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Diccionario Biografico de Tamaulipas – Biographical Dictionary of Tamaulipas

Just wanted to make sure that you are aware of a great resource for the State of Tamaulipas. It is dictionary of biographies about notable people of Tamaulipas. The authors of this book “Diccionario Biografico de Tamaulipas” are Juan Fidel Zorrilla and Carlos Gonzalez Salas. It was printed back in 1984 in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico.

Unfortunately it does not contain much genealogical information but some biographies do mention whom their parents were but it is great to help you piece your ancestors life’s. That is if they are mentioned within the pages of this book.

The main object of the writers was to include whomever in any generated activities have contributed or participated in the historic, economic, social, political, and cultural development of Tamaulipas. They not only mention people whom were born in Tamaulipas but many other persons that somehow have meant something to Tamaulipas.

Here is a sample of what you can expect to find:

DE LA GARZA FALCON, BLAS MARIA – Capitan fundador de la villa de Camargo establecida e1 5 de marzo, de 1749. Gozaba de quinientos; pesos anuales de sueldo, estaban a su mando doce plazas de la Real Escuadra y tenia ciento tres sirvientes. Contaba con ganado caballar y asnal. (E.G.D.L.F … , T. II, p. 388 ).

Cover of Book Diccionario Biografico de Tamaulipas:

Diccionario Biografico de Tamaulipas Juan Fidel Zorrilla Carlos Gonzalez Salas

This book will be rare to find since only 2000 copies where printed but you can always look for a copy at Worldcat.org to see if a local library carries it.

UTPA has a copy:

Yes the university of Texas Pan American has a copy of this book. You can see it’s availability here.

Hope that you find this resource useful and or you are able to find your ancestors in this book. Let me know about your findings.

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.

Cut out of Book Cover:

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
  • MAYORS AND COMMISSIONERS OF THE CITY OF ROMA FROM 1936-PRESENT
  • Salineno 35
  • Bibliography

Where to get a copy of this book:

Borrow it from a library near to you:

  • WorldCat.org - Search for a local library that may have it available.

Families of Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico Volume Ten

If you are into genealogy as I am, then you may have had been waiting for this eBook from Crispin. Without fail Crispin has, with this one, published 10 eBooks straight. I had the pleasure and honor of meeting Crispin Rendon on the 35th Annual Texas Hispanic Genealogical and Historical Conference. He is a very down to earth person and hates to get credit for all that he does.

This tenth volume contains another 500 records starting on 1795 to 1800 and Crispin mentions that you can find images 135-212 on film 605096 at familysearch.org.

Families of Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico Volume Ten

Here is the link that Crispin sent me on his email.

Download eBook:

Make sure to download it to your computer since you never know for how long it will be available.

Let me know if this volume helps you with your genealogical research.

The Genealogy of Edna Garza Brown

For the past few years I had been coming across various works of Edna Garza Brown. Recently I came across a book Titled “The Genealogy of Edna Garza Brown”. I know that it will be of interest to you specially if you have traced your ancestry all the way back to Juan Bautista Chapa. This book includes a nine chart family tree and it contains all the documentation to support her family tree. It is very interesting and also contains a copy of the will of Juan Batista Chapa.

I highly recommend it to anyone.

I will share with you a short paragraph that the author wrote describing her intentions or the purpose of sharing her work:

“We hope that the material in this book will help others in their research
for family ties and history; but more than that, we hope it will serve as a
form of thanks to those people who have helped so much. We know people like
Lottie Gaetcke, who spent hours looking through names and places, will carry
on an interest in the history which they began to learn from a few small
facts. Perhaps others will discover the pleasure of their in- laws and friends
in Working together to discover what this world is all about.” – Edna Garza Brown

Image of partial cover of book”The Genealogy of Edna Garza Brown”:

Where to get a copy:

  • WorldCat.org – Find book in a library near you. Check Now.

I know this post is very short but I just want to make sure that you are aware that this book is out there and you never know it may be the clue that you need to break down a brick wall that you may have.

Inherit the Dust from the Four Winds of Revilla: A 250-Year Historical Perspective with Emphasis on Ancient Guerrero, its People and Its Land Grants

If you have traced your ancestors back to Revilla then this book is a must have for your genealogical information. Inherit the Dust from the Four Winds of Revilla: A 250-Year Historical Perspective with Emphasis on Ancient Guerrero, its People and Its Land Grants is a 388 page book written by Jose M. Pena back in 2006.

This book is packed with colonial and local history. It is full of genealogical information and even includes many family trees.  The author did an excellent job in this masterful book. Allot of land grant information is also presented in this book.

