Just wanted to let you know about SAGA “Spanish American Genealogical Association” they are based out of Corpus Christi, Texas and you can visit their website here http://www.sagacorpuschristi.com/ .
Why am I talking about SAGA? I am talking about SAGA because it is one of the few organizations that have written many index books about church marriage, birth, and death records. Thus making them available for sale on their website and you can also find their books in many libraries. I have used their books many times to break some brick walls.
This is their mission statement:
“The object of the Spanish American Genealogical Association shall be that of creating and maintaining an organization for the promotion of research, collection, and development of genealogical data of the earliest Spanish and Mexican settlers of Texas. The Association’s goal is to conduct research, obtain collections, and develop resources (computerization of data) of genealogical data and to make them available to its membership, as well as to the south Texas community by housing said materials in libraries and archives.”
I think their mission statement states what they do very accurately.
They have books about:
Agualeguas, Nuevo Leon
Cadereyta, Nuevo Leon
Cerralvo, Nuevo Leon
Sabinas Hidalgo, Nuevo Leon
Vallecillo, Nuevo Leon
Only about three of the above are indexed by FamilySearch so as you can see the value of these books when it comes to genealogical research is immense. Just wish I could afford to buy all of them.
The following is the 1790 death record of my 8th great grandmother Anna Maria Anzaldua Saucedo. This document indicates her last name as being Saldua but from the marriage record of her daughter Juana Gertrudis Ramos we know it to be Anzaldua. This document also indicates that she died from “tisico” meaning that she died of tuberculosis. Her parents are listed as Sebastian Anzaldua and Mariana Saucedo, also that she was married to Juan Antonio Ramos. She was originally from Cerralvo, Nuevo Leon, Mexico and died at age 78. She did not make a will since she was “pobre” poor.
De la Villa Da. anna Maria Saldua Espa. Adulta casada que fue con Don Juan Antonio Ramos
Febrero de 1790,, a.
En esta Villa de la Purisima Concepcion de Mier en siete dias del mes de Febrero de este presente ano de Mil, Setecientos Noventa. Yo Fr. Pedro Maldo. y Zapata como Ministro de esta Villa en esta Santa Yglesia Parroquial de mi Cargo. Di Ecleciastica Sepultura Entierro Menor en quarto tramo rotura de tierra de Veinte reales al Cuerpo de Da. Anna Maria Ansaldua Espanola Adulta Originaria de la Villa de San Gregorio de Zerralvo, y vecina de esta Villa Hija lexitima de Dn. Sebastian Ansaldua, y Da. Mariana Sausedo, ya Difuntos. Cassada que fue con Dn. Juan Antonio Ramos. Recivio los Santos Sacramentos. No testo posr estar Pobre Murio de Tisico a los sesenta, y ocho anos de su edad, y para que conste lo firme en esta Dicha Villa, Dicho Dia, Mes, y a lo ut Supra.
Cerralvo, Nuevo Leon, Mexico was founded as early as the 1590′s but the church and civil records were either lost or destroyed up until 1761. As Mr. Garmendia states, this means that the documents up to eight generations or more are forever gone.
In his book Vecinos de Cerralvo Mr. Garmendia compiled the names of people that where from Cerralvo from 1630 to 1760. He obtained them from every surrounding town’s archive or church records.
If your research has lead you to Cerralvo during this time period this book is worth checking out.