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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

The Sixteen Founders of Villa de Santiago del Saltillo

Here is the list of the sixteen founders of the Villa de Santiago del Saltillo present day Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico. I extracted the following portrait of Alberto del Canto and the names of the founders from the book titled “The Conquistadores and the Crypto-Jews of Monterrey.

Among the list are 3 of my ancestors that I know of. I have included their relationship next to their names. Saltillo was founded in 1577. Continue reading

El Cronista Anonimo by Israel Cavazos Garza

The following will be of great interest to anyone that is a descendant of Juan Bautista Chapa or is interested in the History of Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, and Texas. It is a 72 page eBook where Israel Cavazos Garza proves that the anonymous author of Historia del Nuevo Reino de León, desde 1650 hasta 1690 was none other than Juan Bautista Chapa.

I ran across it just by chance, but once I started to read it I could not put it down. As I always recommend, please download it to your digital library. Just bellow this post you will find the download link.

On the Genealogical aspect this eBook contains details about Juan Bautista Chapa and also whom his parents were and also lists all of his brothers. I won’t list those details here since I don’t want to spoil it for you. Continue reading

Families of General Teran, Nuevo Leon, Mexico In 16 Volumes by Crispin Rendon

Here is the listing of Crispin’s Rendon monumental work on General Teran, Nuevo leon, Mexico. They are 16 links to the 16th part series of Familias de General Teran. This series has been invaluable to my genealogy research since my wife’s Perez ancestors were from General Teran and it’s surrounding ranches.

I highly recommend that you download them to your eBook library. Continue reading

Porfirio Diaz Visits Ciudad Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico in 1891

In 1891 The current president of Mexico Porfirio Diaz visited Mier, Tamaulipas. I just wanted to share this since it is interesting specially if your ancestors are from Ciudad Mier. I have scanned the copy of the invitation from the book “Ciudad Mier Historia y Cultura” unfortunately when I scanned it I did not do it in high quality. At the bottom of the image I try and transcribe it as best as I can. If you find any errors please advise so that I may correct them. Continue reading

Here is a Video for the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave

I’ll keep it short, Sebastien de la Cruz, you did a great job singing our National Anthem.

I just want to say. This is my land and this is your land, we are all Americans, something that those Un-American racists have obviously forgotten. If they would just do their own Genealogy. They would probably be surprised with what they find. Continue reading