Alberto Chapa (Sanchez-Navarro) and Petra (Farias Perez) de Chapa 
Sabinas Hidalgo, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, circa 1915

"Para un hombre, su palabra es todo."

 Counsel given to me by my grandfather, el Profesor Alberto Chapa Sanchez,
former Superintendent of Schools, Sabinas Hidalgo, Nuevo Leon, Mexico,
July 1952 in Stockton, California  . . . Mimi

Welcome to Somos Primos™, a publication dedicated to past and present articles, events and information concerning Hispanic heritage issues. Somos Primos is an all volunteer effort.  There is no paid staff and there is no cost for accessing issues. 
The editorial focus of Somos Primos is to connect present day situations to its historical foundation. The goal is to awaken Latinos to the fact that we are walking in the footsteps of our ancestors. Whether that path is clear to our vision or not, we are in the midst of that road. It is imperative that we grasp the unique and individual part in world history, and especially United States history, that our grand-parents walked. The contributions of our ancestors are important to understand the many social issues of today.

Whether the umbrella title is Hispanic or Latino, the problem is one of a confused and distorted image. Who are we? The identity problem is based on many historical occurrences, political and social factors which are currently being explored, on many levels.

Somos Primos originated in 1986 with a different name.  It was first as a flyer posting upcoming meetings for a Hispanic Research Study group in Orange County, California. The study group grew into a non-profit, and the flyer developed into Somos Primos, a quarterly for the now named Society of Hispanic Historical and Ancestral Research, a 28 page hard copy published from 1990-1999.  
January 2000, the first issue of  the monthly was posted online. As increasing amount of information was shared by individuals and groups, the online issues has grown to an over 300 pages heritage journal. 

Somos Primos online exposure resulted in many and increasing national [project for promoting Spanish language heritage and history.In 2004, Somos Primos was invited to assist in organizing the first conference on Hispanic heritage ever held at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. "Hispanics and the Formation of the American People"  During 2005 we were involved with and facilitated six heritage events.  For more information, please go to:  NARA

In 2012 the National Council of La Raza invited Somos Primos to participate in their National Conference, held in Las Vegas.  This year we have been invited again. It will be held in New Orleans, a very historic city.  Read More

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To access each Somos Primos issue, click on the year below, then click on the desired month. The links to future issues will become active after those issues have been published. Please send an email if there are any problems.


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First European Thanksgiving, April 30, 1598 Mimi Lozano
Spanish Presence in the Americas' Roots  Mimi Lozano
Dramatization of the 1849 Debates which resulted in the 1849 California Constitution 

Copy of the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
Mimi Lozano
Black-Latino Connection: Tracing many historical connections of interaction between Africans and Latinos. Mimi Lozano
Site developed specifically for classroom use in Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. Mimi Lozano
Extensive pedigrees of well-known historical figures in the colonization and establishment of Northern Mexico and South Texas Tex-Mex Family Trees by John Inclan
Mexican Researchers, very active online networking and sharing. Facilitated by President, Benicio Samuel Sanchez Garcia Genealogica del Norte de Mexico
Series of historical articles to facilitate researching in Mexico, especially indigenous lines.. John P. Schmal
Abundant and well-documented information on the Spanish soldiers who served in the Americas during the American Revolution. Granville Hough
Resources and suggestions for writing your own family history.


Compilation of Spanish terms used in documents.  Very helpful in deciphering archaic terms. Ophelia Marquez
Reading Spanish documents: This manual was developed specifically to assist in reading Spanish language documents.
Spanish Records Extraction
Alphabetical listing, marriages of El Libro de Matrimonios de la Parroquia de Nuestra Senora de Loreto de Burgos 1750-1860 .

Transcripción por Carlos Martín Herrera de la Garza

Remembering Military heroes Guy Gabaldon, American Hero of the 20th Century
Rafael Peralta Deserves the Medal of Honor
Compilation of the very successful series of articles written by Mercy Bautista Olvera, highlighting success stories of both Latinas and Latinos  Mercy Bautista-Olvera

Spain' earliest history to it's involvement in the American Revolution, inclusive of the important role played by the Sephardim communities. Presented from the personal History in the Family of De Riberas Michael S. Perez
Family of De Riberas


House of Aragon, historical novel about the effects of WW II on the Los Angeles East L.A. community.  Michael S. Perez
House of Aragon
Database of OVER 200,000 records of  individuals, connected through pedigree and family group lines. Some lines have been traced back 40 generations.  Ancestors of Crispin D. Rendon,
Northern Mexico and South Texas 



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Important: We welcome submissions to Somos Primos, prior to the 25th of the preceding month. Please include all text and picture files in the e-mails themselves. For security (virus) reasons, we do not download files, texts or pictures. Also, we do not update web links and e-mail addresses in past issues of Somos Primos. If the web link does not work, we suggest you do a  search.

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