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 moisesgarza@gmail.com

THE FARIAS CHRONICLES, A History and Genealogy of a Portuguese/Spanish Family by George Farias

THE FARIAS CHRONICLES, A History and Genealogy of a Portuguese/Spanish Family by George Farias is a true genealogical treasure to anyone that has the last name or has ancestors with the Farias last name. So far on my family tree I have I have two different Farias lines that need more research on my part. One is Antonia Farias whom was the wife of Nicolas Rodriguez and lived around the early 1700′s. They are my  6th great grandparents. The other line that I have discovered is that of my 10th great grandmother Maria de Sosa Farias whom was married to Vicente Zaldivar y Ressa. I did not find anything on my first line but on the second there are a few pages to the ancestry of Maria’s parents Alonso Farias Trevino and Ana de Sosa Navarro whom were married in Monterrey in 1615.

The following is the cover of the book that is found in the Lower Rio Grande Collection at the University of Texas Pan American in Edinburg Texas. Also bellow the cover is a description  of the book as provided on the Border Lands Book Store.

Book Cover of THE FARIAS CHRONICLES:

Description of book by Border Lands Book Store:

“Illustrated by Jack Jackson. Winner, 1995 Documentation Award by the Webb County Heritage Foundation. A family history in two parts combining history, genealogy and brief memoirs of the author. The first part ” The Ancient Family” describes the origin of the name, and the five root branches originating in Portugal. Included are Portugal’s heroic defenders, Nuno Goncalves de Faria and his son Goncalo Nunes; Pedro de Faria, Governor of Malacca and his relative, the merchant-pirate Antonio de Faria, a swashbuckling adventurer who lived a fascinating life and died in a tragic treasure raid on ancient Chinese royal tombs. This part concludes with notes on other family members who have some claim to fame.

In the second part titled, “The Modern Family” the author’s branch is described dating back to 1777 when his earliest known ancestor, José Antonio Farías, appears at Presidio del Río Grande de San Juan Bautista, now Guerrero, Coahuila, Mexico. José Antonio’s wife was Catarina Rodríguez and they are known to have had three sons and a daughter. One son, José Andrés Farías, came to Laredo on the Rio Grande about 1798 to command the Spanish colonial garrison there as a member of the Third Flying Cavalry Company of Nuevo Santander. His marriage to Guadalupe Sanchez, a granddaughter of Tomás Sánchez, the founder of Laredo, marked the beginning of the Farias family in this future border city. A Chapter is included on the Martínez clan, the author’s maternal line, with descent from Teniente de Capitan Miguel Martínez, one of the founders of Revilla (Ciudad Guerrero) Tamaulipas. Other related lines are Benavides, Fernández, Almazán, Marulanda, de las Fuentes, Gutiérrez, Salinas, and de la Peña.

Jose Andres Farias became mayor of Laredo, was commended by Simon Herrera for his military leadership against the insurgents in the Mexican War for Independence, and later commended also by Joaquín de Arredondo when he led the Royalist volunteers from Laredo to the Battle of Medina near San Antonio which crushed the army of the First Texas Revolution. Many of José Andres’ descendants served as military officers and public officials. Along with others who were ranchers and merchants, they helped forge the great state of Texas out of a wild, primitive, and sometimes lawless frontier.

Diane Reid Elliott of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville wrote in the April 1997, Southwestern Historical Quarterly, “What a delightful surprise to open a book such as this, expecting to find a detailed genealogy meaningful only to a particular family, and to discover instead tales of castles, pirates, adventures in the South China sea and the Texas frontier, along with names like Vasco Da Gama, Antonio López de Santa Anna, Ricardo Montalban and Federico Peña…. This makes for interesting reading for anyone intrigued by the history of Portugal or the Mexican-American borderlands as well as members of the family.” Limited 1st Ed. signed by the author. 12 Jackson Illus/Maps. Edinburg, Tx, 1995 , 8 pgs CP, 32 B&W, HB, 298 Pgs., ” – Borderlandsbooks.com

Interested in obtaining this book?

As I mentioned before UTPA has a copy in their Lower Rio Grande Special Collections and you can see if it is available here.

Another option that you have to obtain this book, if you have the cash, is borderlandsbooks.com just enter 1147 in the search bar to bring up the book. It is for sale at $125.00 plus $7.00 shipping and handling.

Don’t live near UTPA or have the cash to buy the book? You can always search for it in a library near you with worldcat.org.

