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WAC-013: Five Ways to Keep Your Genealogical Data Safe

WAC-013 - Five Ways to Keep Your Genealogical Data Safe

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In this episode Moises talks about five ways to keep your genealogical data safe, the We Are Cousins community, WorldCat.org, new commenting system at We Are Cousins blog, Find a Grave, and the Spanish Patriots eight volume book series.
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Herencia Mestena Un Reencuentro con la historia del rancho San Rafael de las Tortillas Guerrero, Tamaulipas

 Some time back this book was posted at the We Are Cousins group “Herencia Mestena Un Reencuentro con la historia del rancho San Rafael de las Tortillas Guerrero, Tamaulipas”. I did not think much about it since I had not come across any genealogical information about my family in regards to this ranch/town.

Months latter while talking to my uncle Adolfo Garza he told me that after he graduated as a teacher in Ciudad Victoria his first job was at El Rancho de las Tortilla. He stated that it was back in the 1970’s and that he was there teaching for about four years. He also mentioned that he loved the community and that at the time there where over 60 families. This conversation reminded me of the book and thus I found it at my local library. It contained a list of teachers but I did not find my uncle listed there. It seems that he was left out and have no idea why.

If you have any ties to this ranch I highly recommend this book to you. It is full of history and also genealogical information. The family tree starts with Jacinto de la Pena (1694 – 1734) and Ana Maria Guajardo Gutierrrez de Castro (1698 – 1769).

Image of partial cover of book “Herencia Mestena Un Reencuentro con la historia del rancho San Rafael de las Tortillas Guerrero, Tamaulipas”:

The book includes the Following contents:

Introduccion

Capitulo Primero

  • La Cuenca del Rio Salado

Capitulo Segundo

  • Los Primeros Habitantes

Capitulo Tercero

  • Las Fundaciones

1. Primeros lntentos
2. Los Reales de Minas
3. La Colonizacion en Tamaulipas
4. Estancias Ganaderas
5. Las Misiones o Doctrinas
6. Los Presidios
7. Las Ventas o Estancias

Capitulo Cuarto

  • La Fundacion de la Villa de Revilla

Capitulo Quinto

  • La Mision y la Iglesia

Capitulo Sexto

  • Al Ranchito de mis Suenos

Capitulo Septima

  • El Origen de los Terrenos

Capitulo Octavo

  • Una Pagina Regional en la Historia de la Independencia

Capitulo Noveno

  • Aquellos Tiempos!
  • La Fiesta Principal
  • Los Maestros de la Escuela del Rancho
  • Las Bodas
  • La Elaboracion de Colchas
  • Los Caminos y las Veredas
  • Las Procesiones
  • Las Enfermedades
  • El Luto
  • Mi Tio Rafaelito
  • Notas Curiosas

Capitulo Decimo

  • Los Arboles Genealogicos
  • Bibliografia

The only unfortunate thing is that this book is very rare and if not available for sale. The only way that I was able to read it was by borrowing it from my local university.

Where to get a copy:

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

Hope that this book helps you out on your genealogical research.

Agualeguas Church Death Records 1821 – 1880

 The Agualeguas “Church Death Records 1821 – 1880″ book is an excellent resource. Specially if you ancestor was from this Mexican Town in Nuevo, Leon Mexico or it’s surrounding area. This book was written by SAGA the Spanish American Genealogical Association back in 1989 as part of their “Escandon Project”.

As stated in the title this book cover the time period of 1821 through 1880. Once you find your ancestors within the pages of this book you can go over to FamilySearch.org to obtain a copy of the original document.

Cover of book “Agualeguas Church Death Records 1821 – 1880″:

You can browse familysearch.org to try and get a copy of the original church register here:

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I hope that you have found this information helpful. Let me know in the comments area if any of your ancestors are from Agualeguas.

