The Museum of South Texas History, a museum chronicling the heritage of South Texas and Northeastern Mexico, welcomes Mary Ozuna Torres, the president of the Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Genealogical Society, to present “Researching Your Hispanic Ancestry” on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m.

The presentation will cover the basics of Hispanic genealogical research and how to get started, organize data and find available records related to genealogy. Torres will also provide a brief overview of the Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Genealogical Society, a 501c3 non-profit organization.

Torres, a native of Harlingen, earned a bachelor’s degree in Management from St. Edward’s University in Austin. After 30 years with the State of Texas, she retired and began researching her family history, and has traced some of her ancestry back to Mexico in the 1700s. Currently, she writes a weekly column for the Valley Morning Star, “Harlingen Happenings.” Torres has presented programs on genealogy for local organizations at the Texas State Genealogical Society’s Annual Conference and at the 2016 Rootstech Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Sunday Speakers Series is included in the fee for regular museum admission. FRIENDS of the Museum are admitted free as a benefit of FRIENDship.

This program is made possible with generous support from the Carmen C. Guerra Endowment. Mrs. Guerra was deeply committed to supporting educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley. This named endowment was created at the museum by her family to honor her memory and to continue her commitment to providing opportunities for education to the community.

About Museum of South Texas History
The Museum of South Texas History is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. It is located in downtown Edinburg at 200 North Closner Boulevard on the Hidalgo County Courthouse square. Hours of operation are from   1 p.m.–5 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday. Founded in 1967 as the Hidalgo County Historical Museum in the 1910 Hidalgo County Jail, the museum has grown over the decades through a series of expansions to occupy a full city block. In 2003 following the completion of a 22,500 square foot expansion, the museum was renamed the Museum of South Texas History to better reflect its regional scope. Today, the museum preserves and presents the borderland heritage of South Texas and Northeastern Mexico through its permanent collection and the Margaret H. McAllen Memorial Archives and exhibits spanning prehistory through the 20th century. For more information about MOSTHistory, including becoming a FRIEND, visit MOSTHistory.org, like us on Facebook, follow on Twitter, find on Google+ or call +1-956-383-6911.