TOTGS Genealogical Tips for January Through March 2014 is Out!

I want to thank Marlene Pegg, editor of Genealogical Tips, for sending me the latest Issue of their publication. This issue covers January through February and is jam-packed with great genealogy tips and resources that are available out there. Bellow I have included the table of contents so that you may see the type of stories that they publish. One of my blog posts, Website To Help You Find Where Your Ancestors Were From In Mexico, was republished by them.

Cover of Latest Issue:

Table of Contents:

  • From the Editor
  • Czech Heritage Museum Dedicated
  • De Galvez Records From Revolutionary War Period Available Online
  • Coming Up: Genealogypalooza
  • Summarize Your Work To Organize Your Research
  • Something To Try When Using Ancestry.com In The Library
  • Texas Tax Rolls 1846-1910 4 AG Holder Is A Victim Of Tax Fraud Identity Theft
  • Greek Easter Cookies – Koulourakia
  • Hispanic American Newspapers At GenealogyBank
  • Guide On Getting Organized
  • HSP Record Added To Ancestry.com
  • NARA Announces Closure And Consolidations Of Three Facilities
  • Military History Publications
  • Website To Help You Find Where Your Ancestors Were From In Mexico
  • NEWS FROM THE PAST
  • Tips To Insure The Future Of Genealogy: Story Telling
  • Battle Of Horseshoe Bend
  • The Story Behind The Record
  • Slaves Were Used As Collateral
  • Missing Men: Lost Husband Ads In Newspapers
  • Tips For Finding Your Ancestors In Genealogy Databases
  • New Resource For State History Source Materials
  • Websites Offer Virtual Visit To War Of 1812 Sites
  • Forgotten Ashes – No One Should Be Forgotten And Homeless After Death
  • Find Military Records Online With New Index
  • But I Know I Am Descended From A ……..
  • Dangerous Pitfalls Of Death Records
  • Alabama Research Hint
  • Using The NEHGS Catalog From Home
  • Five Research Resources You Cannot Afford To Forget
  • Just How Reliable Is That Source?
  • Post-it Notes As A Great Research Tool
  • Rubik’s Cube Genealogy: A New Twist On Old Data
  • Keyword Search In The Family History Library Catalog
  • Properly Analyzing Documents: A Key To Genealogical Success!
  • szukajwarchiwach.pl—A Polish Website For Online Genealogy Research
  • Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers

For those of you that do not know the Tip O Texas Genealogical Society is based out of Harlingen Texas and any one can join by contacting them.

Fundadores de Linares by Guillermo Garmendia Leal

I came across the following book by Guillermo Garmendia Leal while doing my own family genealogy research. It is called “Fundadores de Linares” (Founders of Linares). This book has come in very handy since some of my ancestors have deep roots to Linares, Nuevo Leon. I just thought it would be a good idea to share it with you so that you may at least be aware about this great resource in case that you also come across ancestors or have ancestors that were from Linares.

Cover of book “Fundadores de Linares”:

This book contains:

Chapter 1 – Events that happened from 1668 to 1715 in Montemorelos, Hualahuises and the surrounding area prior to the founding of Linares.

Chapter 2 – Testamentos y Protocolos 1702 – 1757

Chapter 3 – Familias de Linares 1712 – 1748

Chapter 4 – Padron of 1764

Chapter 5 – Obispado de Linares 1779

Chapter 6 – General Fernando Sanchez de Zamora

Chapter 7 – Fuentes de informacion

Apendice I – Familias que pasaron de Linares a Villas del Norte de Tamaulipas

Bellow you will find links if you are interested in buying your own copy of thsi book or just borrowing one.

Where to obtain a copy:

Municipalities of Nuevo Leon, Their Founding Dates, and Old Names

If you or your ancestors were from Nuevo Leon, Mexico you will definitely love this resource. It will also help you while researching your genealogy and ancestors from Nuevo Leon. A few days ago I was browsing through a Facebook page of “Cronista De Santa Catarina” and came across this great resource. I do not know where it came from but was posted by Leonrado Hernandez on April the first. At the end of the post I have provided the link pointing to the original post. Also if you click on the image you will be able to download it to your hard drive. I have also included a transcription of the image in this post.

Image with all the municipalities of Nuevo Leon and it’s founding dates:

Municipios de Nuevo Leon Y su Fundacion.jpg

Please note that each line includes in order; the name of municipality, Foundation date and old name, date it became villa and then city.

