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By yolandamedinaperez - Posted on 08 June 2006

Saludos a todos,
I am planning a few trips to visit the UTEP special collection dept to see the documents of Cleofas Calleros. This local historian, author became the Mexican Border Representative of the National Catholic Welfare Conference Bureau of Immigration in El Paso in 1926 to 1968. He handled over 1 million immigration cases and from what I have seen of his documents he was a very organized and meticulous Rep. These records were donated to the UTEP Library and have all been sorted by surname and placed in acid free file boxes. Unfortunately the records for letters A-E were destroyed. If you know that your ancestor came thru El Paso e-mail me directly with the names and any pertinent info such as name of state, town of birth, spouse, parents. Remember that women used their maiden name. This info allows me to distinguish from many similar records. I will then get a copy and e-mail them to you. Some of these records have pictures, with these I take a photo and will do the
same. I know that it will be alot of work but I know that I'm fortunate to have these records almost at hand. PLEASE let me know that you are a RANCHOS COUSIN in you subject heading, otherwise I won't open your
e-mail. I know this will take a while and we will have hits and misses so, please be patient. If you make a request I will assume that you are giving me permission to copy your families documents.
Adios PRIMOS
Yolanda Medina Pérez

Best of luck to you. I just got a dozen letters all at once from the Department of Homeland Security. That return address just about gave me a stroke!

But the letters were in response to Freedom of Information requests I made on my Rodriguez relations who I know came thru El Paso in 1918, fleeing Hidalgo del Parral, Chihuahua which was then suffering the double whamy of the world-wide flu pandemic and the Mexican Revolution. I've seen my great grandpa Jose Rodriguez's passport, with the El Paso stamp in it, but Homeland Security found no record of any kind on him, his wife, or children.

I'm told the El Paso Library is a great source of genealogical records, but when I've called the phone is always dead. I learned that the libary is closed for remodeling. No one has been able to give me a re-opening date.

Supposedly everything is boxed and in storage.

Yolanda/Ernie,

I don't remember knowing that UTEP had such file boxes of border
crossing records...perhaps I'd heard and dismissed it because
my ancestors entered earlier than 1926. UTEP Special Collections
does, however, have a wonderful collection of OLD Mexican books,
and the periodicals has a good collection of Mexican newspapers
and documents. I found my ancestor's request to obtain rights
to a mine in Durango in 1860s or 70s. There are definitely good
documents there - most which I have yet to explore.

Regarding the public library...I can keep my eyes open and let
you know as soon as it opens up again. It looks like they're
almost done with the new development but I don't know how long
it'll take to set it all up.

Take care,

Connie Dominguez
El Paso, TX, USA

Connie & Yolanda: I number of years ago, I was of the understanding that a museum was going to be built in El Paso in honor of those wonderful men, women, and children that crossed from Mexico into the United States in the 1920's. Do you have any information on such a museum?
Gracias, Helyn

New wrote:

Yolanda/Ernie,

I don't remember knowing that UTEP had such file boxes of border
crossing records...perhaps I'd heard and dismissed it because
my ancestors entered earlier than 1926. UTEP Special Collections
does, however, have a wonderful collection of OLD Mexican books,
and the periodicals has a good collection of Mexican newspapers
and documents. I found my ancestor's request to obtain rights
to a mine in Durango in 1860s or 70s. There are definitely good
documents there - most which I have yet to explore.

Regarding the public library...I can keep my eyes open and let
you know as soon as it opens up again. It looks like they're
almost done with the new development but I don't know how long
it'll take to set it all up.

