Are you Garza or Trevino? Do you have ancestors with this last name? If you do you are in luck. Tomas Madirichaga Cueva has written an excellent book “Origen de los Apellidos Garza y Trevino en Nuevo Leon” (Origin of the last names Garza and Trevino form Nuevo Leon). This book starts with Marcos Alonso de la Garza (my 10th great grandfather) and documents about four generations of his descendants. The author tells that many of his sons took the last name of Garza and also many took the last name of Trevino from his wife Juana de Trevino de Quintanilla.
As you may be aware these two last names are very predominant in South Texas and Northeastern Mexico. What is so great about this book is that the author only cites first hand sources and is very well documented. So far I have yet to find an error. In my opinion this is an excellent book for your genealogical research.
Cover of “Origen de los Apellidos Garza y Trevino en Nuevo Leon”:
The unfortunate thing is that this book is rare and hard to obtain. Luckily, my local university has a copy and is available to the public. You can see if it is available here. They also have a translated copy into english that was cone by Edna Garza Brown.
If you do not live in the RGV or near it you can always search for this book in a library near you by using WorldCat.
If you get a hold of this book or have read it in the past let me know what you thought about it in the comments section of this post. As for me it is by far one of my favorite book.
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