Monthly Archives: October 2011

CutePDF- PDF Printer for Genealogy

CutePDF is a pdf printer software that installs as a regular printer. When you find a post, obituary, board, or website that you need printed without wasting paper, just press print and select cutePDF printer and it will automatically print it into pdf format. I have been using it for over a year now. Whenever I find anything of importance I print it as a pdf and attach it to my genealogy database. The following is a description from their website:

Convert to PDF documents on the fly — for Free! Portable Document Format (PDF) is the de facto standard for the secure and reliable distribution and exchange of electronic documents and forms around the world.  CutePDF Writer is the free version of commercial PDF converter software. CutePDF Writer installs itself as a “printer subsystem”. This enables virtually any Windows applications (must be able to print) to convert to professional quality PDF documents – with just a push of a button!

FREE for commercial and non-commercial use!  No watermarks!  No Popup Web Ads! - www.cutepdf.com

Download CutePDF

Thanks to this little tool I have completely gone paperless and have everything saved on my computer.

In case you need more help installing or using this software check out the videos available at you tube.

Escuala Faja De Oro (The Belt of Gold School)

This post is about the school my father and all his siblings attended when they were younger during the 1940′s and 1950′s. It is located in what is called Rancho Los Guajillos (Guajillos is a small chilly pepper, but I do not know if it is from there that this place gets its name). The land called Los Guajillos covers about 10 Square miles or more in the Municipality of Miguel Aleman Tamaulipas Mexico. There are about 50 ranches in this area. The school in itself is about four to five miles away from El Ebanito (Ebony) Ranch were my father and his siblings were raised.

The official name of the school can be seen in the picture “ESCUELA RURAL FEDERAL FAJA DE ORO RANCHO LOS GUAJILLOS“. Now days it is abandoned due to not having enough kids to attend it, and has fallen badly in disrepair. The school is much bigger and I failed to picture the rest of it. It includes a small house to its left where the professor would reside, and in between the school and the house there is a cistern where the rain fall would be collected and it served as water for both the professor and the students.

The front of the school. Photo from the personal photos
of Moises Garza.
Stage on the back of the school. Photo from the personal
photos of Moises Garza.
This is the stage located in the back of the school and on the front of it is a big court yard. Plays and other community events would take place here, events such as community dances where groups would use it to set up their equipment and perform
Better close up of eagle on stage. Photo from the personal
photos of Moises Garza.
Source: “Escuela Faja De Oro” 26°13’34.22″ N  99°09’32.44″ W
elev 341 ft. Google Earth. October 18, 2007. October 9, 2011.

The small triangle in the above picture is the property belonging to the school and the bigger piece that you can see used to belong to my grandfather Eulalio Garza Lopez, he used to call it “La Labor de Altamira” (The Field of Altamira). My uncle Adolfo Garza inherited it but in a short few years sold it to Javier Ramirez whose ranch is next to this property.

Dropbox – Keeping your Genealogy Data Safe


You can never be too safe when it comes to your Genealogical research and all those files that you have been accumulating, scanning, receiving, etc…

If you do not know what Dropbox is. Dropbox is essentially storage in the internet. They give you 2 gigabytes for free and if you need more than that they have monthly plans. I currently have their 50 GB plan since I use it to back up this blog amongst all my other documents.

It is also excellent to transfer files form yoru desktop or laptop into your tablet or cell phone.

Give Dropbox a Try with their Free 2 Gb 

First go to www.dropbox.com and download the software and install it and when prompted select create new account.

Then you will get a box with the following options, I recommend for you to get the free account to test it out, then based on your needs you can upgrade this at any time.


Then create a folder on your Desktop named DropBox.

Then on the following screen select advanced.

 


On your next screen chose “i want to choose were to put my Dropbox” Press change and then find the folder that you just created on your Desktop. Then on your next screen yous leave the default option or change it depending on your needs.

At the end of the setup they give you a quick five image tutorial of what drop box is and how to use it. Pretty straight forward and understandable.


I have all my genealogical data organized in a folder named Genealogy, unfortunately I am way past my 2GB space limit, that folder gets backed up every month to a local server in my house. What I really use Dropbox for is to back up my Genealogy database which is still under a 1 gigabyte, and have it available at a moments notice for download anywhere..

Links: www.dropbox.com

If you think Dropbox is not what you are looking for check this article at Social Times.

