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2014 09 - September LBGHS Newsletter
Los Bexareños
Genealogical and Historical Society
Those born in Béxar and those who migrated to and made their home in Béxar throughout the ages, whether under the influence of Tribal Law,
or the laws of Spain, France, the 1st Republic of Texas, the Republic of México, the 2nd Republic of Texas, the Confederate States of América, or
the United States of América are known as Los Bexareños.
Their families extend to all the lands of the world. Once a Bexareño always a Bexareño.
A Newsletter via e-Mail
Sep te m b e r 2 0 1 4
LBGHS Monthly Meeting
September 6, 2014
San Antonio Main Public Library
9:30 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.
SPEAKER: Steven Gonzales
TOPIC: El Camino Real de los Tejas: Past & Present
Steven Gonzales is a native of Texas. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Geography with a minor
in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin. His studies focused on Spanish missions and
presidios on the Northern Frontier of New Spain. Steven later earned a Master of Applied Geography degree from
Texas State University at San Marcos. His research focused on case studies of national scenic and historic trails
from across the country and the measures they took to get their trails on the ground.
El Golfo
de
México
In addition to serving as executive director of El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association,
Steven is on the board of directors for the Partnership for the National Trails System, serves on the steering
committee for the Texas Alliance for Geographic Education at Texas State University, and is a member of the
advisory committee for the feasibility study for the Connecting Trails to Parks project between the San Antonio
Missions National Historical Park, National Trails System Intermountain Region office, and the Rivers, Trails, and
Conservation Assistance program. ✥
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CONTRIBUTORS
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LBGHS September Meeting • Facebook • Webpage
Message From The President
Letters • Surname Meaning and Origin - Herrera
Telling Our Stories: My Great-grandfather ~ Don Hilario Delgado
Gloria Cadena Scholarship Recipients: Eric Benavides and Pamela Tovar
Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference • Photo at San Pedro Springs
LBGHS Merchandise • Announcements
Commentary: Past Deeds Pave Our Way To The Future
Green Flag ~ Poem: I Was Here Then ~ I Am Still Here Today
Green Flag ~ LBGHS at City Hall • 83rd Texas Legislature H.R. No. 709
Green Flag ~ Texas’ First Declaration Of Independence
Websites That Tell Our Stories • Membership Dues • Gloria Cadena Scholarship Fund
35th Annual Texas Hispanic Genealogical and Historical Conference
LBGHS Resource Center • Publication Sales • Web Indexes • LBGHS Committees
G&H Research: Canary Islander’s Properties ~ On The North Side of Main Plaza
Calendar of Events
Around The State • Message From the Editor • Submit Your Articles
LBGHS eMail Newsletter
Edward Aranda
Dan Arellano
Louis J. Benavides
Anthony Delgado
Mary Esther Escobedo
Santiago Escobedo
Cindy Farmer
JoAnn Herrera
José Antonio López
Ed Mata
Bill Millet
Sylvia Morales
Dennis Moreno
Yolanda Patiño
Crispín Rendón
Art Martínez de Vara
Eleanor Marie Zepeda
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LOS
BEXAREÑOS
GENEALOGICAL
M I S S I O N S TAT E M E N T
Message
“The mission of Los Bexareños
Genealogical and Historical Society is
to promote awareness of Hispanic
genealogy and history through
publications, public forums, research,
consultations, education, and to
promote the preservation of archival
material for public research.”
from the
2014 EXECUTIVE BOARD
President:! !
Louis J. Benavides
Vice President: ! José López
Secretary:! !
Ernesto Menchaca
Treasurer:! !
Henry A. García, Jr.
BOARD
OF
DIRECTORS
2013 - 2014:! !
Eleanor Foreman
2013 - 2014:! !
Sylvia Morales
2014 - 2015:! !
Mary Reyes
2014 - 2015:! !
Olga Hickey
2014 - 2015:! !
Ed Mata
APPOINTED OFFICERS
Historian:! !
!
Parliamentarian: !
Norberto Martínez
José Hernández
AND
HISTORICAL
Make plans for the THGH Conference. The
buzz from many folks is that the new McAllen
Library is the biggest in the country.
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President’s
!
Just a reminder: Get your research ready
for the Los Bexareños “working meeting” on
October 4, 2014. Look for unblocking those
walls. Bring your genealogical research to
the October meeting. We will come together
as a family of genealogists to cross reference
our ancestors. LBGHS members will be there
to assist you with your search. Bring your
laptops. In the afternoon, the Public Library
will have sessions on oral history. The
excitement is building! There is a cousin out
there, I just know it!
Desk
!
t’s September! Summer has come and
gone. All our plans to work on genealogy
research, to travel, to visit the grandchildren are either accomplished or just touched
upon. For many, the month of September is a
time for a new beginning—seeing your kids
and grandkids go back to school, gearing up
to the holidays, window shopping for things
*****
you see as gifts rather than just passing them
I pray that everyone is in good health,
by. For some it becomes another period of !
working on their genealogy, documenting
travel, this time just in cooler weather.
their life stories, and making plans to join
*****
and enjoy each others company on the first
!
Those of you who attended the Federa- Saturday of the month at the San Antonio
tion of Genealogical Society Conference had Public Library downtown. Come and share
your eyes opened by the new technology, the
the stories with us over coffee, pan dulce,
European history that is available, and how to
taquitos, and the other goodies that our
lay out your research.
!
The Los Bexareños’ publications made a Hospitality Committee brings for us each
hit with several archivists at the FGS Confer- month.
I
ence. Hopefully, our collection of publications
will be added to two or three more libraries
across the country.
!
I was encouraged when I visited the Los
Bexareños’ booth at the FGS Conference to see
younger people perusing and buying LBGHS
publications—more so than at other booths.
This reflects that our children are interested in
researching their roots too. As a society we
must do more outreach. Speaking of young
people, we want to congratulate our two
scholarship winners: Eric Benavides and
Pamela Tovar as they too begin their new
semesters.
*****
LOS BEXAREÑOS
PO BOX 1935
SAN ANTONIO TX 78297-1935
www.losbexarenos.org
SOCIETY
!
Because of our involvement at the FGS
Conference, there were several requests for
speakers by groups in and around San
Antonio. There may be a need to develop an
LBGHS Speaker’s Committee. If you would
like to participate in the LBGHS Speaker’s
Committee, please let me know via email or
drop me a line at Los Bexareños’ P.O. Box. We
will come up with a history of the Society and
other things we do. Besides a general introduction about the Society, you may want to
talk about your special interest. If you have a
topic that could be presented in 10-25 minutes
to a group, let us know. This would provide
us with other topics to present.
*****
!
Please join us on Facebook. There is valuable information we can share using this
social forum. Go ahead … try it … click on
the link below
Los Bexareños Facebook Page
It is very important that you give us a
“REVIEW.” Just double-click on the five
stars located on the upper left corner of the
Facebook page. It should take you to the
“REVIEW” page. Comment on why you
like the Los Bexareños Facebook page and
then grade us using the star system.
*****
!
See you on Saturday, September 6th. We
are meeting at the main Public Library. It
opens at 9:00 a.m. Coffee will begin at 9:30
a.m. The guest speaker starts at 10:00 a.m.
The general meeting will start at 11:00 a.m.
We encourage you to bring a friend and
introduce them to the wonderful world of
Hispanic genealogy. ✥
— Louis J. Benavides
LBGHS President
[email protected]
Los Bexareños Facebook Page
LBGHS eMail Newsletter
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LOS
BEXAREÑOS
GENEALOGICAL
AND
HISTORICAL
SOCIETY
HERRERA
Letters
Surname Meaning & Origin:
!
Derived from the Spanish herrería, meaning place where
ironwork is made, the Herrera surname means "worker in iron, a
blacksmith." According to the Instituto Genealógico e Histórico
Latino-Americano, this Castellan surname originated in the Villa of
Pedraza, in the province of Segovia, in Castile and León, Spain. 1
Dear Sylvia:
!
Maybe you can help. I seem to recall that I found a document that
listed the origin of our surnames. For some reason or another, I think I
found it using one of the links that you always provide. Do you know of
such a document? Wouldn't you know it. I wrote down the origins of
several of our family names and for the life of me I can't find it. If you know
of such a document, would you please let me know?
!
Thanks,
— Jo Ann Herrera
San Antonio, TX
Spanish and Jewish (Sephardic): habitational name from
villages so called in the provinces of Seville and Badajoz, from a word
meaning ‘iron smithy', ‘blacksmith's forge' (a derivative of hierro
‘iron', Latin ferrum). 2
!
Herrera is the 33rd most common Hispanic surname.
Surname Origin:
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!
Spanish
Dear Sylvia:
Alternate Surname Spellings:
!
I have a new book that may be of interest to Los Bexareños members.
Click on the following link:
!
Famous People with the Surname HERRERA:
The José Francisco Ruiz Papers...
!
HERRERO, HERERA
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Blas María Herrera (1802–1878), Tejano courier, soldier, and
scout, often called the "Paul Revere" of the Texas Revolution.
•
Caroline Herrera - Venezuelan fashion designer; married to
Reinaldo Herrera
•
John J. Herrera (1910–1986), American attorney and civilrights activist
•
Juan de Herrera (1530–1597), Spanish architect, mathematician and geometrician
•
Juan Felipe Herrera (born 1948), American writer, cartoonist,
teacher, and activist
•
M. Miriam Herrera, American author and poet
•
Nancy Cooke de Herrera (born 1924), American socialite,
fashion expert and author
•
Paloma Herrera, Argentine ballerina
•
Pedro de Herrera (15th century), Spanish Jewish leader
•
Ram Herrera, Tejano musician
•
Silvestre S. Herrera (1917–2007), Mexican-American recipient
of the Medal of Honor
Thank you,
— Art Martínez de Vara
Von Ormy, TX
**********
To Los Bexareños,
Families of Saltillo, Coahuila, México Volume Seven
http://home.earthlink.net/~crisrendon/scmv9.pdf
Best Regards,
— Crispín Rendón
Riverside, CA
**********
Los Bexareños:
!
The Webb County Heritage Foundation will present a screening of
the new documentary film, “Texas Before The Álamo, a Saga of
Spanish Texas” on Friday, September 5, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at the Laredo
Center for the Arts, 500 San Agustín Avenue in Laredo, Texas. Herrera Coat of Arms
Herrera Family Crest 3
!
Filmed at historic sites in Texas and México with noted historians
and professional actors, "Texas Before The Álamo, a Saga of Spanish
Texas" is about the founding of Texas and the Spanish who established
Missions, Presidios, and Trails now known as The Álamo, San Antonio
and its Missions, Goliad, and El Camino Real de los Tejas. The film is
dedicated to the research and tenacity of authors, archaeologists, historical
organizations and researchers of Spanish Texas who have been consultants and producers for this project. Unrecognized and often criticized,
they have labored for over a century in the Spanish Archives and at historic sites on the epic stories of the true pioneers of Texas.
The surname of HERRERA was a Spanish occupational name for an iron-worker, originally
rendered in the Latin form FERRARIAE, a derivative of FERRUM (iron). The name is
widespread throughout Europe in many variant spellings and in England is angliziced to
Ferrers. Occupational surnames originally denoted the actual occupation followed by the
individual. At what period they became hereditary is a difficult problem. Many of the
occupation names were descriptive and could be varied. In the Middle Ages, at least among
the Christian population, people did not usually pursue specialized occupations exclusively
to the extent that we do today, and they would, in fact, turn their hand to any form of work
that needed to be done, particularly in a large house or mansion, or on farms and
smallholdings. In early documents, surnames often refer to the actual holder of an office,
whether the church or state. In the 8th century, Spain fell under the control of the Moors, and this influence, which lasted into
the 12th century, has also left its mark on Hispanic surnames. A few names are based directly on Arabic personal names. The
majority of Spanish occupational and nickname surnames, however, are based on ordinary Spanish derivatives. This is also
the name of a great noble family who held the earldom of Derby from 1138 to 1266. Many present day descendants of this
family still bear the name, although the direct male-line died out in the Middle Ages. Notable members of the name include
Fernando de Herrera (c.1534-1597) the Spanish lyric poet, born in Seville. He took holy orders. Many of his love poems are
remarkable for tender feeling, while his odes sometimes attain a certain amount of grandour. He wrote a prose of history of
the war in Cyprus (1572) and translated the Life of Sir Thomas More from Latin. Antonio de Herrera (1549-1625) the Spanish
historian, born in Cuellar near Segovia. He wrote a history of 'Castilian Exploits in the Pacific' (1601-15), a description of the
West Indies, and a history of England and Scotland in the time of Mary, Queen of Scots. Francisco 'El Viejo' Herrera (the elder)
(1576-1656) was the Spanish painter born in Seville. He painted historical pieces, wine shops, fairs, carnivals and the like.
For more information, contact the Webb County Heritage Foundation at
(956) 727-0977 or visit us at www.webbheritage.org or on facebook.