Take care,

Connie Dominguez
El Paso, TX, USA

Now this might not be too much help but awhile back Arturo Ramos posted
this message and it might be appropriate to revive it. I know the next
time I have some research time in DC this is the material I plan to
study. The 1920 Census records for my Puentes family indicates they
crossed in 1911. . .I'm hoping they are on this material. You never know
but maybe this film can be copied and distributed to some of the other
NARA branches in the US.

joseph

[ranchos] [Nuestros Ranchos] El Paso Records Exist!
Date: Fri, 03 Mar 2006 09:18:10 -0800 (PST)
From: arturoramos2
Reply-To: ranchos@yahoogroups.com To:
general@lists.nuestrosranchos.com References:
<20060226233008.16478.qmail@web36312.mail.mud.yahoo.com>

I just received this letter from one of the archivists at the
National Archives and Records Administration. I will try to go
over sometime and see what I find and will report back...Dear
Mr. Ramos, This is in response to your email message of
February 27, 2006, requesting information relating to border
crossing records into El Paso, TX for 1916. We received your
request on March 1, 2006. The National Archives and Records
Administration has copies of passenger arrival lists (manifests)
and available indexes for most Atlantic and Gulf Coast ports
dating from 1820. The âEURoeAlphabetical Index to Permanent
Manifests into El Paso, 1904-24,âEUR? and the âEURoeAlphabetical
Index to Non-Statistical Admissions into El Paso, TX,
1904-24,âEUR? have not been processed for publication. They remain
on the project list. If you would like to research this film,
however, we can make the microfilm available to you. Please let
us know ahead of time because this accessioned microfilm remains
in the stacks and must be brought to the Central Research Room
and from there delivered to the Microfilm Reading Room. If we
can be of further assistance to you, please write or call
(202)-501-5395.Sincerely,Suzanne A. HarrisOld Military and Civil
RecordsTextual Archives DivisionEnclosures

New wrote:

>Yolanda/Ernie,
>
>I don't remember knowing that UTEP had such file boxes of border
>crossing records...perhaps I'd heard and dismissed it because
>my ancestors entered earlier than 1926. UTEP Special Collections
>does, however, have a wonderful collection of OLD Mexican books,
>and the periodicals has a good collection of Mexican newspapers
>and documents. I found my ancestor's request to obtain rights
>to a mine in Durango in 1860s or 70s. There are definitely good
>documents there - most which I have yet to explore.
>
>Regarding the public library...I can keep my eyes open and let
>you know as soon as it opens up again. It looks like they're
>almost done with the new development but I don't know how long
>it'll take to set it all up.
>
>Take care,
>
>
>
>Connie Dominguez
>El Paso, TX, USA
>
>
>

I don't know of any Puentes that might have come through during that
time period (mine came through in 1911), but sometimes there are finding
aids for these collections of materials. The next time you go can you
ask if they have a finding aid for this collection? If they do can you
photocopy it for me? Ask if they have other finding aids other than the
one I'm listing next?

I currently have a finding aid for this Film Series: UTEPMF489 Juarez
Cathedral.doc [Note to Mickey: this is the finding aid I was talking to
you about].
[[[[[NOTE TO GROUP: I have this finding aid in .doc format. If anyone is
doing Chihuahua research contact me OFF LIST at makas@nc.rr.com and I'll
email it to you.]]]]]

I hope others in the group that had relatives come through during that
time period take you up on such a generous offer to help.

Does that collection have any kind of index?

thanks,

joseph

Yolanda Bobby Perez wrote:

>Saludos a todos,
> I am planning a few trips to visit the UTEP special collection dept to see the documents of Cleofas Calleros. This local historian, author became the Mexican Border Representative of the National Catholic Welfare Conference Bureau of Immigration in El Paso in 1926 to 1968. He handled over 1 million immigration cases and from what I have seen of his documents he was a very organized and meticulous Rep. These records were donated to the UTEP Library and have all been sorted by surname and placed in acid free file boxes. Unfortunately the records for letters A-E were destroyed. If you know that your ancestor came thru El Paso e-mail me directly with the names and any pertinent info such as name of state, town of birth, spouse, parents. Remember that women used their maiden name. This info allows me to distinguish from many similar records. I will then get a copy and e-mail them to you. Some of these records have pictures, with these I take a photo and will do the
> same. I know that it will be alot of work but I know that I'm fortunate to have these records almost at hand. PLEASE let me know that you are a RANCHOS COUSIN in you subject heading, otherwise I won't open your
> e-mail. I know this will take a while and we will have hits and misses so, please be patient. If you make a request I will assume that you are giving me permission to copy your families documents.
> Adios PRIMOS
> Yolanda Medina Pérez
>
>

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