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General state of the foundation of the colony of Nuevo Santander

As I was doing some genealogy research I came across a citation for “General state of the foundation of the colony of Nuevo Santander / translated by Edna G. Brown”. I searched Google to get an idea of where I could locate the book and soon came across the website of Gerard Mittelstaedt called South Texas Boat.  On his website you can find a digital version of the translation work done by Edna Garza Brown.

I placed all the links in an easy to read format and for your convenience here they are.

GENERAL STATE OF THE SETTLEMENTS MADE BY
D. JOSE de ESCANDON
IN THE COLONY OF NUEVO SANTANDER COAST OF THE GULF OF MEXICO

Volume 1 

Table of Contents V1

Part 1 of Volume 1
Part 2 of Volume 1
Part 3 of Volume 1
Part 4 of Volume 1

Volume 2 

Part 1 of Volume 2
Part 2 of Volume 2
Part 3 of Volume 2

Name index – Volume 1 
Name index – Volume 1

Fundadores de Tamaulipas 1748 – 1770

If your genealogy research has led to to be looking for ancestors that came to Tamaulipas between 1748 and 1770 then you need to get a hold of this book. It’s title is “Fundadores de Tamaulipas 1748 – 1770″ and it was written by Guillermo Garmendia L. in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon back in 1991. The book is mainly a collection of 11 different censuses done between 1750 and 1766 on 11 Villas del Norte.

The book also contain more valuable information such as a whole listing of las Villas del Norte during the Escandon time period. It also contains a map of the Sierra Gorda, a page with the most common abbreviations and what they stand for. Finally it contains the bibliography and an Appendix with the old names of towns with their current names.

Cover of Book, “Fundadores de Tamaulipas 1748 – 1770″:

Bellow are the 11 Villas whose censuses were used to  make this book:

  1. AGUAYO (CD. VICTORIA) ( CENSO 3 OCT 1750)
  2. BURGOS ( CENSO 5 JUL 1750)
  3. CAMARGO ( CENSO 31 MAY 1750)
  4. CRUILLAS ( CENSO 10 MAY 1766)
  5. LAREDO ( CENSO 23 JUL 1757 )
  6. MIER ( CENSO 1 MAR 1753)
  7. REVILLA (GUERRERO) ( CENSO 25 ENE 1753 )
  8. REYNOSA ( CENSO 16 JUN 1750)
  9. SAN FERNANDO ( CENSO 15 JUL 1750 )
  10. SANTANDER (JIMENEZ) ( CENSO 3 SEP 1750 )
  11. SOTO LA MARINA ( CENSO 27 AGO 1750)

Where to get a copy of this book:

My local university UTPA has a copy. You might also want to search for it on Worldcat.org

Families of Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico Volume Three

I once again want to thank Crispin Rendon for another great genealogy resource that I know many of you will highly appreciate, since it will help you greatly in your Mexican Genealogy Research. It is the Third Volume of the Families of Saltillo, Coahuila Mexico. You can find the link to download this eBook towards the end of this post.

As Crispin mentions on his eBook;

Volume three contains marriage information found on Film 605094. This volume in a
series continues with 500 records starting on August 1736 and ending on January
1749. The records are found on images 238-372. Continue reading

Los Martinez de Revilla (Ciudad Guerrero) 1752 – 1900 First Edition

Los Martinez de Revilla (Ciudad Guerrero) 1752 – 1900 First Edition is another great book to help you out in your genealogy research, specially if you are researching your Martinez ancestors form this area. It is a book that was written by Jose Felipe de La Garza back in 1995 and contains all the Martinez that can be found in the church records in Revilla (Ciudad Guerrero) from 1752 to 1900.

This book is excellent and contains great vital information pertaining to marriages, baptisms, and death dates. I found it interesting that he mentioned that my 7th great grandparents Miguel Martinez de la Garza and  Clara Trevino y Renteria were the progenitors of this last name in the Revilla area.

Here is the exact extract:

The progenitots of our early Martinez families who helped colonize Revilla were
Miguel Martinez and Clara de Trevifio y Renteria. Miguel and Clara originally lived
in Valle del Carrisal in the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon. They were married in
Monterrey, November 23, 1707.

Miguel’s parents were Jose Ignacio Martinez Flores and Inez de la Garza Rocha.
They, too, married in Monterrey in 1673. Clara’s parents were Captain Nicolas de
Trevifio and Maria de Sepulveda. Nicolas and Maria were related, and because of
their close fa111ily relationship, their marriage in Monterrey, August 22, 1707,
required special dispensation from the Catholic church.

Black and White Image of Book Cover:

Where to find this book:

As I always do, I first recommend WorldCat since it will help you find a library near you that may have the book available for you to read.

If you would like to buy this book it is available through borderlandsbooks.com just search for it by typing the book name.

Los Gutierrez de Revilla: 1756 -1875

Has your genealogy research lead you to family in Revilla? If so this great book by Jose Felipe De La Pena titled “Los Gutierrez de Revilla 1756 – 1875 will be of interest to you. He made this book out of microfilm found at the Family Search Library. Specifically LSD Film #1511726 and #116285. Film #1511726 contains copies of the original baptismal records from San Ignacio de Loyola de Revilla Catholic church recorded from 1754 to 1876. Film #1162850 contains baptisms, marriages, and deaths.

 The main focus of this book is to list all the families and persons with the last name of Gutierrez. It is an awesome genealogical resource. I am glad that I came across it at few days ago at familysearch.org. For those of you whom may not be aware Revilla is currently under water due to the Falcon Dam. The town was relocated in the early 1950′s to what is present day Ciudad Guerrero, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Continue reading

La Herencia de Los Longoria by Noe Gonzalez Salazar

Are you researching your family genealogy? Specially the ones with the Longoria last name whom were from the Camargo and South Texas area. If so, you might want to check this book out. It contains great Genealogical information and land grant information. This book also contains information on the authors other family lines all leading up to the Longorias.

Here is a description of the book:

The author relates the details of his research to try to make it clear once and for all the impossibility of the alleged paternity of the Spanish king Felipe V on one of the author’s ancestors , Captain Juan Diego Longoria, one of founding families 1749 , along with 40 other families , of Santa Ana de Camargo in the old Nuevo Santander . A few of the descendants of Captain Longoria recieved land fro Continue reading

Families of Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico Volume Two

Here is another great resource for your genealogy research on the families of Saltillo. Yesterday I received another email from Crispin Rendon letting every one know that he has published his second eBook on the Families of Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico. Bellow is the email in it’s entirety. I do really hope that you download your copy today and save it to your genealogy digital eBook library. Continue reading

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

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

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.