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Origen de los Apellidos Garza y Trevino en Nuevo Leon

Are you Garza or Trevino? Do you have ancestors with this last name? If you do you are in luck. Tomas Madirichaga Cueva has written an excellent book “Origen de los Apellidos Garza y Trevino en Nuevo Leon” (Origin of the last names Garza and Trevino form Nuevo Leon). This book starts with Marcos Alonso de la Garza (my 10th great grandfather) and documents about four generations of his descendants. The author tells that many of his sons took the last name of Garza and also many took the last name of Trevino from his wife Juana de Trevino de Quintanilla.

As you may be aware these two last names are very predominant in South Texas and Northeastern Mexico. What is so great about this book is that the author only cites first hand sources and is very well documented. So far I have yet to find an error. In my opinion this is an excellent book for your genealogical research. Continue reading

Families of Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico Volume Six

On May the 30th I received an email from Crispin Rendon letting me know that his sixth volume in the Families of Saltillo Series was out. As I always do of letting you know, bellow is the email and the link where to download your own copy.

Mr. Rendon describes this eBook as folows:

Volume six contains marriage information found on film 605095. This volume, in a
series, continues with 500 records starting on October 1765 and ending on July 1774. The records are found on images 141-267. The plan is to create a dozen volumes of 500 records each. Basic information from the marriage records is presented along with other information gathered in an attempt to present two generations descendant reports. Not all marriages result in Continue reading

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.