Category Archives: Websites

Real Starr Website, A Great Genealogical Resource

I want to congratulate David Moreno and the great work that he has been doing. David has several cemetery projects going on and he also has created a website to help organize his family genealogy findings. It is this website that I wanted to share with you today. It is called Real Starr. It focuses on his ancestors but as he states it has grown to also include distant family members. At a glance one would assume that it may only focus in Starr County Texas genealogy but from what I have seen on David’s research, which I will share later on in another post, it contains information on may of my own ancestors and many other people from South Texas and Northeastern Mexico.

Purpose of Real Starr,

Welcome to RealStarr.com. In the following pages and links, you’ll find family trees and branches of many related families. Though we may not be able to trace back to the start of time, we may be able to connect to those long lost living relatives. The idea behind this project is to bring all of us together. This will keep us updated about who our relatives were, who was born, who has passed away and who has married whom. If you’re a long lost ‘living’ relative and want to help, register for a user account or please contact us. You may contribute to the development of this relations tree by providing information like names, dates, histories or any interesting stories. – Real Starr

Snapshot of Real Starr Website:

Real Starr

You can visit this great resource that David is sharing with all of us at:

Don’t forget to browse his website to see the amazing resources that he has available.

Other Projects by David Moreno

Let me know in the comments section about how this resource has helped you out. Also let me know what you think about David’s cemetery projects.

Lists of Pasajeros A Indias at Solo Genealogia

This resource is an amazing genealogical resource. For some time now, I have been searching for the elusive books of the Pasajeros A Indias but have been unsuccessful in finding all of them. On a future post I will share with you the ones that  have found so far. A couple of weeks ago I shared with you a resource “Genealogical Database of Solo Genealogia” and if you are curios like me then you may have had already explored this resource. That same website has organized and is currently listing all the Pasageros a Indias that are listed on those books.

You can expect to find thousands of names of people that traveled to the new world including Mexico between 1501 to 1538. The books that they are transcribing cover the years 1501 to 1790 but so far their project has only completed up to 1538. If this is a project that interests you please join to help out.

This is a screen shot of the website:

Navigating the website is very simple, the only thing it is in English but you can always use Google translate https://translate.google.com/ to read it in English. Just copy and paste the website address and it will translate the whole website for you.

Here is the link to the website:

Let me know if it is useful to you or let me know about your findings. Unfortunately for me I have not found any ancestors that traveled to the new world during that time. But I am aware of the value of this project since i have found my ancestors on the books focusing on the later years.

Genealogical Database of Solo Genealogia

 While researching my own family genealogy I came across a database that I had not come across before. It contained great information and not to mention I got many new clues as to where to search for documents.

If it was helpful to me, I think it can also be of help to you. The name of this database is called Solo Genealogia and it is being run and maintained by Jesus A Chacon.

 It is mentioned in the main page in Spanish that:

This compilation is based on information taken from parish registers and genealogical works including references. We welcome any comments, suggestions or modifications necessary in order to show the correct information. We greatly appreciate all those who have contributed to this database.

To test it out just enter de la Garza to get an idea of what information you can find in this database. It may be a long shot but enter your ancestors names to see if they come up.

Screen shot of Genealogical Database of Solo Genealogia:

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Let me know in the comment area bellow of what you think about this database and or if you found it to be useful for your research.

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 “El Valle del Guajuco”, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Between researching my own family genealogy and finding my ancestors I came across a citation at Raul Longoria’s Website which read “Santiago Vallejo, “Familias del Valle del Guajuco, NL, Mexico”, http://svallejo.tribalpages.com/”. If you are one of our earlier readers then you may be already aware that my Marroquines were from this valley specially Santiago and Allended Nuevo Leon.

I promptly copied and pasted the URL address into my browser and arrived at a website named “Vallejo Families of Nuevo Leon, Mexico”. My first opinion was this website is not even about the families of El Guajuco but after reading the main page it is clear that indeed it is. I promptly clicked “People” at the top bar and then on the “M” and found Marroquin as one of the listed last names. I clicked it and found my 7th great grandfather Nicolas Marroquin. This website even let me print seven generations of Continue reading

Montemayor Family Tree – Facebook Group Managed by Beverly Mason Carlson

Beverly Mason Carlson has started an open Facebook Group titled Montemayor Family Tree. If your last name is Montemayor or you have Montemayor ancestors this is a great group to join.

You never know, you may find your ancestors on this Facebook Group and if you don’t it is ok, you can always share information about your Montemayor ancestors and meet your distant cousins. Continue reading

Soy de Duval – A blog Focusing on the Early History of Duval County, Texas

A week ago I received an email from Alfredo Cardenas inquiring on how to go about getting some documents form Star county. Fortunately, I was able to help him with that. I wish that was the case with everyone that contacts me, but I digress. In that email he also mentioned that he had just started a blog titled Soy de Duval which focuses on the Early History of Duval County, Texas. Continue reading

Books Available for Sale From the Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Genealogical Society

You never know where you might find your ancestors and that is why I try to provide the location to great resources. One of these great resources are thae books that are available from the Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Genealogical Society. I got the following list from their latest News Letter and I want to that Ofelia Olsson for sending it to me. Continue reading

How to Join the Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Genealogical Society

Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Genealogical Society_thumbEarlier this month I received an email from Ofelia Olsson. Ofelia is the ex-president of the Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Genealogical Society and is currently the editor for their Newsletter. Attached to her email she had the current Newsletter for the month of July. Continue reading

WeAreCousins is Now Optimized for Mobile Devices

Yesterday I installed a plugin to make We Are Cousins play better with mobile devises. I had not realized that viewing it on a cell phone was just close to impossible and very hard to navigate. Honestly I had not even thought about it since I would always look at it on my tablet but I guess due to the big screen it was ok. Continue reading