Monthly Archives: October 2011

First Head Stone of Eusebio Garza Lopez

This picture is of the first head stone, Eusebio Garza Lopez, my great-grandfather had from the time of his burial in June of 1947 all up until the death of his wife Paula Lopez in December of 1975. The head stone was removed and moved to an old Jacal at Rancho El Ebanito where it remains up to this date. The reason for removing it, is that the family bought both of them matching monuments. I’ll be posting those pictures at a later date.

The Head stone reads “Eusebio Garza Nacio En Agosto 14 1883 Fallecio Junio 4 1947 Dedican Este Recuerdo su Esposa E Hijos“. (Eusebio Garza born on August 14, 1883 Died June 4 1947 His Wife and Children dedicate this Memory).

I remember that as a child I would always see this headstone and be amazed. My mind would start wondering about many things. How was his life? Soon I wanted to learn more and I am lucky that I have.

Eusebio’s parents are Jose Martin Garza Garcia and Maria Ruperta Lopez Garza. He was also the husband of Paula Lopez Garza.

1916 Baptism of Dominga Marroquin Gonzalez in Mier, Tamaulipas Mexico

The following image is of the baptism of Dominga Marroquin Gonzalez at Inmaculada Concepción, in Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico in January 19, 1916. Dominga was my grandmother, her parents were Pedro Marroquin Perez and Maria Amalia Gonzalez Guerra. This image indicates she was born on September 19, 1915 and that her God Parents were Gertrudis Guerra and Teodora Guerra.

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Original Image can be found at: Mexico, Catholic Church Records > Tamaulipas > Mier > Inmaculada Concepción
(Mier, Tamaulipas)> Bautismos 1888-1926

This is the transcription of the above document:

No. 29

Dominga Marroquin Gonzalez

En la parroquia de la Purisima Concepcion de C. Mier. a diecinueve dias del mes de Enero de mil novecientos dieciseis, yo el infrascrito Cura Economo de esta feligresia, bautise solemnemente a una nina que nacio el diecinueve de Septiembre del ano proseimo pasado; le puse por nombre Dominga. Es Hija legitima de Pedro Marroquin y Amalia Gonzalez. Fueron sus padrinos Gertrudis Guerra y Teodora Guerra, a quien les adverti el parentesco espiritual y demas obligaciones por ellos contraidas. Y para que conste lo firmo.

Manuel Leal A.

Sources: FamilySearch

Historical Mexican Timeline – Fechas Historicas de Mexico

Browsing throught the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library in Edinburg, Texas, I found a great little reference book titled Fechas Historicas de Mexico (Historical Mexican Dates) by Fernando Orozco Linares, printed in Mexico back in 1993 by Panorama Editorial. It Provides historical dates all the way from pre-Hispanic Mexico to all the way up to 1991.

Cover of Book:

It is a good book, but only if you have access to it. I did a search and I found the same timeline of Mexican history dates online and here is the link Fechas Historicas de Mexico and it is by the same author as the book. It is being maintained by the Facultad de Ingenieria de La Universidad de Queretaro. These links are no longer working, the online version was removed.

You can always search www.worldcat.org to find this book in a library near you.

This is a great resource to get a good historical context of your ancestors lifes in Mexico during their lifetime. The events in this book must have had touched every Mexican in one way or another.

The 1920 Baptism of Eulalio Garza Lopez in Mier Tamaulipas, Mexico

The following image is of the baptism of Eulalio Garza Lopez at Inmaculada Concepcion, in Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico in 1920. Eulalio was my grandfather, his parents were Eusebio Garza Lopez and Paula Lopez Garza. This image indicates that his God Parents were Jorge Lopez and Concepcion Ramirez. I am guessing that Jorge is Paula’s brother since I have him listed as such from information obtained from my father.

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Transcription From Image:

No 492 Eulalio

En la Parroquia de C. Mier, a los diez dias del mes de Noviembre del ano del pr mil novecientos veinte, yo el Ptno, Ramon Sanchez, bautize solemnemente, puse el sto oleo y sto Crisma a un nino a quien puse por nombre Eulalio que nacio en El Arcabus el dia ocho de Diciembre del ano anterior; hijo legitimo def Eusebio Garza y Paula Lopez. Padrinos Jose Angel Lopez y Concepcion Ramirez, a quienes adverti su obligacion y parentezco espiritual. Y para que constancia firme.

