Category Archives: Resources

The Real Stories of Starr County, Rio Grande, Roma, Escobares, La Grulla, and Vicinity 1582 – 1900

Are your ancestors form Starr County? Jesus “Chuy” Correa provides a short history of Starr County since colonial times to present times.  His book titled “The Real Stories of Starr County, Rio Grande, Roma, Escobares, La Grulla, and Vicinity 1582 – 1900″ is a great read that provides the reader with the history of Starr county that is not thought anywhere else. This book contains great genealogical information since it contains a list of the first settlers that came with Luis de Carvajal, the Starr County Elected Officials 1848-2012, and the Rio Grande City Elected Officials 1993-2011 among other great valuable information.

Cut out of Book Cover:

The Real Stories of Starr County Rio Grande, Roma, Escobares, La Grulla and Vicinity

Table of Contents

  • Title Page
  • Copyright Page
  • Dedication
  • Editor’s Note
  • In troduction
  • Gracias del Juez
  • Preface

Part One

  • Journey of mankind
  • Our near descent
  • Luis Carbaja y de Ia Cueva
  • Santander Map
  • Jose de Escandon e Hilguera
  • Colonial Land Grants 1767
  • Villa de Santa Ana de Camargo
  • Republic of Texas
  • Rio Grande City, Texas
  • Rio Grande History 1752
  • Starr County History 1848
  • Henry Clay Davis 1846
  • Fort Ringgold 1848
  • Heinrich Portscheller
  • Rio Grande City History
  • Starr County Court House Building 1853
  • Rio Grande City’s historic photos
  • City of Escobares
  • City of La Grulla
  • Starr County Elected Officials 1848-2012
  • Rio Grande City Elected Officials 1993-2011
  • References

Part Two

  • Map of: Villas del Norte en Ia Provincia del Santander
  • Early Ranching on the Northern Frontier of New Spain
  • Map: 78 Porciones de Ia Villa Purfsima Concepcion de Mier
  • Capias de las Porciones 71, propiedad de Juan Salinas y 72 de Juan Angel Saenz
  • Steamboats on the Rio Grande
  • National Historical Landmark, Roma, Texas
  • Suspension Bridge Roma-San Pedro 1928
  • MAYORS AND COMMISSIONERS OF THE CITY OF ROMA FROM 1936-PRESENT
  • Salineno 35
  • Bibliography

Where to get a copy of this book:

Borrow it from a library near to you:

  • WorldCat.org - Search for a local library that may have it available.

Hernandez Hnos 50th Anniversary Commemorative Book

I just wanted to share with you an email that Bob Hernadez sent me about a month ago. I know that this email will be of interest to anyone that is interested in Monterrey Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Since the images that Bob shares with us are very valuable to our history. Specially if your genealogy research has led you to the convent of San Francisco, this album includes a photo of it. It also contains two maps of Monterrey one of 1836 and the other of 1905. It is also invaluable to the descendants of the Hernandez Brothers.

cut out of a one of the pages:

Album Conmemorativo del 50 aniversario de la fundacion de la casa de sucesores de hernadez hnos

Here is the email:

Hi Moises. Thanks for all you do, I really enjoy it.

Except for my mother’s side, namely the Ybarguens, who lived in Durango, DGO since the late 1600’s or before, some of my father’s side were “newcomers” to Mexico who came from the Basque Country and settled in Nuevo Leon about the mid-1800’s.

The first Carlist War in Spain in the late 1830’s caused my great grandfather’s brother, Mariano Hernandez Luengas, to set out for the New World. Eventually he found himself in Monterrey and invested with other Monterrey industrialists to form the earliest textile mills in Nuevo Leon. His brothers eventually arrived from Vizcaya and they formed a company known as Hernandez Hermanos, with operations in Monterrey, Matamoros, Nuevo Laredo, Brownsville and Lerdo, DGO. They had a store in Monterrey known as La Reinera, with the 1905 building still standing at the corner of Morelos and Paras.

I found your website via a reference to one of my images from this post:

http://www.wearecousins.info/2013/01/location-of-convent-of-san-francisco-monterrey-an-email-from-george-p-cervantes/

The particular reference is only part of a larger photo album / book printed in 1905 celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Hernandez Hermanos company. In there, you will see historical maps and photos of Monterrey, plus a written history of the company.

You can find the entire set here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/9302991@N05/sets/72157618743681920

(you may need to scroll down to see the original captions that are not a part of the images). Your readers may enjoy the various images if they are interested in Monterrey history.

Again, thanks for what you do.

I wonder if any of my ancestors ever bought or wore clothes made with the textiles that this company would make. If you are interested in contacting bob let me know, I can forward your message to him. Let us know in the comments section of this post what you liked about this resource/album.