Inherit the Dust From The Four Winds of Revilla

This book is available at Amazon.com and this is the book description that they provide:

“Rich in period analysis, here is fascinating historical perspective covering 250 years of existence primarily of a 1750 Spanish settlement originally called “Villa del Señor San Ignacio de Loyola de Revilla” and now known as “Guerrero Viejo.” Although many books cover the genealogical aspects of families that originated in this city, the historical contributions of the early pioneers, their descendents, and the controversy related to land grants, called “Porciones” — awarded by the King of Spain — have, for the most part, remained in the background. This, then, is the principal objective of this book. The book provides summaries on the evolution, history, wars, and problems of Mexico. Using some of his ancestors as a sample, the author shows the hardships they endured and discusses their contribution in the formation of the two great nations that the United States and Mexico have become.

At the same time, the book shows that the land grants (and heirs) took one of two alternate roads — depending on their location — when Texas and other territories were ceded to the United States. People and land grants located on the Mexican side were victims of the violent and blood soaked history that Mexico has had. On the other hand, those located on the U.S. side, were subjected to mischief and flagrant violations of the terms of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Sadly, in 1953, the Falcon Dam inundated Guerrero Viejo and many of the land grants.

Thus, for all intents and purposes, the heirs of most land grants met the same end and a financial obligation (of $193.0 Million plus interest) exchanged between the U.S. and Mexico has remained unpaid for over 80 years. The reader will long-remember the amazing facts developed in this book.” Amazon.com

This is the Book Cover of the Book “Inherit the Dust form the Four Winds of Revilla”:

The following are the contents of the book so that you may get an idea of what to expect to find within the pages of this book.

Book Contents:

Ackltowledgments ……………………………………………………………………………. 7
Chapter 1: Introduction …………………………………………………………………… 9
Chapter 2: Mexico’s Evolution and the Spaniard’s Conquest …………… 17
Chapter 3: First Two Hundred Years After Conquest ……………………….. 44
Chapter 4: Parade of Ancestors and Families ………………………………….. 51
Chapter 5: Establishment of Revilla and Other Settlements ……………. 60
Chapter 6: Degree of Conversion of the Indian Nations ………………….. 70
Chapter 7: Land Grants of Revilla ……………………………………………………. 87
Chapter 8: Life in Revilla and Guerrero …………………………………………… 109
Chapter 9: Prologue to a Violent Mexican History …………………………… 130
Chapter 10: Mexico’s Independence from Spain …………………………….. 132
Chapter 11: The Indian Attacks against the Settlements …………………. 143
Chapter 12: The Loss of Texas and Other Territories ……………………… 162
Chapter 13: Mexico’s Restoration ………………………………………………….. 185
Chapter 14: Mexico’s Porfiriato ……………………………………………………… 200
Chapter 15: Mexico’s Revolution ……………………………………………………. 210
Chapter 16: Mexico’s Postrevolution ……………………………………………… 228
Chapter 17: Mexico’s Recent History ……………………………………………… 239

Most of the family trees are listed in Chapter Four but there are even more in the APPENDICES that start on page 319.

The following are the one page family trees in the Appendices:

  • General Pedro Elizondo de Paredes and Maria de la Garza Renteria
  • Vicente Garcia and Maria Josefa Gertrudis Elizondo
  • Jose de Jesus Pena Nagas and Maria Guadalupe Garcia Elizondo
  • Juan Jose Baez Benavides Ochoa and Maria Guadalupe Garcia vda. de Pena
  • Cristobal Javier Baez de Benavides and Margarita Ochoa
  • Jose de Jesus Benavides and Matiana Benavides
  • Jose Bernardo Benavides and Maria Manuela Palacios
  • Bartolome de Lizarraras y Cuellar and Maria Gregoria Martinez
  • Geronimo Garcia Vela and Felicita Benavides
  • Jose Felipe de Jesus Vela and Maria Ana Gertrudis Benavides
  • Pedro Vela and Maria Gertrudis de Lizarraz y Cuellar
  • Antonio Pena and Antonia Narcisa Vela
  • Jose Francisco Garcia and Maria Maxima Trevino
  • Jose Tomas Garcia Trevino and Maria del Refugio Martinez
  • Jose Ignacio de Jesus Garcia Martinez and Maria Ignacia Vela
  • Jesus Maria Garcia Benavides and Antonia Pena
  • Jose Maria Pena Cavazos and Hortencia Garcia de Pena
  • Francisco Javier Pena and Maria Antonia de Nagas
  • Jose Manuel Santiago Pena and Maria Gertrudis Recio
  • Cristobal Recio Soberon and Maria Antonia Dolores Salinas Pena
  • Manuel Pena (widower of Maria Gertrudis Recio) and Cayetana Pena
  • Jose Joachin Pena and MAria Guadalupe Saldivar
  • Jose Jesus (de la) Pena Vela and Maria del Jesus Vela
  • Jose Maria Pena Vela (widower of Josefa Villarreal) and Ruperta Cavazos Serna
  • Jose Maria Pana Vela and Josefa Villarreal
  • Felipe Cavazos and Eufemia Serna
  • Jose Maria Pena Garcia III and Pauline Aguilar

