Here is the image and transcription to the 1925 Congregacion Arcabuz, Tamaulipas, Mexico birth Index. The front page of the book indicates that it is a copy of the originals. In 1925 Congregacion Arcabuz belonged to the municipality of Mier and the Civil Registry was established to serve that region since Ciudad Mier is almost twenty miles away and at that time transportation would have had been a challenge.
Cutout of Original Image:
Transcription of above Image:
C O N G R E G A C I O N
A R C A B U Z .
A C T A S D E N A C I M I E N T O S .
N O. D E. ACTAS . N O M B R E S .
No. 1.- Calixta Reyna
No. 2.- Margarita Lopez
No. 3.- Silvano Pena
No. 4.- Jose Garza
No. 5.- Carmen Flores
No. 6.- Nereo Salinas
No. 7.- Felipe Lopez
No. 8.- Maria Garza
No. 9.- Felipa Garza
No. 10.- Adalberto Garza
No. 11.- Jose Maria Reyna
No. 12.- Abundio Garza
No. 13.- Daniel Americo Marroquin
No. 14.- Eladio Garza
No. 15.- Federico Alaniz
No. 16.- Ernestina Reyna
No. 17.- Unbelina Pena
No. 18.- Bruno Guerra
No. 19.- Francisco Trevino
No. 20.- Reynaldo Reyna
No. 21.- Benifno Reyna
No. 22.- Apolonia Botello
No. 23.- Luciano Alaniz
No. 24.- Olivia F. Salinas
Are your ancestors from the Mexican state of Tamaulipas? Do you have a brick wall? If the answer to both of these questions is yes then the Civil registration records may be of great help to you. They cover the time period from 1800 to 2002 but most of them only start in the 1860′s when it was mandatory that the local government start to keep records of births, deaths, and marriages. This collection is available for free at familysearch.org and it was published online back in November 22, 2011.
About a month ago FamilySearch placed the Nuevo Leon Civil Registry images online and in a few hours I had great results with them. Then I wished that they would publish the Tamaulipas ones. Then on 22 Nov 2011 they did it. I am super happy since it includes most of the towns from my Maternal and Paternal sides and not to mention also my wife’s.
Towns of interest to me:
- Miguel Aleman
- Gustavo Dias Ordaz (used to be called San Miguel de Camargo)
This collection helped me find whom my second great grandparents through my mothers maternal side were. All this happened when I found the Civil record of the 1916 marriage of my great grandparents in Ciudad Mier. The key to finding records is finding the index of each year, usually at the end or the beginning of that particular year’s documents.
I know that many of the readers of this blog already know about this collection but if you are new to researching your family genealogy or history you definitely have to check this collection out.
Here is the link to the browsable images:
Mexico, Tamaulipas, Civil Registration, 1800-2002
I’ll be posting some transcriptions very soon!
The cemetery of Los Trevinos, Tamaulipas, Mexico is situated just a few miles away from town. As to why or how this location was chosen is unknown. This cemetery is simply known as “El Panteon”, “El Panteon de Los Trevinos”, or “El Panteon de Los Gatos”. The first one translates to “Cemetery”, the second to “The Cemetery of Los Trevinos” and the third to “The Cemetery of the Cats”. Yes you read correctly, the cemetery of the cats.
Main entrance to the Cemetery on the South side
Picture was taken on September 21, 2007.
The Cemetery of the Cats
Story goes that the cemetery was built were an old ranch used to be. They say that the ranch was owned by an old lady who had many cats and thus the name came to be “The cemetery of the cats” (El PAnteon de Los Gatos). Older people still refer to this cemetery by that name. I have asked as to the old ladies name but no one has been to provide it to me since it is a story that has been passed down and no one really knows the details anymore.
Google Earth Location of Cemetery
My Earliest Memory of this Cemetery
I must have been about five years old or less, I remember that my parents took all of us to the burial. I believe that it was someone that somehow was related or known to my parents. I think he was murdered since I clearly remember that a handgun was thrown inside the grave and two buckets of dark dirt were poured on top of the coffin once it was in the ground. I asked my father what was in the buckets and he stated that it was blood that was picked up from were he had been killed. Then they placed two bags on the foot of the coffin and he stated that those were his clothes, I did not asked any more questions. Then the customary “puno de tierra” was done by everyone attending, you grab a handful of dirt and trow it on top of the casket making the sign of the cross as a final farewell. Years later I heard the full story, unfortunately I can not relate it here due to respect for the family. Later memories would be of the yearly visiting on the traditional day of the dead and then the burial of loved ones. In a future post I will be posting a partial index to people buried in this cemetery.
