Category Archives: Books

The Kingdom of Zapata

Here is a great book for anyone interested in the County or city of Zapata. It was written by Virgil N. Lott and Mercurio Martinez as a work to compile the history of Zapata county commissioned by the County Commissioners of Zapata county back in 1951.

The reason for this is mentioned in the book as follows,

The action was decided upon due to the inevitable inundation of a part of the county from the waters of the Falcon Dam which will destroy many of the historic landmarks of the county, including the county seat, Zapata, and other villages, many of which were founded in the early eighteenth century by colonists and their children, who were settled on this frontier by Escandon, the great colonizer of all time. The first colony on the north banks of the Rio Grande was at Dolores, Zapata County, Texas, in 1751, and from this establishment many of the present population of Starr, Zapata and Webb counties originated.

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Hidalgo County Ranch Histories

Did your ancestors owned a ranch or land in Hidalgo county. I hope that the following book may be able to help you in finding more about your family history and genealogy. The book is titled “Hidalgo County Ranch Histories” and it was edited by Frances W. Isbell and printed by the Hidalgo County Historical Society and the Hidalgo County Historical Commission back in 1994. Continue reading

Alcaldes de Saltillo La autoridad local, desde Alberto del Canto a los actuales municipes 1577 – 1999

The book “Alcaldes de Saltillo La autoridad local, desde Alberto del Canto a los actuales municipes 1577 – 1999″ is an amazing genealogical resource that is if you have ancestors that were from Saltillo Mexico. I know that you will like this book. I found interesting information on several of my ancestors like Alberto del Canto, Santos Rojo, Baltazar de Sosa, Juan Navarro, and Bartolome de Cuellar among others.

For what ever reason this book does not have an author but it is indicated that it was done by the Archivo Municipal de Saltillo. Overall this book is another genealogical gem. Continue reading

Poem by Juan Bautista Chapa, From The De León Expedition of 1689

As it always happens ,Genealogy Research leads us to discover interesting things. I first came across this Poem on Ancestry.com on a members family tree and was attributed to my ancestor my 9th great grandfather Juan Bautista Chapa.

Depiction of Juan Bautista Chapa

Further research revealed that in fact he did write it into his work titled “Historia del Nuevo Reino de León, desde 1650 hasta 1690″ but as he mentions himself in that same work. He did not compose it. He goes on to state “There is a song that I do not wish to omit, although it may be alien in subject matter to the history. One of the persons who was in the settlement of the French composed a song which was inspired by seeing the tragedy and ruin inflicted by the enemy.” Continue reading

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

Genealogy Research is fun but what makes it better are Genealogy Books. The fifth eBook in the series of Familes of Saltillo, Coahuila Mexico was published yesterday by Crispin Rendon. I know this eBook will be of great help on your genealogy research of ancestors from Saltillo, Coahuila.

Remember, make sure to download it as soon as you get a chance since you never know for how long it will be available online. Continue reading

General Escobedo, N.L. Apuntes Geographicos

If your ancestors are from General Escobedo, Nuevo, Mexico or if you are doing genealogy research then this free eBook I came across might be of interest to you. It is titled Gral. Escobedo NL. Apuntes Geograficos. Even though it is not an genealogy eBook it does mention historical facts and also several of my ancestors as the Ayalas from el Topo de Los Ayalas and another ancestor Joseph Trevino. I do hope that it is of interest to you.

Another thing make sure to download it since as it is with eBook ont he internet you never know how long they will be available. Continue reading

Historia, Geografía Y Estadística Del Estado de Tamaulipas

I came across a very interesting book that was published back in 1873 by Alejandro Prieto. It does mention several of my ancestors but most important it contains important information about the state of Tamaulipas. The title of the book is Historia, Geografia y Estadistica Del Estado De Tamaulipas”. You never know you may just find your ancestors in this book.

This book can be valuable when it comes to our genealogy research since it may provide you with additional clues as to where to look for documents and also a window as to what our ancestors may have had experience politically.

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This book is freely available form Google Books just click on the following link: Get your copy.

Familias de Nuevo Leon, Su Limpieza de Sangre

“Familias de Nuevo Leon, Su Limpieza de Sangre” is a 152 page book full of genealogical information written by Lilia E. Villanueva de Cavazos. Her main focus are the Families of Nuevo Leon and their claim of cleanliness of blood through many documents. Before I go any the following paragraphs are from wikipidia and they describe what Limpieza de Sangre really was.

Limpieza de Sangre “cleanliness of blood”, referred to those who were considered pure “Old Christians”, without Muslim or Jewish ancestors.

After the end of the Reconquista and the expulsion or conversion of Muslim Mudéjars (Moors) and Sephardic Jews, the population of Portugal and Spain was all nominally European Christian. However, the ruling class and much of the populace distrusted the recently converted “New Christians”, referring to them as conversos or marranos if they were baptized Jews or descended from them, or Moriscos if they were baptized Muslims or descended from them. A commonly leveled accusation was that the New Christians were false converts, secretly practicing their former religion as Crypto-Jews or Crypto-Muslims. Nevertheless, the concept of cleanliness of blood came to be more focused on ancestry than of personal religion.

This stratification meant that the Old Christian commoners could assert a right to honor even if they were not in the nobility. The religious and military orders, guilds and other organizations incorporated in their bylaws clauses demanding proof of cleanliness of blood. Upwardly mobile New Christian families had to either contend with their plight, or bribe and falsify documents attesting generations of good Christian ancestry.

As you cna see form the above pragraph many religious, military orders, guilds, and other organizations required Limpieza de Sangre. Thus in this book there are transcriptions of many documents pertaining to land grants where the petitioner describes being descendant form old Christians. Overall it is a very interesting read and not to mention I found various of my ancestors listed in this book. I hope you do find yours also. Bellow you will find the table of content and see what families are mentioned int his book. Cover of Book: Table of Content:

Sobre los Flores, del Valle del Huajuco 69

Una boda en Unares, frustrada. (Familias Olmos y Arredondo) 73

Los De Leon de Cadereyta y los Abrego de San Francisco 77

Los Del Bosque y los Vela de Cerralvo

El Gobernador Joaquin Garcia y sus ancestros 87

Fernandez, Trevino y de Ia Garza, antiguos linajes de Pesqueria Grande 97

Los Fernandez de don Diego 107

Los Cavazos de Reinosa 119

Los Lozano de Sabinas 123

Los Salazar de Monterrey 127

Francisco Trevino, «un estudiante de distinguldo nacimiento>> 131

Fuentes 135

lndice Onomastico 141

Where to get a copy of the book: You can find a copy of this book at the Special Collections at the University of Texas Pan American, youc an click here to see if this book is available. You can also search WorlCat to see if a library near you has it.

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.