Ramon Sanchez

Sources: FamilySearch, and conversations with Lauro Garza Marroquin (my father).

HTTrack Website Copier and How it Might Help You in Your Genealogy Research

This is one of those programs that I have been using since as far back as I can remember. This program will let you copy an entire website for browsing offline later on. Please read the following description from their website and then read my suggestion on how to use this program in your Genealogy research.

“HTTrack is a free (GPL, libre/free software) and easy-to-use offline browser utility. It allows you to download a World Wide Web site from the Internet to a local directory, building recursively all directories, getting HTML, images, and other files from the server to your computer. HTTrack arranges the original site’s relative link-structure. Simply open a page of the “mirrored” website in your browser, and you can browse the site from link to link, as if you were viewing it online. HTTrack can also update an existing mirrored site, and resume interrupted downloads. HTTrack is fully configurable, and has an integrated help system.” - www.httrack.com

Now that you know exactly what HTTrack is let me tell you how I use it on my Genealogy research and maybe you all can use it the same way. While doing my research I have come across websites that are full databases and the ancestors mentioned there are too many to copy, print, or annotate. What I do instead is download the entire website using this program and place the entire thing on my sources folder.

Then when I am away from home and have no connection to the internet I can continue doing my research on that particular website. Where it comes super handy is when the website you are looking for no longer exists. This has happened twice but luckily I had made copies of them and I still continue to cite them. Hope that you all find this program useful.

Please note this only works on websites that have .html extension and will not work on wordpress websites.

To download go to: http://www.httrack.com/

Marriage of Eusebio Garza Lopez and Paula Lopez Garza in Los Aldamas, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

The following is the 1907 Civil Marriage of my great-grandparents Eusebio Garza and Paula Lopez in Los Aldamas, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. At the end is the transcription of the documents in Spanish as the original documents. Once I get a chance I’ll translate them (almost two years and I have not done so, more than likely I won’t due to lack of time).

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The following is the transcription of the above images:

Numero 4 cuatro matrimonio de Eusebio Garza y Paula Lopez

Acta numero 9 nueve. = En la villa de Los Aldamas a los 20 veinte dias del mes de Marzo de 1907 mil novecientos siete a las 8 ocho de la noche ante mi Luciano Pena Juez del Estado Civil de esta Municipalidad hallandome en el despacho de esta Oficina, presentes el Senor Eucebio Garza y la Senorita Paula Lopez, ambos celibes, el primero de 22 veintidos anos de edad hijo legitimo de Don Martin Garza y Dona Ruperta Lopez y la segunda de 18 diesiocho anos de edad hija lejitima de Don Jorge Lopez y Dona Luz Garza, todos vecinos de Ciudad Mier, Estado de Tamaulipas, con residencia en la Congregacion de El Arcabus; de profesion el pretenso y el padre labradores. Ambos contrayentes dijeron que habiendose presentado en objeto de contraer matrimonio el dia 3 tres de Diciembre del ano proximo pasado, en cuyo acto tambien estubo presente el padre de la pretensa, dando en consentimiento, asi como lo hace ahora para que su hija contraiga el matrimonioconsertado por ser menor de edad, y por otra parte haciendo sido hechas las publicaciones en la forma legal, sin que se haya presentado inpedimiento alguno segun aparece de las constancias prespectivas, piden al Senor Juez autorice Consentada union. Ynterogados los contrayentes en los terminos de al ley hicieron la formal declaracion de ser su voluntad unirse en matrimonio, y entregarse mutuamente como marido y mujer, en esta virtud yo Luciano Pena Juez del Estado civil de esta villa, hice la siguiente declaracion: En nombre de la sociedad declaro unidos en perfecto, legitimo e indisaluble matrimonioal Senor Eusebio Garza y a la Senorita Paula Lopez. Fueron testigos de este acto los Senores Bacilio Ramirez, Brigido Gonzalez y Gregorio G. Gonzalez, mayores de edad, casado el primero y el ultimo y el segundo soltero labradores y vecinos de Ciudad Mier los dos primeros y el ultimo de esta vecindad. Leida esta acta a los interesados y testigos de conformidad firmaron los que supreson Conmigo el Juez Doy fe. = Luciano Pena. = Eusebio Garza. = Bacilio Ramirez. = Brigido Gonzalez. = Gregorio G. Gonzalez. = Cinco surlericas. = Es copia que certifico

Luciano Pena

Source: FamilySearch

Marriages, Los Aldamas, Nuevo Leon, Mexico 1902 – 1908

This is a list of all the Marriages for 1902 – 1908 of Los Aldamas, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Information comes from images at FamilySearch, Nuevo León, Civil Registration, 1859-1962 Los Aldamas Matrimonios 1902-1908 To Easily search this index press CTRL+F and enter the name you are looking for.
Marriages of Los Aldamas Nuevo Leon from 1902 to 1908
Marriages for 1902		Pages 1 through 38

Number  Page    Male                            Female
18      26      Gonzalez, Antonio               Alanis, Florentina
7       10      Vela, Benigno                   Leal, Crescencia
14      21      Pena, Cristelo                  Alanis, Bernarda
5        7      Pena, Eugenio                   Rios, Gregoria
1        3      Garcia, Fernando                Zarate, Teresa
9       12      Garza, Genaro                   Lopez, Faustina
10      14      Sanchez, Irineo                 Perez, Sixta
12      18      Garza, Juan                     Pena, Antonia
15      22      Marroquin, Jesus Maria          Reyna, Luisa
17      23      Cantu, Juan                     Cantu, Elijia
6        9      Salinas, Leandro                Garcia, Micaela
16      23      Salinas, Lino                   Pena, Luisa
2        4      Tanguma, Marcelo                Vela, Carlota
13      19      Garza, Mercedes                 Garza, Maria
3        5      Zarate, Perfecto                Garza, Celestina
4        7      Benites, Pedro                  Salinas, Eusebia
11      17      Rios, Ramon                     Rios, Bacilia
8       12      Garza, Secundino                Lopez, Calixta

Marriages of Los Aldamas Nuevo Leon from 1902 to 1908

Marriages for 1903 Pages 39 through 65

Number  Page    Male                            Female		
2        3      Garcia, Antonio	                Longoria, Emilia
6        9      Garcia, Aniceto                 Garcia, Micaela
8       12      Alanis, Albino                  Pena, Gabriela
1        2      Pena, Cosme                     Carillo, Maria
12      17      Garza, Froilan                  Pena, Damiana
5        8      Pena, Guadalupe                 Pena, Dolores
13      19      Pena, Gabriel                   Salazar, Teresa
7       11      Salinas, Justo                  Garza, Elisea
4        5      Pena, Lucio                     Lopez, Clemencia
14      21      Rios, Sabas                     Garcia, Petra
3        5      Zarate, Trinidad                Garcia, Josefa
10      15      Alanis, Tiburcio                Rios, Rosa
9       14      Alanis, Victoriano              Clara, Garcia
11      16      Garcia, Victor                  Lopez, Brigida

Marriages of Los Aldamas Nuevo Leon from 1902 to 1908

Marriages for 1904 Pages 66 through 100

Number  Page    Male                            Female	
7       11      Leal, Ancelmo                   Pena, Genoveva
18      26      Guerra, Alberto                 Garza, Josefa
5       7       Garcia, Blas                    Cantu, Trinidad
15      22      Perez, Crescencio               Leal, Delfina
1       2       Garcia, Eustacio                Garcia, Santos
10      16      Pena, Eusebio                   Guerra, Paula
2       3       Salinas, Guadalupe              Salinas, Locadia
3       4       Alanis, Jose                    Pena, Clemencia
16      23      Marroquin, Juan A.              Garcia, Rafaela
17      25      Garcia, Luciano                 Gutierrez, Nazaria
9       15      Pena, Martin                    Rios, Carlota
11      17      Lopez, Martin                   Lopez, Ramona
13      19      Pena, Manuela                   Pena, Clara
4       7       Rios, Pedro                     Cantu, Felipa
6       9       Carillo, Porfirio               Salinas, Antonia
8       13      Salinas, Placido                Cantu, Juana
14      20      Garza, Pablo                    Amaya, Juana
19      27      Garza, Wenceslao                Saenz, Bernardina
12      18      Ramos, Zenon                    Ramos, Catarina

