Texas, Gonzalez de la Garza Genealogy Collection (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Collection Time Period

The collection includes information from the 1800s and 1900s.

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. 

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records.  It may include the author, custoidian, publisher, or archive for the original records.

Gonzalez de la Garza, Rudolfo. Texas, Gonzalez de la Garza Genealogy Collection. Laredo Public Library, Laredo, Texas.

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Record Content

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

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

How to Use the Record

This collection is considered a secondary source, but the information on the cards can lead you to other primary records. Compare the information on the cards to what you already know to make sure that you have the correct family.

  • Add any new information to existing records about your family.
  • 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.

Why the Record Was Created

The card index was created to provide a rapid access to the information in the Gonzalez de la Garza collection.

Record Reliability

The information is generally reliable.

Related Websites

Hispanic Local History and Genealogy in the United States

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Texas, Gonzalez de la Garza Genealogy Collection." digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org: accessed 17 August 2011). Aba, Pristiliano-Aguirre, Antonia > Image 6 of 1601 images, Abad, Alberto; citing Gonzalez de la Garza Genealogy Collection, image 6; Laredo Public Library, Laredo, Texas. FHL digital images. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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