by Moises Garza

October 22, 2011

Last Names of Nuevo Leon

The church of Inmaculada Concepcion of Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico has played an immense role in my family’s history and now in tracing my Genealogy. I have traced over two hundred years of Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths through the records left behind by her priests. Here are some old pictures and some modern ones of this great church that up to this date is impacting the lives of the surrounding community as it has been doing since the 1700’s.

1874 Picture of Mexican Army in Front of Church

Mexican Army in front of Inmaculada Concepcion Church in Mier
Tamaulipas in 1874. Source:

Early 1900’s


More About the Church

Parroquia de la Purísima Concepción (PurísimaConcepciónParish) Calle Hidalgo, facing Plaza Juárez Mier. The church dates to 1780 and its enormous tower to 1795. It has been restored and its roof structure modernized. The structure is in excellent condition due to the great care of the parishioners.

Modern Picture of Church (It has been restored)


 Google Earth 3 D Model of Church


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Moises Garza

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  1. Thank you so much for posting these pictures! I am looking at my family’s history and found that my Great Great Grandmother, Sara Romula Leal, was baptized at this chuch in 1870s.
    On a whim I googled ‘Inmaculada Concepción, Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico’ and your blog came up!
    I see that you have Guerra listed, too. Sara’s parents were Joaquina Guerra and Jose de los Santos Leal.
    Thank you again for giving me a visual of my history!
    amy at

  2. Thank you so much for having this up! I traced my great, great, great grandfather and grandmother got married here in 1864. Telesforo Acosta and Marta Bravo.
    Do you have a database set up with other baptism, marriage, etc records from this church?
    My other set of grandparents are from Nuevo Leon.


  3. I also came across your page while looking for information about Inmaculada Concepcion Church in Mier
    Tamaulipas in 1874. My 2x great grandfather, Ramon Longoria and my 2x great grandmother Santos Molina baptized great grandfather’s sister Tomasa Longoria in this church in 1869. Perhaps you have more information about other family members that you could share with me.

  4. thank you so much for this pictures i always wondered how mier looked like back in the old days. my mom was from s.l.p but was raise her whole life in cd.mier tamaulipas. my grandamothers name was victoria (vita) balleza and my grandpas name was felipe octavio gamez. my moms name was maria olga gamez balleza.thank you so much again for this pictures.

      1. hi, to be honest i dont. i just know that my mom said they use to live in san luis potosi but my grandpa decided to move to mier to work. they lived on the street calle OCAMPO. i think alot of people knew where taco de partida were so right on that coner next to where that flower place use to be passing the arroyo that was my grandmas house. not sure if you lnow mayita zamora or maria balleza on the pink house who is also my aunt.:)

  5. Thanks for this posted information. I found it very informative. I have many generations of family that I can document having been part of this parish back to the early 1700s.

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