NGS 2022 Speaker Spotlight – Debbie Gurtler

May 7th, 2022 by Roger Prince

Catholic Parish Records, Mexican Civil Registration Records, and South American Research–Debbie Gurtler

SESSION: F323  TRACK: Hispanic and Latin       TITLE: Catholic Parish Records:  The Backbone for Research in the Hispanic World

SESSION: S423  TRACK:  Hispanic and Latin      TITLE:  Getting the Most out of Mexican Civil Registration Records

SESSION:  S443  TRACK: Hispanic and Latin      TITLE:  The Same but Different: Research in South America

Debbie Gurtler, AG, is the Family Search manager of the Latin America/Southern Europe and German/Slavic teams at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is presenting three lectures at the conference. The first talks about the parish records of the Catholic church in Spain and Latin America, among the richest resources for Hispanic family history research. On Saturday, she discusses the Mexican civil registration system, which began in the 1860s, decades before civil registration was implemented in many US states. Finally, she combines parish records and civil records when she gives a country by country overview of records in various South American countries.

Gurtler is one of several speakers in the Hispanic and Latin Track. Topics in this track also include the fundamentals of Hispanic genealogy, the Spanish colonial regions that later became California, different types of marriage records, and more.

Remember that online registration for the in-person NGS 2022 Family History Conference ends May 13. Onsite registration opens May 23 in Sacramento for those who choose to register upon arrival.