Paula Contreras Garza – Marriages and Children

1st Generation

1. Paula Contreras was born in Jun. 1891 in San Miguel, Tamaulipas, Mexico and died on Nov. 2, 1921 in La Grulla, Starr, Texas, USA.  She was the daughter of Apolonio Crontreras De La Garza and Demetria Garza Solis. She married 3rd Francisco Perez on May 24, 1911 in Starr, Texas, USA. Francisco, son of Encarnacion Perez and Dorotea Lozano, was born on Feb. 12, 1865 in Encadenado, General Terán, Nuevo León, Mexico and died on Feb. 14, 1942 in La Grulla, Starr County, Texas. She married 2nd Juan Duarte.  She married 1st Flores.

Children of Paula Contreras and Francisco Perez

i.2.Donaciano Perez was born on Sep. 6, 1912 in Texas, USA and died on Nov. 29, 1990.
ii.3.Frumencio Perez was born on Oct. 27, 1913 in Texas, USA and died on Mar. 23, 1999 in Hidalgo, Texas, United States.
iii.4.Ezperanza Perez was born in 1916 in Texas, USA.
iv.5.Vicente Perez was born on May 24, 1917 and died on Feb. 14, 1990  in Starr, Texas, USA.
v.6.Nieves Perez was born in 1920 in Texas, USA.

Children of Paula Contreras and Juan Duarte

vi.7.Justo Duarte was born in 1907 in Texas, USA and died on Oct. 25, 1972 in Mcallen, Hidalgo, Texas, USA.

Children of Paula Contreras and Flores (I have yet to find his name)

vii.8.Tomas Flores was born in 1905 in Texas, USA.

2nd Generation (Children)

  1. Donaciano Perez was born on Sep. 6, 1912 in Texas, USA and died on Nov. 29, 1990.  He married 1st Ramona Pena on Jul. 14, 1984 in Starr, Texas, USA.  He married 2nd Antonia Solis.
  2. Frumencio Perez was born on Oct. 27, 1913 in Texas, USA and died on Mar. 23, 1999 in Hidalgo, Texas, United States.  He married Petra Florez on Sep. 19, 1933 in Starr, Texas, USA.
  3. Ezperanza Perez was born in 1916 in Texas, USA.  She married Manuel Longoria on May 19, 1933 in Starr County, Texas, USA. Manuel, son of Epigmenio Longoria and Ricarda Villarreal, was born on Mar. 1, 1909 in La Grulla, Starr, Texas, USA and died on Feb. 27, 1961 in Olmito Ranch, Starr, Texas.
  4. Vicente Perez was born on May 24, 1917 and died on Feb. 14, 1990 in Starr, Texas, USA.  He married Maria Dedar Flores, daughter of Desiderio Flores and Guadalupe Villarreal, on Oct. 28, 1940 in Starr, Texas, USA.
  5. Nieves Perez was born in 1920 in Texas, USA.  She married Roman Ybarra on Oct. 28, 1935 in Starr, Texas, USA. Roman, son of Tomas Ybarra and Maria Solis, was born on Aug. 9, 1915 and died on Dec. 12, 2004 in Starr, Texas, USA.
  6. Justo Duarte was born in 1907 in Texas, USA and died on Oct. 25, 1972 in Mcallen, Hidalgo, Texas, USA.
  7. Tomas Flores was born in 1905 in Texas, USA.

Ancestry.com 15 Days of free Access

I am sure that most of you if not all, are already aware of ancestry’s 15 year anniversary and their 15 days of free access. Here is recap of collections available for the next eight days, some are useful to South Texas Genealogy.

  1. Social Security Death Index
  2. Ireland, Griffith’s Valuation, 1848–1864
  3. California Marriage Index, 1960–1985
  4. Bavaria, Germany, WWI Personnel Rosters, 1914–1918 (in German)
  5. 1920 U.S. Federal Census
  6. Australian Electoral Rolls, 1903–1980
  7. Texas Birth Index, 1903–1997

What are you waiting for? Get over there!  http://www.ancestry.com

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

Borderlands Bookstore, Specializing in Hispanic History and Genealogy

Borderlands Bookstore is one of my favorite places to find books about Mexican Genealogy and even find books about my own ancestors. As may already be aware, when I write about a book that may be of interest to you I always include a link to this store if they have it for sale.

If you are interested in buying Hispanic history and Genealogy books, this will be the only website you will ever need. In fact it is the only store that focuses on these topics. In their own words:

Founded in 1991, the Borderlands Book Store promotes awareness about the history of the Spanish and Portuguese Empires, Mexico and the Mexican Republic, the United States Borderlands and the genealogies of the Hispanic settlers of these areas.Specializing in Hispanic History and Genealogy. - www.borderlandsbooks.com

Screenshot of Their Website:

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The majority of the book prices run from about $10.00 to $50.00 and some are more expensive. If they are out of your budget you can always search on World Cat to find the nearest library that may have them available.