If interested you can check out another post titled “A Partial Index to the Cemetery of Los Trevinos, Tamaulipas, Mexico“.
Los Treviños is situated in the Municipality of Miguel Aleman, Tamaulipas, Mexico. As you get closer to town the first thing you see is its water tower which was barely constructed in the 1990′s. It is literally a one road town with homes to either side of the road. The sign with the towns name indicates that the population was over 200, but as you drive past the town you will hardly see a soul. The small town has tree small stores, a church, a school, and a cemetery. The first store is owned by Leonel Treviño, the second by Albento Treviño and the third by Arturo Treviño. There is also a small place where fish is sold run by Orlando and I can not recall his last name. The evangelical church is named Templo Ebenezeer and it still holds services. The school last I knew was closed down and looked rundown. The Los Trevinos Cemetery is a few miles away from town but it is still the resting place to locals and people that had left but whose last wishes were to be buried among their loved ones.
To be honest I have not been able to find much information about the history of this small town, but one can assume with certainty that the name comes from the predominant last name of Treviño, which most of it’s residents carry. I have asked older people as to the history of the town but no one has given me any answers. About ten years ago on our way to Congregacion El Arcabuz Tamaulipas, as we were in the outskirts of the small town I noticed a fountain just to the left of the road. I asked my father Lauro Garza Marroquin if there had ever been a house right there and he stated no. He mentioned that the fountain was the center of the old plaza of the original town site for Los Treviños. He mentioned that the Plaza was surrounded by Jacales but that there had been a great flood and they were all destroyed. He mentioned that the people had moved to higher ground and that they eventually rebuilt in the present location. I asked my father if that flood had been in his lifetime and he stated no, that it had been way before he was born but that the old people from town would talk about the flood. The only recorded flood that I have been able to find occurred in August 27, 1909 where the river San Juan kept rising until August 29th of that same year (Leal, 1982). The river that flooded Los Treviños was not the San Juan river but the San Antonio River and both of their waters come from around the same region and are only about ten miles apart. There is a very strong probability that this was also the flood that devastated the first towns settlements.
Map of Los Treviños Tamauliaps, Mexico.
The rectangle represents where Los Treviños is currently located and the small square
represents the old town settlement.
From looking at the above image it seems that no real planning took place on the current layout of the town since it seems that people built their homes were ever they had property at. The town currently has no town square or Plaza as they are called.
Water Tower at the North entrance of town.
Water Tower at North entrance of town built in the 1990′s.
Note: If anyone has more information about this town let me know.
- Garza, Lauro. Personal Communication, about 1998.
- Google Earth, “Los Treviños” 26°10’32.46″ N 99°07’58.07″ W. September 30, 2010. November 22, 2011.
Rancho Viejo is the name of the ranch were the Marroquines through my fathers side once lived starting in the 1880′s in Northern Tamaulipas, Mexico. This place is located near present day Arcabuz, Tamaulipas, Mexico.
The Marroquines in my family were originally from Allende and Santiago Nuevo Leon and I have traced them back as far as 1680′s. I have yet to discover why they left their native Allende Nuevo Leon to settle in Tamaulipas.
Pedro Marroquin, my fathers grandfather, was born and baptized in Allende and ended up marrying my great grandmother Maria Amalia Gonzalez in Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico on Aug 27 1912. I have traced her ancestors as back far as the early 1700′s.
What is left of Rancho Viejo:
|Chimney at Rancho Viejo
This picture is of the chimney that is left from my great grandparents original jacal. According to my father his aunt accidentally burned it down to the ground.
The family then built another jacal about 300 feet in front of this one but only the chimney remains of that jacal too.
Still to this date Rancho Viejo continues to be property of the Marroquines and the vast ranch that once was managed from Rancho Viejo continues to be in the hands of my father’s cousins.
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If you are searching for ancestors or family members that were born after the 1930′s in Tamaulipas or Nuevo Leon you can search for them in the Civil Registry for those states.
Tamaulipas as well as
Nuevo Leon have online databases were you can search for an individuals birth information.
Links to the Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon Civil Registry Online Databases:
Nuevo Leon – This link is no longer working, since the database was removed.
Unfortunately to do searches you have to actually know who you are looking for.
For example, the Tamaulipas one asks only for a date of birth and you have to select which Municipality you want to search. Once you find your relative you will be provided with all types of details and also with the parent’s names and their age. I did my own and it worked great.
When it was available the Nuevo Leon was a bit different you have to enter the mothers and fathers last name, person’s name, and date of birth. Once you find the relative you are looking for you will be provided with parents and grandparents names. It was pretty neat. I found my mother’s information using this website.
I’ll be on the look out to see if it ever gets added again and will keep you posted.