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The Descendents of Don Jose Manuel Goseaschea And Dona Catarina Malas de Echevarria

The Descendents of Don Jose Manuel Goseaschea And Dona Catarina Malas de Echevarria is a very short book made and compiled by Jophn D. Inclan back in November 2003. Mr. inclans starts the book with the description of Rancho Viejo, Texas that as he mentions came from The Handbook of Texas Online. Jose Tomas Canales and Juan Nepamuseno Cortina are mentioned in this book as descendants.

The other last names mentioned in this book are Alderete, Cadena, Canales, Cavazos, Cisneros, Cortinas, De Leon, Gold finch, Gonzalez, Guerra, De La Garza Falcon, Menchaca, Ramirez, Tijerina, and Villarreal. So if you have any of these last names checking this book out is a must.

Cover of Book”The Descendents of Don Jose Manuel Goseaschea And Dona Catarina Malas de Echevarria”:

Where to get a copy:

Over all I only found two copies one at UTPA and the other one in the public library of Houston.

How To locate Documents Listed On The We Are Cousins Civil Registration Indexes

I too often get emails and Facebook messages on how to locate a particular ancestor that has been found within the Civil Registration Indexes at We Are Cousins. I would usually do a quick search my self and email them the image or send them the link. As you can imagine this is allot of work and I am wasting time. Time that I can use to locate more resources for you or write more articles. That is the reason that from now on I will just refer people to this blog post.

Here you will find a video of how to use search on the blog and also on how to find a document once you have found one of your ancestors on one of these indexes.

Here is the Video: “How To locate Documents Listed On The We Are Cousins Civil Registration Indexes”

What Indexes are Available at We Are Cousins?

The following areas are available. Use the search bar on your right hand column to search the whole website for your ancestors name.

Ciudad Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico

  • Death
  • Birth
  • Marriage

Arcabuz, Tamaulipas, Mexico

  • Death
  • Birth
  • Marriage

 Los Aldamas, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

  • Death
  • Birth
  • Marriage

Dr. Coss, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

  • Death
  • Birth
  • Marriage

I hope this helps you out on how to locate documents on this indexes at FamilySearch.

U.S. Marine Casualty Cards Online Database

The United States Marine Corps History Division has created an online database of casualty cards that were issued when a Marine was wounded, missing, killed or deemed a prisoner of war. I believe that this is an excellent resource for all family historians and invaluable piece of history to everyone.

This database has cards form the following Wars:

  • World War II,
  • War Dogs,
  • Interwar Period 1946-50,
  • Korea,
  • Interwar Period 1955-1965,
  • Vietnam

If you browse and find a family member be it a relative or a direct ancestor you can request their record by email to history.division@usmc.mil or by mail to United States Marine Corps History Division Attn: Reference Branch 3078 Upshur Avenue Quantico, Virginia 22134

If you don’t find your ancestors or relative in the database don’t be discourage since it does state that they are still working on it and to check back periodically since they are still adding cards.

Screen shot of Website:

You can Visit this website using the following link:

I do hope that you find this website helpful or at least add it to your list of genealogy links since you never know when you may need to use it. Let me know if you do find someone or have used this resource in the past.

Almost forgot to mention it, I came across this resource on the blog of Shannon Thomas and you can read about her experience using this database by reading her blog post titled “US Marine Casualty Cards

Familias de Monterrery Sus Descendientes Tomo II

 This is the second volume by Guillermo Garmendia Leal about the founding families of Monterrey and their descendants. It was written back in 1993 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon Mexico. If you have traced your ancestors all the way to these founding families then this book will be an excellent resource for your research. Just be aware that the author mentions that he left out two families. One was the family of Diego de Montemayor and the other the one of Laonso de Leon.

In the book the author states that he will focus special attention to these two and will have their own book. Years later he did publish a book for each. You can read more about the one for Diego here Diego de Montemayor Sus Decendientes – Diego de Montemayor and His Decendants.