35th Annual Texas Hispanic Genealogical and Historical Conference

This year the 35th Annual Texas Hispanic Genealogical and Historical Conference will be hosted by Las Porciones Society. It will be at the Casa de Palmas in McAllen Texas this coming September 25th through the 27th. I want to thank Ofelia Olsson for sending me this information. Bellow you can find two PDF documents, one is for the registration and the other one contains more information about the conference. Continue reading

Los Protocolos de la Villa de Nuestra Señora Santa Anna de Camargo 1762-1809

I found an excellent resource that with no doubt will become one of your favorites for your genealogy research. Throughout my genealogical research I had been coming across ancestors that settled and lived in Camargo since it’s founding. One of such ancestors was my 7th great grandfather Bartolome Trevino whom I only knew had dies in Camargo back in September 27, 1788. I had no other information for him or his wife until I came across the book written by Víctor M. Sáenz Ramírez titled “Los Protocolos de la Villa de Nuestra Señora Santa Anna de Camargo 1762-1809″.

This book is basically a transcription of the documents available at the archives of Camargo from 1762 to 1809. It contains sales of slaves, land, and testamentos (wills) among other documents. There is were I came across the 1788 testamento (will) for Bartolome Trevino. I discovered that he had had 2 prior marriages before he married my 7th great grand mother Anna Maria Garcia and after her he married once more. He listed all the wives and their previous marriages and all the children that he had. Not to mention Continue reading

Images of America, Hidalgo County Texas

I am currently reading the book by Karen Gerhardt and Rod Santa Ana III titled “Images of America, Hidalgo County Texas”. I want to thank my friend Juan Lino Garza for lending it to me. If your family has deep or recent rots to Hidalgo County I highly recomend this little 128 page book. It contains information form the early colonial period up until the 1920’s and 30’s. Not to mentioned that it is mostly all pictures.

This book is comprised mostly of old photos of Hidalgo county and it’s people. The pictures provide an excellent window to this county’s historical past and development. I highly suggest it. It contains a whole chapter dedicated to Mexican American Families. Continue reading

Spanish Patriots During the American Revolution, 1779-1783, The 8-volume Series

Do you know if your ancestor or ancestors where Spanish Patriots During the American Revolution? I first became aware last year that many of us may have Spanish patriots as ancestors, when I attended the Brownsville Historical Association’s Branching Out: Genealogy Workshop 2013.

Presenter Elizabeth Heis: Resgistrar Dubois Hite Chapter DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) Vice Chairman Volunteer Genealogist District IX Texas. Her presentation about DAR was excellent and very informative. She also made us aware that the King of Spain requested that his North American subjects donate one peso to the American Revolutionaries to support their cause.

At this time Spain was also at war with the British. She stated that rosters were created with the names of all the people that donated this one peso and it is through them that many Hispanics can also become part of the DAR and also be considered as patriots. To be honestly I never followed up to see if any of may ancestors had donated that one peso, but I have added it to my list of things to do.

Image from Somos Pimos

Why am I writing this post?

It all started with an email from my distant cousin Margaret Garcia where she referenced one of our ancestors being listed in vol. 8 of Patriots of the American Revolution. I quickly did a search and found the Somos Primos Page dedicated to Spanish Patriots. Bellow you will find the links to all eight volumes for your convenience

Spanish Patriots During the American Revolution, 1779-1783, The 8-volume Series by Written by Dr. Granville and NC Hough

If you are interested in further reading and more articles please visit Somos Primos Page about Spanish Patriots, it is an excellent resource that you should include in your genealogical tool box. Here is the link: http://www.somosprimos.com/hough/hough.htm

If anyone has been accepted into the DAR, SAR, or Daughters of the Republic of Texas please let me know. If you could provide us with your ancestor’s name specially if he or she was Spanish. Don’t forget to add these eBooks to your digital Genealogical library. Finally, I do hope that this post makes more people aware and thus promote more research in this area.

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January 2014 Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Genealogical Society Meeting

I just wanted to make you aware of the upcoming meeting of the January 2014 Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Genealogical Society. Bellow you can see the flyer that i received this past Monday. It will be this coming Sunday the 19th of January 2014 at the Harlingen Public Library. The presenter will be Elizandro Munoz Assistant Professor at STC and his talk will be focused on “The Early Ranches of South Texas and Northern Mexico”.

I had already made plans to assist myself but due to my wife’s recent accident I may not be able to go. If I do go I will take notes and write a post about Continue reading