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Interview of Professor George Ryskamp (September 24, 2005)

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This interview of Professor George Ryskamp took place immediately after the Hispanic Family History Symposium in Washington, DC on Sept. 24, 2005 and is the first in the New Podcast Series called Nuestra Familia Unida.

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Roots Television Interview of Professor George Ryskamp

Roots Television's Sharon DeBartolo Carmack interviews of Professor George Ryskamp. Please visit the Roots Television: website to see many great Genealogy Video programs.

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===> Click To View: "Hispanic Roots" Part 02

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===> Click To View: "Hispanic Roots" Part 04

Historian (Cronista) Esteban Valdes Salazar by Arturo Ramos

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      Esteban Valdes Salazar is the municipal historian ("cronista") of the municipality of Totatiche, Jalisco. He was born in Totatiche and as an adult moved to Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, where he worked as a verger in one of the local parishes. It was there that his interest in genealogy and historical research began after he was exposed to the disciplines by a parrishioner. While still living in Monterrey, he wrote his first book, Los Valdes de Totatiche, which documents the various branches of the Valdes Family in Totatiche and Colotlan, Jalisco. His second book, El sacerdocio ministerial, singular don de la parroquia de Totatiche, Jalisco, documents the descendants of Joseph Cayetano Grano and his six daughters, who are considered pivotal figures in the history of Totatiche and who are the ancestors of most of the illustrious clergy that has come from Totatiche. He has also documented the genealogy of Saint Cristobal Magallanes Jara, who was born and served as priest in Totatiche, and most recently wrote a two volume history of Totatiche. This history, which was published by the Ministry of Culture of the State of Jalisco, can be found in many of the most renowned libraries in the United States.

      Arturo Ramos is an economist in Washington, DC. His family immigrated to Los Angeles, where he was born, from the vicinity of Totatiche, Jalisco. His interest in genealogy was inspired by his father, who had himself collected and compiled subtantial genealogical information about their family before Arturo joined the effort. Arturo is an active member of the Nuestros Ranchos genealogy group ( and has traced many of his lineages back to the 17th century. He is currently writing a book which explores the historical ethnography of the Totatiche region and documents his father's genealogy within this ethnological context.

Interview of Mimi Lozano (July 27, 2005)

My first in this hopefully long interview series is with Mimi Lozano the Editor of the Somos Primos Internet Newsletter: Unfortunately this interview took place via my computer telephone during a thunderstorm here in NC. The two sides of the conversation became slightly out of alignment and I worked hard to get them as close as they are. My apologies for the slight overlapping that is obvious from time to time. Iím sure that future efforts will improve.


InfoBlog Interview of Mimi Lozano (August 25, 2006)

Please visit the Infoblog Site to hear Eileen O'Shea interview Mimi Lozano:

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Interview of Gary Felix (August 19, 2005)

In Today's show I'm happy to talk to Gary Felix.

Gary has an information packed website that he's had up since the late 90's. You will find great information on the conquest, a coat of arms section, surname lists, and several lists of the men who campaigned with the conquistadores: Cortes, Coronodo, Luna, Montejo, and Onate. Here is the URL to his site:

Oh I forgot to mention that Gary also has a section called the "DNA Surname Project" I would encourage everyone to read this section and consider having your DNA checked along with some of the DNA from your Auxiliary lines of Genealogical decent. Here is the URL for that section of his site:

I'm excited to also be a participant in the study. If you look about half way down the page you'll see my results:

Puentes, Joseph Zacatecas 1700's>Jalisco 1800's & early 1900's>Calif.>North Carolina. Haplogroup R1b. Oldest Ydna ancestor - Antonio Puente b.1730.

Interview of Rosalinda Ruiz (August 19, 2005)

Today's show is really a family affair. First I want to thank my Tio David Quesada and Abel Solano for their help with the Intro and Outro. . .at the end of the interview you will hear their complete rendition of the classic, "Sabor A Mi."

I'm so happy to introduce to you a top caliber researcher who happens to also be my 6th cousin, Rosalinda Ruiz. She has a database of discovered relatives that numbers in the thousands. I'm very proud of her and her research abilities as she was able to find the common link in both of our genealogies and thus increase the number of my relatives by about a thousand individuals. In another line of her genealogy she was able to trace her family tree back to Spain via "her Governor" and ancestor Juan Fernandez de Cordoba the Governor of Nueva Vizcaya. She is not only a seasoned researcher but is a cordial and fun person to be around.

Thank you Rosalinda for participating in this interview series.

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