1 About.com, accessed 23 August 2014
— Bill Millet
Helotes, TX
LBGHS eMail Newsletter
2 Archives.com, accessed 23 August 2014
3 Archives.com, accessed 23 August 2014
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LOS
BEXAREÑOS
GENEALOGICAL
AND
HISTORICAL
SOCIETY
MY GREAT-GRANDFATHER ~ DON HILARIO DELGADO
By Patricia Barrymore
For Los Bexareños Genealogical and Historical Society
his article appeared on 17 March 2012 in El periódico Zócalo
of Piedras Negras, Coahuila, México. Mr. Losoya Reyes is a
historian who has done a great job compiling information on
the history of Piedras Negras.
adquirió un reloj monumental que donaría a la parroquia, sin embargo, no se
construyó dicha torre y tiempo despúes, don Hilario le pidió que donara este
reloj para lucirlo en el nuevo edificio municpal. Por otra parte, ordenó la
construcción de la primera escuela para niñas en 1900. Su visión en cuanto
al progreso se percibe cuando solicitó al Congreso del Estado que se le
permitiera la construcción de una línea telefónica, misma que se autorizó
según el decreto número 809 del 21 de diciembre de 1899, donde se especifica
que se aprobó el contrato que con fecha 29 de noviembre celebró el Ejecutivo
con el Sr. Hilario Delgado para el establecimiento y explotación de una línea
telefónica entre Ciudad Porfirio Díaz y Allende, incluendo las poblaciones
intermedias. En lo particular, se dedicó al comercio de abarrotes y maderas y
su establecimiento era administrado por su hijo Antonio, quien se distinguió
por su gran iniciativa. Aún sobrevive la construcción de una finca
construida por él, y se localiza en la calle Galleana esquina con Guerrero y
que ya se encuentra muy deteriorada.
T
!
Hilario Delgado is my great-grandfather. My cousins and I
grew up hearing about him from our mothers. He is very dear to
us.
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DON HILARIO DELGADO...un servidor del pueblo
RIGOBERTO LOSOYA REYES
Zócalo / Piedras Negras
!
Fue presidente municpal en tres ocasiones. La primer en el año de
1899-1900, después en 1911, y en 1913, un año turbulento por el asesinato
de Madero, por lo que compartió el periodo municpal con don Jesús Farías.
Sin duda alguna se puede considerar uno de los más sobresalientes alcaldes
que ha tenido Piedras Negras cuando esta población se llamada Cuidad
Porfirio Días. Un rasgo excepcional de este servidor del pueblo fue que
cuando sirvió como funcionario público, nunca cobró sueldo alguno.
!
Este extinto caballero procreó también a dos hijas: María de los Ángeles
Delgado y la profesora Esperanza Delgado, quien se distinguió como una
gran maestra del piano en el norte de México.
!
El 12 de octubre de 1911, la población de Piedras Negras sufrió una
inundación y con el fin de proporcionar un apoyo enconómico a los
damnificados, el 22 de febrero de 1912 se constituyó una Junta de Socorros,
presidida or el Dr. Lorenzo Cantú y como tesorero se nombró a don Hilario
Delgado, dicha junta logró reunir la cantidad de treinta mil setecientos
ochenta y cinco pesos.
!
La recaudación municipal durante su primera gestión era muy exigua,
las contributiones no eran suficientes para cubrir el gasto público, y sus
ingresos extraordinarlios eran por el concepto de los ingresos de la feria
anual, y con este presupuesto tan austero, logró emprender la construcción
del Palacio Municipal, un edificio que se ubicaba en aquel entonces en la calle
Júarez, con un diseño arquitectónico denominado “Art Nouveau” y que fue
inaugurado en 1899. Éste despertó la admiración de propios y extraños
durante su existencia, sin embargo, lamentablemente en la década de llos 60,
a iniciativa del Programa Nacional Fronterizo, se propuso construir una
“Puerta de México”, y dispuso que este inmuelble se derrumbara y se
construyera otro, pero sobre la calle Abasolo. En 1889 se acordó construirle
una torre a la iglesia de Guadalupe, con este motivo don Rafael Múzquiz
!
La casa de don Hilario Delgado, ubicada por las calles Galeana y
Guerrero en 1912, todavía existe en la misma esquina, aunque sin el tercer
nivel.
Don Hilario Delgado en 1899
Anuncio comercial de 1899
del establecimiento comercial de Hilario Delgado
GLORIA VILLA CADENA
!
Members of the Gloria Cadena Scholarship Committee
consist of Mary Esther and Santiago Escobedo, Carmen and Raúl
Iruegas and Sylvia and Luis Morales. As genealogists we search
for facts and data. To increase participation in genealogical
research we must search for young people who may develop an
interest in their own genealogy. Are you the special genealogist
willing to undertake such a search? Anyone interested in
becoming a member of this committee, please contact Mary
Esther Escobedo at [email protected]
GENEALOGICAL AND HISTORICAL
SCHOLARSHIP FUND
os Bexareños Genealogical and Historical Society is proud
to announce the names of the two recipients who were
awarded the Gloria V. Cadena Genealogical and Historical
Scholarship for 2014. They are Pamela Jean Tovar of San
Marcos, Texas and Eric Benavides of Dallas, Texas. Each one
has been awarded a $500.00 scholarship. Pamela will be
attending Austin Community College in Kyle, Texas, and she is
the niece of Mary Esther Escobedo. Eric will be attending the
University of Texas at Austin, and he is the grandson of
Armandina Sifuentes. We congratulate both recipients. We wish
them the very best in pursuing their education and their careers,
and of course, to continue their genealogy research.
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LBGHS eMail Newsletter
Wings
Roots
EDITOR’S NOTE: I must mention that Mary Esther Escobedo
recused herself from the selection process due to her relationship
with Pamela Jean Tovar.
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LOS
BEXAREÑOS
GENEALOGICAL
AND
HISTORICAL
SOCIETY
Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference
The Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference just ended. There were five
LBGHS members that worked at the four day conference. Three of us registered for
the conference, and we signed up to volunteer. This was our first time to attend an
FGS Conference. It was held at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center. I was
informed that it had been 10 years since FGS last held a conference here in San
Antonio. If you registered for the conference you were given the opportunity to
volunteer and receive a discount off your registration fee. Depending on the number
of hours worked FGS offered volunteers a reimbursement of 20% to 65% as a way to
show their appreciation.
!