Transcription of above image:

Municipio – Fecha Primitiva de Fundacion (1) Nombre Antiguo (2) – Fecha de Ereccion en Villa, Fecha de Ereccion en Ciudad

  • 1.- Abasolo – 1627 Hacienda Eguia de Viudas – 5 de Abr. de 1827
  • 2.- Agualeguas – 1675 Mision de Nta. Sra. de Gualeguas – 7 de Ene. de 1821
  • 3.- Los Aldamas – 1825 Pueblo de Hoyos – 26 de Mzo. de 1829
  • 4.- Allende – 1779 Rancho el Reparo – 12 de Mzo. de 1850 – 12 de Mzo. de 1978
  • 5.- Anahuac – 1933 – - – 5 de May.de 1933
  • 6.- Apodaca – 1583- Hacienda San Francisco – 31 de Mzo.de 1351 – 31 de Mzo. de 1882
  • 7.- Aramberri – 1626 Mision de Sta. Ma. de Rio Blanco – 31 de Oct. de 1877 – 13 de Dic. de 1912
  • 8.- Bustamante – 1686 San Miguel de Aguayo – 27 de Feb. de 1832
  • 9.- Cadereyta – 1637 San Juan Bautista – 13 de Ago. de 1637 – 28 de Mayo de 1825
  • 10.- Carmen – 1614 Hacienda de Cbipinque – 5 de Feb. de 1852
  • 11.- Cerralvo – 1577 Minas de San Gregorio. Leon(1582) – 6 de Sept. de 1626- 26 de Mayo de 1984
  • 12.- Cienega de Flores – 1624 Puerto de Cienaga – 23 de Feb. de 1863
  • 13.- China – 1796 San Felipe de Jesus (4 de Junio) – 23 de May. de 1812
  • 14.- Dr. Arroyo – 1821 Valle de La Purisima Concepcion – 31 de Mzo. de 1851- 9 de Ene. de 1878
  • 15.- Dr. Coss – 1745 Paso de Zacate – 7 de Oct. de 1882
  • 16.- Dr. Gonzalez – 1694 Hacienda de Ramos – 14 de Nov. de 1883
  • 17.- Galeana – 1678 Valle de Sn Pablo de los Labradores – 19 de Feb. de 1829 – 9 de Ene. de 1878
  • 18.- Garcia – 1646 Hda. de Pesqueria Grande – 31 de Mzo.de 1851
  • 19.- Garza Garcia – 1596 Hda. de San Pedro de los Nogales – 14 de Die. de 1882
  • 20.- General Bravo – 1790 Rancho del Toro – 18 de Nov. de 1868
  • 21.- Gral. Escobedo – 1604 Hda. del Topo de los Ayala – 24 de Feb. de 1868 – 19 de Nov de 1981
  • 22.- Gral. Teran – 1746 Valle de La Mota – 31 de Mzo.de 1851 – 31 de Oct. de 1977
  • 23.- Gral. Trevino – 1705 Rancho el Puntiagudo – 9 de Die. de 1968
  • 24.- Gral. Zaragoza – 1626 Mision San Josse del Rio Blanco – 16 de Sept.de 1866
  • 25.- Gral. Zuazua – 1670 Hda. de Santa Elena – 6 de.Mzo.de 1863
  • 26.- Guadalupe – 1627 Hda. de Santa Cruz – 5 de Mzo. de 1825 – 9 de Mayo de J971
  • 27.- Los Herreras – 1650 Rancho de La Manteca – 9 de Die. de 1874
  • 28.- Higueras – 1697 Hda. de Santa Teresa – 18 de Feb. de 1863
  • 29.- Hualahuises – 1646 Mision de San Cristobal – 20 de Mzo.de 1828
  • 30.- Iturbide – 1802 Hda. de San Pedro – 9 de Mzo. de 1850
  • 31.- Juarez – 1642 Hda. de San Jose – 30 de Die. de 1868 – 13 de Mayo de 1988
  • 32.- Lampazos – 1698 San Antonio de La Nueva Tlaxcala – 26 de Oct. de 1877 – 28 de Die. de 1877
  • 33.- Linares – 1712 Villa de San Felipe – 10 de Abr. de 1712 – 19 de Mayo de 1777
  • 34.- Marin – 1670 Rancho San Antonio de los Mtz.- 16 de Jul. de 1807
  • 35.- Melchor Ocampo – 1640 Charco Redondo – 20 de Oct. de 1948
  • 36.- Mier y Noriega – 1804 San Antonio de Medina – 27 de Jul. de 1849
  • 37.- Mina – 1611 San Francisco de Callas – 31 de Mzo.de 1851
  • 38.- Montemoretos – 1701 San Mateo del Pilon – 28 de feb. de 1701 – 28 de Mayo de 1825
  • 39.- Monterrey – 1577 Santa Lucia, San Luis – 1582 – 20 de Sept. de 1596
  • 40.- Paras – 1851 Huizachal de los Canales – 17 de Feb. de 1851
  • 41.- Pesqueria – 1669 Hacienda Espiritu Santo – 21 de Jul. de 1844
  • 42.- Los Ramones – 1730 Rancho San Joso del Capadero – 10 de Nov.de 1912
  • 43.- Rayones – 1851 San Miguel de Tasajal – 22 de Sept. de 1851
  • 44.- Sabinas Hidalgo – 1693 Real de Santiago de las Sabinas – 26 de Mzo.de 1829 – 7 de Mayo de 1971
  • 45.- Salinas Victoria – 1646 Valle de las Salinas – 4 de Mzo.de 1826
  • 46.- San Nicolas de los Garza – 1597 Hda. de Diego Diaz – 30 de Dic. de 1830- 9 de Mayo de 1971
  • 47.- Hidalgo – 1626 Hda. San Nicolas Obispo – 14 de Feb. de 1828
  • 48.- Santa Catarina – 1596 Hda. Santa Catarina – 11 de Feb. de 1864 – 20 de Nov. de 1977
  • 49.- Santiago – 1648 Santiago del Huajuco – 12 de Abr. de 1831