Marriages of Los Aldamas Nuevo Leon from 1902 to 1908

Marriages for 1905 Pages 101 through 143

Number  Page    Male                            Female	
11      17      Rodriguez, Abundio              Toscano, Luisa
19      29      Rios, Calixto                   Garcia, Gabriela
20      30      Chapa, Camilo                   Ramirez, Guadalupe
16      25      Pena, Dionicio                  Garza, Teofila
1       2       Herrera, Eligio                 Vera, Vita
2       3       Garcia, Felipe                  Garcia, Elena
8       12      Alanis, Francisco               Flores, Rafaela
9       13      Vera, Faustino                  Regalado, Prudenciana
13      20      Cantu, Guillermo                Cantu, Manuela
5       10      Romo, Jesus                     Toscano, Francisca
15      23      Morales, Julian                 Ortiz, Lucinda
3       4       Reyna, Marcos                   Garza, Agustina
4       6       Rios, Maximiano                 Garcia, Felicitas
6       11      Ramos, Matias                   Salinas, Gregoria
14      22      Martinez, Marcio                Gonzalez, Apolonia
7       11      Salinas, Natividad              Ramos, Antonia
17      26      Garza, Narciso                  Pena, Maria
10      15      Pena, Pedro                     Garza, Blasa
12      19      Saenz, Pascual                  Vasques, Juana
21      31      Pulido, Pas                     Salinas, Juana
22      32      Gonzalez, Roman                 Garza, Barbara
18      26      Salinas, Santos                 Gonzalez, Maria
23      33      Pena, Santos                    Alanis, Bacilia

Marriages of Los Aldamas Nuevo Leon from 1902 to 1908

Marriages for 1906 Pages 144 through 194

Number  Page    Male                           Female	
6       8       Garza, Apolinar                Garza, Maria de los Angeles
7       9       Trevino, Apolonio              Hinojosa, Santos
19      24      Cantu, Anastacio               Garcia, Selsa
13      15      Amaro, Benigno                 Garcia, Felipa
27      39      Montalvo, Bartolo              Garcia, Martina
1       2       Benites, Cesareo               Salinas, Martina
20      28      Rodriguez, Cruz                Chapa, Antonia
22      30      Alanis, Canuto                 Gonzalez, Librada
25      35      Gonzalez, Cipriano             Garcia, Matilde
15      18      Vela, Donaciano                Alanis, Nieves
5       6       Solis, Felipe                  Rios, Paula
11      14      Longoria, Francisco            Sanchez, Maria de los Angeles
12      14      Ledesma, Francisco             Rios, Guillerma
17      20      Garcia, Felipe                 Garcia, Viviana
21      28      Rios, Gaspar                   Perez, Fidela
24      33      Perez, Guadalupe               Pena, Nieves
26      37      Ramirez, Gabino                Garza, Manuela
16      19      Rios, Hermenegildo             Martinez, Cenovia
4       5       Salinas, Jose                  Garcia, Tomasa
10      12      Vela, Juan                     Salinas, Susana
18      23      Garcia, Martin                 Garcia, Lus
28      41      Sepulveda, Manuel              Rodriguez, Pas
14      16      Solis, Pedro                   Saens, Lorenza
23      32      Martinez, Rogerr               Cantu, Eusebia
2       2       Garcia, Severo                 Ramirez, Paula
8       9       Trevino, Severiano             Lopez, Felicitas
29      43      Garza, Simon                   Pena, Bacilia
3       5       Zarate, Tomas                  Olivarez, Sanjuana
9       12      Pena, Teofilo                  Pena, Maria