Book Cover of Familias de Monterrery Sus Descendientes Tomo II

 Families Mentioned in the book:

  1. - BARRERA, Melchor
  2. - BAEZ DE BENAVIDES, Francisco
  3. - BOTELLO DE MORALES, Francisco
  4. - BOTELLO DE MORALES, Pedro
  5. - BUENTELLO GUERRERO, Juan
  6. - CAMACHO, Pedro
  7. - CASAS, Bernabe de las
  8. - CAVAZOS, Juan
  9. - CHAPA, Juan Bautista
  10. - DURAN, Antonio
  11. - FAJARDO DE QUINTANILLA, Joseph Felipe
  12. - FARIAS, Juan de
  13. - FERNANDEZ DE CASTRO, Juan
  14. - FERNANDEZ DE TIJERINA, Gregorio
  15. - FLORES, Pedro
  16. - FLORES CARBALLO, Rodrigo
  17. - GARCIA DE LAS RIVAS, Manuel
  18. - GARCIA DE PRUNEDA, Luis
  19. - GARZA, Marcos Alonso
  20. - GONZALEZ, Marcos
  21. - GUERRA., Vicente
  22. - HERRERA, Bartolome de
  23. - IRIBE Y VERGARA, Francisco de
  24. - LOPEZ DE JAEN, Juan
  25. - LOPEZ PRIETO, Nicolas
  26. - LOZANO, Pedro
  27. - MARTINEZ GUAJARDO, Francisco
  28. - MONTEMAYOR, Diego (el mozo)
  29. - OLIVARES, Juan de
  30. - PEREZ, Fernan Blas
  31. - PEREZ DE LERMA, Juan
  32. - PEREZ DE LOS RIOS, Juan
  33. - PEREZ DE MOLINA, Antonio
  34. - RAMIREZ, Francisco
  35. - RAMOS DE ARRIOLA, Juan
  36. - RUIZ DE OCON, Alonso
  37. - SALAZAR, Pedro de
  38. - SOLIS, Martin de
  39. - SOSA, Baltazar de
  40. - TENORIO, Jusepe de
  41. - TREVINO, Jusepe
  42. - VILLAFRANCA, Mateo de
  43. - ZALDIVAR, Vicente de

Where to obtain this book:

Did You Know? Google Can Find Your Ancestors For You

Wouldn’t it be nice if Google could always be searching for your ancestors and just send you an email when it finds something. Wouldn’t it be great, to have Google searching day and night? What if I tell you that Google is already capable of assisting you in this way and has been helping family historians, hobbyists, and genealogists for the past couple of years to find their ancestors.

The tool that Google has and can help you is called Google Alerts. You basically go to Google Alerts and enter your ancestors name as an alert. How it works is that whenever Google indexes new information it will scan it for your alert and let you know. For example if I enter my ancestors name “Juan Bautista Chapa” I will get notified when ever something new is added to Google and the name is mentioned. This way I can always get notified when an article, book, or even family tree is indexed into Google’s search.

What is great is that once you set it up it will be searching night and day and all you do is read the emails that you get when ever something is found.

Another thing do is to not limit your alerts to just ancestor names, you can also enter names of towns, locations or any topic that you may be doing research on. Don’t forget to use quotes to only get exact matches. Also try and use different variants for example “Garza” also use “de la Garza”.

This is how the Google Alert Page Looks Like:

You can create Your own alerts here:

Families of Santa Catarina Nuevo Leon 1750 – 1860

If you have traced your ancestors back to Santa Catarina Nuevo Leon then this books is a great resource. This books is an indexed abstract of Church and Civil Records covering the years of 1750 to 1860. It was written or compiled by Mark A. Philips and Richard C. Hernandez and published in 1997.

Cover of “Families of Santa Catarina, Nuevo Leon, Mexico An Indexed Abstract of Church and Civil Records, 1750-1860″ 

Just so that you may get an idea of what you can expect to find in this book here is the table of contents.

Contents

Preface

Map

Introduction

I. The Community
II. The Church Building
Ill. Filmed Records
IV. Records Extracted
A. Baptisms: Santa Catarina & Monterrey Records
B. Marriages: Santa Catarina Records
C. Marriages: Monterrey Records
D. Marriages: Pesqueira Grande Records
E. Marriage Investigations
F. Monterrey Protocols
G. Burials and Last Rites: Santa Catarina

Abbreviations 

Baptism & Marriage Index

Appendix

A. Marriage Witnesses
B. Officiating Priests at Marriages
C. Monterrey Protocols
D. Burials, 1817-1819
E. Last Rites, 1819
F. Burials, 1852-60
G. Special Baptisms
H. Special Marriages

Postscript 

Index: Wives

 The baptism and marriage index is about 129 pages out of the whole book.

