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

WAC 006: Going Paperless in Genealogy, How I do It and You can Too

WAC 006 - Going Paperless in Genealogy, How I do It and You can Too

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Moises talks about how he went paper less in Genealogy and provides tips so that you do too. Also briefly talks about Google Alerts and the Texas General Land Office land grant search. Continue reading

Did You Know? Google Can Find Your Ancestors For You

Wouldn’t it be nice if Google could always be searching for your ancestors and just send you an email when it finds something. Wouldn’t it be great, to have Google searching day and night? What if I tell you that Google is already capable of assisting you in this way and has been helping family historians, hobbyists, and genealogists for the past couple of years to find their ancestors.

The tool that Google has and can help you is called Google Alerts. You basically go to Google Alerts and enter your ancestors name as an alert. How it works is that whenever Google indexes new information it will scan it for your alert and let you know. For example if I enter my ancestors name “Juan Bautista Chapa” I will get notified when ever something new is added to Google and the name is mentioned. This way I can always get notified when an article, book, or even family tree is indexed into Google’s search.

What is great is that once you set it up it will be searching night and day and all you do is read the emails that you get when ever something is found.

Another thing do is to not limit your alerts to just ancestor names, you can also enter names of towns, locations or any topic that you may be doing research on. Don’t forget to use quotes to only get exact matches. Also try and use different variants for example “Garza” also use “de la Garza”.

This is how the Google Alert Page Looks Like:

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Families of Santa Catarina Nuevo Leon 1750 – 1860

If you have traced your ancestors back to Santa Catarina Nuevo Leon then this books is a great resource. This books is an indexed abstract of Church and Civil Records covering the years of 1750 to 1860. It was written or compiled by Mark A. Philips and Richard C. Hernandez and published in 1997.

Cover of “Families of Santa Catarina, Nuevo Leon, Mexico An Indexed Abstract of Church and Civil Records, 1750-1860″ 

Just so that you may get an idea of what you can expect to find in this book here is the table of contents.

Contents

Preface

Map

Introduction

I. The Community
II. The Church Building
Ill. Filmed Records
IV. Records Extracted
A. Baptisms: Santa Catarina & Monterrey Records
B. Marriages: Santa Catarina Records
C. Marriages: Monterrey Records
D. Marriages: Pesqueira Grande Records
E. Marriage Investigations
F. Monterrey Protocols
G. Burials and Last Rites: Santa Catarina

Abbreviations 

Baptism & Marriage Index

Appendix

A. Marriage Witnesses
B. Officiating Priests at Marriages
C. Monterrey Protocols
D. Burials, 1817-1819
E. Last Rites, 1819
F. Burials, 1852-60
G. Special Baptisms
H. Special Marriages

Postscript 

Index: Wives

 The baptism and marriage index is about 129 pages out of the whole book.

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1693 Marriage of Joseph Martinez Guajardo and Margarita Gutierrez, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

 This is the September 20, 1693 marriage record of my 8th great grandparents Joseph Martinez Guajardo and Margarita Gutierrez. They got married in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. He was the son of Jose Martinez Guajardo and Nicolasa de la Garza. Margarita was the daughter of Diego Gutierrez de Castro and Gertrudis Flores. Their witnesses are listed as Pedro Lozano, Nicolasa Arellano, and Joseph de la Garza.

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Joseph Marz Guaxardo y Margarita Gutierres espanoles

En veinte de Septe. de mil seiscientos y nobenta y tres anos despose y bele infacie eclesie a Joseph Martinez Guaxardo y Margarita Guttz aviendo presedido las banas en seis treze y veinte de este mes y ano y fue en Virtd. de dispensaon de quarto grado de sangre en igualdad fueron ts. Po. Lozano Nicolasa Arellano y Joseph de la Garza y para que conste lo firme ets.

Joseph Guxardo

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WAC 005: Hispanic Genealogical Societies of Texas

WAC 005 - Hispanic Genealogical Societies of Texas

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In this session of the We Are Cousins Podcast, Moises talks about 10 Hispanic Genealogical Societies that exist in the state of Texas. Moises also talks about his upcoming speaking engagement and a blog post to help you find your Mexican Ancestors prior Continue reading

35th Annual Texas Hispanic Genealogical and Historical Conference

This year the 35th Annual Texas Hispanic Genealogical and Historical Conference will be hosted by Las Porciones Society. It will be at the Casa de Palmas in McAllen Texas this coming September 25th through the 27th. I want to thank Ofelia Olsson for sending me this information. Bellow you can find two PDF documents, one is for the registration and the other one contains more information about the conference. Continue reading

Four Books By Israel Cavazos Garza

The following are four books by Israel Cavazos Garza and one by his wife Lilia E. Villanueva de Cavazos that you can preorder today. These books are indispensable for genealogical research of your Nuevo Leon Ancestors. These books are also very hard to get and you will not find them for the same price anywhere else int he U.S. You can preorder your copies today for $40.00 each. Once I get 10 preorders I will place order and once I receive the first shipment of books I will mail your books out to you but hurry and order yours since they are first come first serve basis and only for a very limited time. This books will come directly from the Author.