It proved to be a very long week from assembling bags, to Room Monitor, to
Registration, to working in other areas, plus attending the sessions in between. We
worked hard in our volunteer duties; we attended sessions from how to build a
stronger society, to how to analyze DNA results, to using new media tools, and to
how to write and publish your family history. A "Cyber Cafe" was available at the
Exhibit Hall where attendees could download portions of their syllabus. There was
"Blogging," "Tweeting," and “FaceBook posting” taking place throughout the conference. We met new people, made new friends and contacts and we gained a new
member. Because of our visibility at this conference, Los Bexareños Genealogical and
Historical Society is now a little better known within the genealogical community. I
would like to acknowledge Santiago Escobedo and Luis Morales for their hard work
at the Los Bexareños booth in the Exhibit Hall during the conference. I'd also like to
recognize and congratulate Mary Esther Escobedo and María Tovares-Ashmanskas
for their well given presentations which touched on the roadblocks that one can encounter in doing Hispanic genealogical research. The presentations were listed as
being presented by Los Bexareños Genealogical and Historical Society. José
Hernández was also a volunteer. We all left exhausted but feeling accomplished!
FGS
Gone To Texas
!
Some members of Los Bexareños will begin meeting this month for the
preparation of the Texas State Historical and Genealogical Conference in 2018. We
continue to receive compliments about the conference we presented in 2011. With
everyone’s help, we can do it again!
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Ed Mata (past
President ~ Los Bexareños), Juan
Hernández, Eddie Flores, Robert
Vargas, Tony Rodríguez (member ~
Los Bexareños), José López (Vice
President ~ Los Bexareños), and
Constable Val Flores.
Editor’s Note: We apologize to Mr.
Juan H. Hernández for not knowing
his name when we decided to print
this photograph last month.
LBGHS eMail Newsletter
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LOS
BEXAREÑOS
GENEALOGICAL
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Served in Juan Seguín’s Company of Mounted Riflemen in
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part of the rear guard of the Runaway Scrape that started in
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San Fernando Cemetery #1
Colorado St/Guadalupe St -stoplight (3 blocks south)
DATE: Saturday - September 27 - 10:00 a.m.
Visit With Us After The Ceremony
“La Capilla de Los Milagros”
on Juan Ximenes family grounds
open for visitors
Also available in green, black, and navy blue.
Directions to Capilla:
These handy bags are available to
carry your genealogy books and
records.
Turn (R) at stoplight on Colorado/ Guadalupe St. cross over RR tracks
Turn (L) at stoplight on Frio St.
Turn (R) on Haven for Hope St. (about 1 mile north on Frio St.).
$15.00
Capilla is on left corner as street dead ends on I-10 freeway.
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LOS
BEXAREÑOS
GENEALOGICAL
AND
HISTORICAL
SOCIETY
PAST DEEDS PAVE OUR WAY TO THE FUTURE
COMMENTARY BY:
José Antonio López
For Los Bexareños Genealogical and Historical Society
s the crown jewel of our blended Hispanic and Native
American family roots in Texas, the Tejano Monument in
Austin, Texas shines bright on the south lawn of the state
capitol building.
!
Since its unveiling in March 2012, Austin residents, government
officials, tourists, and school children visiting our state capital are
now able to see for the very first time, a memorial dedicated to the
true founding of this great place we call Texas.
!
All Texans should be proud of the efforts led by Cayetano
Barrera, M.D. from McAllen, Texas, and carried out most ably by the
Tejano Monument, Inc. Committee members: Dr. Andrés Tijerina,
Renato Ramírez, Homero Vera, Richard Sánchez, Jaime Beaman, and
so many others, such as Estella and William Zermeño, Benny
Martínez, and dedicated working group members. Armando
Hinojosa, Laredo, deserves special credit for his gifted artistic
creation. In bronze and stone, he expresses the dignity that Tejano
descendants feel in their hearts.
tution (1813); the Battle of Medina (BOM) memorial and
archeological digs.
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3.
An Austin school district has already set up Tejano history
lessons as part of its school curriculum. The Laredo ISD has
added a block of early Laredo history in the curriculum at my
alma mater Martin High School. Others are in the process of
doing the same.
4.
Dr. Andrés Tijerina is part of an effort by the Texas State
Historical Association to identify and record long-forgotten early
Texas Spanish Mexican historical sites.
5. More recently, Dr. Tijerina and Dr. Emilio Zamora plus others
are also putting together what will be a Tejano History segment
of Texas Handbook of History Online.
6. Mr. Bill Millet has produced a long-awaited PBS film entitled
“Texas before the Álamo.”
7.
Thanks to Texas State Representative Eddie Rodriguez (D-
Austin), a proclamation (H.R. 1411) was read honoring the 200th
Anniversary of the first Texas Constitution (1813-2013).
President Ed Mata and LBGHS members, Dr. Félix Almaráz and Cindy Farmer, participate at the
unveiling of the Tejano Monument at the Capitol in Austin, Texas on March 2012.
8.
Photo courtesy of Luis and Sylvia Morales
The Texas State Hispanic Genealogy/History Societies
(Austin, Dallas, Corpus Christi, El Paso, East Texas, Houston,
Laredo, San Antonio, Victoria, and Zapata) continue to spread
the word regarding our early Texas pioneer families. Also,
Laredo’s Webb Co. Heritage Foundation; Edinburg’s Museum of
South Texas History, and Zapata County Museum of History
preserve early Texas history via their unique memorabilia and
displays.
!
Helping to tell our incredible early Texas story, the following list
of deeds keeps growing, considering that the concerted effort began
just a few short years ago:
1.
Our Native American kin has relentlessly tried to dispel
undignified movie myths about cultures originating in what’s
now the U.S. There are plenty of sites on the internet featuring
each group’s goal to preserve their heritage. This is crucial
learning for Mexican Americans because being Native American
is what makes us Mexican-descent people of the Southwest.
9.
Mr. Renato Ramírez, Chairman of the Board/CEO, IBCZapata, continues to promote mariachi bands at UT-Austin,
Texas A&M Kingsville, and Texas A&M College Station. His
efforts are designed to raise funds to assure awareness of
mariachi music’s vital influence in Texas history. In enthusiastically pursuing his goal, he aims for complete understanding by the general public as to why it was proper for young
Sebastien de la Cruz to sing our national anthem for the San
Antonio Spurs attired in formal Mexican vaquero dress. Truly,
2.
For years, Mr. Dan Arellano has organized tribute events to
remember the 1st Texas Revolution (1810-1813); the first President of Texas, Don Bernardo Gutiérrez de Lara’s reading of the
1st Texas Declaration of Independence and the 1st Texas Consti-
—Continue on page 8
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Texas’ Mariachi style roots are much older than other music
genres in Texas that came after 1836.
I was HERE, then
!
!
I am STILL HERE today.
