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

El Rancho in South Texas: Continuity and Change From 1750

Doing my family genealogy has thought me that ranching was a very huge part in the family structure. Also my ancestors had been ranching cattle, goats, and sheep for hundreds of years. In fact through both of my parents sides I am part of the first generation that will no longer be cattle men. It is this reason that I just wanted to share with you another great book that I really like. It was written by Joe S. Graham and it is titled El Rancho in South Texas: Continuity and Change From 1750. I am barely half-ways but the information is very valuable.

I know that some of you grew up in South Texas Ranchos and I know this from the emails that I get. I myself was raised not in a South Texas Rancho but in a Northeastern Mexican Rancho just 14 miles away from the border. The similarities in ranching and even the old jacales were the same. Also the stone houses used for fortification can still be found in Continue reading

List Naming the Mayors of Laredo from 1755 to 2014

The following is a list of all the mayors that present day Laredo Texas has had since it’s birth in the 1750′s to present day. I hope this helps in your genealogical research, that is if your ancestors were form Laredo. Most of the following list was extracted form the book by Rodolfo Gonzalez de la Garza, Apellidos de Tamamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, Coahuila, y Texas. I only copied the names and years, I left the other additional information out since if the reader is interesting in knowing more they should obtain a copy of the book.

A word of caution, this list may contain errors since I found another one with slightly different names and different years of service. At the end of this post you will also find a link to a PDF file that also contains the Continue reading

Mier Porciones-Land Grants on the Northern Side of the Rio Grande

When doing genealogy research we some times try to put our ancestors live’s into perspective but some times our research leads us to documents that help us do that. About a year ago I came across this book titled “Anales y Testimonios Del Cantaro”. You can read more about this book in my previous post here. The authors’s main focus in writing this book was to preserve the important archives of present day Ciudad Mier.

Among the pages of this book I came across a very important list and that was the list of the people that received land grants in the jurisdiction of La Villa de Mier in 1767. On a previous post “Map of Mier Land Grants on the Mexican Side and Names of People Awarded To” I only focused on the recipients south of the Rio Grande since you can practically not find that list anywhere else. Now this post is the second part listing all the land grant recipients Continue reading

Families of “El Valle del Guajuco”, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Between researching my own family genealogy and finding my ancestors I came across a citation at Raul Longoria’s Website which read “Santiago Vallejo, “Familias del Valle del Guajuco, NL, Mexico”, http://svallejo.tribalpages.com/”. If you are one of our earlier readers then you may be already aware that my Marroquines were from this valley specially Santiago and Allended Nuevo Leon.

I promptly copied and pasted the URL address into my browser and arrived at a website named “Vallejo Families of Nuevo Leon, Mexico”. My first opinion was this website is not even about the families of El Guajuco but after reading the main page it is clear that indeed it is. I promptly clicked “People” at the top bar and then on the “M” and found Marroquin as one of the listed last names. I clicked it and found my 7th great grandfather Nicolas Marroquin. This website even let me print seven generations of Continue reading

1836 Military Sketch of Fort San Antonio Del Balero, Called The Alamo

In the search for my ancestors I came across this document that I know for sure will interest family historians, genealogists, and Texas historians. It is the military sketch of Fort San Antonio Del Balero also called El Alamo and to us in present day “The Alamo”. The sketch was probably done on the same or few days after the battle for The Alamo that took place on March 6, 1836. It was drawn by Colonel Jose Juan Sanchez. He also included the actual military operations that took place on that day.

Bellow you will find the sketch and also the military operations taken by the Mexican military of that time under the command of President of Mexico and General Antonio de Santa Ana. I split the original image into two for better viewing on this blog. I have also included a transcription of the military operations and also included the English translation by Google with no fixes. At the very end of the post you will find the link to the original image in case that you may be interested to download it. Continue reading

RGV HGS Meeting, Ranching and The Province of Nuevo Santander

This past Sunday I attended the Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Genealogical Association’s meeting at the Harlingen Public Library. The presenter was Elizandro Munoz whom is an assistant professor of History at South Texas College for the Weslaco campus. His presentation was titled Ranching and The Province of Nuevo Santander.

Overall Points of the Presentation:

Mr. Munoz explained how the Spanish Mexican Ranching has influenced lifestyle, language, clothing and even architecture. He then went on to mention that the first cattle came from Andalucia Spain, and area rich in ranching. He goes on to explain how the first cattle where brought to the area of Tampico and then on to our region. He mentioned that the cowboy’s dressing was part of his tools, the sombrero, scarf, tight jeans, and chapareras. Also showed pictures of some old homes with Continue reading

The 11 Families Listed on The 1757 Census of La Villa de Laredo

Our Genealogy Research can lead us in many directions and also lead us to find many documents. One of those documents that I came across was the 1757 Revista de Pobladores conducted by Captain Jose Tienda de Cuervo of La Villa de Laredo present day Laredo, Texas.

In total the document contains 34 pages but I only extracted the names of the people residing in Laredo in 1757. It is interesting to note that at the end it is mentioned that they are 11 families and I assume that the single households were not included. If you would like to see or read the whole document just click at the source link at the end of Continue reading

The Conquistadores and the Crypto-Jews of Monterrey

While conducting Genealogy Research I came across “The Conquistadores and the Crypto-Jews of Monterrey” by David T. Raphael. It turned out to be an excellent book. It is full of great genealogical information, many of my own ancestors are mentioned within it’s pages. there is even a whole chapter dedicated to my 11th great grandfather Diego de Montemayor. Another whole chapter is dedicated to my de la Garza ancestors.

What I really loved about this book was Gaspar de Castanos entry into New Mexico and his brush with the Pueblo Indians. It is in my opinion an amazing chapter that shows clearly  a first hand account of how the Spaniards with way less numbers than the local population would conquer them.

After reading this book it is now one of my favorite. It not only provides great information but also contains transcriptions of original documents. You may also want to pay attention to the citations since that will Continue reading

January 2014 Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Genealogical Society Meeting

I just wanted to make you aware of the upcoming meeting of the January 2014 Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Genealogical Society. Bellow you can see the flyer that i received this past Monday. It will be this coming Sunday the 19th of January 2014 at the Harlingen Public Library. The presenter will be Elizandro Munoz Assistant Professor at STC and his talk will be focused on “The Early Ranches of South Texas and Northern Mexico”.

I had already made plans to assist myself but due to my wife’s recent accident I may not be able to go. If I do go I will take notes and write a post about Continue reading

Families of Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico Volume One

Great news, yesterday Mr. Rendon released the first volume of his twelve volume series about the families of Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico. Bellow you will find a picture of the eBook and also a copy of the email that I received. If your ancestors are from Coahuila I highly recommend that you download this eBook.

Cover of Families of Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico Volume One

Copy of email:

This email is going out to everyone in my genealogy address book.

Below find a link to the first volume of Families of Saltillo.

It is over 500 pages so it may upload slowly.

Families of Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico Volume One

http://home.earthlink.net/~cnltmex/scmv1.pdf

Best Regards,

Crispin Rendon

Remember, even if you do not have ancestors form Saltillo I recommend that you download this eBook since you never know when you will come across ancestors form Saltillo.