I do hope that this image and list comes in handy during your research. I know that it has helped me in just a short time.

Source:

Land Grants, Farms, Villages, Villas, and Cities in the Northeast of New Spain

The following map will help you along while doing your families genealogy research. It is titled “Land Grants, Farms, Villages, Villas, and Cities in the Northeast of New Spain” means in Spanish (Mercedes de Tierras, Haciendas, Pueblos, Villas y Ciudades en el Noreste Novohispano). As I have mentioned before I am currently researching Saltillo and in a book titled “Libro del Cabildo de la Villa de Santiago del Saltillo”, (Book of the Council of the Village of Santiago del Saltillo), I came across a very interesting map that I know you will enjoy. I am sharing it with you here since i know that it will help you estimate where your ancestors were from, it will not pinpoint their exact place but give you an idea.

This image shows you an estimated location of where the following areas were located:

  • Valle de Boca de Leones
  • Valle de Coahuila
  • Valle de las Salinas
  • Villa Cerralvo
  • Valle de Pesqueria
  • Valle de Parras
  • Saltillo
  • Valle de Buena Esperanza
  • Valle de Mazapil
  • Valle de Pesqueria Grande
  • Valle de Santa Catarina
  • Villa Cadereyta

It also lists many more villas, towns, and haciendas.

Land Grants, Farms, Villages, Villas, and Cities in the Northeast of New Spain:

Mercedes de Tierras, Haciendas, Pueblos, Villas y Ciudades en el Noreste Novohispano.jpg

Click on the image above to view it at a better resolution and also be able to download it at a greater resolution.

I hope that this map comes in handy to you as it has come in handy to me.

Source:

Garza, Valentina Martinez, and Perez, Juan Manuel Zevallos. Libro del Cabildo de la Villa de Santiago del Saltillo 1578 – 1655. 2002, Pg 52

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

http://home.earthlink.net/~cnltmex/scmv4.pdf

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.

GENERAL STATE OF THE SETTLEMENTS MADE BY
D. JOSE de ESCANDON
IN THE COLONY OF NUEVO SANTANDER COAST OF THE GULF OF MEXICO

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.

Source:

  • 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:

  1. AGUAYO (CD. VICTORIA) ( CENSO 3 OCT 1750)
  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)
  7. REVILLA (GUERRERO) ( CENSO 25 ENE 1753 )
  8. REYNOSA ( CENSO 16 JUN 1750)
  9. SAN FERNANDO ( CENSO 15 JUL 1750 )
  10. SANTANDER (JIMENEZ) ( CENSO 3 SEP 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 Worldcat.org

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