Author Archives: Moises Garza

About Moises Garza

This blog is an attempt to document my family and make you aware of resources that I find. I also hope that with this blog I can network with other researchers interested in this region and connect with long lost relatives. To keep up to date with this blog follow us with RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or Google+. Contact me at

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 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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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



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

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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.

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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
  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

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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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.


  • 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 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.

Lists of Pasajeros A Indias at Solo Genealogia

This resource is an amazing genealogical resource. For some time now, I have been searching for the elusive books of the Pasajeros A Indias but have been unsuccessful in finding all of them. On a future post I will share with you the ones that  have found so far. A couple of weeks ago I shared with you a resource “Genealogical Database of Solo Genealogia” and if you are curios like me then you may have had already explored this resource. That same website has organized and is currently listing all the Pasageros a Indias that are listed on those books.

You can expect to find thousands of names of people that traveled to the new world including Mexico between 1501 to 1538. The books that they are transcribing cover the years 1501 to 1790 but so far their project has only completed up to 1538. If this is a project that interests you please join to help out.

This is a screen shot of the website:

Navigating the website is very simple, the only thing it is in English but you can always use Google translate to read it in English. Just copy and paste the website address and it will translate the whole website for you.

Here is the link to the website:

Let me know if it is useful to you or let me know about your findings. Unfortunately for me I have not found any ancestors that traveled to the new world during that time. But I am aware of the value of this project since i have found my ancestors on the books focusing on the later years.

1675 Baptism of Margarita Gutierrez, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

This is the June 23, 1675 baptism of my 8th great grandmother Margarita Gutierrez. As this document indicates she was the daughter of Diego Gutierrez and Gertrudis Flores. She was baptized in the Parochial Church of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

She ends up marrying Joseph Martinez Guajardo and you can see their marriage record here:  1693 Marriage of Joseph Martinez Guajardo and Margarita Gutierrez, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

If interested you can also see the marriage record of her parents here: 1673 Marriage of Diego Gutierrez and Gertrudis Flores Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

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Margarita Gutierrez FamilySearch Monterrey Baptism 1675 Pg 35

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Margarita espanola

En veinte y tres de Junio de mil y seiscientos y setenta y cinco anos en La Aprrochia de esta ciudad Baptize y puse olios, a Margarita hija de Diego Gutierrez y de Gertrudis Flores fueron sus Padrinos el Capan. Lazaro de la Garza y Da. Tnes de Loya y para que conste lo firme ut supra =

Joseph Guajardo



WAC-17: A Short History of Texas Land Titles


A Short History of Texas Land Titles


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Dr. Chance gives a short overview of the History of Texas land titles. Moises talks about the volume 10 of The Families of Saltillo, Cohuila, The Vital Contribution of Texas in the Winning of the American Revolution, and the 1689 Church Marriage of Antonio Lopez Prieto and Maria Rodriguez de Montemayor in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
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