Category Archives: Resources

RGV HGS Meeting, Ranching and The Province of Nuevo Santander

This past Sunday I attended the Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Genealogical Association’s meeting at the Harlingen Public Library. The presenter was Elizandro Munoz whom is an assistant professor of History at South Texas College for the Weslaco campus. His presentation was titled Ranching and The Province of Nuevo Santander.

Overall Points of the Presentation:

Mr. Munoz explained how the Spanish Mexican Ranching has influenced lifestyle, language, clothing and even architecture. He then went on to mention that the first cattle came from Andalucia Spain, and area rich in ranching. He goes on to explain how the first cattle where brought to the area of Tampico and then on to our region. He mentioned that the cowboy’s dressing was part of his tools, the sombrero, scarf, tight jeans, and chapareras. Also showed pictures of some old homes with Continue reading

The 11 Families Listed on The 1757 Census of La Villa de Laredo

Our Genealogy Research can lead us in many directions and also lead us to find many documents. One of those documents that I came across was the 1757 Revista de Pobladores conducted by Captain Jose Tienda de Cuervo of La Villa de Laredo present day Laredo, Texas.

In total the document contains 34 pages but I only extracted the names of the people residing in Laredo in 1757. It is interesting to note that at the end it is mentioned that they are 11 families and I assume that the single households were not included. If you would like to see or read the whole document just click at the source link at the end of 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.

The 58 Families Listed on the 1757 Census of Revilla/Guerrero

The following is a list comprising of the 58 families listed on the 1757 Census of Revilla/Guerrero. This census was part of areport done by Captain Jose Tienda de Cuervo where he provides information on the General State of the Villas del Norte which had been founded by Jose de Escandon years earlier.

It is interesting to not that even-though at the end of the Revilla census it is listed that only 58 families reside there I found that a total of 60 entries were done. Somehow the two single persons listed living by themselves were not counted as families.

I was also disappointed to find that the names of the children, servants, and slaves were no written. In total 300 people were counted. The following list only contains the names of the father and mother.  Continue reading

Your Genealogical Family Tree on the Palm of Your Hand

I am pretty sure that by now you already know that Ancestry let’s you put your family tree online for free. Just make sure to change the privacy settings if you do not want to share your tree with everyone. I have mine set to private and have my online family tree linked to Family Tree Maker on my computer. The synchronization of both is seamless and very easy.

Honestly at the beginning I only had my tree online for back up purposes but since then I have also invited other people to contribute and see my tree online. Ancestry makes this very easy. What is great about having your tree online is that it is a free service from Ancestry. If you don’t have Family Tree Maker you can just upload your Gedcom file and it will only take a few minutes for it to appear. Continue reading

Aquellos Primeros Saltillenses, eBook by María Elena Santoscoy Flores

The eBook “Aquellos Primeros Saltillenses” by Maria Elena Santoscoy Flores is a great resource to anyone who has traced their ancestors to Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico. This book provides essential knowledge about the origins of Saltillo and the perils of its founders and early settlers. It also describes their main activities through which in the middle of the semi-desert lanscape where able to build one of the most important cities of northeastern Mexico.

I have yet to read the full book but I have already found mentions of several of my ancestors specially Alberto del canto and Diego de Montemayor. If you are doing Genealogy research on any of the early settlers you might want to look towards the end of the book. The author provides the family trees of most of them. Continue reading

The News From Brownsville

Are you interested in the history of Brownsville, Texas? Even if you are not I highly recommend that you get a hold of a copy to Caleb Coker’s book “The News from Brownsville: Helen Chapman’s Letters from the Texas Military Frontier, 1848-1852″. This book, as the title mentions, is just a compilation of the letters that the authors ancestor Helen Chapman sent her mother while she lived in Brownsville, Texas.

Helen Blair was the wife of William Chapman, Fort Brown’s first quartermaster. They were founding citizens of Brownsville, Texas. In her letters from the South Texas frontier, she commented on social conditions along the Rio Grande, expressing her opinions on a wide variety of topics.

While reading this book you will get a sense as to how life was so fragile during those years and with any sickness you could die and many did. You may have come across this in your own research where you may find your ancestors without a father or mother at a very early age. She also writes of the battle of Palo Alto and of the Americans route to Monterrey and latter the Americans route through Veracruz and to Mexico City, during the Mexican American War.

One of the things that strikes me about this book was how she mentions the corruption of Mexican officials and the poverty of the population with the exception of a few. I thought well things have not changed in Mexico. Continue reading

How Lights Came To South Texas, South Texas History Volume 1 Issue 6

This is the 6th issue in Volume one of the South Texas History magazine published by the Jim Hogg County Enterprise, published on May 29, 2013. As i have mentioned before If you are interested in Hebbronville, surrounding communities, and its genealogy you definitely have to check this issue out.

I also highly recommend that you check out the story of J.T. Canales. Part 3 of four is within the pages of this issue. I hope that on a latter post I can get to have links to all of the parts of the J.T. Canales and the Texas Ranger Investigation. Continue reading

The Story of Union Forces in South Texas During the Civil War

As many of you know I attended the Rio Grande City High School and My class was one of the last classes to attend the old High School which is situated in the grounds of Historic Fort Ringgold. Every morning the bus used to drive us past an old small house in much disrepair on top of a small round hill and some other small tall hills further back towards the river.

It was a great shame that in history class they never mentioned Fort Ringgold or even that small house. It was years latter while in college that I learned that that small house was used by General Robert E. Lee during some part of the Civil War and the small hills where used to place cannons to try and sink any Union Steam ships.

I recently came across a PDF document titled “The Story of Union Forces in South Texas During the Civil War” it was Compiled and Edited by Norman Rozeff from the Harlingen Historical Preservation Society. It is an 82 page document detailing the history of the Union Army in South Texas. Continue reading