Where to Obtain Your Own Copy:

Where to Borrow a Copy:

  • UTPA – University of Texas Special Collections (View Availability)
  • WorldCat.org – Find it in a library near you (Find now).

Using Civilian Records for Genealogical Research in the National Archives

Have you ever wondered what documents does the United States National Archives have that can help you locate your ancestors? This PDF document might just have the answer for you. It is a 63 page document describing the Civilian Records that they have in their possession and might be of help to you in your genealogical research. I know that for me researching the National Archives is out of the question due to my location but you never know. Maybe one day you or I get to go over and do some digging around.

This PDF book was written back in 2006 and might also provide valuable clues as to what to search on the website of the National Archives. Just thinking out loud, since I have yet to do such search myself. You never know maybe these collections are available online, for sure the border crossings are and also the censuses, at familysearch.org. This booklet will give you an idea of how to use them or what you can expect to find in those collections.

As usually, the link to download this free eBook is at the very end of the post. Before you go there here is a bit more information about this eBook.

Here is the cover of the eBook:

Using Civilian Records For Genealogical Research in The National Archives

In case that you are wondering here is a listing of what you can expect to find in this eBook:

Genealogical Research

Before Visiting the National Archives
Using the National Archives
Finding Aids

Federal Census 

Population Census Schedules
Soundex Indexes
Soundex Coding Guide
Enumeration District Maps
Nonpopulation Census Schedules, 1850–80

Immigration

U.S. Customs Service
Immigration and Naturalization
East Coast Ports
Gulf Coast Ports
Mexican Border Crossings
Pacific Coast Ports
Canadian Border Crossings
Alien Files
Arrival Records and Crew Lists, 1957–82
Chinese Exclusion, 1882–1943

Naturalization

Passport Applications 

Visa Applications,1914–40 

Seamen’s Protection Certificates 

Public Land 

Civilian Employees 

Official Register of the United States
Application, Recommendation, and
Appointment Records
Official Personnel Files

Residents of the District of Columbia

American Indians 

African Americans 

Slavery
Federal Censuses
Southern Claims Commission
Freedman’s Savings and Trust

War Relocation Authority

Japanese Internments

American Overseas Territories 

Where to Find Vital Statistics 

National Archives Online 

National Archives Regional Facilities 

Contacting the National Archives 

 

You can download this free eBook using the following link:

I hope that you find this resource useful and or informative. Let me know in the comments section what you think about it and or how this might help you out in your research.

Herencia Mestena Un Reencuentro con la historia del rancho San Rafael de las Tortillas Guerrero, Tamaulipas

 Some time back this book was posted at the We Are Cousins group “Herencia Mestena Un Reencuentro con la historia del rancho San Rafael de las Tortillas Guerrero, Tamaulipas”. I did not think much about it since I had not come across any genealogical information about my family in regards to this ranch/town.

Months latter while talking to my uncle Adolfo Garza he told me that after he graduated as a teacher in Ciudad Victoria his first job was at El Rancho de las Tortilla. He stated that it was back in the 1970’s and that he was there teaching for about four years. He also mentioned that he loved the community and that at the time there where over 60 families. This conversation reminded me of the book and thus I found it at my local library. It contained a list of teachers but I did not find my uncle listed there. It seems that he was left out and have no idea why.

If you have any ties to this ranch I highly recommend this book to you. It is full of history and also genealogical information. The family tree starts with Jacinto de la Pena (1694 – 1734) and Ana Maria Guajardo Gutierrrez de Castro (1698 – 1769).

