Some time back this book was posted at the We Are Cousins group “Herencia Mestena Un Reencuentro con la historia del rancho San Rafael de las Tortillas Guerrero, Tamaulipas”. I did not think much about it since I had not come across any genealogical information about my family in regards to this ranch/town.
Months latter while talking to my uncle Adolfo Garza he told me that after he graduated as a teacher in Ciudad Victoria his first job was at El Rancho de las Tortilla. He stated that it was back in the 1970’s and that he was there teaching for about four years. He also mentioned that he loved the community and that at the time there where over 60 families. This conversation reminded me of the book and thus I found it at my local library. It contained a list of teachers but I did not find my uncle listed there. It seems that he was left out and have no idea why.
If you have any ties to this ranch I highly recommend this book to you. It is full of history and also genealogical information. The family tree starts with Jacinto de la Pena (1694 – 1734) and Ana Maria Guajardo Gutierrrez de Castro (1698 – 1769).
Image of partial cover of book “Herencia Mestena Un Reencuentro con la historia del rancho San Rafael de las Tortillas Guerrero, Tamaulipas”:
The book includes the Following contents:
1. Primeros lntentos
2. Los Reales de Minas
3. La Colonizacion en Tamaulipas
4. Estancias Ganaderas
5. Las Misiones o Doctrinas
6. Los Presidios
7. Las Ventas o Estancias
- La Fundacion de la Villa de Revilla
- Al Ranchito de mis Suenos
- El Origen de los Terrenos
- Una Pagina Regional en la Historia de la Independencia
- Aquellos Tiempos!
- La Fiesta Principal
- Los Maestros de la Escuela del Rancho
- Las Bodas
- La Elaboracion de Colchas
- Los Caminos y las Veredas
- Las Procesiones
- Las Enfermedades
- El Luto
- Mi Tio Rafaelito
- Notas Curiosas
- Los Arboles Genealogicos
The only unfortunate thing is that this book is very rare and if not available for sale. The only way that I was able to read it was by borrowing it from my local university.
Where to get a copy:
- WorldCat.org – Find book in a library near you. Check Now.
Hope that this book helps you out on your genealogical research.
I recently came across a book about the descendants of my 14th great grandparents Juan Perez de Onate and Osana Martinez. It is a 189 page book that was compiled by John D. Inclan. This book contains a wealth of information and I highly recommend that you try and get a hold of it since this book has greatly helped in my Genealogy research. Its a must get book specially if Juan and Osana are also your ancestors. The title of this book is “Descendants of Don Juan Perez de Onate and Dona Osana Martinez de Gonzalez – Nueva Galicia- Nuevo Leon- New Mexico- Tamaulipas- Texas- Zacatecas 1460- 2000″.
As you can see just by the title this book contain information on families that lived in Nueva Galicia, Nuevo Leon, New Mexico, Tamaulipas, Texas, and Zacatecas covering the time periods of 1460 to the 2000’s. Make sure and check out the links of where you can obtain this book since there is a link for it online.
Image of partial cover of book”Descendants of Don Juan Perez de Onate and Dona Osana Martinez de Gonzalez”:
Where to get a copy:
- WorldCat.org - Find book in a library near you. Check Now.
Even though the online family tree is by the same author I am not one hundred percent sure that it contains the same information as the book. I just hope that this book and online resource is of help to you.
I found an excellent resource that with no doubt will become one of your favorites for your genealogy research. Throughout my genealogical research I had been coming across ancestors that settled and lived in Camargo since it’s founding. One of such ancestors was my 7th great grandfather Bartolome Trevino whom I only knew had dies in Camargo back in September 27, 1788. I had no other information for him or his wife until I came across the book written by Víctor M. Sáenz Ramírez titled “Los Protocolos de la Villa de Nuestra Señora Santa Anna de Camargo 1762-1809″.
This book is basically a transcription of the documents available at the archives of Camargo from 1762 to 1809. It contains sales of slaves, land, and testamentos (wills) among other documents. There is were I came across the 1788 testamento (will) for Bartolome Trevino. I discovered that he had had 2 prior marriages before he married my 7th great grand mother Anna Maria Garcia and after her he married once more. He listed all the wives and their previous marriages and all the children that he had. Not to mention Continue reading
You may already be aware that many of my ancestors are from El Arcabuz, Tamaulipas, Mexico. My 5th great grandfather Francisco Angel de la Garza is even considered to be the founder of this town. Through this blog I have had the opportunity to meet many amazing people that also have deep roots in El Arcbauz, just as I do. It is for this people that I am writing this post. This post will make it easier for everyone doing research or at least that is my goal.
In this post i will be providing links to all articles concerning El Arcabuz that I have written in the past. Believe me this will make your research easier and provide you with the knowledge that you need to find your ancestors. Continue reading
The following is a listing of 26 towns or Villas during the time period of Jose de Escandon. The name in parenthesis is the name that they are known by in present day.
