexican Border for select locations in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas. The information that may be found includes birth date and place, port and date of arrival, names of individuals accompanied by, marital status, and physical description.