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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.

Fundadores de Linares by Guillermo Garmendia Leal

I came across the following book by Guillermo Garmendia Leal while doing my own family genealogy research. It is called “Fundadores de Linares” (Founders of Linares). This book has come in very handy since some of my ancestors have deep roots to Linares, Nuevo Leon. I just thought it would be a good idea to share it with you so that you may at least be aware about this great resource in case that you also come across ancestors or have ancestors that were from Linares.

Cover of book “Fundadores de Linares”:

This book contains:

Chapter 1 – Events that happened from 1668 to 1715 in Montemorelos, Hualahuises and the surrounding area prior to the founding of Linares.

Chapter 2 – Testamentos y Protocolos 1702 – 1757

Chapter 3 – Familias de Linares 1712 – 1748

Chapter 4 – Padron of 1764

Chapter 5 – Obispado de Linares 1779

Chapter 6 – General Fernando Sanchez de Zamora

Chapter 7 – Fuentes de informacion

Apendice I – Familias que pasaron de Linares a Villas del Norte de Tamaulipas

Bellow you will find links if you are interested in buying your own copy of thsi book or just borrowing one.

Where to obtain a copy:

Families of Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico Volume Four

Crispin Rendon released his fourth eBook on the Families of Saltillo, Coahuila yesterday afternoon. I am always trilled to get to see any of Crispins new eBooks. Specially the ones for Saltillo since lately thanks to him I have been finding many ancestors from that area, thus making my genealogy research easier. As a consequence I have shifted a great part of my current research to Saltillo.

The following eBook contains 500 records of church marriages and their families. It covers the years 1749 to 1757 and is 530 pages. Don’t worry you don’t have to go one by one you can just search for your ancestors using the index at the end of the book or use CTRL+F to do a quick search.

Cover of Families of Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico Volume Four:

Email from Crispin Rendon including link where to download the eBook:

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

Below find a link to the next Saltillo volume online.

Families of Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico Volume Four

http://home.earthlink.net/~cnltmex/scmv4.pdf

Best Regards,

Crispin Rendon

I am going to say it, and say it again! Please download the eBook since you never know for how long it will be available. Have fun!

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