Links in this post:

Francisco Perez Lozano – Marriages, and Children

Francisco Perez
Lozano

1st Generation

1. Francisco Perez was born on Feb. 12, 1865 in Encadenado, General Terán, Nuevo León, Mexico and died on Feb. 14, 1942 in La Grulla, Starr County, Texas.  He was the son of Encarnacion Perez Ayala and Dorotea Lozano Bosquez. He married 1st Maria Epifania Elizondo on Jun. 30, 1888 in General Terán, Nuevo León, Mexico. Maria Epifania, daughter of Feliz Nabor Elizondo and Maria Dolores Martinez, was born on Apr. 7, 1873 in Aguafria Monterey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico and died on Oct. 5, 1953 in San Antonio, Bexar, Texas, USA. He married 2nd Paula Contreras on May 24, 1911 in Starr, Texas, USA. Paula, daughter of Apolonio Contreras and Demetria Garza, was born in Jun. 1891 in San Miguel, Tamaulipas, Mexico and died on Nov. 2, 1921 in La Grulla, Starr, Texas, USA.

Children of Francisco Perez and Maria Epifania Elizondo

i.2.Ramon Perez was born About 1889 in General Terán, Nuevo León, Mexico and died on an unknown date.

ii.3.Ventura Perez was born About 1892 in General Terán, Nuevo León, Mexico and died on an unknown date.

iii.4.Juana Perez was born About 1893 in General Terán, Nuevo León, Mexico and died on an unknown date.

iv.5.Maria De La Soledad Perez was born on Jan. 6, 1898 in General Terán, Nuevo León, Mexico and died on Sep. 23, 1973 in San Antonio, Bexar, Texas, USA.

v.6.Jose Gonzalo Perez was born on Jul. 5, 1900 in General Terán, Nuevo León, Mexico and died on an unknown date.

vi.7.Maria Perez was born on Nov. 15, 1902 in General Terán, Nuevo León, Mexico and died on an unknown date.

vii.8.Jose Agustin Perez was born on May 28, 1903 in General Terán, Nuevo  León, Mexico and died on an unknown date.

Children of Francisco Perez and Paula Contreras

viii.9.Donaciano Perez was born on Sep. 6, 1912 in Texas, USA and died on Nov. 29, 1990.

ix.10.Frumencio Perez was born on Oct. 27, 1913 in Texas, USA and died on Mar. 23, 1999 in Hidalgo, Texas, United States.

x.11.Ezperanza Perez was born in 1916 in Texas, USA.

xi.12.Vicente Perez was born on May 24, 1917 and died on Feb. 14, 1990 in Starr, Texas, USA.

xii.13.Nieves Perez was born in 1920 in Texas, USA.

2nd Generation (Children)

2. Ramon Perez was born About 1889 in General Terán, Nuevo León, Mexico and died on an unknown date.

3. Ventura Perez was born About 1892 in General Terán, Nuevo León, Mexico and died on an unknown date.

4. Juana Perez was born About 1893 in General Terán, Nuevo León, Mexico and died on an unknown date.

5. Maria De La Soledad Perez was born on Jan. 6, 1898 in General Terán, Nuevo León, Mexico and died on Sep. 23, 1973 in San Antonio, Bexar, Texas, USA.  She married Morin.

6. Jose Gonzalo Perez was born on Jul. 5, 1900 in General Terán, Nuevo León, Mexico and died on an unknown date.

7. Maria Perez was born on Nov. 15, 1902 in General Terán, Nuevo León, Mexico and died on an unknown date.

8. Jose Agustin Perez was born on May 28, 1903 in General Terán, Nuevo León, Mexico and died on an unknown date.

9. Donaciano Perez was born on Sep. 6, 1912 in Texas, USA and died on Nov. 29, 1990. He married 1st Ramona Pena on Jul. 14, 1984 in Starr, Texas, USA.  He married 2nd Antonia Solis.

10. Frumencio Perez was born on Oct. 27, 1913 in Texas, USA and died on Mar. 23, 1999 in Hidalgo, Texas, United States.  He married Petra Florez on Sep. 19, 1933 in Starr, Texas, USA.