Where to find this book:

 

Four Books By Israel Cavazos Garza

The following are four books by Israel Cavazos Garza and one by his wife Lilia E. Villanueva de Cavazos that you can preorder today. These books are indispensable for genealogical research of your Nuevo Leon Ancestors. These books are also very hard to get and you will not find them for the same price anywhere else int he U.S. You can preorder your copies today for $40.00 each. Once I get 10 preorders I will place order and once I receive the first shipment of books I will mail your books out to you but hurry and order yours since they are first come first serve basis and only for a very limited time. This books will come directly from the Author.

Capitulacion de Felipe II con luis de Carvajal Sobre el descubrimiento y poblacion del Nuevo Reino de Leon

Author: Israel Cavazos Garza

Price: $40.00

Catalago y Sintesis de los Protocolos del Archivo Municipal de Monterrey 1726 – 1756

Author: Israel Cavazos Garza

Contains extracts of civil, criminal, and land sale documents covering the time period of 1726 to 1756.

Price: $40.00

Catalago y Sintesis de los Protocolos del Archivo Municipal de Monterrey 1756 – 1785

Author: Israel Cavazos Garza

Contains extracts of civil, criminal, and land sale documents covering the time period of 1756 to 1785.

Price: $40.00

Catalago y Sintesis de los Protocolos del Archivo Municipal de Monterrey 1786 – 1795

Author: Israel Cavazos Garza

Contains extracts of civil, criminal, and land sale documents covering the time period of 1786 to 1795.

Price: $40.00

Familias de Nuevo Leon Su limpieza de Sangre

Author: Lilia E. Villanueva de Cavazos

Excellent book about the Jewish roots of families of Nuevo Leon.

Price: $40.00

Sephardic Genealogy Resources

Here is an excellent resource that Anna Martinez shared with me in order for me to share it with you. Thank’s Anna for sharing with us. As you may already be aware I recently received my DNA results and it came out 6% Jewish. I always knew that I had some Jewish ancestry due to the fact that many of my ancestors had been rumored to have been Sephardic Jews and many of them were also classified as new Christians. The resource that Anna shared with us was the a page on the sephardicgen.com website. Here is a screen shot of the website: You can visit the full website here:

Sephardic Genealogy links

Out of that website Anna recommended for me to share this particular page http://www.sephardicgen.com/crypto_sites.htm This particular page has many links to other resources were you will be able to find more about Sephardic Jews. I highly recommend that you take the time to check it out, that is if you are interested in this topic as I am.

If you have confirmed your Jewish ancestry either through documents or DNA testing let me know in the comments or on facebook. If interested in learning more about my DNA results please take the time to hear my latest podcast or read my blog post “Great news! My AncestryDNA results are in!“.

Families of Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico Volume Seven

Just wanted to make you aware that Crispin has released the 7th volume in his series of Families of Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico. Bellow you can see a partial image of the front cover of the eBook and also part of the email that he sent out notifying me that he had just published it. This eBook covers the years 1774 to 1781.

Partial Cover of eBook:

Email:

I have posted another book online.

Families of Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico Volume Seven

http://home.earthlink.net/~crisrendon/scmv7.pdf

Best Regards,

Crispin Rendon

I highly recommend that you download your copy today since you never know how long it will be available on the internet.

Thanks again Crispin for this awesome resource.

Surnames of Nuevo León (Apellidos de Nuevo Leon) : Botello y Buentello, Cavazos, Guerra, Hinojosa, Larralde, Mier, Sepúlveda, and Zambrano

Have you traced your family back to Nuevo Leon. If so this book may be of interest to you. This book “Apellidos de Nuevo Leon” was originally written by Tomas Mendirichaga Cueva and transcribed into “Last Names of Nuevo Leon” by Edna Garza Brown back in 1989.

The last names that the author goes into detail are:

  • Botello and Buentello – This family tree starts with Capitan Don Juan Buentello Guerrero
  • Cavazos – This family tree starts with Capitan Juan Cavazos
  • Guerra – This one starts with Ignacio Guerra Canamar
  • Hinojosa – Tree starts with Diego de Hinojosa
  • Larralde – Starts with General Francisco de Larralde
  • Mier – This tree starts with Francisco de Mier Noriega
  • Sepulveda – Tree starts with Don Jacinto and Don Bernardo de Sepulveda
  • Zambrano – Tree starts with Nicolas Zambrano

With the exception of Mier, Zambrano and Larralde all of the above mentioned last names are in my family tree.

Cover of Book:

The author provides sound documentation as to when and where the last name first appeared in any type of documents.

 Where to get a hold of this book: