Map of Nuevo Reino de Leon and Nuevo Santander

For those in search of a map that includes Nuevo Leon, Nuevo Santander, and the Mexican coast look no farther.  The following map can be acquired from the Spanish Archives (Archivos de Espana).  The link below will lead you to the website. http://pares.mcu.es/ The PARES (Portal de Archivos Espanoles) will appear, click on the Busqueda…

Texas and Northeastern Mexico, 1630-1690, History Book

For those interested in the history of Texas and Northeastern Mexico make sure to get your hands on this detailed book, Texas and Northeastern Mexico, 1630-1690. It was written by Juan Bautista Chapa, also known as the “Anonymous Author”. This book was first published until 1909. In this account, Chapa reveals to us the history…

Five Theodore Roosevelt Quotes For Men

Theodore Roosevelt served as the 26th President of the United States from September 14, 1901 – March 4, 1909. Besides being the President of the United States, he also served as Police Commissioner of New York City, he was also appointed as the Assitant Secretary of the Navy in 1897 by President McKinley. When the…

Castaño de Sosa…Basque?

Baltazar Castaño de Sosa is my direct 11th great grandfather. In other words, from father to son, my paternal lineage. Although I descend from him in other lineages within my family history, I find this ancestor of mine quite unique. While investigating my ancestry, I took two DNA test, one from 23andme, and the second…

What Is Your Heritage? (Part 1)

We all grow up with the weight of history on us. Our ancestors dwell in the attics of our brains as they do in the spiraling chains of knowledge hidden in every cell of our bodies. ~Shirley Abbott Maybe you are wondering what does herencia mean? When translated to English herencia  means heritage. Heritage is defined…

Footsteps of General Juan Escamilla (Part 1)

  What is honor? What does it mean to give one’s life for a cause? What is death if not our next step to the eternal realm. Our birth and death dates are of minimal importance but what is essential is what did we do between the two dates.  What legacy did we leave behind…