Monthly Archives: March 2014

Families of Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico Volume Four

Crispin Rendon released his fourth eBook on the Families of Saltillo, Coahuila yesterday afternoon. I am always trilled to get to see any of Crispins new eBooks. Specially the ones for Saltillo since lately thanks to him I have been finding many ancestors from that area, thus making my genealogy research easier. As a consequence I have shifted a great part of my current research to Saltillo.

The following eBook contains 500 records of church marriages and their families. It covers the years 1749 to 1757 and is 530 pages. Don’t worry you don’t have to go one by one you can just search for your ancestors using the index at the end of the book or use CTRL+F to do a quick search.

Cover of Families of Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico Volume Four:

Email from Crispin Rendon including link where to download the eBook:

This email is going out to everyone in my genealogy address book.

Below find a link to the next Saltillo volume online.

Families of Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico Volume Four

Best Regards,

Crispin Rendon

I am going to say it, and say it again! Please download the eBook since you never know for how long it will be available. Have fun!

General state of the foundation of the colony of Nuevo Santander

As I was doing some genealogy research I came across a citation for “General state of the foundation of the colony of Nuevo Santander / translated by Edna G. Brown”. I searched Google to get an idea of where I could locate the book and soon came across the website of Gerard Mittelstaedt called South Texas Boat.  On his website you can find a digital version of the translation work done by Edna Garza Brown.

I placed all the links in an easy to read format and for your convenience here they are.


Volume 1 

Table of Contents V1

Part 1 of Volume 1
Part 2 of Volume 1
Part 3 of Volume 1
Part 4 of Volume 1

Volume 2 

Part 1 of Volume 2
Part 2 of Volume 2
Part 3 of Volume 2

Name index – Volume 1 
Name index – Volume 1

The Villas of Tamaulipas, Mexico From 1748 to 1770

The following is a listing of 26 towns or Villas during the time period of Jose de Escandon. The name in parenthesis is the name that they are known by in present day.

This list will help you determine if the genealogical information you have is correct. I have seen people listed on family trees available online with baptism dates or marriage dates prior to the town’s founding. For example I found one of my ancestors listed as being baptized in Camargo around the 1730’s but as you can see from the list the town was not founded until March 4, 1749. He might have been born in that area but very unlikely. Even if he was born in that area he would have had been baptized in a town with a church which at that time the nearest one would have had been Cerralvo. Turns out that that particular ancestor was baptized in Cadereyta in the 1730’s. As you can see this list can provide you with clues as to if information you find might be wrong.

    1. Aguayo (Ciudad Victoria) – October 7, 1750
    2. Altamira – May 2, 1749
    3. Barbon (Villagran) – May 8, 1757
    4. Burgos – February 20, 1749
    5. Camargo – March 4, 1749
    6. Croix (Casas) – June 3, 1770
    7. Cruillas – June 16, 1765
    8. Escandon (Xicotencatl) – March 15, 1751
    9. Guemes – January 1 1749
    10. Hacienda de Dolores – August 22, 1750
    11. Horcasitas (Gonzalez) – May 9, 1749
    12. Infantes – May 26, 1749
    13. Laredo – March 15, 1755
    14. Llera – Decemebr 25, 1748
    15. Mier – March 6, 1753
    16. Padilla – January 6, 1749
    17. Revilla (Guerrero) – October 10, 1750
    18. Reynosa – March 14, 1749
    19. San Carlos – July 6, 1766
    20. San Feranndo – March 19, 1749
    21. San Nicolas – April 25, 1767
    22. Santa Barbara (Ocampo) – May 19, 1749
    23. Santander (Jimenez) February 17, 1749
    24. Santillana (Abasolo) – December 26, 1752
    25. Soto la Marina – September 3, 1750
    26. Villa Hoyos (Hidalgo) – March 19, 1752

Jose de Escandon is credited as being the founder of all if not most of the above mentioned Villas. Jose de Escandon died September 10, 1770.


