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WAC 005: Hispanic Genealogical Societies of Texas

WAC 005 - Hispanic Genealogical Societies of Texas

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In this session of the We Are Cousins Podcast, Moises talks about 10 Hispanic Genealogical Societies that exist in the state of Texas. Moises also talks about his upcoming speaking engagement and a blog post to help you find your Mexican Ancestors prior Continue reading

Holy Family Catholic Church of La Grulla, Texas

Many people have deep roots in La Grulla, Texas as is the case with my wife’s family. Her ancestors arrived at or near La Grulla back in the 1860’s starting with her 2nd great grandfather Jose Encarnacion del Refugio Perez whom was born in General Teran, Nuevo Leon. It is unknown if he returned back to Mexico but what is clear is that his son Jose Francisco Perez did stay and did make a life in this area. He even married a local girl Paula Contreras whose life was cut short by a snake bite back in 1921 dying in La Grulla. Leaving behind 5 small children and a one year old baby. You can see a picture of Continue reading

Hidalgo County Ranch Histories

Did your ancestors owned a ranch or land in Hidalgo county. I hope that the following book may be able to help you in finding more about your family history and genealogy. The book is titled “Hidalgo County Ranch Histories” and it was edited by Frances W. Isbell and printed by the Hidalgo County Historical Society and the Hidalgo County Historical Commission back in 1994. Continue reading

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

Monte Christo Historical Marker, Hidalgo County, Texas

The following are photos and the transcription of the Monte Christo historical marker located on Conway Rd and Monte Christo Rd just north of Mission Texas. I pass through this marker about twice per month and finally decided to take some pictures and share them with you. I wonder how many of our ancestors heard about this town maybe they even visited it. Continue reading

Francisco Salinas Flores – June 7, 1918 – February 23, 2013

This is a short video in remembrance of a man (my wife’s grandfather) that lived and enjoyed life, whose legacy will for ever live through those he left behind. Francisco Salinas Flores was born in Cuevitas, Texas to Pedro Salinas Rivas and Maxima Flores Vela back in June 7, 1918. Continue reading

Dos familias en la conformacion historica del Noreste Novohispano Siglos XVII – XIX

Dos Familias en la Conformacion Historica del Noreste Novo Hispano, Siglos XVII-XIX by Francisco Javier Rodriguez Gutierrez describes the strategies that some Northern Mexico families utilized to acquire, conserve, and consolidate their power and presence in the area from the beginning of the 17th century. Continue reading

Apolonio Contreras and Demetria Garza, 1874 Marriage in Starr County, Texas

The following is the Marriage Record for Apolonio Contreras and Demetria Garza my wife’s 2nd great grandparents. They Married back in 1874 in Starr County, Texas. Several years ago I found the parents of Apolonio on a family tree in ancestry but it is now long gone. Unfortunately I have not found any documents listing his parents to verify that I have the right information and due to this reason I won’t list them here. Continue reading

Starr County Texas Records on Microfilm at The University of Texas Pan American

UTPAbroncsSeveral months ago I had called the Starr County Clerk office and inquired if I could have access to their Marriage records. I was told yes and provided with location. I inquired if I could take a scanner, or camera and told that I could not. I asked if they had a copier and was advised that they would make the copy for $20.00. I asked for the prices and it was pretty much $20.00 per copy for any document in their archives. I asked if they could search for it and they said it would be $30.00. As you all know this is just a hobby for me and since I needed several images I opted for not going over since it was also 40 miles away from home.

Don’t feel bad this is not the end of the story, luckily for me, while conducting searches at the University of Texas Pan American’s Catalog I came across this title “Starr county records [microfilm]“. I promptly clicked on it and the following is what I found.

Publication Info. Austin : Texas State Library, 1990.