11. Ezperanza Perez was born in 1916 in Texas, USA.  She married Manuel Longoriaon May 19, 1933 in Starr County, Texas, USA. Manuel, son of Epigmenio Longoria and Ricarda Villarreal, was born on Mar. 1, 1909 in La Grulla, Starr, Texas, USA and died on Feb. 27, 1961 in Olmito Ranch, Starr, Texas.

12. Vicente Perez was born on May 24, 1917 and died on Feb. 14, 1990 in Starr, Texas,USA.  He married Maria Dedar Flores, daughter of Desiderio Flores and GuadalupeVillarreal, on Oct. 28, 1940 in Starr, Texas, USA.

13. Nieves Perez was born in 1920 in Texas, USA.  She married Roman Ybarra onOct. 28, 1935 in Starr, Texas, USA. Roman, son of Tomas Ybarra and Maria Solis,was born on Aug. 9, 1915 and died on Dec. 12, 2004 in Starr, Texas, USA.

Other Posts About Francisco Perez Lozano

Another Great Tool for your Genealogy Research

An invaluable tool when doing my Genealogy Research is a piece of software called “Search” it is made by Sandman Software. Their websites description is:

Searches text files for strings and combination of strings. Has useful or / and / and not search combinations, and can also use regular expressions. New in version 3, is the built-in viewer / editor that highlights the matched strings and lines.

Click for better detailed picture.

I have been using this software for about four years, and the way that I use it is mainly to search text based databases that I have accumulated throughout the years, for example vital records, voter lists, indexes of census, and others. It displays the line of text where there is a match and it searches multiple documents at the same time.

Try it out right now they have a 30 day trial period and if it serves your needs SadMan Software Search is priced at $29.00 for a personal or corporate single-user license. I usually don’t spend money but this is the only software that I have found that gets the job done. If anyone has a free alternative that does the same job as this software let me know.

Test it Out:

Disclaimer: I am in no way or manner affiliated in any form or manner with this website, try out before you buy. Just wanted to share software that can be useful to any family historian or genealogist.

Photo of Paula Contreras Garza and Francisco Perez Lozano

This post is the first one that I publish in regards to my wife’s side of the family. The picture bellow is of Francisco Perez Lozano and Paula Contreras Garza, my wife’s great grandparents.

I came into possession of this picture last month when I decided to go trough a box of things belonging to my wife.

Photo of Francisco Perez Lozano and Paula Contreras Garza

Paula Contreras Garza and Francisco Perez Lozano

We had gotten the box about two months prior from my mother in law and we just left it in the garage until it started to bother me and since my wife never took the initiative I decided I was going to go through it.

It turned out that most of the things were books. I found several yearbooks and my wife’s old bible. The bible turned out to be a treasure of genealogical information, at least in my view point. I found several old photos including the one above and several laminated obituary notices.

The above photo must have been taken between 1911 and 1923 since Francisco and Paula Married in 1911 in Starr County and Paula died in 1923, her death certificate does not state what she died from but my father in law states that she died from a snake bite.

Other Posts About Francisco and Paula

Danny Villarreal’s Website – A Hispanic Genealogy Treasure

Danny Villarreal’s website is another treasure for Hispanic genealogy and the most complete resource when it comes down to researching the Villarreal Surname, but don’t be deceived. Many people may turn it’s back quickly thinking “I don’t have Villarreal ancestors what am I doing here?”. Danny’s website will not disappoint you he has an extensive database of over 11,000 individuals and most of them are from South Texas and Northeastern Mexico.

Screen Shot of Website:

Danny Villarreal Website.JPG

In His Own Words:

The Villarreal surname is a Noble and very old surname its lineage is very well extended throughout the entire Iberian Peninsula. There are several different casas solares in Aragon, Castilla, Pais Vasco y La Rioja. There were only a handful of Villarreal families that entered the New World during and after the conquest. There is also a large concentration of this surname in Argentina. This web page is an attempt to document all of these men and women so that all with this surname can have a starting or ending point for your ancestral search. Y-DNA testing has helped us determine which family group we belong to. The most dominat family group is the Northern Mexico and Southwestern USA family. This area has the largest surname population even larger than Spain. This groups common ancestor is Diego de Villarreal. This family may be related to the Villarreal family from Mexico City, Guadalajara, Zacatecas, Saltilo, Durango and Monterrey, Mexico. Only DNA testing of people from Mexico will verify this. – Danny Villarreal

In my own experience using this website is that I have found countless ancestors and also the citations to find the original documents to support my research. Give it a try search for your ancestors and you will find them. Good luck and happy hunting, enjoy.