10. Last but certainly not least, in the information management
arena, Mimi Lozano (Somos Primos) has spent great amounts of
her energy, time, and talents to provide a one-stop shop online
web site for a worldwide audience learning about Hispanic
history; Armando Rendón does as well with Somos En Escrito;
there is also Beto Calderón; Foro de Comunicación; as well as the
online LARED-L list server; Steve Taylor, Río Grande Guardian;
Dr. Lino García, Jr.’s FESTIBA events at UTPA; LareDos; Mr. Rudi
Rodríguez of Texas Tejano is pressing on with plans for a
Williamsburg-style Tejano Village permanent interactive exhibit
in downtown San Antonio; and my own web site:
I was here when de Lara declared independence in la plaza and
raised the green flag
!
!
!
…and I’m still here today.
I was here when we went south and fought Arredondo and the army
!
!
!
…and I’m still here today.
www.tejanosunidos.org
You may not see my face or my body any longer
!
But my blood and spirit lives on…
!
!
…lives on in my grandsons and granddaughters
!
that you see
HERE
TODAY."
My apologies if I’m forgetting someone.
!
Yet, our Tejano heritage is under attack. The threats are constant.
The most recent refugee-related situation at the border is cause to
worry. Certain politicians and media are raising the temperature of
the immigration debate by questioning our Spanish Mexican heritage
and Spanish language “on this side of the border.” To ensure we
reach our goal to educate others about our rich story, the best defense
is a good offense. Let’s combine our hard work.
!
As such, I make three appeals.
Who am I?
One of the many that fought and survived the first major battle of
independence under the Flag of the Republic of the North.
Here is a list of 96 “Insurgents”—so named by the Spanish Crown.
The list of names and the land that was seized from them by the
Spanish Army following the Battle of Medina in 1813
can be found in the Coahuila State Archives in Saltillo.
(1)
To our Native American brethren, join us in our quest.
The wicked border fence impacts Navajo and Apache
Nations much more than it does Mexican-descent
Borderlands families. It’s time to reaffirm our bloodline
ancestral family ties.
A few of the insurgent names are:
Juan Veramendi
20 years following the 1813 battle,
he would become the State’s Governor
Erasmo Seguin
Father of Tejano patriot Juan Seguin and Alcalde from 1820- 1821
—the city’s leader at the time when the city and state would realize
its independence from Spain—the same independence
he sought during the Battle of Medina
Clemente Delgado
The city’s Alcalde in 1812—the immediate months leading up to the
many battles in 1813 seeking independence
and
my fourth great-grandfather.
(2) To Early Texas history aficionados mentioned above. All
of our worthy efforts will be for naught unless we push
together. At every turn, let’s reject any attempt to diminish
our heritage.
(3) To our extended family living in the Río Grande Valley.
You are now center stage due to the on-going immigration
debate. Critics of your way of life who are just recently
becoming aware of the border don’t understand why there
are so many Mexican-descent Texans who choose to speak
Spanish as their language of choice. Only through learning
of early Texas history will they discover why it is we are not
immigrants in the U.S. To learn more, make plans to attend
the 35th Annual Texas State Hispanic Genealogy and
Historical Conference in McAllen, Texas on September 25-27.
These 96 who survived and the more than 1200 others who lost
their lives serving under the Flag of the Republic of the North gave
so much of themselves; sacrificed so much…
let’s fly the flag in their honor.
!
In closing, our past deeds do pave our way to the future. How
do we fulfill our future? By speaking with one voice under an
“Aztlán-Euro Alliance” umbrella or something similar. Individually,
we represent a small group and cause a small ripple in the ocean of
public opinion. However, as a combined force, we will orchestrate
millions of voices causing an impact of tsunami proportions.
!
Bottom line: If we don’t do it ourselves, no one else is going to
do it for us. ✥
—Anthony Delgado
Copyright 2014. José Antonio López. All Rights Reserved.
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GENEALOGICAL
On Wednesday, August 6, 2014,
Los Bexareños Genealogical and Historical Society
addressed the San Antonio City Council.
After giving a brief history (1812-1813) of Texas’
first Declaration of Independence
by Bernardo Gutiérrez de Lara,
the first Constitution of Texas, and
the Battle of Medina,
Los Bexareños requested that the City Council adopt
a resolution to fly the “Emerald Green Flag” at the
Spanish Governor’s Palace, where
the first Texas Republic was formed.
AND
HISTORICAL
SOCIETY
83RD TEXAS LEGISLATURE
H.R. No. 709
RESOLUTION
WHEREAS, Nearly a quarter of a century before the siege
of the Álamo, an army inspired by the fervor of Don José
Bernardo Maximiliano Gutiérrez de Lara and composed of
Tejanos, volunteers from the United States, and Native
American allies made a courageous bid to liberate Texas
from the Spanish empire, leading to the first Texas
Declaration of Independence on April 6, 1813; and
WHEREAS, On September 16, 1810, Father Miguel Hidalgo
y Costilla and his followers seized the prison at Dolores,
México, sparking a Mexican rebellion against the Spanish
empire; answering the call to freedom, Don Bernardo
traveled to Washington, D.C., in 1811 to inform the U.S.
government of the rebels’ plans to establish a republican
government in Texas as part of the liberation of Mexico; and
WHEREAS, In 1812, Don Bernardo and former U.S. Army
officer Augustus Magee led the Army of the North from
Natchitoches, Louisiana, into Texas; this volunteer force
quickly defeated the Spanish Royalist troops at the Battles
of Nacogdoches, La Bahía, Rosillo, and Alazán Creek; and
WHEREAS, Don Bernardo and the republican army took
possession of San Fernando de Béxar, now known as San
Antonio, on the night of April 1 and 2, 1813, and on April 6,
1813, Don Bernardo signed a proclamation declaring Texas’
independence from Spain; on April 17, 1813, acting in his
capacity as president of the new provisional government,
Don Bernardo signed the first Texas Constitution; and
WHEREAS, This first bold attempt to win the independence of Texas came to a tragic end on August 18, 1813,
when the Royalist army under General Joaquín de
Arredondo defeated the Texan army at the Battle of
Medina; during the bitterly fought, four-hour-long contest,
more than 800 Tejano patriots lost their lives in their quest
for freedom; and
WHEREAS, The valiant struggle of Don José Bernardo
Maximiliano Gutiérrez de Lara and the Army of the North
to throw off the Spanish yoke represents a significant
chapter in the rich annals of Texas history, one that is
indeed worthy of remembrance on this special occasion;
now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 83rd
Texas Legislature hereby commemorate the 200th
anniversary of the first Texas Constitution on April 17, 2013,
and call on all Texans to honor the memory of Don
Bernardo and his comrades.
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TEXAS' FIRST DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
… issued from San Antonio de Béxar, April 6, 1813.
!
We, the people of the province of Texas, calling on the Supreme Judge of the Universe to witness the rectitude of our intentions,
declare, that the ties which held us under the domination of Spain and Europe, are forever dissolved; that we possess the right to establish
a government for ourselves; that in the future all legitimate authority shall emanate from the people to whom alone it rightfully belongs,
and that henceforth all allegiance or subjection to any foreign power whatsoever, is entirely renounced.
