It’s Official I am A member of the Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Genealogical Society

Yesterday I became a member of the Rio Grande Grande Valley Hispanic Genealogical Society. Yesterday was their November meeting and I had allot of fun meeting some of the members that where in attendance. I had the pleasure of meeting Oscar Garcia whom turns out we have some common ancestors. I briefly spoke to Carlos Cantu whom has researched family from Doctor Coss and China Nuevo Leon, I just have to find time to send him an email. I also meet many other people whom I hope I get to know more in future meetings.

Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Genealogical SocietyAs always I had a pleasure of talking to Ofelia Olson and Marry Torres. Over all I really enjoyed my self and had a great time. I just wished I would have taken a printed family tree to share with everyone. On our next meeting I will sure take on to share and see who else is researching the same family. Continue reading

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

mtDNA Mexican Surname Project Research

Please take the time to read the following email that I received form Crispin Rendon. If you are able to help please do so.

This email is going out to the hundreds of people in my genealogy address book. I have created ancestors books for most of you. Our ancestors came from the Mexican States of Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon and Coahuila. Our kindred group has roots back to Beatriz, Quintanilla, Ines Rodriguez and Isabel Olea. They appear multiple times in our family trees.  We have identified their mtDNA and that of many others. There is more to learn. Continue reading

Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Genealogical Society November Meeting

Hello everyone. I just wanted to let you know that I just received an email from Marry Torres with the Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Genealogical Society letting me know about their November meeting.

Their meeting will be taking place this Sunday, November 17 at 2 PM at the Harlingen Public Library. They will be also having their annual workshop and membership drive for 2014. Their dues are $30 per year and it includes a copy of their latest journal. Continue reading

El Corrido de Narciso A. Guerra (The Ballad of Narciso A. Guerra)

I vividly remember Mr. Guerra from when he would substitute, when any of our teachers were out. He was very sociable and loved to make us smile. He would always tell us that he was going to open the theater once again just for us. I also remember that before he used to substitute he was also one of the teachers for my brother and two sisters.

My parents also used to get all their paperwork notarized with him. I used to love his office since it had many photos and awards but my favorite where the old coins and bills under the glass of his desk. Continue reading

The Rio Grande Herald Newspaper Collection From 1970 to 2013

Are your ancestors from Rio Grande City or it’s surrounding community? If they are then you will have fun browsing through over 1880 copies of The Rio Grande Herald that are online at the Texas Portal To Texas History.

You can find local history, graduation pictures, obituaries, and much more. I am sure you or your family will be listed. I found over 10 articles where my name comes up. Even a class photo with all the student’s name in them. I also found my father in laws graduating class “Class of 1974 Rio Grande City Texas” and his picture.

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To all of our Veterans, Thank You!!!

On this day I wanted to take some time to thank all of our veterans and the sacrifice that they have done for our country. I have heard stories from veterans that have served our country and I know for a fact that those stories have helped me shape my view points for the better. To understand that liberty and freedom is worth fighting for no matter the cost.

I know that almost everyone has or knows a family member that is a veteran. Please take the time today to thank them for their service.

I specially wanted to take the time to thank our Hispanic/Mexican American veterans of World War II, of whom not many are left, for paving the way for us. It is due to these men that U.S. Citizens of Mexican Ancestry can now enjoy the status of first class citizens.To learn more please watch PBS’s Latino Americans Episode 3 titled “War and Peace” I have included this video just bellow. Also if you have roots in the Rio Grande Valley or live in the RGV I highly recommend that you watch the video. Continue reading

Families of Salinas Victoria, Nuevo Leon, Mexico In 9 Volumes by Crispin Rendon

Here are the links to the nine volumes by Crispin Rendon in his series about Salinas Victoria, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. They are truly a genealogical treasure. This series covers that time period of 1755 to 1769.

Make sure and download them to your digital library that way you have them on hand when you need them. Or you can always book mark this page for future reference. 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