Origen de los Apellidos Garza y Trevino en Nuevo Leon

Are you Garza or Trevino? Do you have ancestors with this last name? If you do you are in luck. Tomas Madirichaga Cueva has written an excellent book “Origen de los Apellidos Garza y Trevino en Nuevo Leon” (Origin of the last names Garza and Trevino form Nuevo Leon). This book starts with Marcos Alonso de la Garza (my 10th great grandfather) and documents about four generations of his descendants. The author tells that many of his sons took the last name of Garza and also many took the last name of Trevino from his wife Juana de Trevino de Quintanilla.

As you may be aware these two last names are very predominant in South Texas and Northeastern Mexico. What is so great about this book is that the author only cites first hand sources and is very well documented. So far I have yet to find an error. In my opinion this is an excellent book for your genealogical research. Continue reading

Genealogical Resources for El Arcabuz, Tamaulipas, Mexico

You may already be aware that many of my ancestors are from El Arcabuz, Tamaulipas, Mexico. My 5th great grandfather Francisco Angel de la Garza is even considered to be the founder of this town. Through this blog I have had the opportunity to meet many amazing people that also have deep roots in El Arcbauz, just as I do. It is for this people that I am writing this post. This post will make it easier for everyone doing research or at least that is my goal.

In this post i will be providing links to all articles concerning El Arcabuz that I have written in the past. Believe me this will make your research easier and provide you with the knowledge that you need to find your ancestors. Continue reading

Families of Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico Volume Six

On May the 30th I received an email from Crispin Rendon letting me know that his sixth volume in the Families of Saltillo Series was out. As I always do of letting you know, bellow is the email and the link where to download your own copy.

Mr. Rendon describes this eBook as folows:

Volume six contains marriage information found on film 605095. This volume, in a
series, continues with 500 records starting on October 1765 and ending on July 1774. The records are found on images 141-267. The plan is to create a dozen volumes of 500 records each. Basic information from the marriage records is presented along with other information gathered in an attempt to present two generations descendant reports. Not all marriages result in Continue reading

1668 Baptism of Joseph Martinez Guajardo de La Garza, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

This is the 1668 baptism of my 10th great grandfather Jose Martinez Guajardo de la Garza in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. He was the son of Jose Martinez Guajardo and Nicolasa de la Garza. His godparents are listed as Ag[?] de la Vera y Clara de la Garza. As you can see unfortunately this document is damaged and is missing information. Continue reading

The Kingdom of Zapata

Here is a great book for anyone interested in the County or city of Zapata. It was written by Virgil N. Lott and Mercurio Martinez as a work to compile the history of Zapata county commissioned by the County Commissioners of Zapata county back in 1951.

The reason for this is mentioned in the book as follows,

The action was decided upon due to the inevitable inundation of a part of the county from the waters of the Falcon Dam which will destroy many of the historic landmarks of the county, including the county seat, Zapata, and other villages, many of which were founded in the early eighteenth century by colonists and their children, who were settled on this frontier by Escandon, the great colonizer of all time. The first colony on the north banks of the Rio Grande was at Dolores, Zapata County, Texas, in 1751, and from this establishment many of the present population of Starr, Zapata and Webb counties originated.

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1673 Marriage of Diego Gutierrez and Gertrudis Flores Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

The following is the 1673 marriage of my 10th great grandparents Diego Gutierrez de Castro and Gertrudis Flores de la Garza. The were married on July 30, 1673 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. I have not been able to find a document that indicates whom his parents were but on the other hand the parents of Gertrudis are Pedro Flores de Abrego and Margarita de la Garza. I am a descendant of theirs through their daughter Margarita Gutierrez whom married Jospeh Martinez Guajardo. Continue reading

Holy Family Catholic Church of La Grulla, Texas

Many people have deep roots in La Grulla, Texas as is the case with my wife’s family. Her ancestors arrived at or near La Grulla back in the 1860′s starting with her 2nd great grandfather Jose Encarnacion del Refugio Perez whom was born in General Teran, Nuevo Leon. It is unknown if he returned back to Mexico but what is clear is that his son Jose Francisco Perez did stay and did make a life in this area. He even married a local girl Paula Contreras whose life was cut short by a snake bite back in 1921 dying in La Grulla. Leaving behind 5 small children and a one year old baby. You can see a picture of Continue reading

Hidalgo County Ranch Histories

Did your ancestors owned a ranch or land in Hidalgo county. I hope that the following book may be able to help you in finding more about your family history and genealogy. The book is titled “Hidalgo County Ranch Histories” and it was edited by Frances W. Isbell and printed by the Hidalgo County Historical Society and the Hidalgo County Historical Commission back in 1994. Continue reading

Gene Fernandez’s Presentation at RGVHGS

The May 2014 meeting of the Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Genealogical Society was a very informative and interesting one. The presenter for this month was non other than Gene Fernandez. His passion for history and the preservation of History is evident. Gene’s presentation was very informative and it was also fun to hear it since he is an excellent presenter. Continue reading

1699 Marriage of Antonio Garcia de Sosa and Nicolasa De La Garza Falcon Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

This is the 1699 marriage of my 9th great grandparents Pedro Garcia de Sosa and Nicolasa De La Garza Falcon in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. The parents of Antonio are Pedro Garcia de Sosa and Elena de la Garza Guerra. The parents of Nicolasa are Blas de la Garza and Margarita Lopez Prieto. I am a descendant of their through their daughter Maria Gertrudis Garcia Guerra. Continue reading