Image of partial cover of book “Herencia Mestena Un Reencuentro con la historia del rancho San Rafael de las Tortillas Guerrero, Tamaulipas”:

The book includes the Following contents:

Introduccion

Capitulo Primero

  • La Cuenca del Rio Salado

Capitulo Segundo

  • Los Primeros Habitantes

Capitulo Tercero

  • Las Fundaciones

1. Primeros lntentos
2. Los Reales de Minas
3. La Colonizacion en Tamaulipas
4. Estancias Ganaderas
5. Las Misiones o Doctrinas
6. Los Presidios
7. Las Ventas o Estancias

Capitulo Cuarto

  • La Fundacion de la Villa de Revilla

Capitulo Quinto

  • La Mision y la Iglesia

Capitulo Sexto

  • Al Ranchito de mis Suenos

Capitulo Septima

  • El Origen de los Terrenos

Capitulo Octavo

  • Una Pagina Regional en la Historia de la Independencia

Capitulo Noveno

  • Aquellos Tiempos!
  • La Fiesta Principal
  • Los Maestros de la Escuela del Rancho
  • Las Bodas
  • La Elaboracion de Colchas
  • Los Caminos y las Veredas
  • Las Procesiones
  • Las Enfermedades
  • El Luto
  • Mi Tio Rafaelito
  • Notas Curiosas

Capitulo Decimo

  • Los Arboles Genealogicos
  • Bibliografia

The only unfortunate thing is that this book is very rare and if not available for sale. The only way that I was able to read it was by borrowing it from my local university.

Where to get a copy:

  • WorldCat.org – Find book in a library near you. Check Now.

Hope that this book helps you out on your genealogical research.

Families of Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico Volume Nine

On August the 31st Crispin Rendon released the 9th volume in his series “Families of Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico”. I can not stress the importance of this project. It is very valuable for all of us whom have ancestors form Coahuila. In this particular volume Mr. Rendon covers another 500 marriages that took place between January 17,89 through January 1795.

He not just presents the marriage information but also presents two generations of descendants for the couples and indicates that most non marriage information was obtained form familysearch.org.

As is always my recommendation, make sure to download it and add it to your digital eBook library since you never know how long it will be available for download.

Families of Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico Volume Nine by Crispin Rendon

Here is part of the email that Crispin emailed me and it includes the download link for his eBook.

I have posted another Saltillo families book.

http://home.earthlink.net/~crisrendon/scmv9.pdf

Best Regards,
Crispin Rendon

Let me know if you find your ancestors in this volume and as I mention before make sure to download it to your collection. By the way if you get a chance thank Mr. Rendon for all his hard work and providing this amazing resource to us. Until next time.

Descendants of Don Juan Perez de Onate and Dona Osana Martinez de Gonzalez

I recently came across a book about the descendants of my 14th great grandparents Juan Perez de Onate and Osana Martinez. It is a 189 page book that was compiled by John D. Inclan. This book contains a wealth of information and I highly recommend that you try and get a hold of it since this book has greatly helped in my Genealogy research. Its a must get book specially if Juan and Osana are also your ancestors. The title of this book is “Descendants of Don Juan Perez de Onate and Dona Osana Martinez de Gonzalez – Nueva Galicia- Nuevo Leon- New Mexico- Tamaulipas- Texas- Zacatecas 1460- 2000″.

As you can see just by the title this book contain information on families that lived in Nueva Galicia, Nuevo Leon, New Mexico, Tamaulipas, Texas, and Zacatecas covering the time periods of 1460 to the 2000’s. Make sure and check out the links of where you can obtain this book since there is a link for it online.

Image of partial cover of book”Descendants of Don Juan Perez de Onate and Dona Osana Martinez de Gonzalez”:

Where to get a copy:

  • WorldCat.org - Find book in a library near you. Check Now.

Even though the online family tree is by the same author I am not one hundred percent sure that it contains the same information as the book.  I just hope that this book and online resource is of help to you.

Cerralvo Church Marriage Records 1761 – 1880 Book II

In case that you do not know I just want to make you aware that the Spanish American Genealogical Association (SAGA) out of Corpus Cristy, Texas back in 1989 indexed the Cerralvo Church Marriage Records covering the time period of 1761 to 1880. This particular book “Cerralvo Church Marriage Records 1761 – 1880 Book II” lists all the brides by alphabetical order by maiden name.

This book is invaluable to our research since as you may or may not be aware of the Cerralvo Marriage Church Records have not been indexed by familysear.org. They are only available at ancestry.com but that is more than $30.00 to get access per month. instead just look for this book or buy it off the SAGA website.

Image of partial cover of book”Cerralvo Church Marriage Records 1761 – 1880″:

Remember once you find an entry to one of your ancestors you can obtain a copy of the original at familysearch.org. They are here.

Where to get a copy:

  • WorldCat.org – Find book in a library near you. Check Now.