Easy Genealogy?

Throughout my years of researching my ancestry, I have come to acquire knowledge of the people before me. I have to give credit to the authors of many genealogical and historical books that have helped me along my exploration.

It may sound easy but I say to you that once you have to start searching for documents, records, and all that comes with it is quite a challenge. What makes the search easier is that we have access to numerous records that can be found on the Family Search website.  The LDS archival records will save you a great deal of money because you do not have to travel far to look for records. I would even suggest in opening an account with them.Click on the following link to visit the website: familysearch.org.

This is my advice for you, if you hit a dead-end do not lose hope. Sometimes you will find out that the records are truly due to several reasons. For example, the location of it was probably burned, flooded, or an unexpected event took place. Trust me, I know how it feels searching for an ancestor and coming up empty-handed.  I would suggest you try to find books or article explaining the history of the place and the era of where your ancestor lived. For instance, search for events that took place within the time frame your ancestor was still alive. Another excellent source that contains valuable formation is the newspapers. The newspaper can give you a great understanding of what your ancestor might have gone through or even witness.

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Another location that contains records are the parishes found of where your forefathers lived.  Also, search the civil registries.  Both of these places will help you discover information about your ancestor.  Death records, especially in the civil registries, will reveal the cause of death of the person you are searching for. It might even include relatives that signed the death record of the deceased.

I would like for you to be cautious if you have an Ancestry account. Although Ancestry.com does have a great deal of information, you can find some misleading information or family trees. A few month ago, I found that someone had placed my great-grandfather living in the mid-1700s.  I was like how in the world does that happen? There must have been some sort of time travel! Here are just a few hints to help you out:

  • Be organize.
  • Cite your source: Record what you found and where. Cite the book, article, website, and etc.
  • Make duplicates of primary documents.
  • Create folders or binders for different branches of your family tree.
  • Create a research log to help you remember what you searched and what resources you used.

Lastly, when facing the dead-end wall go back to the last source you have and look for more evidence which may lead you in a different route. Best of luck and God bless!

South Texas is known for ranching and its diverse  wildlife, such as its the white-tail deer, javelinas, spotted ocelots, and the list goes on. If you want to go fishing then visit Port Mansfield, Baffin Bay, Corpus Christi, and many other sites. Whats makes this area very unique are the people and the cultures that have developed. NO! I am not talking about tacos! The indigenous, Europeans, and other ethic groups created South Texas.

South Texas is composed of many historic sites such as the San Agustin de Laredo Historic District in Laredo or the San Ygnacio Historic District located in Zapata County. By the way, don’t forget the Alamo and the Missions in San Antonio!  The “founding father of South Texas” is Jose de Escandon y Helguera, 1st Count of the Sierra Gorda. He was the first governor of the colony of Nuevo Santander, which extended from the Panuco in  the state of Veracruz in Mexico to the Guadalupe River in the state of Texas. Between December 25, 1748, the date of the foundation of Llera, and 1755, he founded over twenty towns or villages and a number of missions in the colony, including Santander, Soto la Marina, Güemes, Camargo, Reynosa, Mier, and Revilla south of the Rio Grande, Laredo and Nuestra Señora de los Dolores hacienda north of the Rio Grande.  If you have any plans on visiting South Texas stop by the Museum of South Texas History in Edinburg, Texas or visit their website: https://www.mosthistory.org/

What makes this area of the state of Texas unique is its very own people. I grew up in Laredo where just about every weekend we have carne asadas (BBQ) were we gather at a relatives or friend’s house and have a enjoyable time.  When you visit South Texas you will hear people speaking “Spanglish”, it is a mixture of words between Spanish and English and you will hear it just about everywhere you go. This is an amazing phenomenon because this one of the many places were you will see this mixing of cultures.  Music! It is all about the music! You will hear Tex-Mex, Tejano, Cumbias, Rancheras, Norteñas, and lets not forget Mariachi!

Overall, South Texas remains one of the most historic areas in Texas and its culture has attracted many people from different countries. Among us are the descendants of the founding families of South Texas and our legacy will carry on.

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