!
A relation of the causes which have conduced to render this step necessary, is due to our dignity, and to the opinion of the world. A
long series of occurrences, originating in the weakness and corruption of the Spanish rulers, has converted that monarchy into the theater
of a sanguinary war, between two contending powers, itself destined the prize of the victor; a king in the power and subject to the
authority of one of them, the miserable wreck of its government in the possession of the other, it appears to have lost the substance of any
form of sovereignty.--Unable to defend itself on the Peninsula, much less to protect its distant colonies; those colonies are abandoned to
the caprice of wicked men, whilst there exists no power to which they may be made responsible for the abuse of their authority, or for the
consequence of their rapacity.
!
Self Preservation, the highest law of nature, if no other motive, would have justified this step. But independent of this necessity, a
candid world will acknowledge that we have had cause amply sufficient, in the sufferings and oppression which we have so long
endured.
!
Governments are established for the good of communities of men, and not for the benefit and aggrandizement of individuals. When
these ends are perverted to a system of oppression, the people have a right to change them for a better, and for such as may be best
adapted to their situation. Man is formed in the image of his Creator: he sins who submits to slavery. Who will say that our sufferings are
not such as to have driven us to the farthest bounds of patience, and to justify us in establishing a new government, and in choosing new
rulers to whom we may intrust our happiness?
!
We were governed by insolent strangers, who regarded their authority only as a means of enriching themselves by the plunder of
those whom they were sent to govern, while we had no participation either in national or municipal affairs.
!
We feel with indignation, the unheard of tyranny of being excluded from all communication with other nations, which might tend to
improve our situation, physical and moral. We were prohibited the use of books, of speech, and even of thought-our country was our
prison.
!
In a province which nature has favored with uncommon prodigality, we were poor. We were prohibited from cultivating those articles
which are suitable to our soil and climate, and of pressing necessity. The commerce of our country was sold to the favorites of the court;
and merchandise were supplied under the enormous exactions of the monopolists. A barbarous and shameful inhospitality was
manifested to strangers, even to our nearest neighbors.
!
The product of out soil and of our country were alike denied exportation. Our trade consisted in a trifling system of smuggling.
!
Every path which led to fame or honor was closed upon us. We were denied participation in public employments; we had no rank in
the army maintained in the bosom of our country. We expected no promotion in a church to which we have ever been faithful and
obedient sons.
!
We saw the mighty monarchy of Spain threatened with destruction, and our oppressions were forgotten; we flew to her assistance
like faithful and submissive vassals. As a reward for our faithful services, a sanguinary vagrant, distinguished in his own country by no
honorable action, is sent amongst us, and his government exhibited only acts of cruelty, insatiable avarice and augmented oppression.
Nothing but the specious promise that a general assembly of the Cortes would be convened, could have restrained us. Experience has
shown this hope to be illusory. Some miserable wretches, styling themselves as the rulers of Spain, have sold us out to a foreign power, for
a term of years, in order to procure the means of consigning us forever to the most ignominious servitude.
!
The Spanish colonies of South America, have long since declared and maintained their independence; the United States proves to us,
by an experience of thirty years, that such a separation may be attended with national and individual prosperity.
!
We conceive it a duty we owe as well as to ourselves as to our posterity, to seize the moment which now offers itself, of shaking off
the yoke of European domination, and of laboring in the cause of the independence of Mexico; taking the authority into our own hands,
forming laws, and of placing the government of our country upon a sure and firm basis, and by these means assure a rank among the
nations of the world.
The above is from The Weekly Register, IV (July 17, 1813)
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GENEALOGICAL
Websites That Tell Our
Stories
AND
HISTORICAL
SOCIETY
MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE
You are cordially invited to join/renew your membership to
Los Bexareños Genealogical and Historical Society
!
There is more to genealogy than just gathering
names of ancestors. Yes, it is important to do the
basics, like pedigree charts, names, dates, places,
family work sheets, etc. But, let us not forget that
there are stories that go with these names. There are
histories in the places and times they lived.
Photographs and stories bring our ancestors to life.
Here we intend to transport you to websites that tell
our stories. ✥
Become part of an ever growing family who loves to do ancestral
research. Meet people who share the same interest and love of
genealogy, and people who may be doing research on your
particular family lineages.
PLEASE SEND YOUR
2014 MEMBERSHIP DUES
Álamo’s Tejano Heroes Gain Recognition
Bexar Archives Online
To become a member, fill out the 2014 Membership Application
Bexar County Historical Commission
Form and mail it to the address on the form. Better yet, bring the
form with you when you attend our next meeting.
Béxar Genealogy
2014 Membership Form
Children of the Revolución
☞
Hispanic Heritage Month
PBS Documentary: “Latino-Americans”
Click Here And Join Us
Somos Primos
Tejano Monument
GLORIA VILLA CADENA
Texas Tejano
GENEALOGICAL and HISTORICAL
SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Tell Us Your Stories
You are invited and encouraged to make a donation to the Gloria
Cadena Genealogical and Historical Scholarship Fund. Los Bexareños
will award scholarships to students who are or will be attending an
accredited college/university. They will be chosen based on their ability
to produce a four generation pedigree chart which is accompanied with an
essay of their ancestors.
!
Do you have a special, interesting, historical,
or just a funny story about your relatives that you
would like to share? Un chiste that you would like
to contribute? Email your ancestral stories, and we
will try to print them in this newsletter on a firstcome-first-serve basis. ✥
Los Bexareños endeavors to involve young people in genealogy.
LBGHS wishes to encourage students to embrace their culture and their
heritage. The sacrifices their parents, grandparents, great-grandparents,
etc. must not be forgotten. The younger generations are encouraged to
retell the stories about their ancestors handed down throughout the ages. ✥
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are
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to
life’s
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memory
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35th Annual Texas Hispanic
Genealogical & Historical Conference
Hosted by
Las Porciones Genealogical Society
September 25-27, 2014
Renaissance Casa de Palmas Hotel
HOTEL INFORMATION
CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
Thursday — September 25, 2014
Renaissance Casa de Palmas
101 N. Main Street
McAllen Texas 78501
Reservations: (956) 631-1101
$109.00 plus tax
Hampton Inn & Suites
10 W Expy 83
McAllen, TX 78501
!
8:00 a.m. — 8:00 p.m.! !
Conference Registration
!
!
!
8:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.! !
or
8:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.! !
North Hidalgo County Tour !
(Lunch Extra)
Starr County Tour!
(Lunch Extra)
!
7:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m.!!
