1676 Death of Jose Martinez Guajardo in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

This is the 1676 Church Death record of my 9th great grandfather Jose Martinez Guajardo in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. He was married to Nicolasa de la Garza. Through other sources we have learned that the parents of Jose are Lorenzo Martinez Gujardo and Aldonsa Flores de Valdez. Diego Mata Cos has found their marriage dispensation but that it for another blog post.

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Jose Martinez Guajardo 1676 Church Death Record

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Transcription of baptism Image:

Joseph Martinez, espanol

En nueve de Diciembre de mil y seicientos y setenta y seis anos murio Joseph Martinez fue casado con Nicolasa de la Garza: confeso y recivio los Stos Sacramtos. de la Eucahristia y extrema uncion; no testo enterrose en la Parochial de esta ciudad con missa de cuerpo presente y para que conste lo firme ut supra =

Joseph Guaxardo


Hilario De Leon Duron and Maria Isabel Garcia Gonzalez

The following image was shared by Juan Jesus de Leon. It is a photograph of his grandparents Hilario De Leon Duron and Maria Isabel Garcia Gonzalez. Juan stated that both of his grandparents are from Hacienda San Bartolo Cadereyta Jimenez, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Hilario is a direct descendant of Captain Alonso de Leon.

As a matter of fact El Capitan Alonso De Leon is Juan’s 9th great grandfather straight line through his father’s side and Alonso “El Mozo” the son of his is his 8th great grandfather.

Hilario De Leon Duron and Maria Isabel Garcia Gonzalez:

Hilario De Leon Duron born and Maria Isabel Garcia Gonzalez

Hilario was born in 1912 and Maria Isabel in 1918. Juan stated that during the time this photo was taken that his grandfather was both in the military and was also Mariachi. As you can see form the photo he is dressed as a charro.

Juan, thank you for sharing this photo with me and all the readers of this blog. I really appreciate it.

If you would also like to share the photos of your grandparents and or great grandparents with us just send them to me on an email or facebook message and include a short description about the photo or something you remember about them. You will also be entered for a chance to win the book “246 Testamentos de Monterrey“.

Diccionario Biografico de Tamaulipas – Biographical Dictionary of Tamaulipas

Just wanted to make sure that you are aware of a great resource for the State of Tamaulipas. It is dictionary of biographies about notable people of Tamaulipas. The authors of this book “Diccionario Biografico de Tamaulipas” are Juan Fidel Zorrilla and Carlos Gonzalez Salas. It was printed back in 1984 in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico.

Unfortunately it does not contain much genealogical information but some biographies do mention whom their parents were but it is great to help you piece your ancestors life’s. That is if they are mentioned within the pages of this book.

The main object of the writers was to include whomever in any generated activities have contributed or participated in the historic, economic, social, political, and cultural development of Tamaulipas. They not only mention people whom were born in Tamaulipas but many other persons that somehow have meant something to Tamaulipas.

Here is a sample of what you can expect to find:

DE LA GARZA FALCON, BLAS MARIA – Capitan fundador de la villa de Camargo establecida e1 5 de marzo, de 1749. Gozaba de quinientos; pesos anuales de sueldo, estaban a su mando doce plazas de la Real Escuadra y tenia ciento tres sirvientes. Contaba con ganado caballar y asnal. (E.G.D.L.F … , T. II, p. 388 ).

Cover of Book Diccionario Biografico de Tamaulipas:

Diccionario Biografico de Tamaulipas Juan Fidel Zorrilla Carlos Gonzalez Salas

This book will be rare to find since only 2000 copies where printed but you can always look for a copy at Worldcat.org to see if a local library carries it.

UTPA has a copy:

Yes the university of Texas Pan American has a copy of this book. You can see it’s availability here.

Hope that you find this resource useful and or you are able to find your ancestors in this book. Let me know about your findings.

Real Starr Website, A Great Genealogical Resource

I want to congratulate David Moreno and the great work that he has been doing. David has several cemetery projects going on and he also has created a website to help organize his family genealogy findings. It is this website that I wanted to share with you today. It is called Real Starr. It focuses on his ancestors but as he states it has grown to also include distant family members. At a glance one would assume that it may only focus in Starr County Texas genealogy but from what I have seen on David’s research, which I will share later on in another post, it contains information on may of my own ancestors and many other people from South Texas and Northeastern Mexico.

