Monthly Archives: December 2013

Good Bye 2013 and Hello 2014

On this last day of 2013 I just want to wish you and your families a very Happy New Year!!!

Once again:

Happy, Happy New Year!!!

I also want to share a recap of 2013 and my goals for this blog in this coming year of 2013.

This blog started as a personal blog and a place to document my own family genealogy and history but with time it has turned out to be a valuable resource to many. I just hope it continues to grow and help as it has been doing so.

 

Recap of 2013

  1. Ended the year with 445 Facebook Likes. We got 312 new likes.
  2. 2069 New Twitter Followers that is 1584 new followers.
  3. Had 18,547 visitors and of those 11,121 were unique visitors
  4. Email subscribers grew to 244 from 110.
  5. Sent out twelve ok eleven news letters I did mess one up (I think). Sorry.

Goals for 2014

  1. Keep in good health surrounded by my family.
  2. Continue to post articles, not daily but at least every other day or every two days.
  3. Continue to repost old posts so that new members can read them.
  4. Increase traffic to this website so that more people are aware of it.
  5. Continue to share posts on social media websites, facebook, twitter, google+, etc…
  6. Hope to find more ancestors than this year.

I just hope that  2014 will be a more productive year since I know this blog has helped many and continues to help people connect with their ancestors and each other. I have been very fortunate for the wealth of records available at FamilySearch.org. I just hope they continue to be available and to put more collections online. Once again thanks for reading and see you in 2014, have a very Happy New Years!!! Can’t wait for the tripitas tonight!!!

Your Genealogical Family Tree on the Palm of Your Hand

I am pretty sure that by now you already know that Ancestry let’s you put your family tree online for free. Just make sure to change the privacy settings if you do not want to share your tree with everyone. I have mine set to private and have my online family tree linked to Family Tree Maker on my computer. The synchronization of both is seamless and very easy.

Honestly at the beginning I only had my tree online for back up purposes but since then I have also invited other people to contribute and see my tree online. Ancestry makes this very easy. What is great about having your tree online is that it is a free service from Ancestry. If you don’t have Family Tree Maker you can just upload your Gedcom file and it will only take a few minutes for it to appear. Continue reading

Merry Christmas!!!

I wanted to take a couple of minutes minutes to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas. I hope that on this festive day that you may find yourself surrounded by all of your loved ones. I also want to thank you for all your support this past year and hope that you had a great year Genealogy wise.

From a genealogy perspective don’t forget to share your discoveries from this past year with your loved ones. Also don’t forget to write down all the stories that you hear specially from your older family members. Once more may you have a very Merry Christmas!!!

With Nothing Else,

Moises Garza

Aquellos Primeros Saltillenses, eBook by María Elena Santoscoy Flores

The eBook “Aquellos Primeros Saltillenses” by Maria Elena Santoscoy Flores is a great resource to anyone who has traced their ancestors to Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico. This book provides essential knowledge about the origins of Saltillo and the perils of its founders and early settlers. It also describes their main activities through which in the middle of the semi-desert lanscape where able to build one of the most important cities of northeastern Mexico.

I have yet to read the full book but I have already found mentions of several of my ancestors specially Alberto del canto and Diego de Montemayor. If you are doing Genealogy research on any of the early settlers you might want to look towards the end of the book. The author provides the family trees of most of them. Continue reading

The News From Brownsville

Are you interested in the history of Brownsville, Texas? Even if you are not I highly recommend that you get a hold of a copy to Caleb Coker’s book “The News from Brownsville: Helen Chapman’s Letters from the Texas Military Frontier, 1848-1852″. This book, as the title mentions, is just a compilation of the letters that the authors ancestor Helen Chapman sent her mother while she lived in Brownsville, Texas.

Helen Blair was the wife of William Chapman, Fort Brown’s first quartermaster. They were founding citizens of Brownsville, Texas. In her letters from the South Texas frontier, she commented on social conditions along the Rio Grande, expressing her opinions on a wide variety of topics.

While reading this book you will get a sense as to how life was so fragile during those years and with any sickness you could die and many did. You may have come across this in your own research where you may find your ancestors without a father or mother at a very early age. She also writes of the battle of Palo Alto and of the Americans route to Monterrey and latter the Americans route through Veracruz and to Mexico City, during the Mexican American War.

One of the things that strikes me about this book was how she mentions the corruption of Mexican officials and the poverty of the population with the exception of a few. I thought well things have not changed in Mexico. Continue reading

J. T. Canales and the 1919 Texas Ranger Investigation

I am writing this post to just make you aware of J.T. Canales and the 1919 Texas Ranger Investigation. The story is a four part series by Tony Bill and was published on the website alice24-7.com. The four articles are very interesting, intriguing, and full of local history all the way from Matamoros, Ciudad Mier, to Austin, and all in between. Details cover most of South Texas and it is a great read that every South Texan should read.

I had never heard about Jose Tomas Canales until a few weeks ago when someone just left a comment that said “J.T. Canales Texas Ranger Investigation”. I looked for the message to credit them but could not locate it. If it was you thank you. Continue reading

How Lights Came To South Texas, South Texas History Volume 1 Issue 6

This is the 6th issue in Volume one of the South Texas History magazine published by the Jim Hogg County Enterprise, published on May 29, 2013. As i have mentioned before If you are interested in Hebbronville, surrounding communities, and its genealogy you definitely have to check this issue out.

I also highly recommend that you check out the story of J.T. Canales. Part 3 of four is within the pages of this issue. I hope that on a latter post I can get to have links to all of the parts of the J.T. Canales and the Texas Ranger Investigation. Continue reading

The Story of Union Forces in South Texas During the Civil War

As many of you know I attended the Rio Grande City High School and My class was one of the last classes to attend the old High School which is situated in the grounds of Historic Fort Ringgold. Every morning the bus used to drive us past an old small house in much disrepair on top of a small round hill and some other small tall hills further back towards the river.

It was a great shame that in history class they never mentioned Fort Ringgold or even that small house. It was years latter while in college that I learned that that small house was used by General Robert E. Lee during some part of the Civil War and the small hills where used to place cannons to try and sink any Union Steam ships.

I recently came across a PDF document titled “The Story of Union Forces in South Texas During the Civil War” it was Compiled and Edited by Norman Rozeff from the Harlingen Historical Preservation Society. It is an 82 page document detailing the history of the Union Army in South Texas. Continue reading

1858 and 1886 Maps of Nuevo Leon, Mexico

When doing Mexico Genealogy, in search of our ancestry, maps can be of great benefit and help. Specially since towns do change names. The following are two maps one is dated 1858 and the other 1886 both published by Garcia Cubas, Antonio, 1832-1912.

It is interesting to see how the names of towns changed in just a span of almost 30 years and how it seems that the population grew. You may be asking your self. How will this help me find my ancestors? Well very simply by helping you pinpoint towns that have changed their names and also by providing you with clues as to where to research for documents. Continue reading

The Families of Santiago, Nuevo Leon, Mexico Volume Five

Are you doing Mexican Genealogy Research on your ancestors of Santiago Nuveo Leon? If so this past Sunday I received the email listed bellow from Crispin Rendon letting me know that he has published “The Families of Santiago, Nuevo Leon, Mexico Volume Five”. This volume covers all the church marriages from 1835 to 1841. He also includes the families of each couple. This eBook is an excellent resource and you should download a copy of it.

The Families of Santiago, Nuevo Leon, Mexico Volume Five, eBook Cover:

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