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By Visitor - Posted on 07 April 2006

Hello all,

My name is Tony Diaz... I live in Chicago, born and raised on the South Side
(southeast, near the Indiana border). Any South Side Mexicans here with
roots in Zacatecas?

My grandfather was born in or around Momax, about 1890 or so. He emigrated
in 1910 work in the then-booming steel industry here in the city. If anyone
is or has ancestors from this area, any information you can provide to help me
with my budding research project would be much appreciated.

Tony:

Welcome to the group. I am sure that you will find plenty of people willing to help you out with your research here, especially if you are willing to share your success stories. I think one of the great aspects of the group is getting to share in the successes of others such that when we are up against a brick wall, it is inspirational to see someone else make a breakthrough...

Here are my suggestions as to how to proceed.

The best resource is the LDS church and their website familysearch.org. They tend to only index events (baptisms and marriages) prior to 1900 so your grandfather's birth is right at the cusp of that so it would be very helpful to find out what his parents' names were... so:

1. Try to find an older relative who might know what his parents' names were

2. Find his death record in the social security death index and request a copy of his social security application which will list his parents

3. Find his marriage record... where was he married? In Chicago? His marriage record should list his parents

NEXT:

Go to the FILMS section of the site and find the marriages for Momax at the end of the 1800s and try to find his parent's marriage record. It may be that they were married in a neighboring town so you should try towns like Tlaltenango... look in the maps section and see what other towns are nearby. You will find that people often moved, though usually not too far.

Good luck. Let us know how it goes.

BTW... what is your grandfather's name?

Tony:

Welcome to the group. I am sure that you will find plenty of people willing to help you out with your research here, especially if you are willing to share your success stories. I think one of the great aspects of the group is getting to share in the successes of others such that when we are up against a brick wall, it is inspirational to see someone else make a breakthrough...

Here are my suggestions as to how to proceed.

The best resource is the LDS church and their website familysearch.org. They tend to only index events (baptisms and marriages) prior to 1900 so your grandfather's birth is right at the cusp of that so it would be very helpful to find out what his parents' names were... so:

1. Try to find an older relative who might know what his parents' names were

2. Find his death record in the social security death index and request a copy of his social security application which will list his parents

3. Find his marriage record... where was he married? In Chicago? His marriage record should list his parents

NEXT:

Go to the FILMS section of the site and find the marriages for Momax at the end of the 1800s and try to find his parent's marriage record. It may be that they were married in a neighboring town so you should try towns like Tlaltenango... look in the maps section and see what other towns are nearby. You will find that people often moved, though usually not too far.

Good luck. Let us know how it goes.

BTW... what is your grandfather's name?

I am currently working on Jerez baptism records 439867 and 439868 covering the years 1899 to 1907. If anyone needs a record checked I'd be happy to oblige. I will have them for another 4 weeks.

Linda Castanon-Long in Everett

Hi Linda:

Could you please look for Francisca Cerro(s) born 9 Mar, 1903. Her father
was Preciliano Cerro(s) and her mother was Apolonia Gonzalez.

Francisca was my mother, she used to say that she had been born in "Minillas
de Jerez, Zacatecas" The only Minillas that I have found so far, is a ranch
north of Mezquitic, Jalisco. I have ordered the film for Mezquitic for 1903
but it will be a couple of weeks before I get it. The FHC center will be
closed all of next week, so I am sure that will delay the film a few more
days...

Thank you, I appreciate your help.

John Gonzalez
Wildomar, CA.
1gnzlz@verizon.net

Hey Tony,

I have lots of family from the Momax, Zacatecas area.

What surnames are you researching?

- Angie Godina

John I will be at the history center on Monday and will look up the info for you, glad to be able to help.
Linda in Everett

John Gonzalez <1gnzlz@verizon.net> wrote:
Hi Linda:

Could you please look for Francisca Cerro(s) born 9 Mar, 1903. Her father
was Preciliano Cerro(s) and her mother was Apolonia Gonzalez.

Francisca was my mother, she used to say that she had been born in "Minillas
de Jerez, Zacatecas" The only Minillas that I have found so far, is a ranch
north of Mezquitic, Jalisco. I have ordered the film for Mezquitic for 1903
but it will be a couple of weeks before I get it. The FHC center will be
closed all of next week, so I am sure that will delay the film a few more
days...

Thank you, I appreciate your help.

John Gonzalez
Wildomar, CA.
1gnzlz@verizon.net

List Etiquette:

Sorry Linda and John, but you two were the ones that did it last. Not
picking on you since several have been doing it lately. Con cariño I
offer up these gentle reminders that will be helpful for the whole list.

