Tag Archives: Genealogy

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

How to Manage Your Growing Genealogy E-Book and Magazine Collection

As technology changes and everyone goes digital we are finding our selves with an ever increasing number of genealogy e-books and or digital magazines. Sometimes it can get hard to find just what you want or need when you need it. The following software was made with this in mind and it is made by Adobe the leading PDF software developer. Continue reading

A Genealogical Treasure In Edinburg, Texas

The University of Texas Pan American A Genealogical Treasure in Edinburg, Texas

When it comes to Genealogy many people don’t think about Edinburg, Texas. One thing that I have come to find out is that many people don’t even know or are aware of the genealogical treasure that one can find within this city. Continue reading

We Are Cousins Magazine Coming Soon!!!

 

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A magazine about South Texas and Northeastern Mexico Genealogy!  

It will contain;

  • Genealogy News
  • How To’s
  • Book Reviews
  • Indexes of Births, Marriages, and Deaths
  • And much more.

Currently in the works, to be one of the first to find out when it is released please sign up for the WeAreCousins Magazine’s mailing list here: Sign UP for Mailing List.

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Submit Your Article for Inclusion

If you would like us to publish your article in our magazine please send it to us at magazine@wearecousins.info or use the contact form to send it.

The only requirement is that it has to be a topic about South Texas and Northeastern Mexico Genealogy. South Texas would be anything South of San Antonio and Northeastern Mexico would be the Mexican States of Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, and Tamaulipas.

Genealogy Associations and Societies

If you belong to a Genealogy Association or Society and would like to include information about it in the magazine just go ahead and send it to us at magazine@wearecousins.info  or use the contact form to send us the information.

Camargo Church Death Records 1764 – 1864

Last Saturday I wrote about Camargo Baptismal Records Index 1764 – 1882 and today I will let you know about another great genealogical book about Camargo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. It  is a book by the Spanish American Genealogical Association (SAGA). It is titled Camargo Baptismal Records Index 1764 – 1882. Continue reading

7 Weekend Reads From The Rio Grande Guardian On Culture and Border Life

Rio Grande Guardian Small Logo The following are seven articles published by various authors on the Rio Grande Guardian’s website. I thought that it would be a great idea to share them with you. They talk about genealogy, history, and current cultural icons. All of them involve South Texas and Northeaster Mexico in one way or another. Hope that you enjoy them.

 

Garcia: Juan Bautista Chapa, a notable explorer

EDINBURG, January 27 – There were certain other explorers who arrived in what is now Texas following Alvar Cabeza de Vaca and his Spanish soldiers’ landing on Texas soil in 1528.

 

López: Gutiérrez de Lara brought Texas its first taste of independence

SAN ANTONIO, January 1 – In sharing with others the beauty of early Texas history, there is an increasing positive response from South Texas folks in particular.

 

García: Myths and Facts about South Texas Spanish

EDINBURG, January 1 – Columnist Lino García, Jr., has penned an op-ed for Guardian readers this holiday period about South Texas Spanish.

 

García: Early educational institutions in Colonial Spanish Texas

EDINBURG, November 22 – When Pánfilo Narváez and Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca along with a few hundred Spanish soldiers landed on Galveston Bay on November 6, 1528, the exploration and the settlement of the territory of Texas brought into this state European institutions that still prevail.

 

López: More than an Expedition

SAN ANTONIO, November 5 – Just over 200 years ago, a town priest in Central Mexico decided to bring justice for all in Mexico, including Texas, its northern province.

 

García: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
EDINBURG, October 8 – On October 12, 1492, Cristóbal Colón and his Spanish crew aboard three ships, La Pinta, La Niña and La Santa María, sailed from the mother country of Spain and landed on what later became known as America.

 

Idea for a Tejano Monument at the state Capitol started at UTPA
EDINBURG, March 29 – It is a little known fact but the idea to build a monument honoring the heritage and contributions of Tejanos at the Texas state Capitol in Austin was born at the University of Texas-Pan American.

The above listed stories come from the Cultura and  Border Life sections of the Rio Grande Guardian. These two sections also contain a lot more stories on various topics. If anyone has interesting posts that they know about let me know, I will be posting them on Saturdays.

Batch Download FamilySearch Documents With FastFilm and Decrease Your Genealogical Research Times

Last month Taco Goulooze shared the link to FastFilm on Google+, if you have not used this utility you are missing out big time. You may be asking yourself, What is FastFilm? It is a small utility that will let you download Batch Images from FamilySearch.

You may ask your self, Why do I need this? Simply put, to speed up and be more efficient when searching for a particular document in a set of documents. As you may be aware of, just trying to view an image using your browser on FamilySearch may take up to 30 seconds to a minute to load. Imagine doing this if you do not have a date or and have to go document by document.

After installing FastFile you will be able to download the set of images where the document you are looking for may be. Believe me the download speeds are fast. After it finishes you will be able to browse through the images superfast without the loading times that you would get otherwise.

Just ensure that you have hard drive space since each image is on average about 1.5 megabyte big.

You can visit the developers page for more information or to download the program on the following link.

 http://students.cs.byu.edu/~jbejaran/FastFilm/        

Enjoy!!!

 

Vecinos de Cerralvo 1630 – 1760, Guillermo Garmendia Leal

 

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.

The University of Texas Pan American has a copy and if you would like you cna buy the booka t http://www.borderlandsbooks.com for $45.00.