Border Buttermilk Reception (in Patio)
!
Friday — September 26, 2014
Reservations: (956) 661-1100
$99.00 plus tax
Springhill Suites
1800 S Ware Rd
McAllen, TX 78503
!
8:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.!
Conference Registration
!
8:30 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.!
Conference Presenters/Speakers
!
8:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.!
Book Sales and Vendors
!
12:00 p.m. — 1:30 p.m.!
Lunch (on your own)
!
1:30 p.m. — 4:00 p.m.!!
Conference Presenters/Speakers
!
1:30 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.!!
Book Sales and Vendors
!
6:30 p.m. — 8:30 p.m.!!
Complimentary Bar-B-Q and Entertainment
Reservations: (956) 682-6336
$89.00 plus tax
Saturday — September 27, 2014
Visit the THGH Conference website at:
www.southtexasgenealogy.org
¡Vamos a McAllen!
REGISTRATION FORM
!
8:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.!
Book Sales and Vendors
!
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12:00 p.m. — 1:30 p.m.!
Lunch (on your own)
!
12:00 p.m. — 1:30 p.m.!
President’s Meeting
!
1:30 p.m. — 4:00 p.m.!!
Conference Presenters/Speakers
!
1:30 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.!!
Book Sales and Vendors
!
6:30 p.m. — 9:00 p.m.!!
Banquet in the Ballroom
for the
35 Annual Texas Hispanic Genealogical and Historical Conference
We are still working on the final schedule and expect to add several smaller tours in
the McAllen area. The conference website should be working soon.
Stay tune for more information.
can be accessed at the following link:
If you have questions or wish to make special requests to accommodate disabilities,
dietary requirements, or other matters, please send an email to:
http://www.losbexarenos.org/2014_Conference_Registration_Form.pdf
[email protected]
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The LBGHS Resource Center & Library
THE LBGHS RESOURCE CENTER & LIBRARY is open to the public on Saturdays
(except the first Saturday of the month) from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. You will be
able to do your family research in a very friendly and casual environment. You
will be able to peruse the books and other genealogical information at your
leisure. There will be volunteers to help you with any questions you may have.
They can help you start your family tree or assist you in your research. It is
preferable to set an appointment, so they can dedicate some time just for you.
Call or email Yolanda Patiño at (210) 434-3530 /[email protected] or
Dennis Moreno at (210) 647-5607 / [email protected]
The following list of resources is an ongoing project.
Be sure to keep checking as the list will be updated as
additional indexing is completed.
INDEX TO THE LBGHS LIBRARY
HELP FOR THE BEGINNING GENEALOGISTS. The Society assists individuals in
getting started with genealogical research through beginner's workshops. Beginners also receive one-on-one assistance from the more experienced
members of the Society. ✥
The Library is located
on the campus of Holy
Rosary Parish.
The
Church is located at 159
Camino Santa María,
just north of Culebra
Road. Park in the noted
parking lot and walk
through the gate to the
courtyard and turn to
the right passing the
LBGHS
Resource Center
Parking
&
Library
Camino San
ta María
Library
Culebra Ro
ad
first building.
✥
Books and Resources Journals Family Genealogy Facts and Events (as of Feb 2013)
(as of Feb 2013)
(as of Feb 2013)
(as of Feb 2013)
INDEX TO THE LBGHS REGISTERS
Introduction to the Index
Index of Articles sorted by Title
Index of Articles sorted by State and Location
Index of Wills, Estates and Death Records sorted by Surname
Click to see a
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Los Bexareños is fortunate to have Dennis Moreno and Yolanda
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assistance, especially now that Los Bexareños is getting more
exposure. Los Bexareños is well known throughout Texas, as well as
outside the United States. An individual was recently referred to
Los Bexareños by Ancestry.com. Apparently, they had exhausted all
their resources. That person is now a member of Los Bexareños. !
There are many experienced members in the Society. Los
Bexareños needs others who will step-up-to-the-plate to offer their
expertise, their knowledge, and their time to help Dennis and
Yolanda with the heavy load. Please contact Dennis Moreno or
Yolanda Patiño if you think you can help out. Maybe you have
access to a good resource, or you're knowledgeable of a particular
region, or you personally posses information that would be helpful
to others. Whatever your area of expertise may be, just share that
with Dennis and Yolanda so that they have more resources at their
disposal.
!
Dennis and Yolanda man the Resource Center every Saturday,
except for the first Saturday of the month. They are a very valuable
asset to our organization. Thank you Dennis and Yolanda for all
that you do for Los Bexareños! ✥
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CANARY ISLANDER’S PROPERTIES
ON THE NORTH SIDE OF MAIN PLAZA
By Edward Aranda
For Los Bexareños Genealogical and Historical Society
In 1849, W. G. M. Samuel, a former Texas Ranger, created paintings of each of the four sides of Main
Plaza. The painting with the north view was used as a basis to illustrate of the ownership of these
properties by the early settlers from the Canary Islands. Unfortunately, the structures depicted are as
they were over a hundred years after the Canary Island families took possession of these lots.
The properties are labeled
based on the family list of
Canary Islanders,
i.e., label (7) for the seventh family.
!
Vicente Travieso and María Ana Curbelo owned the second property to the west of Soledad
(property (7), the two-story house depicted). The original house was damaged/destroyed in the 1819
flood. It was again damaged during the Siege of Béxar in 1835. When it became a two-story is
undetermined. Refugio de la Garza, a priest, was renting the property and living there from at least
1828. Sometime afterwards acquired it. Refugio de la Garza was forced to resign in 1840, and in 1841
he sold this property.
!
Join
Villa Finale
and HHCTX
for a classic
Hispanic
cultural film
presentation
To the east is the property of Francisco Arocha (9).
!
To the west, the is lot of Antonio Rodríguez and Josefa de Niz (10). They had a small stone
house, an adobe room, and a framed kitchen. The lot adjacent to Acequia Street (Main Street)
belonged to Manuel de Niz and his wife (6). They had a small adobe room and a framed kitchen on
their lot. Joseph Rojas acquired both of these properties (6 and 10). After one other transaction, the
properties were acquired by Simón de Arocha. Manuel Yturri then acquired these properties (6 and
10). In 1836, these properties were occupied by Santa Anna during the Battle of the Álamo. Then in
1841, a grand ball has held in its long room to celebrate the visit of Mirabeau B. Lamar, President of
the Republic of Texas. Mrs. Juan Seguín and President Lamar opened the ball with a waltz. Manuel
Yturri Jr. sold the properties to Leopold and Saul Wolfson. A fire, in 1904, damaged the Wolfson
building but it was rebuilt. The Wolfson building was destroyed when another fire occurred in 2011,
during the 32nd Texas Hispanic Genealogical and Historical Conference. The site (6 and 10) remains
an empty lot to this day. ✥
In an effort to continue bringing
awareness to Hispanic heritage
and legacy, the Hispanic Heritage
Center of Texas is partnering with
the National Trust for Historic
Preservation and Villa Finale to
present "Silver Screen Classics."
Join us on September 12, 2014 for
the screening of
"Los Tres Huastecos"
at Villa Finale, located at 401 King
William. For more information,
please contact Ms. Dina Cortez at
(210) 863-6191
[email protected]
1)
Bexar Archives - University of Texas Austin,
Section E_BX_001953
2)
Bexar County Archives (U1:453 in Spanish),
(44:367), (44:369)-Note property (10) was where
the White Elephant Saloon was located.
3)
Mary Maverick Memoirs (Lamar Visit)
4)
Tejano Leadership in Mexican and Revolutionary Texas,
Edited by Jesus de la Teja, Father Refugio de la Garza
by: Robert E. Wright, O.M.I.
Photo courtesy of Edward
Sources:
Photo taken from Frost Bank’s 21st floor looking south at
Main Street and Commerce Street.
Copyright 2014. Edward Aranda. All Rights Reserved.
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LOS
BEXAREÑOS
GENEALOGICAL
AND
HISTORICAL
SOCIETY
September 2014
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
1
2
Wednesday
3
Thursday
4
Friday
Saturday
5
6
LBGHS Meeting
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
“Texas Before the Álamo”
Laredo Center of Arts
Laredo, Texas
Labor Day
7
8
7:30 p.m.
9
10
11
12
13
LBGHS
Resource Center
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
2018 Conference
Committee Meeting
11:00 a.m.
“ Los Tres Huastecos ”
Villa Finale
6:00 p.m.
14
15
16
17
18
19
“Tejano Vigil at the
Álamo Shrine”
7:00 p.m.
20
LBGHS
Resource Center
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
“Independencia de México”
“Tejano Memorial”
Teatro Lila Cockrell
San Fernando Cemetery #1
10:00 a.m.
6:00 p.m. ~ 9:00 p.m.
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
LBGHS
Resource Center
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Texas Ranger
Memorial Cross Dedication
35 th Texas Hispanic Genealogical & Historical Conference
28
29
30
SEPTEMBER
OCTOBER
15
15
Important Dates to Remember
September 1!
Have a Happy and Safe Labor Day!
September 5!
“Texas Before The Álamo” at the Laredo Center of Arts - Laredo, Texas
September 6!
Los Bexareños membership meeting - San Antonio, Texas
September 12!
Outdoor screening of “Los Tres Huastecos” at Villa Finale - San Antonio, Texas
September 13 !
2018 THGH Conference Committee Meeting - San Antonio, Texas
September 13 !
Tejano Vigil at the Álamo Shrine - San Antonio, Texas
September 16 !
Independencia de México ~ Grito de Dolores
September 20 !
Tejano Memorial at San Fernando Cemetery No. 1 - San Antonio, Texas
September 25-27!
35th Texas Hispanic Genealogical and Historical Conference - McAllen, Texas
September 27!
Texas Ranger Memorial Cross Dedication “Juan Antonio Ximenes” - San Antonio, Texas
Los Bexareños
Membership
A Great
Genealogy Gift
Hispanic
Heritage
History & Culture
September 15 — October 15
National Hispanic Heritage Month
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Volume 3 - Issue 9
LOS
BEXAREÑOS
GENEALOGICAL
AND
HISTORICAL
SOCIETY
From Around The State
Austin :!!
!
News from Tejano Genealogy Society of Austin
Corpus Christi :! !
News from Spanish American Genealogical Association (SAGA)
Dallas :! !
!
News from HOGAR de Dallas
Edinburg :!
!
News from Las Porciones Society
Harlingen :!
!
News from Río Grande Valley Hispanic Genealogical Society
Houston :!
!
News from Hispanic Genealogy Society of Houston
Laredo :! !
!
News from Villa de San Agustín - Laredo Genealogy Society
San Elizario :!
!
News from San Elizario Genealogy and Historical Society
Victoria :!
!
News from Victoria Hispanic Genealogical and Historical Society of Texas
This section is dedicated to our sister Hispanic Genealogy Societies throughout the State. Just click on the blue link and it will take you to their website or their Facebook page.
Message from the Editor
There were five LBGHS members that worked at the four day FGS conference. We filled
1200 bags for attendees; but there were many more that registered for only one day of the
conference. It was said that about 50% of those registered were first timers. A “Cyber Cafe"
was available at the Exhibit Hall where attendees could download portions of their syllabus
and to recharge their phones, iPads and laptops. Blogging, Tweeting, and FaceBook posting
went on throughout the week. We also met new people, made new friends and contacts,
and because of our networking we may be gaining a few new members. Because of our
visibility at this conference, Los Bexareños Genealogical and Historical Society is now a
little better known within the genealogical community.
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If you are an AARP member, you are eligible to receive a 30% discount off your new
subscription or renewal with Ancestry.com. Call 1-800-514-4645, 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. 11:00 p.m. ET and have your AARP member ID number ready when you call.
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The 35th Annual Texas Hispanic Genealogical and Historical Conference will be held at
McAllen, Texas. If you are interested in taking a Charter Bus from San Antonio to the
conference, please contact our President, Louis Benavides, at
[email protected]
We will need at least forty people to make this feasible. We hope to see you there. ✥
—Sylvia Morales
PLEASE
TELL US YOUR STORY
Do not worry about writing style,
spelling and grammar. Write down your
stories just as you would tell them to
your family and friends. Send it to the
email address below. We have volunteers
who will make suggestions and assist you
with the writing style, spelling and
grammar. We will send it back to you for
your approval. We will only print your
story after you approve the final version
of the article. You will have full control
of your article, and you will have a published family story that can be shared with
your descendants. ✥
!
Please send your comments and
suggested articles to the editor (preferably
before the 15th of the month).
September 25-27, 2014
Sylvia Morales
3543 Byron St
San Antonio, TX 78247-3193
The Texas Hispanic Genealogical and Historical Conference
McAllen, Texas
(210) 494-7932 or (210) 291-7702
SAVE THE DATE
[email protected]
THE FACE OF THE LBGHS FACEBOOK PAGE
!
(preferred method of communication)
The administrator for the LBGHS Facebook page is Anthony Delgado. I want to
recognize and thank Anthony for the great job he is doing! Anthony can be reached at
[email protected] He welcomes comments, old ancestral photos, family stories, as
well as critiques and suggestions to enhance our LBGHS Facebook page.
LBGHS eMail Newsletter
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