Monthly Archives: September 2011

The Mystery – Rancho Santa Teresa

I first came aware of Rancho Santa Teresa when I found Martin Garza’s Catholic Church Record at FamilySearch. Unfortunately I have not been able to find this ranch but I have found several clues so far. 
My first clue was the same page where Martin’s baptism was recorded. There are two other baptismal records that indicate that the children documented there where also born in Rancho Santa Teresa. 

My second clue is Mary Jo Galindo’s Dissertation “Con Un Pie En Cada Lado: Ethnicities and the Archaeology of Spanish Colonial Ranching Communities Along the Lower Río Grande Valley” on pg 142 she indicates that in a partial Census of Mier taken around 1817, which is in private hands, the Rancho is listed as Santa Teresa de Guardado. Unfortunately she does not list the names of the individuals listed but provided the following synopsis of the rancho:

                                                         Indivi-                                                  Horses          Mules
Rancho Name                 Families     duals  Goats  Sheep  Cattle Mares Tame Colts Tame   Colts
Santa Teresa de Guardado    14       71        769     2037     16      34     16        3       6         0
Could this be possibly Guardados de Arriva and Guardados de Abajo which are two communities near Present day Miguel Aleman, Tamaulipas, Mexico?
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Spanish Colonial Ranching Communities a Dissertation by Mary Jo Galindo

Anyone doing Genealogy research in South Texas and Northeastern Mexico at one point, while doing research, cannot help but stumble into Mary Jo Galindo’s Dissertation “Con Un Pie En Cada Lado: Ethnicities and the Archaeology of Spanish Colonial Ranching Communities Along the Lower Río Grande Valley” which is a great 353 page work about South Texas and Northeastern Mexico Ranching and its early families. Continue reading

PARES – Portal to the Archives of Spain

Another great tool when researching South Texas and Northern Mexico Genealogy is PARES (Portal de Archivos Espanoles).

Don’t forget to run your ancestor names in their archives search since it contains numerous collections pertaining to mexico and all of Spaniard territories before the 1800′s I found a document as old as 1695 which pertained to one of my ancestors dying intestate and how the family was dividing his estate. The Spanish will be sometimes hard to read but we have to adapt.

Home Page of PARES:

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These archives contain documents all the way from brawls due to love affairs up to Spaniard officer files. Fortunately in my family tree I have quite a bunch of Spaniard officers. I’ll be posting some findings in future posts.

Zamora’s Rancho La Mecca Cemetery

Years ago while driving by on our way to Rancho El Ebanito (the family ranch in Los Guajillos, Miguel Aleman, Tamaulipas, Mexico) I saw tombstones from the road.

I asked my father Lauro Garza about them and he stated that that was the cemetery of Los Zamora’s and my mother San Juana Tanguma stated that my grandfather’s father Yldefonso Zamora was buried there as well as his parents. This might explain why I have not been able to locate their burial place since this might just be it.

This happened in the 1990′s and by around 2006 the land around the cemetery was sold the monte was cut down and the tombstones could no longer be seen, it can just be assumed that they were also destroyed but if that is the case this is still the location were the cemetery should be located at.

Once the drug violence stops, I will go and find out if they were destroyed or if they are just covered by the tall grass. The following is a picture of the piece of land where the cemetery should be located at, the red circle mark’s the spot.

Source: “Zamora’s Cemetery” 26°14’16.14″ N  99°08’03.60″ W. Google Earth. September 30, 2010. May 23, 2011.

Jose Martin Garza Garcia – Rancho De Santa Tereza

As time has passed i have found more information about my ancestor Jose Martin Garza Garcia. Since writing this post over a year ago I have found his death date and have found that he is buried in El Arcabuz, Tamaulipas, Mexico as many of his ancestors are. I have also found out that Rancho De Santa Tereza used to be near El Arcabuz and might have and been property of one of Martin’z Aunts.

Jose Martin Garza Garcia is my great-great-grandfather on my paternal side. Unfortunately I don’t have much information about Martin and I am currently researching him further. The only thing I have been able to find was his baptismal record on FamilySearch. According to an informal interview with my uncle Horacio Garza he stated that both Martin and his wife Maria Ramona Garcia are buried in the Cemetery of Los Trevinos, Miguel Aleman, Tamaulipas, Mexico but I have not been able to find their graves. I still have to search the Cemeteries in Mier and El Nogalito to be completely sure that I may never find their graves. He is burried in El Arcabuz, Tamaulipas, Mexico but I have yet to find Ruperta’s burrial place but I suspect it is the same one.

1st Generation

Jose Rafael Garza died on an unknown date.  He married Maria Ramona Garcia on Oct. 20, 1834 in Inmaculada Concepción, Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico.Children of Jose Rafael Garza and Maria Ramona Garcia
  1. Jose Diego De Jesus Garza was born on Nov. 12, 1835 in Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico and died on an unknown date.
  2. Jose Martin Garza was born on Jan. 30, 1837 in Rancho De Santa Tereza, Tamaulipas, Mexico and died on an unknown date  February 22, 1928.
  3. Pablo Garza died on Nov. 23, 1838 in Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico.
  4. Jose George Garza died on Oct. 27, 1840 in Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico.

