Category Archives: User Requests

User Question: Jose Antonio Cantu Married Maria Rita Guerra in Mier in 1804

The following was sent in by We Are Cousins reader Roberto Gutierrez. If you have any piece of information please write it in the comments section.

Jose Antonio Cantu Married Maria Rita Guerra in Mier in 1804. I have all background data on the Guerra’s, my problem is finding where Jose Antonio was born and the year. He is my paternal/maternal 4th grandfather. His son Jose Hilario Cantu was born in 1805 in Mier and all his siblings. J. Hilario was born at Rancho San Lorenzo and so was his mother Ma. Rita, but I tried every idea and technique but can’t find out where J.Antonio was born. Continue reading

User Request – Andrew Garza or Salazar, More Information Needed

I received this request a couple of days ago from Anna Garza Rosamond and just hope that by posting it someone may be able to have an answer.

Hi. My name is Anna Garza Rosamond. I am trying to find my father’s family. He was born in Matamoros, Tamaulipas sometime around 1900-1905. He used the name Andrew Garza after coming to the US as a child, but I know that was not his birth surname. The truth is we just don’t know as he kept this info from all his children. My older sister once claimed his surname was Salazar and my brother recently took a Y-DNA test through Family Tree DNA and the only high level match for him was to a Flavio Salazar. So far this Mr. Salazar has not responded to any of our queries. I have pictures of my father’s parents whose names I don’t know, but I know he had two sisters, probably named Celia and Lilia. I also have photos of some of his family taken in either Matamoros or Monterrey in the late 1950s. I will be glad to forward the pictures to anyone who thinks they might be able to identify them. Any help that anyone can provide will be greatly appreciated.

If anyone has any answers or suggestions write them on the comment area of this page or send me an email and I will forward it to Anna.

User Request – Severiano Reyna and Francisca Witrago

Hello everyone, Esmeralda Reyna sent me this message through our facebook page. If anyone has any additional information please let her know by posting on the comment area.
I am looking for information on a Severiano Reyna that was born in Mexico and came to the United States sometime after 1931. He had a son out of wedlock in Irapuato, Mexico with a woman by the name of Francisca Witrago. The child’s name was Odilon Reyna. Odilon is my husbands dad. He died in 1960 in Plainview, Texas. If anyone has any information, I would appreciate hearing from you.

I gave her the following tip, it is along shot but you never know.

His death certificate indicates that he was born in Texas on 3-15-1933. If this information is wrong and he was born in Irapuato the Civil Registry for Guanajuato would be the place to look but unfortunately it only goes up to 1930 online. Irapuato baptisms for this year is online here https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2F13962197%3Fcc%3D1860831 you might be able to find him there. Good luck. Let me know if I can post your comment on my blog since there might be a greater chance of someone finding it.

If anyone has any other suggestions please let us know.

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User Request – The Garza’s From La Havana Texas

I received the following message from Ramiro Garza, I strongly want to encourage anyone with time to spare to help him out since it sounds like a good project that can at the end benefit others.

Good Morning to All,
    I am Ramiro Garza Jr. from Havana, Texas and I am a full time student at the University of Texas Pan American in Edinburg pursuing a Master’s degree in history.  Currently I am preparing to write a thesis about the people, culture and over all trials and tribulations of the Mexican and Mexican-American population of South Texas (specifically Hidalgo and Starr counties).  My father is Ramiro Garza Sr. and is an original descendent of those individuals who settled on porciones awarded to them by the Spanish Crown in the 1700’s.  For many years in my family and I am sure in other families as well across the valley stories have been passed down that land was given by the Spanish Crown to those individuals willing to venture north of Mexico City to what is now known as the Rio Grande Valley.  Then shortly thereafter the story goes the land changed hands from Mexicans to Anglos (eager to grab land illegally or legally from Spanish land grant recipients) due to Texas becoming its own nation in 1836 and then becoming part of the United States in 1845.
    Therefore, based on these stories I have developed a great passion to help put back together the broken links of our rich history.  Like many others before me I have begun tracing back my descendants in hopes of finding direct answers too many questions.  Unfortunately, using U. S. census records and other databases has only yielded information as far back as 1850 which falls short about a hundred years.  Nevertheless, each record as far back as 1850 to 1910 indicates that my forefathers lived in Havana Rancho.  My dilemma at this present time is that I have not been able to trace my family lineage past 1850 and as a result have only identified my Great, Great Grandfather as Patricio Garza who married Petra Garza in 1863.
    From old stories I have been told by my father and his brothers (my uncles) we were original recipients of land by the Spanish Crown in the cities of Camargo, Mier and Rio Grande and perhaps other places in South Texas.  However, at this point it is pure speculation since I am unable to find official documents that prove it.  Therefore, it has become apparent to me that I must seek the help of individuals like Moises Garza who might have access to birth, baptism and marriage records in Mexico.  Once I am able to fully identify my forefathers and distinguish their role during the early settlement of the Rio Grande Valley I can begin laying the ground work for my research.
    Fortunately for me I stumbled across Moises Garza’s extraordinary website We Are Cousins-South Texas and Northeastern Mexico Genealogy because it confirms to me that there is a genuine and unique attachment found in many original descendants living in this region to the land and each other.  If anyone can help me I can be reached at ragar092369@gmail.com or via mobile phone at 956-432-9068.  If for some reason I do not answer the phone please leave a message and I will return the call.

