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Record Description

The genealogical card file of approximately 270,000 cards compiled by Rodolfo Gonzalez de la Garza represents thousands of families of Southern Texas and Northern Mexico. The card file is an index of families by surname, which includes basic information extracted from Gonzalez's books. The records are in Spanish and the cards contain numerous abbreviations. The card file is in the Laredo Public Library.

Rodolfo Gonzalez de la Garza collected genealogical data on hundreds of families in Northern Mexico and Texas. The collection includes information from the 1800s and 1900s. The card index was created to provide a rapid access to the information in the Gonzalez de la Garza collection. The information is generally reliable.

For an alphabetical list of names currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

Record Content

Each card contains different information. They may contain any of the following:

  • Names
  • Birth, marriage, or death dates
  • Relationships

How to Use the Record

To begin your search you will need to know

  • The name of your ancestor
  • Some other identifying information such as birth date.

Search the Collection

To search the collection by image
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Name Range" category which takes you to the images.

Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add any new information to existing records about your family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors. For example:

  • Use the names, dates, and places as the basis for family groups or to build a family pedigree.
  • Use the dates along with places or residences to help you locate the family in other records such as census, church, and land records.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • This collection is considered a secondary source, but the information on the cards can lead you to other primary records.
  • The information on the cards is brief so it is easy to confuse individuals.
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Don't overlook FHL Place United States, Texas items or FHL Keyword Texas items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see Texas Archives and Libraries.

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Hispanic Local History and Genealogy in the United States

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Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

"Texas, Gonzalez de la Garza Genealogy Collection." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Rudolfo Gonzalez de la Garza. Laredo Public Library.


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