Hispagen

In my attempts to find more information on the family of the Martínez de Vergara line in Spain, prior to Juan’s move to Chile, I ran across an article written by a genealogist named Angel Custodio Rebollo Barroso of Huelva, Spain.

I contacted him and he immediately offered his assistance to find more information about my ancestor. Over the course of several email messages between us, I asked him for recommendations on relevant societies in Spain that I may join. He suggested I join the same society he is a member of: Asociación de Genealogía Hispana (or Hispagen).

I had heard of this organization before while doing my research on the Martínez de Vergara line but had not gone forward with looking into joining them. To be honest, I wasn’t interested in joining any societies at the time.

This time, things were different. I went ahead and filled out the online application form and thought that it would take a couple of days before I get approved. Though it did take a couple of days for it to be processed, it was not a blind approval. I had a number of email exchanges with a representative of the association’s board where I had to expound upon my reasons for joining, my intended areas of research and also attach a photograph.

I was excited to find out that I was eventually approved to join and added to the mailing lists. In the email announcing my admission to the general membership, I was asked to introduce myself. At first I didn’t feel like doing so but then, I thought of being on the other side and wanting to know who this “new guy” is.

In my introduction email, I spoke about myself and my hispanic ancestry. I also spoke about the difficulties in finding information on the Martínez de Vergara family prior to the mid 1500’s. I share some other information I had about what I had already found and in general expounded upon my interests in the field of genealogy and specifically in hispanic genealogy.

I was amazed with the response I received from the membership. Within 24 hours I had several email messages with pointers to where to look for the information I have been looking for and also on other lineages that I haven’t yet researched in depth.

I highly recommend Hispagen and publicly thank the members there and especially Mr Angel Custodio Rebollo Barroso.

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