Capitulacion de Felipe II con luis de Carvajal Sobre el descubrimiento y poblacion del Nuevo Reino de Leon

Author: Israel Cavazos Garza

Price: $40.00

Catalago y Sintesis de los Protocolos del Archivo Municipal de Monterrey 1726 – 1756

Author: Israel Cavazos Garza

Contains extracts of civil, criminal, and land sale documents covering the time period of 1726 to 1756.

Price: $40.00

Catalago y Sintesis de los Protocolos del Archivo Municipal de Monterrey 1756 – 1785

Author: Israel Cavazos Garza

Contains extracts of civil, criminal, and land sale documents covering the time period of 1756 to 1785.

Price: $40.00

Catalago y Sintesis de los Protocolos del Archivo Municipal de Monterrey 1786 – 1795

Author: Israel Cavazos Garza

Contains extracts of civil, criminal, and land sale documents covering the time period of 1786 to 1795.

Price: $40.00

Familias de Nuevo Leon Su limpieza de Sangre

Author: Lilia E. Villanueva de Cavazos

Excellent book about the Jewish roots of families of Nuevo Leon.

Price: $40.00

1674 Baptism of Josepha de La Garza Diaz, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

This is the December 31, 1674 baptism of my 8th great grandmother Josepha de la Garza Diaz in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. She was the daughter of Pedro de la Garza and Ana Diaz Molina. Her godparents are listed as Antonio Gonzalez y Melchora Botello.

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Josepha espanoles

En treinta y un Disiembre de mil y seiscientos y setenta y cuatro anos en la Parrochial de esta ciudad Baptise y puse los Stos. Olios a Josepha Espanola hija de Po. de la Garza y de Ana Diaz fueron sus padrinos Antonio Gonzalez y Melchora Botello y para que conste Lo firme et Supra.

Joseph Guaxardo

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Dolores, Revilla, and Laredo – Three Sister Settlements

While searching for a book at the University of Texas Pan American I came across this one titled “Dolores, Revilla, and Laredo – (Three Sister Settlements)” by Rogelia O. Garcia. It is a 51 page book that is very interesting. Especially if you have traced your ancestors to any of these three settlements as I have done for Revilla.

The author states:

“This small volume is the outgrowth of several years of research and is intended to commemorate the saga of the great and noble men and women who settled in the vast wilderness along the Rio Grande and left us a great heritage, their culture and ideals. The men of Dolores and Revilla were men of very liberal ideas, while those of San Augustin de Laredo were conservative. Their descendants are proud of them.” – Rogelia O. Garcia

The author also mentions that most of the information that you will find in this book comes form the;

  • Estado General de las Fundaciones Hechas por Don Joseph de Escandon en la Colonia del Nuevo Santander,
  • The Spanish Archives of Laredo,
  • The Archives of San Augustin Church,
  • The Papers of Mirabeau B. Lamar,
  • And other books relative to early Tamaulipas and Texas

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This small book contains:

THE GREAT COLONIZER

  • Don Joseph de Escandon

VILLA DE NUESTRA SENORA DE LOS DOLORES

  • Settlement Declaration of Don Bartolome Borrego to Capt. Jose Tienda de Cuervo Liberal attitudes.

VILLA DE SAN IGNACIO DE LOYOLA DE REVILLA

  • List of original settlers - Inspection report of Capt. Jose Tienda de Cuervo.

THREE GREAT REVILLANOS

  • Bernardo Gutierrez de Lara Col. Antonio Zapata. Historian Don Lorenzo de la Garza (C. Guerrero)

SAN AUGUSTIN DE LAREDO

  • Settlement Inspection by the Marques de Rubi -
  • Observations by Nicolas de Lafora -
  • Apportionment of the Land Some decrees and other documents Laredo Loyal to Spain -
  • Census report of 1823 Inspection report by Don Jose Maria Sanchez in 1828 -
  • First Company of the Presidios of Tarnaulipas.

THE FEDERALIST MOVEMENT

  • Work of Col. Antonio Zapata – Texans who helped Col. Zapata.

SAN AGUSTIN DE LAREDO 1836-1846

  • Laredo part of the Free State of Tamaulipas up to 1846. Influence of Cnpt. Mirabeau B. Lamar.

THE CONFEDERACY ALONG THE RlO GRANDE

  • The Benavides Regiment Muster Rolls.

MEZQUITE BLOSSOMS

  • Recollections of life at El Ranchito in the Borrego Grant.

I found several of my ancestors within the pages of this book. I highly recommend that you check it out. It is available at: