by Moises Garza

November 10, 2016

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In 1925 a second Civil Registration was opened for the municipality of Mier, Tamaulipas. The southern half of the municipality now had their births, marriages, and deaths recorded in Arcabuz, Tamaulipas, Mexico.

Arcabuz belonged to the municipality of Mier all the way up to 1953. Nowadays it is located in the present-day Municipality of Miguel Aleman and has belonged to it since 1953.

So between 1925 and 1953 all vital events for the southern half of the municipality of Mier were recorded in Arcabuz, Tamaulipas.

This is why I tell everyone that a historical analysis of an area is vital to locate where documents were recorded during different time periods.

The following ranches were recorded in Arcabuz:

El Ranchito
El Rodeo
Las Chapanecas
Rancho de la Sandia
Rancho de los Garcia
Rancho de los Naranjos
Rancho de los Treviños
Rancho de Magueyes
Rancho de Santa Teresa
Rancho la Lomita
Rancho los Guajillos
Rancho Nuevo
Rancho Viejo
San Antonio de Reyna
Tres Palmas

If your family ranch is not mentioned in the above list, don’t worry. Our ranch is named “Rancho el Ebanito” and it used to belong to Rancho Los Guajillos.

The above-mentioned ranches are not ranches but a description of the general area comprised of smaller ranches where the person or persons were from.

I have mentioned it before and you may already be aware, one of my lifetime goals is to document every family and person associated or having a link to Arcabuz.

This has lead me to publish three books in regards to this area and if your ancestors were from Mier I highly recommend you get a copy of them.

Birth, Marriage and Death Books Arcabuz, Tamaulipas are available at Amazon:

El Arcabuz, Civil Registry Marriage Records 1925 to 1950

El Arcabuz, Civil Registry Birth Records 1925 to 1930

El Arcabuz, Civil Registry Death Records 1925 to 2000

Also if you are new to genealogy and would like to learn basic concepts and or read about genealogy research examples please check out my book: Mexican Genealogy Research Online: A Guide to Help You Discover Your Ancestry 2nd Edition.

I now that these books will be useful in your research. Also if you have any family from Mier and or Arcabuz let me know.

would love to research your family and link it up to mine. Take care and have fun!

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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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