Monthly Archives: November 2013

Guerrero Viejo, Los Caminos del Rio and It’s Founders

I recently came across two photos posted by Isidro Antonio Gonzalez on the Facebook page of Laredo Genealogical and thought that it would be great if I could share them with you. I sent a message for permission to post them on We Are Cousins and Mr. Gonzalez was so kind to grant my request. Besides really liking the photos, another thing caught my attention and that is that it mentions a very familiar name as the founder of Revilla, Vicente Guerra Canamar. Also, previously while conducting research on one of my ancestors Miguel Martinez I also came across that he was the founder of Revilla. Ok, by now I was confused and I had to do a little digging to find out who is really the founder of Revilla, but before I do that here are the two photos and bellow them a transcript of the image and translation. Continue reading

65 Cuadernos Del Archivo de Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

The following is a list of the 65 Cuadernos Del Archivo de Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. They are all in Spanish. These 65 eBooks are about the history, geography, and archaeology of the state of Nuevo Leon. I am sure that if you read all the titles you are sure to find one that will interest you. If you  re building a digital library I highly recommend that you download all of them. You never knwo when thwy will come in handy. As for me I have only read two of them # 25 EL CRONISTA ANONIMO by Israel Cavazos Garza, since it is about my 9th great grandfather Juan Bautista Chapa. The other one that I have read is #36 LA CATEDRAL DEL NUEVO REINO DE LEON by Aureliano Tapia Mendez, since many of my ancestors are buried there.

I know that these eBooks will provide you also with great historical context and also provide you with genealogical data and clues. Continue reading

Slaves of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

The Mexican Genealogical eBook Slaves of Monterrey Nuevo Leon Mexico is, as it’s cover describes it, a compilation of Hundreds of Notary Documents Translated by: Dahlia Rose Guajardo, Dhlia Palacios, Eusebio Benavidez, Tony Vincent Garcia and Crispin Rendon.

It is a sad thing that Spaniards had slaves but what is even sadder to me is to see my own ancestors buying and selling slaves as if they were property. You might also find your ancestor as being one of the slaves. The majority of the slaves were either Black or Mulattos.

It is not mentioned in this book but one of my ancestors was a Morisco meaning that his parents were Mulatto and Indian.  A Mulatto is the designation given to children of  a Spaniard and black African. The earliest mention of him is In Ciudad Mier in the middle of the 1700’s and this eBook makes me wonder if he or his family were ever slaves. Continue reading

El Cronista Anonimo by Israel Cavazos Garza

The following will be of great interest to anyone that is a descendant of Juan Bautista Chapa or is interested in the History of Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, and Texas. It is a 72 page eBook where Israel Cavazos Garza proves that the anonymous author of Historia del Nuevo Reino de León, desde 1650 hasta 1690 was none other than Juan Bautista Chapa.

I ran across it just by chance, but once I started to read it I could not put it down. As I always recommend, please download it to your digital library. Just bellow this post you will find the download link.

On the Genealogical aspect this eBook contains details about Juan Bautista Chapa and also whom his parents were and also lists all of his brothers. I won’t list those details here since I don’t want to spoil it for you. Continue reading

It’s Official I am A member of the Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Genealogical Society

Yesterday I became a member of the Rio Grande Grande Valley Hispanic Genealogical Society. Yesterday was their November meeting and I had allot of fun meeting some of the members that where in attendance. I had the pleasure of meeting Oscar Garcia whom turns out we have some common ancestors. I briefly spoke to Carlos Cantu whom has researched family from Doctor Coss and China Nuevo Leon, I just have to find time to send him an email. I also meet many other people whom I hope I get to know more in future meetings.

Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Genealogical SocietyAs always I had a pleasure of talking to Ofelia Olson and Marry Torres. Over all I really enjoyed my self and had a great time. I just wished I would have taken a printed family tree to share with everyone. On our next meeting I will sure take on to share and see who else is researching the same family. Continue reading

User Question: Jose Antonio Cantu Married Maria Rita Guerra in Mier in 1804

The following was sent in by We Are Cousins reader Roberto Gutierrez. If you have any piece of information please write it in the comments section.

Jose Antonio Cantu Married Maria Rita Guerra in Mier in 1804. I have all background data on the Guerra’s, my problem is finding where Jose Antonio was born and the year. He is my paternal/maternal 4th grandfather. His son Jose Hilario Cantu was born in 1805 in Mier and all his siblings. J. Hilario was born at Rancho San Lorenzo and so was his mother Ma. Rita, but I tried every idea and technique but can’t find out where J.Antonio was born. Continue reading

mtDNA Mexican Surname Project Research

Please take the time to read the following email that I received form Crispin Rendon. If you are able to help please do so.

This email is going out to the hundreds of people in my genealogy address book. I have created ancestors books for most of you. Our ancestors came from the Mexican States of Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon and Coahuila. Our kindred group has roots back to Beatriz, Quintanilla, Ines Rodriguez and Isabel Olea. They appear multiple times in our family trees.  We have identified their mtDNA and that of many others. There is more to learn. Continue reading

Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Genealogical Society November Meeting

Hello everyone. I just wanted to let you know that I just received an email from Marry Torres with the Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Genealogical Society letting me know about their November meeting.

Their meeting will be taking place this Sunday, November 17 at 2 PM at the Harlingen Public Library. They will be also having their annual workshop and membership drive for 2014. Their dues are $30 per year and it includes a copy of their latest journal. Continue reading

El Corrido de Narciso A. Guerra (The Ballad of Narciso A. Guerra)

I vividly remember Mr. Guerra from when he would substitute, when any of our teachers were out. He was very sociable and loved to make us smile. He would always tell us that he was going to open the theater once again just for us. I also remember that before he used to substitute he was also one of the teachers for my brother and two sisters.

My parents also used to get all their paperwork notarized with him. I used to love his office since it had many photos and awards but my favorite where the old coins and bills under the glass of his desk. Continue reading

The Rio Grande Herald Newspaper Collection From 1970 to 2013

Are your ancestors from Rio Grande City or it’s surrounding community? If they are then you will have fun browsing through over 1880 copies of The Rio Grande Herald that are online at the Texas Portal To Texas History.

You can find local history, graduation pictures, obituaries, and much more. I am sure you or your family will be listed. I found over 10 articles where my name comes up. Even a class photo with all the student’s name in them. I also found my father in laws graduating class “Class of 1974 Rio Grande City Texas” and his picture.

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