Argentina has had many ethnic minorities including Armenians, French, Germans, Irish, Italians, Japanese, Jews, Poles, Spaniards, Swiss, and Welsh. It's important to learn the history of the ethnic, racial, and religious groups your ancestors belonged to. For example, you might study a history of the Jews in Argentina, Germans in Argentina, the Welsh in Patagonia, or French in Esperanza, Santa Fe. This historical background can help you identify where your ancestors lived and when they lived there, where they migrated, the types of records they might be listed in, and other information to help you understand your family's history.
Few immigrants came to Argentina before 1800, but with the independence and after the defeat of Juan Manuel de Rosas, Argentina opened the door to Europeans. Under Justo Jose de Urquiza, incentives were made to encourage immigration for the benefit of the country. One of the first
incentive was to create agriculture colonies, providing all the necessary land, tools, and animals to insure success for the new colonies. In addition the government was to respect the believes and culture of the new immigrants. They encouraged and helped the immigrants get establish in farming, industry, and commerce. Later the government helped establish churches in the new colonies.
For some minorities in Argentina there are some unique records and resources available. These include histories, gazetteers, biographical sources, settlement patterns, and handbooks. In the following paragraphs only some of the major minority groups of Argentina are mentioned. Some references and overview are given, but this is not a comprehensive overview of any of the minorities mentioned.
=== Welsh ===
Beginning in 1865 many Welsh settlers left Wales and settled in Argentina. For additional details see: *[http://www.glaniad.com/index.php?lang=en http://www.glaniad.com/index.php?lang=en]
=== Native Races ===