by Moises Garza

July 14, 2014

Last Names of Nuevo Leon

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 to the 1880s.

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Show Notes:

1 What’s new at we are cousins Blog?

As I mentioned in the last podcast I moved all books to the books tab, don’t forget to buy one to support this podcast.

For a limited time selling four books by Israel Cavazos Garza and one by his wife Lilia E. Villanueva de Cavazos

2. Speaking engagement

Next Sunday, July the 20th Major Genealogical Resources in the Rio Grande Valley at the Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Genealogical Society.

3 What’s new at Family Search in regards to South Texas and Northeastern Mexico genealogical records?

Northeastern Mexico No updates besides the ones I mentioned on the last episode

South Texas No updates besides the ones I mentioned on the last episode

4 This week’s Tool

Family Tree Builder

5 This Weeks Online Resource

Locating Your Mexican Ancestors Ranch or Town In Mexico Prior to 1888

6 Stats about this podcast

As of Sunday 7-14-2014, we have a total of 926 downloads, this past week alone we had 278 downloads.

7 Upcoming Genealogical Conferences

Federation of Genealogical Societies conference “Gone  To Texas” will be August 27-30 in San Antonio Texas

35th Annual Texas Hispanic Genealogical and Historical Conference will be at Casa de Palmas in McAllen texas this coming September the 25th through the 27th

8 Hispanic Genealogical Societies  in Texas

1-Hispanic Genealogical Society of Houston

Our Hispanic Genealogical Society was formed to help foster knowledge, training, help and pride in the search of our ancestors.

Monthly business meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the: Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research. (832-393-2600)

2 – Hispanic Organization for Genealogy And Research

Dallas Texas

To promote interest in Hispanic heritage within our community, to stimulate interest in Hispanic genealogy, to support genealogy sections of libraries and to assist members in research and publication of genealogical data through networking, educational programs, special events and newsletters

3- Las Porciones Genealogical Society

Las Porciones is an organization of genealogy enthusiasts that promotes the long history of Spanish Mexican Texas citizens.  The name, Las Porciones, refers to the first Spanish Mexican settlers that came to South Texas and were awarded their land in a “Porcion” or portion or access to the Rio Grande. It is a not-for-profit organization and promotes genealogy as a hobby and research interest of anyone interested in the history of their ancestors. The society promotes public awareness by supporting genealogy through outreach and educational programs.

4-Los Bexareños Genealogical Society

Los Bexareños is an organization dedicated to Hispanic history and ancestral research.  The Society promotes public interest in history and genealogy through outreach and educational programs.

5 -Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Genealogical Society

A group of friends doing genealogical research at the Family History Center discussed how they believed that if they dug enough, they would find that most Hispanics in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas were related.  They agreed and the Hispanic Genealogy Group was born in January of 2008. The Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Genealogical Society was incorporated in July of 2010.

6-Spanish American Genealogical Association

The Spanish American Genealogical Association was founded in April 1987 as a non-profit organization. SAGA’s focus is on genealogical data of the earliest Spanish and Mexican settlers of the present South Texas triangle (from Brownsville to Corpus Christi to Laredo) below the Nueces River.

7-Tejano Genealogy Society of Austin

TGSA was started a few years ago with the intent to promote Tejano Genealogy research.  It is “our” link with our past and the education of our future.

8-Victoria Hispanic Genealogical & Historical Society of Texas

Gloria Candelaria was the founder and first President of the Victoria (Texas) Hispanic Genealogical and Historical Society of Texas, or VH-GHoST, organized in the summer of 1998. The purpose of the Society shall be to create and maintain an organization for the promotion of research and collection of genealogical and historical data of the earliest Spanish and Mexican pioneer families of Victoria, Texas, and surrounding areas.

9-Villa De San Agustin – Laredo Genealogy Society

Villa San Agustin de Laredo Genealogical Society was founded in 1996 for the purpose of promoting genealogical research into the origins of the Mexican American and Hispanic population of Laredo, Webb County, and in the surrounding area.

10 – Nuevo Santander Genealogical Society

Formed earlier this year out of Zapata Texas.

I hope that you had fun and until next time, God bless.

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About the author 

Moises Garza

I have doing my family genealogy since 1998. I am also the creator of this blog We Are Cousins, and the Mexican Genealogy blog. To always be up to date with both of these sites follow me on Facebook. To contact me or book me for a presentation, buy my books, and or learn more about me visit my personal website at

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  1. As a new listener and fan of this website, I am thoroughly enjoying the entire website content and podcasts. Moises presents useful information (for any genealogy research level) and shares relevant topics. As a researcher who lives 600 miles north of South Texas (Lower Rio Grande Valley), “We Are Cousins” is a wonderful resource for me and I think it will become an invaluable tool to connect to my Mexican ancestors.

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