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Captain Blas Maria de la Garza Falcon Colonizer of South Texas

The following is an excellent book about Blas Maria de la Garza Falcon whom was the son of General Blas de la Garza Falcon (1673-1736), governor of the province of Coahuila from 1723 to 1729 and 1733 to 1735, and Dona Beatriz de Villarreal. He was born in or near Monterrey, Nuevo Leon in 1712. He married Dona Catarina Gomez de Castro whom was the daughter of Don Antonio Gomez de Castro and Dona Nicolasa Baez de Trevino, on January 1, 1731 at the mining town of Boca de Leones, present day Villaldamas, Nuevo Leon , Mexico. Continue reading

Camargo Church Baptism Records 1764 – 1864 Book I

The following book is definitely another great resource that you can use while researching your ancestors form Camargo, Tamaulipa, and the surrounding area. The following book “Camargo Church Baptism Records 1764 – 1864 Book I” covers the Camargo Nuevo Santander baptism records form 1764 to 1864 and then the Camargo, Tamaulipas, Mexico baptism records from 1821 to 1864.

Cover of Book for Camargo Church Baptism Records 1764 – 1864 Book I:

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It is indicated in the book that the baptisms contained in this book where extracted from the church of Nuestra Senora de Santa Anna Catholic Church Book XT.

If interested you can borrow it from the University of Texas Pan American.

You can also always check WorldCat to see if it is available in a library near you.

If you want to buy the book you can do so at SAGA’s Website.

Camargo Baptismal Records Index 1764 – 1882

Camargo Baptismal Records 1764 - 1882The book “Camargo Baptismal Records Index 1764 – 1882″ Extracted by Alma Cruz and Debbie Gomez is a great resource to those of us researching our ancestors in the Camargo, Tamaulipas, Mexico area.

As it is stated in the book it is only an index to the typed extracted records in the Camargo and Reynosa Archives. Which seems to provide a clue as to where to obtain the extraction of any given record listed in the book.

It lists the names by last name, then name, year, then mother, followed by father. Unfortunatly they did not provide the complete date of the baptism.

As it may it is stilla great resource that will invevitably help you in your research.

How to obtain it:

You can borrow it from the University of Texas Pan American.

You can search for acopy near you with WorldCat.

As indicated in the book you can order by making check payable to Debbie Gomez 2022 Allen Genoa Rd. Houston Texas 77017 but no amount was provided.

Stakeholder 2012 Genealogy Year End Report – Email From Crispin Rendon

I received the following email from Crispin Rendon yesterday.

This email is going out to the 459 people found in my genealogy address book (stakeholders).

Stakeholder 2012 Genealogy Year End Report,

 The database has grown to over 271,000 records, up 33,000 records from the year 2011. Over 600 records, on average, were added weekly. Some of these records came from the research required to complete the sixteen volume series on the Families of General Teran, Nuevo Leon. That series blossomed into an attempt to create genealogies for every one of the thousands of couples that were married in the General Teran Catholic Church for a period of over 100 years.  The research for the published three volume Families of Santiago, Nuevo Leon series and the research for the yet to be published nine volume series Families of Salinas Victoria, Nuevo Leon account for the bulk of the records added.  Additional database records came from family trees submitted in return for ancestor reports. Those reports ranged in size from a three page 4-generation report to a 543 page 48-generation book. The number of ancestor reports rose from 59 in 2011 to 80 in 2012. Some ancestor books were converted from English into Spanish. One ancestor book was created for my Kindle reader. Not quantified, yet very important, are the countless corrections to the records some of which extended lines, others shortened lines and still others re-routed them. The introduction of my Top 20 mtDNA list was a huge success. Expect a similar list for y-DNA sometime in 2013.

 I am thinking of converting the Slaves of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico book, which is in a pdf format, into a Kindle reader format and am interested in learning if there is any interest for it. If you read books with an electronic device other then a computer let me know what you think.

 Thank you all for your support.

Best Regards,

Crispin Rendon

If interested you can download all of Crispin’s books on one of my previous posts DNA and Genealogical Books-Reports. Can’t wait for him to publish Families of Salinas Victoria, Nuevo Leon. Keep up the excellent work Mr. Rendon!

With All Arms A Study of A Kindred Group by Carl Lawrence Duaine

Just wanted to make you aware of this great book. I have seen great and bad reviews about it. After reading it I saw why some close minded people may be offended but I believe the author meant no harm and just called it as how he saw it.

Anyways, this is not a book review but in my opinion it is a great and valuable book that every Genealogical Library should have. I highly recommend it to anyone who has deep roots in South Texas, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, and Tamaulipas.

