People with Hispanic roots are celebrating the weeks between Sept. 15 and Oct. 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 10 million people can trace their ancestry to Spanish-speaking countries, and this does not include the 3.9 million residents of Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory.
Hispanics now compose 13.7 percent of this country's population and are our largest ethnic minority.
A number of Web sites may be helpful to people tracing their Hispanic ancestors. These are: Hispanic Genealogy, http://home.att.net/~alsosa; Hispanic Genealogy Center, www.hispanicgenealogy.com; Infoplease Hispanic Heritage Month, www.infoplease.com/spot/hhm1.html; Mexico GenWeb Project, www.rootsweb.com/~mexwgw; Puerto Rican Hispanic Genealogical Society, www.rootsweb.com/~prhgs and SomosPrimos, www.somosprimos.com.