Moises Garza

Forgotten Death

The Murder of Juan Chapa Guerra

I have often heard of the Violence that used to be rampant in the border back in the middle 1800’s. I also hear stories from our readers about atrocities that were done against their ancestors. Unfortunately many of those stories have been passed down orally and many records don’t exist to prove those stories since […]

Maria Hinojosa FamilySearch, mIer, Tamaulipas, Defunciones 1767-1848 Pg 10

1773 Church Death Record of Maria Rosalia Hinojosa in Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico

This is the 1773 death record of my of 6th great grandmother Maria Rosalia de Hinojosa in Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico. She die on the 14th of June of 1773. The following document indicates that her husband was Ramon Guerra and her parents were Manuel de Hinojosa and Ynes de Chapa.  Her husband Ramon Guerra received […]

General Bernardo Gutierrez de Lara

Jose Bernardo Gutierrez de Lara

On September the 26th I received an email by Ernesto Uribe with a newspaper cut out titled “Celebran el Natalicio de Jose Bernardo Gutierrez de Lara”. Jose Bernardo Gutierrez Lara is considered to be a hero of Texas independence. If you Google him you will find more information on him. What caught my attention was […]

San Fernando Cathedral

San Fernando Church Baptismals 1731 – 1812

I came across the San Fernando Church Baptismals covering 1731 to 1812 a couple of weeks ago. I know that many of the We Are Cousins readers are from the San Antonio area and many of them have very deep roots in Texas going back to the first families whom settled this area. I had […]

Joseph Manuel de Ayala de la Garza and Josefa Antonia Cantu de la Garza in FamilySearch, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico Matrimonios 1667-1800 Pg 170

1732 Marriage of Joseph Manuel de Ayala de la Garza and Josefa Antonia Cantu de la Garza in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

This is the 1732 marriage of my wifes’s 6th great grandparents Joseph Manuel de Ayala and Josefa Antonia Cantu in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. They got married on July 28 , 1732. I just want to mention that I have found this particular ancestor listed as both Ayala and Allala on many documents. As you […]

Families of Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico Volume Twelve

Families of Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico Volume Twelve

For the past twelve months Crispin Rendon has been publishing a monthly eBook on the Families of Saltillo Coahuila, Mexico. I applaud his dedication and determination to provide us with these great genealogical resources. Yesterday I received another email from him letting me know that he had just released his twelve volume in this series. […]

The Mier Church Padrones 1796 - 1806

The Mier Church Padrones 1796 – 1806

The Mier Church Padrones 1796 – 1806 book has been completed and is available to download for free. This book is the final product of months of hard work by Blanca Rosales, Cathy Gutierre Barraza, Chris Lozano Martinez, Clementina Pederson, Larissa LeBovidge, and yours truly Moises Garza. This book is a 220 page book from […]

Reyes Y Reinos Genealogias

Reyes Y Reinos Genealogias

Welester Alvarado found a great resource and last week he sent me an email about it. This resource was a website that lists on PDF format the Genealogies of the Kings of Spain. He tried to upload them to the We Are Cousins Facebook group but had some problems doing it. At a first glance […]

Apolonio Contreras and Demetria Solis Catholic Archices of Texas Austin Texas, Marriage Rio Grande City, 1874

Finding the Parents of Apolonio Contreras and His Marriage with Demetria Garza

I know that you have your own brick walls when it comes to doing genealogy research. We all have ancestors whom we can not find and or it seems that they left no paper trail. One of those such brick walls was my wife’s 2nd great grandfather Apolonio Contreras. I first discovered Apolonio when I […]

DNA Results of Clarissa Perez

WAC-19: DNA Results for Clarissa Perez

Play Podcast: Summary: In this episode Moises talks about the AncestryDNA results of his wife Clarissa Perez. He also talks about the book Real Stories of Starr County, The Real Starr Website, and the death record of his 8th Great Grandfather Blas Canales.