Purpose of Real Starr,

Welcome to RealStarr.com. In the following pages and links, you’ll find family trees and branches of many related families. Though we may not be able to trace back to the start of time, we may be able to connect to those long lost living relatives. The idea behind this project is to bring all of us together. This will keep us updated about who our relatives were, who was born, who has passed away and who has married whom. If you’re a long lost ‘living’ relative and want to help, register for a user account or please contact us. You may contribute to the development of this relations tree by providing information like names, dates, histories or any interesting stories. – Real Starr

Snapshot of Real Starr Website:

Real Starr

You can visit this great resource that David is sharing with all of us at:

Don’t forget to browse his website to see the amazing resources that he has available.

Other Projects by David Moreno

Let me know in the comments section about how this resource has helped you out. Also let me know what you think about David’s cemetery projects.

1780 Church Death Record of Blas Canales Benavides in Cerralvo, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

This is the 1780 death record of my eighth great grandfather Blas Canales Benavides. He died in Cerralvo, Nuevo Leon, Mexico back in December 7th 1780. This record indicates that he was married to Rosa Anzaldua. Unfortuatly it does not mention the names of his parents. He was the son of Blas Canales and Maria Benavides for whom I have to find more information about. It is interesting to note that this document indicates that he did not leave a will since he ahd nothing to bequeath and also that he lived in Gualeguas which is present time Agualeguas.

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Blas Canales FamilySearch, Cerralvo, 1780 Death Pg. 30

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Transcription of death image:

El dia siete de Dbre de mil Setecs. y ochenta an. En esta Ygla. Parrochial de Zerralbo yo el cura de ella di sepultura a Dn. Blas Canales Adulto casado que fue con Da. Rosa Ansaldua vezn. de esta feliga. en Gualeguas en donde lo confesse antes de estar mui agravado su accidente advertiendose pidiera los otros sacraments. que los huviera monestar lo que quedo de hazer y nolo hizieron, por log. no se oleo ni sele dio el Viatico, ni testo porq. no tenia de que, y porqe. conste lo fe.

Jph Alexandro de la Garza


  • FamilySearch.org

The Real Stories of Starr County, Rio Grande, Roma, Escobares, La Grulla, and Vicinity 1582 – 1900

Are your ancestors form Starr County? Jesus “Chuy” Correa provides a short history of Starr County since colonial times to present times.  His book titled “The Real Stories of Starr County, Rio Grande, Roma, Escobares, La Grulla, and Vicinity 1582 – 1900″ is a great read that provides the reader with the history of Starr county that is not thought anywhere else. This book contains great genealogical information since it contains a list of the first settlers that came with Luis de Carvajal, the Starr County Elected Officials 1848-2012, and the Rio Grande City Elected Officials 1993-2011 among other great valuable information.

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The Real Stories of Starr County Rio Grande, Roma, Escobares, La Grulla and Vicinity

Table of Contents

  • Title Page
  • Copyright Page
  • Dedication
  • Editor’s Note
  • In troduction
  • Gracias del Juez
  • Preface

Part One

  • Journey of mankind
  • Our near descent
  • Luis Carbaja y de Ia Cueva
  • Santander Map
  • Jose de Escandon e Hilguera
  • Colonial Land Grants 1767
  • Villa de Santa Ana de Camargo
  • Republic of Texas
  • Rio Grande City, Texas
  • Rio Grande History 1752
  • Starr County History 1848
  • Henry Clay Davis 1846
  • Fort Ringgold 1848
  • Heinrich Portscheller
  • Rio Grande City History
  • Starr County Court House Building 1853
  • Rio Grande City’s historic photos
  • City of Escobares
  • City of La Grulla
  • Starr County Elected Officials 1848-2012
  • Rio Grande City Elected Officials 1993-2011
  • References

Part Two

  • Map of: Villas del Norte en Ia Provincia del Santander
  • Early Ranching on the Northern Frontier of New Spain
  • Map: 78 Porciones de Ia Villa Purfsima Concepcion de Mier
  • Capias de las Porciones 71, propiedad de Juan Salinas y 72 de Juan Angel Saenz
  • Steamboats on the Rio Grande
  • National Historical Landmark, Roma, Texas
  • Suspension Bridge Roma-San Pedro 1928
  • Salineno 35
  • Bibliography

Where to get a copy of this book:

Borrow it from a library near to you:

  • WorldCat.org - Search for a local library that may have it available.

Our First Raffle: 246 Testamentos de Monterrey

I will be holding the first book raffle of many more to come. The purpose of this raffle is to encourage you to share your research and stories with us.

Raffle will be on November the 30th 2014

I will be raffling the book by Lilia E. Villanueva de Cavazos titled “246 Testamentos de Monterrey (En Resumen Genealogico)“. It will make a great addition to your collection, you can gift it, or donate it to your local genealogy society and or library.

Book Cover:

246 Testamentos de Monterrey

How to enter raffle:

  1. Submit an article as per the “guest post guidelines
  2. Agree to let We Are Cousins post your article on it’s website wearecousins.info
  3. Agree not to publish your article on any other websites (Google hates double content and penalizes websites for it).
  4. Finally, send in your article to moisesgarza@gmail.com

Every article will be counted as one entry. You can submit as many as you would like. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Hernandez Hnos 50th Anniversary Commemorative Book

I just wanted to share with you an email that Bob Hernadez sent me about a month ago. I know that this email will be of interest to anyone that is interested in Monterrey Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Since the images that Bob shares with us are very valuable to our history. Specially if your genealogy research has led you to the convent of San Francisco, this album includes a photo of it. It also contains two maps of Monterrey one of 1836 and the other of 1905. It is also invaluable to the descendants of the Hernandez Brothers.

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Album Conmemorativo del 50 aniversario de la fundacion de la casa de sucesores de hernadez hnos

Here is the email:

Hi Moises. Thanks for all you do, I really enjoy it.

Except for my mother’s side, namely the Ybarguens, who lived in Durango, DGO since the late 1600’s or before, some of my father’s side were “newcomers” to Mexico who came from the Basque Country and settled in Nuevo Leon about the mid-1800’s.

The first Carlist War in Spain in the late 1830’s caused my great grandfather’s brother, Mariano Hernandez Luengas, to set out for the New World. Eventually he found himself in Monterrey and invested with other Monterrey industrialists to form the earliest textile mills in Nuevo Leon. His brothers eventually arrived from Vizcaya and they formed a company known as Hernandez Hermanos, with operations in Monterrey, Matamoros, Nuevo Laredo, Brownsville and Lerdo, DGO. They had a store in Monterrey known as La Reinera, with the 1905 building still standing at the corner of Morelos and Paras.

I found your website via a reference to one of my images from this post:


The particular reference is only part of a larger photo album / book printed in 1905 celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Hernandez Hermanos company. In there, you will see historical maps and photos of Monterrey, plus a written history of the company.

You can find the entire set here:


(you may need to scroll down to see the original captions that are not a part of the images). Your readers may enjoy the various images if they are interested in Monterrey history.

Again, thanks for what you do.

I wonder if any of my ancestors ever bought or wore clothes made with the textiles that this company would make. If you are interested in contacting bob let me know, I can forward your message to him. Let us know in the comments section of this post what you liked about this resource/album.

1679 Marriage of Joseph Cavazos de la Garza and Jacinta Fernandez de Castro Cerda, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

This is the 1679 marriage of my eighth great grandparents Joseph Cavazos de la Garza and Jacinta Fernandez de Castro de la Cerda. They got married in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico back in January 8th 1679. They were the first marriage of that year. Unfortunately this document does not indicate whom their parents are but through other sources I have found out that the parents of Joseph are Juan Cavazos and Elena de la Garza. The parents of Jacinta are Diego Fernandez de Castro and Ana Maria Cerda.

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Joseph Cavazos and Jacinta Fernandez de Castro FamilySearch, Monterrey, Marriage, 1679 Pg. 21

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Transcription of marriage image:


Joseph Cavassos y Dona Jacinta de Lazerda. espanoles, velaronse.