Marriages of Los Aldamas Nuevo Leon from 1902 to 1908

Marriages for 1907		Pages 195 through 258

Number  Page    Male                            Female	
10      14      Gonzalez, Alejandro             Garcia, Anastasia
17      22      Garza, Antonio                  Garcia, Jesusa
15      21      Pena, Antonino                  Pena, Juliana
22      30      Lopez, Andres                   Ramos, Luisa
14      20      Leal, Blas                      Leal, Gregoria
16      22      Gonzalez, Brigido               Cuellar, Juana
20      27      Garza, Cecilio                  Garcia, Eulalia
2       3       Reyna, Eleuterio                Alanis, Adelaida
4       7       Garza, Eusebio                  Lopez, Paula
5       8       Lopez, Herculano                Lopez, Lus
12      18      Garcia, Herculano               Garcia, Teodosa
11      15      Trevino, Julio                  Trevino, Paula
18      25      Pena, Juan                      Rios, Bacilia
21      30      Leal, Jesus Maria               Regalado, Urbana
23      33      Trevino, Juan                   Rios, Epigmenia
3       4       Gallegos, Lazaro                Hinojosa, Leonides N.
19      26      Garcia, Lorenzo                 Garcia, Guadalupe
1       2       Pena, Martin                    Rios, Tomasa
6       10      Gonzalez, Martin                Salinas, Josefa
8       11      Garza, Pedro                    Garza, Guadalupe
9       13      Rodriguez, Perfecto             Alanis, Maria
24      34      Benites, Pedro                  Cantu, Martina
25      35      Alanis, Santos                  Ramos, Elpidia
7       11      Pena, Tomas                     Rios, Cristina
13      19      Ramos, Victorio                 Ramos, Nazaria
26      37      Lopez, Zeferino                 Garcia, Sanjuana

Marriages of Los Aldamas Nuevo Leon from 1902 to 1908

Marriages for 1908 Pages 258 through 282

Number  Page    Male                            Female	
2       2       Pena, Ananstasio                Ramirez, Erlinda
9       10      Morales, Antonio                Gonzalez, Francisca
5       5       Martinez, Bruno                 Pena, Antonia
12      15      Alanis, Conferino               Pena, Carmen
3       3       Vasquez, Emilio                 Garcia, Sanjuana
4       4       Garcia, Exiquio                 Garcia, Estefana
6       6       Pena, Ysidro                    Gonzalez, Lina
1       2       Rios, Jesus                     Rios, Rafaela
8       10      Rios, Jose                      Rios, Antonia
11      13      Lopez, Juan                     Lopez, Sanjuana
14      17      Tanguma, Luciano                Pena, Petra
10      12      Hinojosa, Luciano               Lassaulx, Mercedes
13      16      Garcia, Simplicio               Alanis, Rosaura
7       9       Rios, Vicente                   Almaras, Sara

Sources: Original Images to this Index can be found at - https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-22299-51166-52?cc=1916238&wc=11896636

1837 Baptism of Jose Martin Garza Garcia, Mier Tamaulipas Mexico

The following image is of the baptism of Jose Martin Garza in February 9, 1837 which took place in the church of Inmaculada Concepción, Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico. It lists as place of birth Rancho Santa Teresa and his parents as listed as Rafael Garza and Ramona Garcia. It also states that he was 11 days old, thus one can conclude that he was born on Jan 30 1837.

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Original image can be found at; FamilySearch > Mexico, Catholic Church Records > Tamaulipas > MierInmaculada Concepción (Mier, Tamaulipas) > Indice de Bautismos 1819-1874

Transcript of above image:

N. 25 Jose Martine Del Rancho de Sta Teresa

En esta Parroquia de la Villa de Mier a los nueve dias del mes de Jose MartinFebo. de mil ochocientos Treinta y siete. Yo el Presbto D. J. Ponciano de del RanchoLaurequi: Cura into. de Esta Villa, Bautize solemnemente puse los de Sta Teresa stos oleos y sagrado Crisma a Jose Martin de Once dias h. l. de Rafael Garza y de Ramona Garcia Fueron Padrinos Juan Lo-pes Y Franca. Lopes, Y para que conste lo firme.