This list will help you determine if the genealogical information you have is correct. I have seen people listed on family trees available online with baptism dates or marriage dates prior to the town’s founding. For example I found one of my ancestors listed as being baptized in Camargo around the 1730’s but as you can see from the list the town was not founded until March 4, 1749. He might have been born in that area but very unlikely. Even if he was born in that area he would have had been baptized in a town with a church which at that time the nearest one would have had been Cerralvo. Turns out that that particular ancestor was baptized in Cadereyta in the 1730’s. As you can see this list can provide you with clues as to if information you find might be wrong.
- Aguayo (Ciudad Victoria) – October 7, 1750
- Altamira – May 2, 1749
- Barbon (Villagran) – May 8, 1757
- Burgos – February 20, 1749
- Camargo – March 4, 1749
- Croix (Casas) – June 3, 1770
- Cruillas – June 16, 1765
- Escandon (Xicotencatl) – March 15, 1751
- Guemes – January 1 1749
- Hacienda de Dolores – August 22, 1750
- Horcasitas (Gonzalez) – May 9, 1749
- Infantes – May 26, 1749
- Laredo – March 15, 1755
- Llera – Decemebr 25, 1748
- Mier – March 6, 1753
- Padilla – January 6, 1749
- Revilla (Guerrero) – October 10, 1750
- Reynosa – March 14, 1749
- San Carlos – July 6, 1766
- San Feranndo – March 19, 1749
- San Nicolas – April 25, 1767
- Santa Barbara (Ocampo) – May 19, 1749
- Santander (Jimenez) February 17, 1749
- Santillana (Abasolo) – December 26, 1752
- Soto la Marina – September 3, 1750
- Villa Hoyos (Hidalgo) – March 19, 1752
Jose de Escandon is credited as being the founder of all if not most of the above mentioned Villas. Jose de Escandon died September 10, 1770.
- Garmendia L, Guillermo. Fundadores de Tamaulipas, 1748 – 1770 Self Published Monterrey N. L. Mexico. 1991 Pg. vi
If your genealogy research has led to to be looking for ancestors that came to Tamaulipas between 1748 and 1770 then you need to get a hold of this book. It’s title is “Fundadores de Tamaulipas 1748 – 1770″ and it was written by Guillermo Garmendia L. in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon back in 1991. The book is mainly a collection of 11 different censuses done between 1750 and 1766 on 11 Villas del Norte.
The book also contain more valuable information such as a whole listing of las Villas del Norte during the Escandon time period. It also contains a map of the Sierra Gorda, a page with the most common abbreviations and what they stand for. Finally it contains the bibliography and an Appendix with the old names of towns with their current names.
Cover of Book, “Fundadores de Tamaulipas 1748 – 1770″:
Bellow are the 11 Villas whose censuses were used to make this book:
- AGUAYO (CD. VICTORIA) ( CENSO 3 OCT 1750)
- BURGOS ( CENSO 5 JUL 1750)
- CAMARGO ( CENSO 31 MAY 1750)
- CRUILLAS ( CENSO 10 MAY 1766)
- LAREDO ( CENSO 23 JUL 1757 )
- MIER ( CENSO 1 MAR 1753)
- REVILLA (GUERRERO) ( CENSO 25 ENE 1753 )
- REYNOSA ( CENSO 16 JUN 1750)
- SAN FERNANDO ( CENSO 15 JUL 1750 )
- SANTANDER (JIMENEZ) ( CENSO 3 SEP 1750 )
- SOTO LA MARINA ( CENSO 27 AGO 1750)
Where to get a copy of this book:
My local university UTPA has a copy. You might also want to search for it on Worldcat.org
I recently came across two photos posted by Isidro Antonio Gonzalez on the Facebook page of Laredo Genealogical and thought that it would be great if I could share them with you. I sent a message for permission to post them on We Are Cousins and Mr. Gonzalez was so kind to grant my request. Besides really liking the photos, another thing caught my attention and that is that it mentions a very familiar name as the founder of Revilla, Vicente Guerra Canamar. Also, previously while conducting research on one of my ancestors Miguel Martinez I also came across that he was the founder of Revilla. Ok, by now I was confused and I had to do a little digging to find out who is really the founder of Revilla, but before I do that here are the two photos and bellow them a transcript of the image and translation. Continue reading
I found the following map at the Texas History Portal. It is an 1884 map of the Mexican State of Tamaulipas, Mexico. Maps have come to play an integral part in my genealogy research and the following map is very interesting since it names the towns as they were named in many birth, baptism, marriage, and death record. It also provides me with more clues as to what towns used to be named what. Continue reading
I found the following image of Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe on ebay being sold as a print. If you search for it you will not have any problems finding it. The original drawing is in possession of the Continue reading
This is the 1891 Civil Registry Death index for Ciudad Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico. They are listed in alphabetical order by first name. Continue reading