by Moises Garza

September 7, 2014

Last Names of Nuevo Leon

 Some time back this book was posted at the We Are Cousins group “Herencia Mestena Un Reencuentro con la historia del rancho San Rafael de las Tortillas Guerrero, Tamaulipas”. I did not think much about it since I had not come across any genealogical information about my family in regards to this ranch/town.

Months latter while talking to my uncle Adolfo Garza he told me that after he graduated as a teacher in Ciudad Victoria his first job was at El Rancho de las Tortilla. He stated that it was back in the 1970’s and that he was there teaching for about four years. He also mentioned that he loved the community and that at the time there where over 60 families. This conversation reminded me of the book and thus I found it at my local library. It contained a list of teachers but I did not find my uncle listed there. It seems that he was left out and have no idea why.

If you have any ties to this ranch I highly recommend this book to you. It is full of history and also genealogical information. The family tree starts with Jacinto de la Pena (1694 – 1734) and Ana Maria Guajardo Gutierrrez de Castro (1698 – 1769).

Image of partial cover of book “Herencia Mestena Un Reencuentro con la historia del rancho San Rafael de las Tortillas Guerrero, Tamaulipas”:

The book includes the Following contents:

Introduccion

Capitulo Primero

  • La Cuenca del Rio Salado

Capitulo Segundo

  • Los Primeros Habitantes

Capitulo Tercero

  • Las Fundaciones

1. Primeros lntentos
2. Los Reales de Minas
3. La Colonizacion en Tamaulipas
4. Estancias Ganaderas
5. Las Misiones o Doctrinas
6. Los Presidios
7. Las Ventas o Estancias

Capitulo Cuarto

  • La Fundacion de la Villa de Revilla

Capitulo Quinto

  • La Mision y la Iglesia

Capitulo Sexto

  • Al Ranchito de mis Suenos

Capitulo Septima

  • El Origen de los Terrenos

Capitulo Octavo

  • Una Pagina Regional en la Historia de la Independencia

Capitulo Noveno

  • Aquellos Tiempos!
  • La Fiesta Principal
  • Los Maestros de la Escuela del Rancho
  • Las Bodas
  • La Elaboracion de Colchas
  • Los Caminos y las Veredas
  • Las Procesiones
  • Las Enfermedades
  • El Luto
  • Mi Tio Rafaelito
  • Notas Curiosas

Capitulo Decimo

  • Los Arboles Genealogicos
  • Bibliografia

The only unfortunate thing is that this book is very rare and if not available for sale. The only way that I was able to read it was by borrowing it from my local university.

Where to get a copy:

  • WorldCat.org – Find book in a library near you. Check Now.

Hope that this book helps you out on your genealogical research.

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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 www.moisesgarza.com.

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  1. hello,
    My mother Irene Reyna Salinas just passed away on Oct 24, 2019 and I remember she had the book but now I can not find the book in her things. My grandmother was Maria de Jesus delaPena de Salinas born in Hebbronville Texas in 1901. How can I get a book? I am just now beginning my family tree and have cousins who explained the lineage to me as phenomenal.. Thank you.
    PS I am actually in the book: Angeli Reyna married to Luis Hernandez, shows one child born in 1989.

  2. Oh my word, so happy I found this information! My husband’s grandma is from the Ranch (that’s what the family refers to it as.) She’s a Benavides Rendón, with other names common to the area woven throughout the tree.
    There is also another book that my father in law has that was given to him by his father. He purchased it when visiting many years ago. It also has history of San Rafael and El Rancho de las Tortillas. The title is “San Rafael de las Tortillas: Una flor sobre el río Salado” by Jesús Osiris Morales and Celso Garza Guajardo. It is very hard to find but can be checked out of several libraries in Texas, one being the Laredo Public Library. The others I believe are in bigger cities, D.C. and oddly enough, Michigan. It may be a good addition to the book you’ve recommended.

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