New technology helps Hispanics trace their roots

By LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ | October 4, 2011 | 5:15 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Programs such as NBC's "Who Do You Think You Are?" and PBS' "Faces of America are helping fueling the trend in genealogy. But for many Hispanics, tracing the family tree hasn't been so easy.

Now that's changing: A wealth of genealogical data, including a landmark 1930 census in Mexico, is going online. Discovering information about one's ancestors could be keystrokes away for many of the nearly 32 million Mexican-Americans. That group has been mostly left out of the sleuthing done largely by European-Americans some African-Americans.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, long the nation's largest compiler of genealogical records, this year completed its ambitious project to create a searchable digital index of Mexico's major 1930 census. It also made the information available to the Internet genealogy company,