  • Garmendia L, Guillermo. Fundadores de Tamaulipas, 1748 – 1770 Self Published Monterrey N. L. Mexico. 1991 Pg. vi

Fundadores de Tamaulipas 1748 – 1770

If your genealogy research has led to to be looking for ancestors that came to Tamaulipas between 1748 and 1770 then you need to get a hold of this book. It’s title is “Fundadores de Tamaulipas 1748 – 1770″ and it was written by Guillermo Garmendia L. in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon back in 1991. The book is mainly a collection of 11 different censuses done between 1750 and 1766 on 11 Villas del Norte.

The book also contain more valuable information such as a whole listing of las Villas del Norte during the Escandon time period. It also contains a map of the Sierra Gorda, a page with the most common abbreviations and what they stand for. Finally it contains the bibliography and an Appendix with the old names of towns with their current names.

Cover of Book, “Fundadores de Tamaulipas 1748 – 1770″:

Bellow are the 11 Villas whose censuses were used to  make this book:

  2. BURGOS ( CENSO 5 JUL 1750)
  3. CAMARGO ( CENSO 31 MAY 1750)
  4. CRUILLAS ( CENSO 10 MAY 1766)
  5. LAREDO ( CENSO 23 JUL 1757 )
  6. MIER ( CENSO 1 MAR 1753)
  8. REYNOSA ( CENSO 16 JUN 1750)
  9. SAN FERNANDO ( CENSO 15 JUL 1750 )
  11. SOTO LA MARINA ( CENSO 27 AGO 1750)

Where to get a copy of this book:

My local university UTPA has a copy. You might also want to search for it on

Images of America, Hidalgo County Texas

I am currently reading the book by Karen Gerhardt and Rod Santa Ana III titled “Images of America, Hidalgo County Texas”. I want to thank my friend Juan Lino Garza for lending it to me. If your family has deep or recent rots to Hidalgo County I highly recomend this little 128 page book. It contains information form the early colonial period up until the 1920’s and 30’s. Not to mentioned that it is mostly all pictures.

This book is comprised mostly of old photos of Hidalgo county and it’s people. The pictures provide an excellent window to this county’s historical past and development. I highly suggest it. It contains a whole chapter dedicated to Mexican American Families. Continue reading

9th Binational History Conference in Saltillo, Coahuila – La Conferencia Binacional de Historia en Saltillo, Coahuila

I want to thank Welester Alvarado for providing us with the following information. Everyone is welcomed to attend and I would suggest that you call ahead with any questions. Welester will be making a presentation, please read on so that you can find out more about it. I know that this conference will be of interest to anyone whom has been doing genealogy research int he states of Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, and Coahuila.



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Novena edición

21 y 22 de Marzo del 2014.


Recinto de Juárez

Calle Bravo y Juárez

Saltillo, Coah.


Viernes 21 de Marzo de 2014

16:30 hrs.

Inscripciones: registro e inscripción libres

18:00 hrs.


Lucas Martínez Sánchez

Director del Archivo General del Estado de Coahuila

Ceremonia de inauguración a cargo del

Lic. Rubén Moreira Valdez

Gobernador del Estado de Coahuila de Zaragoza

Conferencia Magistral

La alimentación de los Apaches en los siglos XVIII y XIX

Luis Arnal Simon.

Doctor en Arquitectura, UNAM

Coordinador del Consejo Académico del Área de las Humanidades y de las Artes.

Sistema Nacional de Investigadores. Nivel 1

Coordina el Seminario de Arquitectura y Urbanismo en el Septentrión Novohispano

Facultad de Arquitectura

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

El conferencista ha estudiado la alimentación de los Apaches, sus asentamientos y su interacción con grupos del norte de México en tiempos de paz, en los siglos mencionados.

20:00 hrs. Entrega de reconocimientos especiales

Sábado 22 de Marzo de 2014.


9:00 hrs.

La familia Alvarado de Villa de Santiago, Nuevo León

Welester Alvarado

Bachelor in Bussines Law

University of California,

Los Ángeles, USA

Presidente de la Sociedad de Genealogía de Nuevo León

Monterrey, N. L. México

Nos ofrece un panorama de la familia Alvarado en esa región.

10:00 hrs.

Presentación de libro:

Arquitectura y Urbanismo del Septentrión Novohispano

Autor: Dr. Luis Arnal Simon


Diana Ramiro Esteban.

Doctor en Arquitectura. UNAM

Juan Aguirre Cano

Maestro en Arquitectura. UNAM.

Lidya Espinoza Morales

Licenciada en Historia

Facultad de Filosofía y Letras

Investigadora del INAH

Centro INAH, Nuevo León

En el contexto de las Reformas Borbónicas este libro estudia los asentamientos urbanos, misiones y presidios, así como su arquitectura en el Noreste Novohispano.

11.00 hrs.

Bobosarigames y otros indios coaguileños en el Reyno de la Nueva Vizcaya

Celso Carrillo Valdés

Licenciado en Derecho, Universidad del Noreste

Ex director de la licenciatura en Derecho, Universidad del Noreste,

Cronista de San Pedro del Gallo, Durango

Nos ofrece la descripción del traslado de varios grupos tribales de la región de Nadadores, Coah., para apoyar la repuebla de Nazas, Durango a principios del siglo XVIII.

12:00 hrs.

La construcción de la identidad

Juan Francisco Cazares Ugarte

Licenciado en Sociología, UA de C

Jefe de la Unidad de Culturas Populares de la Secretaría de Cultura de Coahuila

Saltillo, Coahuila, México

Nos ofrece el proceso personal de la construcción de la identidad del sujeto en su circunstancia.

13:00 hrs.

La aventura de la genealogía

Adrián Zambrano González

Ingeniero mecánico administrador, ITESM

Alta Dirección de Empresa, Universidad Panamericana

Ex Presidente de la Sociedad de Genealogía de Nuevo León

Miembro de la Sociedad Nuevoleonesa de Historia, Geografía y Estadística

Monterrey, N. L. México

Nos ofrece elementos metodológicos para realizar nuestra investigación.


16:00 hrs.

Los González Hidalgo en Cerralvo, N.L.

Miguel Ángel González Martínez

Miembro de la Sociedad de Genealogía de Nuevo León

Cerralvo, N. L. México

Nos habla de los descendientes de esta ilustre familia en dicha región.

17:00 hrs.

Presentación de libro:

Coahuila siglos XIX y XX. Territorio, sociedad, cronología y bibliografía.

Francisco Cepeda Flores

Autor del libro

Ingeniero Petrolero, UNAM

Maestro en Historia, UIA

Maestro en Matemáticas Aplicadas, UNAM

Director del Centro de Matemáticas Aplicadas

Facultad de Ciencias Fisicomatemáticas

Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila

Saltillo, Coahuila. México

El autor ha elaborado un verdadero manual, imprescindible para los estudiosos de la genealogía, la crónica y la historia del Estado de Coahuila.

18:00 hrs.

Los Cabello, personajes y celebridades del noreste

Ariel Antonio Gutiérrez Cabello

Licenciado en Ciencias de la Comunicación

Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila

Saltillo, Coahuila, México

Nos ofrece un panorama de la historia familiar de los Cabello.

19:00 hrs.

Emilio Indio Fernández Romo: historia familiar

Ricardo Raúl Palmerín Cordero

Teniente Coronel

Ex -Presidente de la Sociedad de Genealogía de Nuevo León

Explora la genealogía del notable actor y director, elaborada por el expositor y su esposa.

20:00 hrs

Reconocimientos de asistencia


Datos Prácticos:

Archivo General del Estado de Coahuila

Mtra. Laura de León Galindo


Miguel Ángel Muñoz Borrego


045 (844) 1831158


Thanks once again Welester for providing us with this information.

