Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter brings an article on "Lineage Society for Descendants of Early Settlers of Spanish and Mexican Land Grants"
The following announcement was written by the Early Settlers of Spanish and Mexican Land Grants:
HOUSTON, TEXAS - Organizers announced today the formation of a lineage society for Early Settlers of Spanish and Mexican Land Grants (ESSMLG). This is the first national lineage society that recognizes and preserves the contributions of the Spanish / Latino culture in the early settlement of the United States. Even before Jamestowne was founded and the Pilgrims landed, Texas and the southwestern U.S. were being explored. By the 1600s there was a rich Spanish culture in place. The early settlers of the southwestern U.S. included such diverse groups as Spaniards, Canary Islanders, French, Irish, English, Scots, Jewish, German, Dutch, Portuguese, and Native Americans from both sides of the present day U.S.-Mexico border. Much of the early history of this area is barely taught in schools where the curriculum emphasizes the early English settlement of the eastern U.S.
The mission of ESSMLG is to research, preserve, and promote the lost history, heritage, and culture of the early settlers on Spanish and Mexican grants in land now part of the United States of America. It is the first national lineage society formed:- to recognize the important contributions of those early settlers from whom our Spanish-speaking culture evolved,- with a board-certified genealogist confirming all member applications meet accepted genealogical standards,- with a DNA component for ground-breaking scholarly research and to link family groups,- and with an all-digital research library.The official launch of ESSMLG will be at the 29th Annual Texas State Hispanic Genealogical and Historical Conference in Nacogdoches, Texas on 28-31 August 2008."