En ocho de Heno. de mil sis cientos y setenta y nueve anos despose por palabras de presente y vele a Joseph Cavassos y Dona Jazinta de lazerda aviendo presedido. Las vnas en veinte y sinco, vente y seis y veinte y siete del mes de Diciembre del ano de setenta y ocho. fueron testigos Nicolas Gutierrez y Manuel Peres. y Po [?] de Villa Real y para que conste Lo firme ut su pra. =

Joseph Guaxardo

Children of Joseph Cavazos and Jacinta Fernandez de Castro

The following list of children was researched by Crispin Rendon

  1. Joseph CAVAZOS, christened 14 Dec 1686 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
  2. Juan CAVAZOS. He married on 10 Jul 1716 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico Hermenegilda OCHOA ELEJALDE, daughter of Capitan Blas OCHOA ELEJALDE and Antonia LOZANO.
  3. Gabriel CAVAZOS, born about 1695. He married on 5 May 1717 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico Isabel GARZA, daughter of Juan PEREZ GARZA and Maria CANTU.
  4. Joaquin CAVAZOS (my 7th great grandfather), christened 8 Apr 1696 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, died 29 Oct 1779. He married (1) on 28 Apr 1722 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico Ana Catarina RODRIGUEZ MONTEMAYOR, christened 9 Jan 1707 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, died Aug 1762, daughter of Capitan Nicolas RODRIGUEZ MONTEMAYOR and Tomasa RUIZ OCON; (2) on 29 Oct 1744 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico Antonia Margarita GUZMAN, christened 29 Jul 1723 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, daughter of Antonio GUZMAN and Maria Josefa GARZA.
  5. Ignacio CAVAZOS, christened 8 Apr 1696 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. He married Maria CANTU, daughter of Capitan Carlos CANTU and Josefa GONZALEZ HIDALGO.
  6. Maria CAVAZOS, buried 26 Jul 1713 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. She married on 30 Nov 1701 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico Manuel GARZA, son of Capitan Lazaro GARZA and Ines SALDIVAR AYALA.
  7. Maria Isabel CAVAZOS. She married on 14 Jun 1708 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico Antonio GARZA, born 1682, son of Capitan Lazaro GARZA and Ines SALDIVAR AYALA.
  8. Francisco CAVAZOS. He married Angela GARZA, daughter of Capitan Juan GARZA and Maria Eugenia SANTOS.
  9. Manuel CAVAZOS. He married Maria Rosa SANCHEZ, daughter of Pedro Luis SANCHEZ and Tomasa CADENA.


  • FamilySearch.org
  • Rendon, Crispin D. “Ancestors of Moises Garza” February 9, 2014 Pg. 122 and 123

No Podcast for the Following Month, Here is Why

I am always experimenting with new things to try and make this blog more and more useful as possible and the podcast was one of those experiments.  The podcast has been running already for four months straight. Up until the writing of this post there are 17 episodes and has gotten 4,712 downloads in total. Which is great! I love providing content that is useful and can help others out.

The unfortunate thing is that it takes over four hours to produce one episode. Recording is easy but there is much more than the actual recording. There is planning, recording, editing, publishing, and syndicating. I only have two hours per day to work on my genealogy and as you can see that is two days out of my week. Then I have also been writing four blog posts per week besides the one for the podcast. This is all and good and I am not complaining I am just explaining to you the reason that I have placed it on hold. Simply put it is taking too much of my time and I have almost no time to do my own research or work on my other projects.

No Podcast for the Follwoing Month, Here is Why

For right now this podcast is on hold for 30 days which at that time I will decide if I continue to produce it or get rid of it. During this time I will develop a process to run this blog and also my other website MexicanGenealogy.info to try and free up some time. For this same reason I have also decided to only write 3 blog posts per week. I will only write posts on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. If you have signed up for the We Are Cousins newsletter then you will also receive emails on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays to past content that was published before you joined our newsletter. If you have not joined it you can do so here: Join Newsletter Now.

As part of this process I have also started to accept guest posts. You can read more about it here: Become A Contributor on We Are Cousins Tell Us Your Stories.

Let me know what you think about this decision. I would love to hear your feedback on the podcast as to what you like about it or dislike and if I should continue to produce it or give it the ax. Let me know in the comments area of this post.