2011 November

Los Treviños, Tamaulipas, Mexico

Los Treviños is situated in the Municipality of Miguel Aleman, Tamaulipas, Mexico. As you get closer to town the first thing you see is its water tower which was barely constructed in the 1990’s. It is literally a one road town with homes to either side of the road. The sign with the towns name indicates that the population was over 200, but […]

Old Starr County Maps at The Portal To Texas History

I was Searching through The Texas Portal to Texas History and I found the following maps about Starr County. Click on the View in High Quality link at the bottom of each image to view the maps. Their quality is stunning. These two maps have excellent layout of the South Texas Land Grants in Starr County, Texas. […]

Microsoft’s SyncToy – Keeping Your Genealogy Data Backedup

On an earlier post I wrote about using DropBox to keep your Genealogy data safe, but for those of us that may be looking for another approach here is SyncToy from Microsoft. I found SyncToy a few years ago and I have been using it since then. As some of you all know the method […]

Artecitas Ranch Cemetery, Starr County, Texas

The following video was recorded by Jimmy Martinez and listed its description as “Lost Cemetery 4 miles East of La Grulla”. I thought to myself maybe I can find its name by doing some Genealogy research? After a few minutes I found it, Artecitas Ranch Cemetery, since it is now located in what used to […]

1949 School Picture in La Palmita, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Bellow you will find the 1949 school picture of La Palmita, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. I came across it couple of years ago when a coworker Martin Ramos asked me about genealogy and he told me that his family was originally form La Palmita and that he had a book that he wanted to share with […]

Old Hidalgo County Maps at The Portal To Texas History

I was browsing through The Texas Portal to Texas History and I found the following two maps about Hidalgo County. You can download them but the quality is not that great, but if you check the View in High Quality link that I have included. Their quality is stunning. The first map also has excellent […]

Dia de Accion de Gracias (Thanksgiving) as Celebrated in Northeastern Mexico

Thanksgiving in the United States Our Thanksgiving holiday tradition in the United States traces its origins to the 1621 celebration at Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts. Evidence has also been found for an earlier harvest celebration on the continent by Spanish explorers in Florida during 1565, as well as a thanksgiving feasts in the Virginia Colony. The initial thanksgiving observance […]

Ensure Your Blogger or WordPress Blog Gets Listed Appropriately in Google by Using Sitemaps

What good is it to have a Genealogy or Family History Blog if it does not get listed appropriately in Google. Yes I am aware that there are other search engines but for today let us just focus on Google since it accounts at least for more than 50% of all searches. Let me just […]

Apolonio Contreras de La Garza and Demetria Garza Solis and Their Children

1st Generation Apolonio Contreras was born in 1844 in Mexico and died on an unknown date. he was the son of Jose Manuel Antonio Contreras Trevino and Rafaela de La Garza Olivares. He married Demetria Garza on Aug. 17, 1874 in Starr, Texas, USA. Demetria, daughter of Epamuseno Garza and Maria Eugenia Solis, was born […]

A Quick Guide to Spanish Units of Measurement of Length aqnd Area

When doing my research into South Texas Land Grants and Land titles the terms “leguas” and “varas” would show up very often in most documents. Since till this day the Porciones are still mentioned on land titles as they have been mentioned in such documents since they were granted by the king of Spain. In […]