No Podcast for the Following Month, Here is Why

I am always experimenting with new things to try and make this blog more and more useful as possible and the podcast was one of those experiments.  The podcast has been running already for four months straight. Up until the writing of this post there are 17 episodes and has gotten 4,712 downloads in total. Which is great! I love providing content that is useful and can help others out.

The unfortunate thing is that it takes over four hours to produce one episode. Recording is easy but there is much more than the actual recording. There is planning, recording, editing, publishing, and syndicating. I only have two hours per day to work on my genealogy and as you can see that is two days out of my week. Then I have also been writing four blog posts per week besides the one for the podcast. This is all and good and I am not complaining I am just explaining to you the reason that I have placed it on hold. Simply put it is taking too much of my time and I have almost no time to do my own research or work on my other projects.

No Podcast for the Follwoing Month, Here is Why

For right now this podcast is on hold for 30 days which at that time I will decide if I continue to produce it or get rid of it. During this time I will develop a process to run this blog and also my other website MexicanGenealogy.info to try and free up some time. For this same reason I have also decided to only write 3 blog posts per week. I will only write posts on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. If you have signed up for the We Are Cousins newsletter then you will also receive emails on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays to past content that was published before you joined our newsletter. If you have not joined it you can do so here: Join Newsletter Now.

As part of this process I have also started to accept guest posts. You can read more about it here: Become A Contributor on We Are Cousins Tell Us Your Stories.

Let me know what you think about this decision. I would love to hear your feedback on the podcast as to what you like about it or dislike and if I should continue to produce it or give it the ax. Let me know in the comments area of this post.

Lists of Pasajeros A Indias at Solo Genealogia

This resource is an amazing genealogical resource. For some time now, I have been searching for the elusive books of the Pasajeros A Indias but have been unsuccessful in finding all of them. On a future post I will share with you the ones that  have found so far. A couple of weeks ago I shared with you a resource “Genealogical Database of Solo Genealogia” and if you are curios like me then you may have had already explored this resource. That same website has organized and is currently listing all the Pasageros a Indias that are listed on those books.

You can expect to find thousands of names of people that traveled to the new world including Mexico between 1501 to 1538. The books that they are transcribing cover the years 1501 to 1790 but so far their project has only completed up to 1538. If this is a project that interests you please join to help out.

This is a screen shot of the website:

Navigating the website is very simple, the only thing it is in English but you can always use Google translate https://translate.google.com/ to read it in English. Just copy and paste the website address and it will translate the whole website for you.

Here is the link to the website:

Let me know if it is useful to you or let me know about your findings. Unfortunately for me I have not found any ancestors that traveled to the new world during that time. But I am aware of the value of this project since i have found my ancestors on the books focusing on the later years.

Families of Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico Volume Ten

If you are into genealogy as I am, then you may have had been waiting for this eBook from Crispin. Without fail Crispin has, with this one, published 10 eBooks straight. I had the pleasure and honor of meeting Crispin Rendon on the 35th Annual Texas Hispanic Genealogical and Historical Conference. He is a very down to earth person and hates to get credit for all that he does.

This tenth volume contains another 500 records starting on 1795 to 1800 and Crispin mentions that you can find images 135-212 on film 605096 at familysearch.org.

Families of Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico Volume Ten

Here is the link that Crispin sent me on his email.

Download eBook:

Make sure to download it to your computer since you never know for how long it will be available.

Let me know if this volume helps you with your genealogical research.

Get the Texas Almanac 2014 – 2015 eBook for Free

I just got my own free eBook copy of the Texas Almanac 2014-2015 edition. It is packed with great articles about History and what goes hand in hand with history? Genealogical Information. I know that you may have deep roots in Texas, as that is the case with most of us.

This eBook is published by the Texas State Historical Association. I came across a banner on their website promoting the free eBook.  I went through the process and at the end you get a page where they try to sell you the hard copy of the book (you don’t have to buy the book, but if you want to support this organization by all means you can buy it), but I digress.

This eBook is over 670 pages with all types of information regarding our State. Some of the articles that caught my eye were “Historic Ranches in Texas” and A Brief Sketch of Texas History”.

Partial Image form the Cover:

Full cover image:

Here is the link to get your own copy of this eBook. Make sure to get it A.S.A.P. since these type of deals don’t last long on the internet.

Click the following link:

Let me know what you think about this eBook and or any of the stories inside it on the comments section of this post. Hope that you like it and enjoy reading about Texas.

U.S. Latino Patriots: From the American Revolution to Afghanistan, An Overview

The contributions of Hispanics in this countries military conflicts has always been ignored. That is until recent times. Recently President Obama has awarded the deserved medals to many of Hispanic heroes going as far back as WWII.