Two things:

1) Change the Subject heading to properly reflect the content of the message

2) Change the Subject heading to properly reflect the content of the message

2) Change the Subject heading to properly reflect the content of the
message (well I guess that makes three things)

Now that some of you are on the Digest version this applies to you also.
don't just click reply, put in your input, and then click on Send.

For those of you getting Digest here is what you do:

1) Change the subject from "Digest" to "Whatever your Topic is"

2) Cut and paste only what your message pertains to. What I mean is that
all the other messages will be included in the Digest if you don't
delete them. So cut and paste only pertinent information [If anyone
needs a lesson in how to "cut and paste" I'm offering a free "to Ranchos
members only" lesson on this. Contact me privately at makas@nc.rr.com to
get this free instruction].

Erlinda Castanon-Long wrote:

>John I will be at the history center on Monday and will look up the info for you, glad to be able to help.
> Linda in Everett
>
>John Gonzalez <1gnzlz@verizon.net> wrote:
> Hi Linda:
>
>Could you please look for Francisca Cerro(s) born 9 Mar, 1903. Her father
>was Preciliano Cerro(s) and her mother was Apolonia Gonzalez.
>
>Francisca was my mother, she used to say that she had been born in "Minillas
>de Jerez, Zacatecas" The only Minillas that I have found so far, is a ranch
>north of Mezquitic, Jalisco. I have ordered the film for Mezquitic for 1903
>but it will be a couple of weeks before I get it. The FHC center will be
>closed all of next week, so I am sure that will delay the film a few more
>days...
>
>Thank you, I appreciate your help.
>
>John Gonzalez
>Wildomar, CA.
>1gnzlz@verizon.net
>
>

Thank you Joseph and I do want to welcome Tony to the group. I know you will find kindred spirits here..

oops! guess I should change the heading?? (just a very little humor!)
Linda in Everett

Joseph Puentes wrote:

List Etiquette:

Sorry Linda and John, but you two were the ones that did it last. Not
picking on you since several have been doing it lately. Con cariño I
offer up these gentle reminders that will be helpful for the whole list.

Two things:

1) Change the Subject heading to properly reflect the content of the message

2) Change the Subject heading to properly reflect the content of the message

2) Change the Subject heading to properly reflect the content of the
message (well I guess that makes three things)

Now that some of you are on the Digest version this applies to you also.
don't just click reply, put in your input, and then click on Send.

For those of you getting Digest here is what you do:

1) Change the subject from "Digest" to "Whatever your Topic is"

2) Cut and paste only what your message pertains to. What I mean is that
all the other messages will be included in the Digest if you don't
delete them. So cut and paste only pertinent information [If anyone
needs a lesson in how to "cut and paste" I'm offering a free "to Ranchos
members only" lesson on this. Contact me privately at makas@nc.rr.com to
get this free instruction].

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John I went through the entire film and there was not one single Cerro/Cerros or Serra/Serros in the records. Your Mom was not there during 1899 to 1903.. sorry, wish I could have been more help to you.
Linda in Everett

John Gonzalez <1gnzlz@verizon.net> wrote:
Hi Linda:

Could you please look for Francisca Cerro(s) born 9 Mar, 1903. Her father
was Preciliano Cerro(s) and her mother was Apolonia Gonzalez.

Francisca was my mother, she used to say that she had been born in "Minillas
de Jerez, Zacatecas" The only Minillas that I have found so far, is a ranch
north of Mezquitic, Jalisco. I have ordered the film for Mezquitic for 1903
but it will be a couple of weeks before I get it. The FHC center will be
closed all of next week, so I am sure that will delay the film a few more
days...

Thank you, I appreciate your help.

John Gonzalez
Wildomar, CA.
1gnzlz@verizon.net

I apologize again for forgetting to change the heading... I will try harder...
Linda in Everett

Erlinda Castanon-Long wrote:
John I went through the entire film and there was not one single Cerro/Cerros or Serra/Serros in the records. Your Mom was not there during 1899 to 1903.. sorry, wish I could have been more help to you.
Linda in Everett

John Gonzalez <1gnzlz@verizon.net> wrote:
Hi Linda:

Could you please look for Francisca Cerro(s) born 9 Mar, 1903. Her father
was Preciliano Cerro(s) and her mother was Apolonia Gonzalez.

Francisca was my mother, she used to say that she had been born in "Minillas
de Jerez, Zacatecas" The only Minillas that I have found so far, is a ranch
north of Mezquitic, Jalisco. I have ordered the film for Mezquitic for 1903
but it will be a couple of weeks before I get it. The FHC center will be
closed all of next week, so I am sure that will delay the film a few more
days...

Thank you, I appreciate your help.

John Gonzalez
Wildomar, CA.
1gnzlz@verizon.net

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