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TOTGS Genealogical Tips for January Through March 2014 is Out!

I want to thank Marlene Pegg, editor of Genealogical Tips, for sending me the latest Issue of their publication. This issue covers January through February and is jam-packed with great genealogy tips and resources that are available out there. Bellow I have included the table of contents so that you may see the type of stories that they publish. One of my blog posts, Website To Help You Find Where Your Ancestors Were From In Mexico, was republished by them.

Cover of Latest Issue:

Table of Contents:

  • From the Editor
  • Czech Heritage Museum Dedicated
  • De Galvez Records From Revolutionary War Period Available Online
  • Coming Up: Genealogypalooza
  • Summarize Your Work To Organize Your Research
  • Something To Try When Using Ancestry.com In The Library
  • Texas Tax Rolls 1846-1910 4 AG Holder Is A Victim Of Tax Fraud Identity Theft
  • Greek Easter Cookies – Koulourakia
  • Hispanic American Newspapers At GenealogyBank
  • Guide On Getting Organized
  • HSP Record Added To Ancestry.com
  • NARA Announces Closure And Consolidations Of Three Facilities
  • Military History Publications
  • Website To Help You Find Where Your Ancestors Were From In Mexico
  • NEWS FROM THE PAST
  • Tips To Insure The Future Of Genealogy: Story Telling
  • Battle Of Horseshoe Bend
  • The Story Behind The Record
  • Slaves Were Used As Collateral
  • Missing Men: Lost Husband Ads In Newspapers
  • Tips For Finding Your Ancestors In Genealogy Databases
  • New Resource For State History Source Materials
  • Websites Offer Virtual Visit To War Of 1812 Sites
  • Forgotten Ashes – No One Should Be Forgotten And Homeless After Death
  • Find Military Records Online With New Index
  • But I Know I Am Descended From A ……..
  • Dangerous Pitfalls Of Death Records
  • Alabama Research Hint
  • Using The NEHGS Catalog From Home
  • Five Research Resources You Cannot Afford To Forget
  • Just How Reliable Is That Source?
  • Post-it Notes As A Great Research Tool
  • Rubik’s Cube Genealogy: A New Twist On Old Data
  • Keyword Search In The Family History Library Catalog
  • Properly Analyzing Documents: A Key To Genealogical Success!
  • szukajwarchiwach.pl—A Polish Website For Online Genealogy Research
  • Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers

For those of you that do not know the Tip O Texas Genealogical Society is based out of Harlingen Texas and any one can join by contacting them.

Images of America, Hidalgo County Texas

I am currently reading the book by Karen Gerhardt and Rod Santa Ana III titled “Images of America, Hidalgo County Texas”. I want to thank my friend Juan Lino Garza for lending it to me. If your family has deep or recent rots to Hidalgo County I highly recomend this little 128 page book. It contains information form the early colonial period up until the 1920′s and 30′s. Not to mentioned that it is mostly all pictures.

This book is comprised mostly of old photos of Hidalgo county and it’s people. The pictures provide an excellent window to this county’s historical past and development. I highly suggest it. It contains a whole chapter dedicated to Mexican American Families. Continue reading

La Herencia de Los Longoria by Noe Gonzalez Salazar

Are you researching your family genealogy? Specially the ones with the Longoria last name whom were from the Camargo and South Texas area. If so, you might want to check this book out. It contains great Genealogical information and land grant information. This book also contains information on the authors other family lines all leading up to the Longorias.

Here is a description of the book:

The author relates the details of his research to try to make it clear once and for all the impossibility of the alleged paternity of the Spanish king Felipe V on one of the author’s ancestors , Captain Juan Diego Longoria, one of founding families 1749 , along with 40 other families , of Santa Ana de Camargo in the old Nuevo Santander . A few of the descendants of Captain Longoria recieved land fro Continue reading

List Naming the Mayors of Laredo from 1755 to 2014

The following is a list of all the mayors that present day Laredo Texas has had since it’s birth in the 1750′s to present day. I hope this helps in your genealogical research, that is if your ancestors were form Laredo. Most of the following list was extracted form the book by Rodolfo Gonzalez de la Garza, Apellidos de Tamamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, Coahuila, y Texas. I only copied the names and years, I left the other additional information out since if the reader is interesting in knowing more they should obtain a copy of the book.

A word of caution, this list may contain errors since I found another one with slightly different names and different years of service. At the end of this post you will also find a link to a PDF file that also contains the Continue reading

The 11 Families Listed on The 1757 Census of La Villa de Laredo

Our Genealogy Research can lead us in many directions and also lead us to find many documents. One of those documents that I came across was the 1757 Revista de Pobladores conducted by Captain Jose Tienda de Cuervo of La Villa de Laredo present day Laredo, Texas.

In total the document contains 34 pages but I only extracted the names of the people residing in Laredo in 1757. It is interesting to note that at the end it is mentioned that they are 11 families and I assume that the single households were not included. If you would like to see or read the whole document just click at the source link at the end of Continue reading

The News From Brownsville

Are you interested in the history of Brownsville, Texas? Even if you are not I highly recommend that you get a hold of a copy to Caleb Coker’s book “The News from Brownsville: Helen Chapman’s Letters from the Texas Military Frontier, 1848-1852″. This book, as the title mentions, is just a compilation of the letters that the authors ancestor Helen Chapman sent her mother while she lived in Brownsville, Texas.

Helen Blair was the wife of William Chapman, Fort Brown’s first quartermaster. They were founding citizens of Brownsville, Texas. In her letters from the South Texas frontier, she commented on social conditions along the Rio Grande, expressing her opinions on a wide variety of topics.

While reading this book you will get a sense as to how life was so fragile during those years and with any sickness you could die and many did. You may have come across this in your own research where you may find your ancestors without a father or mother at a very early age. She also writes of the battle of Palo Alto and of the Americans route to Monterrey and latter the Americans route through Veracruz and to Mexico City, during the Mexican American War.

One of the things that strikes me about this book was how she mentions the corruption of Mexican officials and the poverty of the population with the exception of a few. I thought well things have not changed in Mexico. 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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Governors of the Province of Nuevo Santander Present Day Tamaulipas Mexico and South Texas

Many of our ancestors lived in the Spanish province of Nuevo Santander and some even helped forge it with their own resources and hard work. Nuevo Santander is now present day Tamaulipas, Mexico and South Texas was founded by José de Escandón and named for his native province in Spain. It was designated as a province by viceregal order in September 3, 1746.

The following is a list of all governors of Nuevo Santander up until 1821 when Mexico won it’s independence from Spain. let me know if any of your ancestors is listed. Continue reading

100 Years of Jim Hogg County History – South Texas History Volume 1 Issue 1

I don’t remember how I came across this publication “South Texas History” but I am glad that I came across it. So far there are 8 published Issues. In the future two months I will be posting one each week on this blog.

South Texas History is published once per month and it’s purpose is to publish History about South Texas including photographs and family stories. The reason that I am sharing this Magazine with you all is because you never know, you might find your ancestors listed within the pages of this magazine. Continue reading