I was recently doing research on Spain’s involvement during the Revolutionary was. As you may remember a time back I wrote a short post titled “Spanish Patriots During the American Revolution, 1779-1783, The 8-volume Series” witch is an awesome resource and many ancestors are mentioned there.  These mentions of my ancestors intrigued me and thus I have been trying to find the One Peso Contribution Rolls, which I have yet to find. If you have any information let me know.

U.S. Latino Patriots From the American Revolution to Afghanistan, An Overview By Refugio I. Rochin and Lionel Fernandez

It was through this quest that I came across thea PDF document tiled “U.S. Latino Patriots: From the American Revolution to Afghanistan, An Overview By Refugio I. Rochin and Lionel Fernandez”. The authors point out the importance that Hispanics/Latinoshave played not just in the creation of this country but also on it’s defense and policing efforts in other countries.

They also provide examples of just a few Hispanics that contributed in each of these conflicts.

The Military Conflicts mentioned are:

  • American Revolution
  • War of 1812
  • U.S.-Mexican War
  • Civil War
  • Indian War Campaigns
  • Interim 1866-1870
  • 1871 Korean Campaign
  • Interim 1871-1898
  • Spanish-American War
  • Philippine Insurrection
  • China Relief Expedition (Boxer Rebellion)
  • Interim 1901-1911
  • Action Against Outlaws—Philippines 1911
  • Mexican Campaign (Vera Cruz) 1914
  • Haiti 1915
  • Interim 1915-16
  • Dominican Campaign
  • World War I
  • Haiti Campaign 1919-1920
  • Second Nicaraguan Campaign
  • Interim 1920-1940
  • World War II
  • Korean War
  • Vietnam
  • Somalia
  • Operation Desert Shield/Storm (Iraq)
  • Kosovo-Bosnia
  • Afghanistan

I know you will find this document to be very interesting, it is 26 pages long. Don’t miss Appendix I since it contains a list of Hispanic Medal of Honor Recipients (note recent recipients are not listed). Appendix II contains many links to resources that will help you with your ancestors military research.

Download this resource here using the following link:

Where any of your ancestors involved in any of these military Conflicts? If yes let me know about them in the comments.

Video on How to Search the Historical Archive of Monterrey’s Online Database

Here is a short video that I did for Liz Salas-Rivalsky from the We Are Cousins community. Liz thank you for being a participating member at the community.  Liz asked “Archivos Historicos de Monterrey (http://servicios.monterrey.gob.mx/Consultas/AHM/Principal.aspx) is a confusing website to me. Does anyone have suggestions on how to navigate this website? Thanks.”

I hope that this short video is also useful for you too.

If interested you can check out my previous post about this resource here: Archivos Historicos de Monterrey – Historical Archives of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Video on How to Search the Historical Archive of Monterrey’s Online Database


Very quick, please leave me a comment of what you think about this video and if I should continue to do them. Thanks your opinion is highly valued.

The Genealogy of Edna Garza Brown

For the past few years I had been coming across various works of Edna Garza Brown. Recently I came across a book Titled “The Genealogy of Edna Garza Brown”. I know that it will be of interest to you specially if you have traced your ancestry all the way back to Juan Bautista Chapa. This book includes a nine chart family tree and it contains all the documentation to support her family tree. It is very interesting and also contains a copy of the will of Juan Batista Chapa.

I highly recommend it to anyone.

I will share with you a short paragraph that the author wrote describing her intentions or the purpose of sharing her work:

“We hope that the material in this book will help others in their research
for family ties and history; but more than that, we hope it will serve as a
form of thanks to those people who have helped so much. We know people like
Lottie Gaetcke, who spent hours looking through names and places, will carry
on an interest in the history which they began to learn from a few small
facts. Perhaps others will discover the pleasure of their in- laws and friends
in Working together to discover what this world is all about.” – Edna Garza Brown

Image of partial cover of book”The Genealogy of Edna Garza Brown”:

Where to get a copy:

  • WorldCat.org – Find book in a library near you. Check Now.

I know this post is very short but I just want to make sure that you are aware that this book is out there and you never know it may be the clue that you need to break down a brick wall that you may have.

Genealogical Database of Solo Genealogia

 While researching my own family genealogy I came across a database that I had not come across before. It contained great information and not to mention I got many new clues as to where to search for documents.

If it was helpful to me, I think it can also be of help to you. The name of this database is called Solo Genealogia and it is being run and maintained by Jesus A Chacon.

 It is mentioned in the main page in Spanish that:

This compilation is based on information taken from parish registers and genealogical works including references. We welcome any comments, suggestions or modifications necessary in order to show the correct information. We greatly appreciate all those who have contributed to this database.

To test it out just enter de la Garza to get an idea of what information you can find in this database. It may be a long shot but enter your ancestors names to see if they come up.

Screen shot of Genealogical Database of Solo Genealogia:

Visit Website:

Let me know in the comment area bellow of what you think about this database and or if you found it to be useful for your research.