Category Archives: Maps

Land Grants, Farms, Villages, Villas, and Cities in the Northeast of New Spain

The following map will help you along while doing your families genealogy research. It is titled “Land Grants, Farms, Villages, Villas, and Cities in the Northeast of New Spain” means in Spanish (Mercedes de Tierras, Haciendas, Pueblos, Villas y Ciudades en el Noreste Novohispano). As I have mentioned before I am currently researching Saltillo and in a book titled “Libro del Cabildo de la Villa de Santiago del Saltillo”, (Book of the Council of the Village of Santiago del Saltillo), I came across a very interesting map that I know you will enjoy. I am sharing it with you here since i know that it will help you estimate where your ancestors were from, it will not pinpoint their exact place but give you an idea.

This image shows you an estimated location of where the following areas were located:

  • Valle de Boca de Leones
  • Valle de Coahuila
  • Valle de las Salinas
  • Villa Cerralvo
  • Valle de Pesqueria
  • Valle de Parras
  • Saltillo
  • Valle de Buena Esperanza
  • Valle de Mazapil
  • Valle de Pesqueria Grande
  • Valle de Santa Catarina
  • Villa Cadereyta

It also lists many more villas, towns, and haciendas.

Land Grants, Farms, Villages, Villas, and Cities in the Northeast of New Spain:

Mercedes de Tierras, Haciendas, Pueblos, Villas y Ciudades en el Noreste Novohispano.jpg

Click on the image above to view it at a better resolution and also be able to download it at a greater resolution.

I hope that this map comes in handy to you as it has come in handy to me.

Source:

Garza, Valentina Martinez, and Perez, Juan Manuel Zevallos. Libro del Cabildo de la Villa de Santiago del Saltillo 1578 – 1655. 2002, Pg 52

Governors of the Province of Nuevo Santander Present Day Tamaulipas Mexico and South Texas

Many of our ancestors lived in the Spanish province of Nuevo Santander and some even helped forge it with their own resources and hard work. Nuevo Santander is now present day Tamaulipas, Mexico and South Texas was founded by José de Escandón and named for his native province in Spain. It was designated as a province by viceregal order in September 3, 1746.

The following is a list of all governors of Nuevo Santander up until 1821 when Mexico won it’s independence from Spain. let me know if any of your ancestors is listed. Continue reading

1884 Map of Tamaulipas, Mexico

I found the following map at the Texas History Portal. It is an 1884 map of the Mexican State of Tamaulipas, Mexico. Maps have come to play an integral part in my genealogy research and the following map is very interesting since it names the towns as they were named in many birth, baptism, marriage, and death record. It also provides me with more clues as to what towns used to be named what. Continue reading

Old Starr County Maps at The Portal To Texas History

I was Searching through The Texas Portal to Texas History and I found the following maps about Starr County. Click on the View in High Quality link at the bottom of each image to view the maps. Their quality is stunning. These two maps have excellent layout of the South Texas Land Grants in Starr County, Texas.

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Starr County

Date: 1935
Creator: unknown
Description: Cadastral map of Starr County, Texas in the South Texas Plains region. Some notes are marked in color. Scale ca. 1:60,000.

 

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Starr County
Date: 1896-02
Creator: unknown
Description: Cadastral “tracing” map of Starr County, Texas in the South Texas Plains region. Some notes and features are marked in color; locations of ranches, lagunas, roads, surveys, and creeks are noted. Scale ca. 1:133,334 (4000 varas per inch).

 

Several of my ancestors are listed on both of these amps. Also some of my wife’s are also listed. Let me know if you find your ancestors also.

Sources:

  • First Map

Map of Starr County, Map, 1935; digital image, (http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88977 : accessed November 16, 2011), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas General Land Office, Austin , Texas.

  • Second Map

Map of Starr County, Map, February 1896; digital image, (http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88982 : accessed November 16, 2011), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas General Land Office, Austin , Texas.

Old Hidalgo County Maps at The Portal To Texas History

I was browsing through The Texas Portal to Texas History and I found the following two maps about Hidalgo County. You can download them but the quality is not that great, but if you check the View in High Quality link that I have included. Their quality is stunning. The first map also has excellent layout of the South Texas Land Grants in Hidalgo County, Texas. If you are currently researching land grants this maps is perfect. Tip: try doing an overlay in Google earth and it is interesting. Continue reading