2nd Generation (Children)

  1. Jose Diego De Jesus Garza was born on Nov. 12, 1835 in Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico and died on an unknown date.  He married Jacinta Lopez, daughter of Jose Manuel Lopez and Maria Tomasa de la Garza, on Aug. 8, 1859 in Inmaculada Concepción, Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico.
  2. Jose Martin Garza was born on Jan. 30, 1837 in Rancho De Santa Tereza, Tamaulipas, Mexico and died on an unknown date February 22, 1928.  He married Maria Ruperta Lopez, daughter of Jose Manuel Lopez and Maria Tomasa de la Garza, on Mar. 3, 1862 in Inmaculada Concepción, Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico.
  3. Pablo Garza died on Nov. 23, 1838 in Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico.
  4. Jose George Garza died on Oct. 27, 1840 in Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico.

New or Updated Records at Family Search

Family Search has added or updated the following records:

Out of these new additions or updates I am very interested in the Nuevo Leon and Zacatecas Civil Registrations, Ill let you all know about any new family that I am sure to discover with this documents.

Copyright © Moises Garza. All rights reserved. Article may be reused for whatever purpose, and it is encouraged, as long as it is in its entirety including this notice. moisesgarza@gmail.com

Abstracting and Transcribing Genealogical Documents

Abstracting and transcribing Genealogical documents is very important and sometimes crucial. You always want to verify your sources and what better way than finding an original document and either abstracting or transcribing it. Not to mention that things you will find when taking the time to read the documents, are priceless.

As you may have already noticed I do a lot of transcribing and the following listed resources were fundamental to helping me decipher those old handwritten documents.

I do not intend nor will I do a tutorial on how or the importance of Abstracting & Transcribing Genealogical Documents but I will point you in the right direction, just follow these steps:

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Finally

  • Use Transcript 2.3 or Genscriber depending on your needs, both are free for personal non commercial use. Lately I have just been using Transcript since it helps me get the job done.

Remember always add your abstracts or transcriptions to your genealogical database. i also attach a copy of the image and make sure that I cite it properly for future reference. I hope that this helps you out. Any suggestions on this subject please let me know.

5 Free Genealogy Database Software

Free is always good, specially if your budget does not allow you to buy things that you absolutely don’t need. With being the proud father of a toddler and a baby on diapers, there is not much extra left over.

Here are a five programs that won’t cost a penny unless you want the extras that each offers. I am not going to describe them since I believe that the best way to chose the best one for you is by installing each one and trying them out for yourself.

Five Free Genealogy Database Programs To Check Out:

Legacy family Tree Standard Edition

RootsMagic Essentials

Ancestral Quest Basics

Family Tree Builder – (My favorite and the one I use) Since a year ago I have not used it. I bought Family Tree Maker.

Personal Ancestral File - Will be discontinued in July 2013.

After trying each one out, just chose the one that provides you with ease of use and is a perfect fit to you.

This post was last updated 6-23-2013

Family of Amado Capetillo and Abelina Suarez – Found In the 1930 Mexico Census

I found the following family which are ancestors of one of my brothers in law at familysearch.org and found the original image of the census at Ancestry.com.

1. Amado Capetillo was born About 1888 in Nuevo Leon, Mexico and died on an unknown date.  He married Abelina Suarez. Abelina was born About 1891 in Nuevo Leon, Mexico and died on an unknown date.

Children of Amado Capetillo and Abelina Suarez

i.2.Nemecio Capetillo was born About 1912 in Nuevo Leon, Mexico and died on an unknown date.

ii.3.Genovevo Capetillo was born About 1916 and died on an unknown date.

iii.4.Julia Capetillo was born About 1918 in Nuevo Leon, Mexico and died on an unknown date.

iv.5.Manuel Capetillo was born About 1920 in Nuevo Leon, Mexico and died on an unknown date.

v.6.Salvador Capetillo was born About 1922 in Nuevo Leon, Mexico and died on an unknown date.

vi.7.Jesus Capetillo was born About 1924 in Nuevo Leon, Mexico and died on an unknown date.

vii.8.Jose Capetillo was born About 1926 in Nuevo Leon, Mexico and died on an unknown date.

viii.9.Maria Capetillo was born About 1928 in Nuevo Leon, Mexico and died on an unknown date.

Sources: FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com

1930 Mexico National Census – Free at Ancestry.com

Part of Image from Ancestry.com

The 1930 Mexican Census is available for free at ancestry.com

I already found family in the area around Los Ramones, Nuevo Leon and obtained some images. Will you find yours? I am sure that you will since this census has been labeled as the most important census of the 20th century with over 90% of the population participating.

It includes over 12.8 Million names and all of them have been indexed at Ancestry.com and are available for immediate search.

Unfortunately, I could not locate any family in the Miguel Aleman, Tamaulipas area, since the whole Municipio of Miert appears to be missing. It is very likely that either they were not counted or the pages were somehow missing.

I also could not locate ancestors In the Diaz Ordaz area. I need to do further research to find out why, I just hope the information is there and the problem is me.

Well happy hunting, as for me I am still diving into it.

Search for FREE on Ancestry.com.