by Moises Garza

September 22, 2015

Hidalgo County Marks and Brands

Cattle raising was a way life in Hidalgo county and here you can find the Hidalgo County Marks and Brands Books A, B, and C. Cattle raising was also the driving force behind the whole economy of South Texas.

If your ancestors ever owned cattle more than likely you will find their marks and brands at a great resource that the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has online. This resource is the Hidalgo County Marks and Brands Books A, B, and C.

Back in June 14th, 2015 author and UTRGV Special Collections Librarian Janette Garcia made a presentation for Las Villas del Norte on how to research your family history at UTRGV and provided us with online resources and information on interlibrary loans. On that day she mentioned that book B was the only one that was available online.

This past September the 15th Anthony Garza shared on Las Villa del Norte private Facebook group that there were now three books online. Since June they added Book A and Book C. From what I have read these books are the only surviving ones and they cover the years 1852 to 1920.

What You Can Expect To Find

If your ancestor did not have a common name and or know where he was from it will be easier. I tried looking for one of my wife’s ancestors but I found two. His name was Ramon Salinas. I found one listed as residing in La Havana in 1874 and the other one listed just as Hidalgo County in 1913. If I were to assume based on the time period then the 1874 one is him but how can I be sure? There is no way, all I know is that during that time period he bought huge amounts of land in Hidalgo County form his cousins that lived in Camargo. This is the challenge. Only the name and ranch are listed.

The First Record that I Found

The Second Record

The above two records are the types of records that you will find listed.

Browse the Actual Digitized Hidalgo County Marks and Brands Books A, B, and C

This is the link where you will find the books hosted at UTRGV’s library website.

Please let me know of your finds and if this resource was useful to you. I finally want to thank Anthony Garza for bringing this great resource to my attention once again.

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Moises Garza

This blog is an attempt to document my family and make you aware of resources that I find. I also hope that with this blog I can network with other researchers interested in this region and connect with long lost relatives. To keep up to date with this blog follow us with RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or Google+. Contact me at

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  1. I have the original document to register the brand of Anita E. Hicks, County of Hidalgo, Texas dated 19 November, 1880 for the Ranch Matamoros. She is not one of my relatives. Found in some documents sold at a store. Will send to anyone that she is part of their family for records.

    1. Pam, I am not a relative but if you send them to me I can donate them to UTRGV’s Lower Rio Grande Special Collections. They have the cattle brand books for Hidalgo County but it is just a list of names and brand. It would be interesting for them to obtain it. By the way, they share everything with the public.

  2. Moises, The first two articles you posted seem to be my Ancestors, especially Ramon Salinas, if it is the same one that also lived in Duval county and Died in Duval county. Ramiro C. Salinas

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