Spanish Patriots During the American Revolution, 1779-1783, The 8-volume Series

Do you know if your ancestor or ancestors where Spanish Patriots During the American Revolution? I first became aware last year that many of us may have Spanish patriots as ancestors, when I attended the Brownsville Historical Association’s Branching Out: Genealogy Workshop 2013.

Presenter Elizabeth Heis: Resgistrar Dubois Hite Chapter DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) Vice Chairman Volunteer Genealogist District IX Texas. Her presentation about DAR was excellent and very informative. She also made us aware that the King of Spain requested that his North American subjects donate one peso to the American Revolutionaries to support their cause.

At this time Spain was also at war with the British. She stated that rosters were created with the names of all the people that donated this one peso and it is through them that many Hispanics can also become part of the DAR and also be considered as patriots. To be honestly I never followed up to see if any of may ancestors had donated that one peso, but I have added it to my list of things to do.

Image from Somos Pimos

Why am I writing this post?

It all started with an email from my distant cousin Margaret Garcia where she referenced one of our ancestors being listed in vol. 8 of Patriots of the American Revolution. I quickly did a search and found the Somos Primos Page dedicated to Spanish Patriots. Bellow you will find the links to all eight volumes for your convenience

Spanish Patriots During the American Revolution, 1779-1783, The 8-volume Series by Written by Dr. Granville and NC Hough

If you are interested in further reading and more articles please visit Somos Primos Page about Spanish Patriots, it is an excellent resource that you should include in your genealogical tool box. Here is the link:

If anyone has been accepted into the DAR, SAR, or Daughters of the Republic of Texas please let me know. If you could provide us with your ancestor’s name specially if he or she was Spanish. Don’t forget to add these eBooks to your digital Genealogical library. Finally, I do hope that this post makes more people aware and thus promote more research in this area.



Families of Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico Volume Three

I once again want to thank Crispin Rendon for another great genealogy resource that I know many of you will highly appreciate, since it will help you greatly in your Mexican Genealogy Research. It is the Third Volume of the Families of Saltillo, Coahuila Mexico. You can find the link to download this eBook towards the end of this post.

As Crispin mentions on his eBook;

Volume three contains marriage information found on Film 605094. This volume in a
series continues with 500 records starting on August 1736 and ending on January
1749. The records are found on images 238-372. Continue reading

Los Martinez de Revilla (Ciudad Guerrero) 1752 – 1900 First Edition

Los Martinez de Revilla (Ciudad Guerrero) 1752 – 1900 First Edition is another great book to help you out in your genealogy research, specially if you are researching your Martinez ancestors form this area. It is a book that was written by Jose Felipe de La Garza back in 1995 and contains all the Martinez that can be found in the church records in Revilla (Ciudad Guerrero) from 1752 to 1900.

This book is excellent and contains great vital information pertaining to marriages, baptisms, and death dates. I found it interesting that he mentioned that my 7th great grandparents Miguel Martinez de la Garza and  Clara Trevino y Renteria were the progenitors of this last name in the Revilla area.

Here is the exact extract:

The progenitots of our early Martinez families who helped colonize Revilla were
Miguel Martinez and Clara de Trevifio y Renteria. Miguel and Clara originally lived
in Valle del Carrisal in the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon. They were married in
Monterrey, November 23, 1707.

Miguel’s parents were Jose Ignacio Martinez Flores and Inez de la Garza Rocha.
They, too, married in Monterrey in 1673. Clara’s parents were Captain Nicolas de
Trevifio and Maria de Sepulveda. Nicolas and Maria were related, and because of
their close fa111ily relationship, their marriage in Monterrey, August 22, 1707,
required special dispensation from the Catholic church.

Black and White Image of Book Cover:

Where to find this book:

As I always do, I first recommend WorldCat since it will help you find a library near you that may have the book available for you to read.

If you would like to buy this book it is available through just search for it by typing the book name.