Description 27 reels


Film#       Title
1016443 Index to deeds direct vol. 1, 1848-1905; Index to deeds reverse vol. 1, 1848-1909
1016444 Deed record trans. vol. A & E, 1848-1883; Deed record (Orig.) vol. B, 1848-1852
1016445 Deed record (Orig.) vol. C, 1852-1862; vol. D, 1862-1874
1016446 Deed record trans. vol. F, 1879-1885
1016447 Real Estate record trans. vol. G, 1880-1883; vol. H, 1884-1886
1016448 Direct index to Probate minutes vol. 1, 1849-1939; Probate record vol. A, 1848-1861
1016449 Trans. Probate minutes vol. C, 1874-1888; Probate minutes vol. D, 1888-1898
1016450 Probate minutes vol. E, 1898-1907; vol. F, 1907-1915
101641    Index to marriages-males vol. 1, 1858-1972; Index to marriages-females vol. 1, 1858-1972
1016452 Marriage record vol. A, 1858-1872; vol. B, 1872-1889; vol. C, 1882-1893
1016453 Marriage record vol. D, 1893-1902; vol. E, 1902-1907; vol. F, 1907-1916
1016454  Declaration record vol. 1, 1883-1893; vol. 2, 1890-1902
1017265 Judgements & orders vol. 1, 1848-1965; Reverse index to judgements & orders vol. 1, 1848-1965
1017266 District Court record vol. A-1, 1848-1861; District Court minutes vol. A-2, 1848-1857; Trans. District Court record vol. 3-A, 1860-1879; District Court record vol. B, 1879-1866
1017267 District Court minutes vol. C, 1886-1892; vol. D, 1892-1900
1017268 District Court minutes vol. E, 1900-1907; vol. F, 1907-1923
1214-01 Tax rolls, 1849-1887
1214-02 Tax rolls, 1887-1910
Reel 1 & 2 Tax rolls, 1849-1910
2214.01    Survey record index, 1853-1947; Survey record vol. A, 1853-1878; vol. B, 1878-1881; vol. C, 1879-1935
2215.01    Survey record vol. D, 1917-1933; vol. E, 1935-1947; Field notes vol. 1, 1882-1917
2215.03   Survey record vol. A, 1853-1877; vol. B, 1877-1916; vol. C, 1878-1881.

Subject Public records — Law and legislation — Texas — Starr County.Starr County (Tex.) — History — Sources.

If you are into Genealogy like me, then you may already know that this is a treasure trove. Turns out the microfilms 1016452 & 1016453 contained the two marriage records that I was looking for. Guess what I went to the UTPA library and made digital images of the marriage records and all for free. Super convenient since the library is just a few miles away from my workplace.

By the way it took me more time to learn how to use the microfilm reader and computer that what it took to find the marriage records.

So if you are doing research in Starr County this is a great resource to get those needed records.

Happy hunting. If you need for me to look for a record or get you a copy of anything on these microfilms look at my services page for pricing.

Francisco Perez and Paula Contreras, 1911 Marriage in Starr County, Texas

The following is the 1911 marriage record for my wife’s great grandparents, Jose Francisco Perez and Paula Contreras. I think I am spoiled by Mexican records but I sure was expecting a lot more of information on Texas marriage records. It does not list the parents, where they were from, and their ages. Is there any other records to supplement this marriage record or is this it? I only  know whom their parents were since they are listed on their Death Certificate. Paula and Francisco were only married for ten years since she died in 1921 from a snake byte.

Marriage Record

Francisco Perez and Paula Contreras, UTPA, Starr, 1911, Film 1016453.jpg

Copy from the University of Texas Pan American, Edinburg, Texas Microfilm #1016453

Transcript of above image:


The State of Texas,
County of Starr

To any Regularly Licensed or Ordained Minister of thje Gospel, Jewish Rabbi, Judge of the District or County Court, or any Justice of the Peace in and for Starr County, Texas – GREETING:

YOU ARE HEREBY AUTHORIZED TO CELEBRATE THE RITES OF MATRIMONY Between Mr. Francisco Perez and Miss Paula Contreras and make due return to the Clerk of the County Court of said County within sixty days thereafter, certifying your action under this License. WITNESS MY OFFICIAL SIGNATURE AND SEAL OF OFFICE, At office in Rio Grande City the 23rd day of May A. D. 1911 E. Salinas [ L. S. ] Clerk County Starr County, Texas, By Deputy.

I Transito Villarreal J. P. , certify that on the 24 day of May A. D. 1911 I united in Marriage Mr. Francisco Perez and Miss Paula Contreras the parties above named. WITNESS MY HAND This 25 day of May A. D. 1911 Transito Vilalrreal J. P. Prect No 7. Starr County Texas .

RETURNED AND FILED FOR RECORD The 26th day of May A. D. 1911 , and recorded the 26th day of May A. D. 1911 E. Salinas, County Clerk By Deputy

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