Fr. Ponciano de Laurequi

The Children of Jose Jorge Lopez Gonzalez and Maria de la Luz Garza

Through my Mexican genealogy research I have found the following information in regards to my 2nd great grandparents Jose Jorge Lopez Gonzalez and Maria de la Luz Garza.

1st Generation

Jose Jorge Lopez Gonzalez was born About 1855 in Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico and died on an unknown date.  He was the son of Gabriel Lopez and Maria de Jesus Gonzalez. He married Maria De La Luz Garza (have not been able to find her parents, yet)  her parents are Rafael Garza and Maria Ramona Garcia. If anyone knows who the parents of Ramona are please send me an email.

Children of Jose Jorge Lopez and Maria De La Luz Garza

  1. Faustina Lopez was born About 1879 and died on an unknown date.
  2. Felicitas Lopez was born on Jan. 20, 1881 and died on Feb. 20, 1962.
  3. Calixta Lopez was born in 1885 and died on an unknown date.
  4. Paula Lopez was born on Jun. 4, 1891 in El Arcabuz, Nuevo Leon, Mexcio and died on Dec. 8, 1975.
  5. Carmelita Lopez died on an unknown date.
  6. Manuela Lopez died on an unknown date.
  7. Jorge Lopez died on an unknown date.

2-nd Generation (Children)

  1. Faustina Lopez was born About 1879 and died on an unknown date.  She married Genaro Garza on Jul. 21, 1902 in Los Aldamas, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Genaro, son of Jose Martin Garza and Maria Ruperta Lopez, was born About 1881 and died on an unknown date.
  2. Felicitas Lopez was born on Jan. 20, 1881 and died on Feb. 20, 1962.  She married Jose Angel Lopez on Aug. 13, 1902 in Inmaculada Concepción, Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Jose Angel, son of Jose Angel Lopez and Maria Soledad Burnia, was born on Apr. 10, 1880 in San Diego, Texas, USA and died on Mar. 30, 1969.
  3. Calixta Lopez was born in 1885 and died on an unknown date.  She married Secundino Garza on Sep. 17, 1905 in Aldamas, Nuevo León, Mexico. Secundino, son of Nazario Garza and Tomasa Garcia, was born About 1884 in Arcabuz, Tamaulipas, Mexico and died on an unknown date.
  4. Paula Lopez was born on Jun. 4, 1891 in El Arcabuz, Nuevo Leon, Mexcio and died on Dec. 8, 1975.  She married Eusebio Garza on Mar. 20, 1907 in Los Aldamas, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Eusebio, son of Jose Martin Garza and Maria Ruperta Lopez, was born on Aug. 14, 1883 and died on Jun. 4, 1947.
  5. Carmelita Lopez died on an unknown date.
  6. Manuela Lopez died on an unknown date.
  7. Jorge Lopez died on an unknown date.

I have found the Marriage records for Faustina, Felicitas, Calixta and Paula. I will be transcribing those and posting them on this blog.

NOTE: Most of the information here came from my father Lauro Garza Marroquin. Also some from FamilySearch and cemetery tombstones.

La Grulla, Texas, San Roque Catholic Church

San Roque church lies in the center of La Grulla, Texas. According to Raul Longoria the San Roque Catholic Church was built in 1891 by Juan and Yrinea Longoria in memory of their son Eugenio who was killed in 1870. Longoria mentions that Eugeino never came back after leaving to go visit some friends and relatives in a nearby Las Cuevas (present day Cuevitas). He was found weeks later near Penitas Texas (about 10 mile further than Cuevitas) with his horse having three bullet holes, but his cause of death was never determined.

San Roque Catholic Church (Abandoned historic church) La Grulla
Tx. Photo is a personal photo of Moises Garza taken in 2003.

This is the same church which can be assumed with certainty that my wife’s great-grandfather Francisco Perez Lozano and family attended to. The certainty comes from the fact that they were Catholic and that this was the only church near where they resided. Also his son Vicente worked in constructing the roof on the new church.

San Roque Church Video by Jimmy Martinez

I want to thank my friend Jimmy Martinez for allowing me to add his video to this page. You can check out his other YouTube videos using the link bellow.

Sources:
http://raullongoria.net/grulla.htm
http://youtu.be/gD1l2_xvqMM