It also turned out to be very interesting and undoubtedly super informative as Mr. Duaine not only brought to life our common ancestors but also put them on a historical perspective.

For more information I recomend that you download the dust jacket on the following link.
Download the Dust Jacket

If interested in buying the book it is available on their website;  http://www.withallarms.com/home.html


Ramos/Cuellar : from Pedro Eufracio Ramos & Bartolome Cuellar of Nuevo Leon to Julia Ramos Cantu of Texas, c. 1650-1983

I was just searching for last names of my ancestors on the FamilySearch’s Family History Books and came across Ramos/Cuellar : from Pedro Eufracio Ramos & Bartolome Cuellar of Nuevo Leon to Julia Ramos Cantu of Texas, c. 1650-1983 by Richard Cristobal Hernandes jr. and Mark A. Phillips. Turned out to be an excellent book very well researched. This book contains alot of information not just on the Ramos and Cuellar from Ciudad Mier and Revilla/Ciudad Guerrero Tamaulipas Mexico but also on many other people from the same area.

The author did an excellent job with the family trees and family group sheets. This work helped me fill in many gaps in my research and it is a very good read. It also includes alot of history of the area.

If your interest is in this area and or last names are Ramos or Cuellar then I highly recommend that you download your copy and read it, you can thank me later.

Index to the Marriage Investigations of the Diocese of Guadalajara, Two Volumes Covering 1653 – 1779

If your ancestors lived in the Texas, Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, and Coahuila region and had a marriage dispensation before 1779 it had to be granted by the Bishop of Guadalajara since this huge area was under its ecclesiastic jurisdiction.

The good thing is that you do not have to browse through the thousands of records since Raul J. Guerra, Jr., Nadine M. Vasquez, and Baldomero Vela, Jr. have already done it for us. All you have to do is to get a hold of their two volumes titled;


Check availability at the University of Texas Pan American



INDEX TO THE GE INVESTIGATIONS OF THE DIOCESE OF GUADALAJARA Provinces of Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Nuevo Santander, Texas 1751- 1779

Check availability at the University of Texas Pan American



When Crispin Rendon told me in an email that these two books had been the best investment he ever made, I was a bit skeptical until I had the opportunity to browse, search, and find my ancestors in its pages.

Just as a small tip I have noticed that these two books go hand in hand with  the following website, http://www.guadalajaradispensas.com/ when trying to locate the original document.

If you live in the Rio Grande Valley you are in luck since both books are available at the University of Texas Pan American to check availability check the above mentioned links.

Using Google Books In Your Genealogy Research

For those of you that already use Google Books let me know how you are using it and for those of you that have not used it or do not know what it is keep on reading.

What is Google books?

Ill put it very simple it is an online library/book store. You can browse millions of books and get a preview of them before deciding to buy the book. Also, lets not get discouraged, Google books also has thousands of free titles that after you add them to your library (Google account needed) you can read them online or on the go with your iPad or Android device by downloading and installing the required application (links on bottom of page).

How can this help me in my Genealogy Research? 

Well it might or might not but it sure does not hurt to try it out. The way I use it is to search for ancestor names and see what comes up, I also like to try out town names to see where it has been mentioned before, and finally I use it to research topics and or find material that can help me better understand things.

For example:

I am currently reading, Barbarous Mexico by John Kenneth Turner. In this book he provides a first hand account of slavery and forced labor in Mexican Haciendas before the Mexican Revolution of 1910. He also describes how Mexico tried to commit Genocide with the Yaki Indians of Sonora Mexico. It is giving me a better understanding of just a few of many things that led up to Mexico’s Revolution. Get Barbarous Mexico

Hope that you all find Google Books as useful as I have.

Finally, If you get lucky you might even find books about your ancestors.

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Borderlands Bookstore, Specializing in Hispanic History and Genealogy

Borderlands Bookstore is one of my favorite places to find books about Mexican Genealogy and even find books about my own ancestors. As may already be aware, when I write about a book that may be of interest to you I always include a link to this store if they have it for sale.

If you are interested in buying Hispanic history and Genealogy books, this will be the only website you will ever need. In fact it is the only store that focuses on these topics. In their own words:

Founded in 1991, the Borderlands Book Store promotes awareness about the history of the Spanish and Portuguese Empires, Mexico and the Mexican Republic, the United States Borderlands and the genealogies of the Hispanic settlers of these areas.Specializing in Hispanic History and Genealogy. - www.borderlandsbooks.com

Screenshot of Their Website:

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The majority of the book prices run from about $10.00 to $50.00 and some are more expensive. If they are out of your budget you can always search on World Cat to find the nearest library that may have them available.

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