I hope that someone researching the Garza family from La Havana gets in contact with Ramiro.

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User Request – Demetrio de la Garza and Dionisia Casas Any Information is Appreceated

On June the sixth I received the following inquiry and now I am sharing it with all of you in hopes that together we may help each other out or at least in hopes that someone out there may have the answer’s  for Linda.

Inquiry:

I am looking for information on Demetrio de la Garza and his wife Dionisia Casas. I have found the baptismal records for 2 of their children – Jose Encarnacion (1879) and Maria Ignacia (1881), and they also had another son named Nicolas(1889). Those records show Baptisms registered at Nuestra Senora del Refugio in Matamoros. Demetrio’s father was listed as Rafael de la Garza and his mother was listed as Ignacia Lopez Gonzales (or Gonzalez Lopez). Dionisia’s parents were listed as Encarnacion Casas and and Juana Saurez or Juarez. Dionisia (Leonicia) Garza died in Victoria, Texas (1935). I believe that Demetrio died in Matamoros before 1900, and his widow moved her family back to Texas (they were in the 1900 Goliad census). Any information about Demetrio is helpful. Thank you!

Any information you can either post it on the comment section of this post or email Linda at mwwlrw1@gmail.com


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User Request – Looking for Tejano and Mexicano Ancestor Who Fought For The Confederacy

I received the following request and I just hope that anyone out there can help. You can either email Mr. Stone or post your comments at the bottom of this post.
My name is Craig Stone and I am the Commander of the new Sons of Confederate Veterans camp here in the RGV. I am looking to find Tejano or Mexicano ancestors who faught for the Confederacy between 1861 and 1865. Please contact me at cstone78@hotmail.com. 

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User Request – Felipe Perez and Eduvijes Salinas

I received the following message on May the 14, I just someone out there can help out.

hello,
I am trying to find out some information about my great-great-great grandmother her name was Eduvijes Salinas (not sure if I spelled her name correctly) and she was married to Felipe Perez. They had several children: Gregorio, Francisca, Eligio, Tomasa and Virginia.  I was able to find a marriage for them in Starr, Texas on the 28th of May 1878 however I have not had any other luck locating any other information.  One of their children Gregorio Perez was married to Virginia Garza on the 12th of March 1880 in Hidalgo county Texas USA (marriage sources for both Eduvijes/Felipe & Gregorio/Virginia are from familysearch) Virginia Garza is my great-great grandmother who I also have had no luck finding any information on her family.  Most of my family lived in south Texas. any help would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance for your help. R. Rios

If anyone has any information please email R. Rios at rrios1213@yahoo.com 

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User Request – Corrido of Victor Lopez General Teran, Montemorelos, Monterrey in Nuevo Leon

The following was submitted by Anthony Garza:
I am inquiring about my 2nd great grandfather who lived in the area of General Teran/Montemorelos/Monterrey in Nuevo Leon. His name was Victor Lopez (he was a concrete builder) and his wife’s name was Florencia de Ocio. The story goes in my family is that he was killed in an ambush by the police at a local restaurant near Monterrey. He was known to take the weapons from the corrupt police and store them at his house. After he was killed they threw his body at the doorstep of his wife’s house.My great grandmother (his wife) fled to Texas after that. Supposedly there is a corrido sung about him and I am trying to locate the song. If anybody knows any information please contact me! thanks. 

Any Information Please contact Anthony at anthonygarza08@me.com



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User Request – Antonio Maria Guerra any Documents Needed

This post marks an evolution at WeAreCousins, it will mark the beginning of  user requests posts in hopes that someone out there may have the answers, the names, and or the documents that are so much needed by others doing research in this area. I will be posting them as they sent to me.

Estimados primos lejanos, estoy interesado en tener una copia original de mi tio tatarabuelo Antonio Ma. guerra, haber si pueden ustedes enviarme una copia electronica a este correo, mucho les agradezco sus atenciones. 

Gracias. 

Dr. H. Garcia Rojas Guerra.
Horacio@drgarciarojas.com

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