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By abram101 - Posted on 07 December 2012

So I want to try to trace my American/Mexican ancestors so is there any other website like ancestry.com that you don't have to pay?If someone is subscribed to ancestry.com it would be very nice helpful if you could help me out on finding my ancestors that lived in the u.s?I would ask my father but he separated from my mother when I was like 2 years old and we do not stay in touch at all I believe he still lives in Texas.

Father:Rogelio Flores Born:San Antonio Bexar 03 Jul 1951
Parents:Roberto Diaz Flores & Petra Flores
My mother told me that my dads father was born in Mexico but she doesn't know what part of Mexico and that my fathers mother was born in Texas County Bexar
Roberto and Petra had approx. 6 children

Rosalinda F Flores Birth:24 Jul 1958
Bexar County Texas

Santa Flores
Birth
16 Apr 1965
Bexar,Texas

Ricardo Flores
30 Sep 1952
Bexar,Texas

Rogelio F Flores(Dad)
03 Jul 1951
Bexar, Texas

Jose Ruben Flores
19 Mar 1946
Bexar,Texas

Raul Flores
10 May 1948
Bexar,Texas

It would mean a lot to me if someone helped me out tracing my dads ancestry or just gave me directions on what to do.

Many public libraries have a subscription to Ancestry.com; however you have to use it at the library.

The LDS Family History Centers also have access, but once again, you can only use it at the FHC.

At the Family Search website there is a source entitled "United States, Border Crossings from Mexico to United States, 1903-1957" which may be helpful. This is just an index of the files at Ancestry.com. Ancestry.com has images of these records. which may have more information than the index. In a few cases there are even pictures of the person, but that is rare.

There are a number of Texas resources at Family Search that you can search on the web, as well as others at Ancestry.com.

The 1940 Census may be helpful, although the names Roberto Flores and Petra Flores are not distinctive, so if you had any more information your chances of success would be improved.

Getting a copy of your father's birth certificate would be helpful, but it likely would only say his father is from Mexico, but there is always a chance that it may be more specific. There are restrictions on who can get copies of birth records. You would have to look at the rules at the Texas Department of State Health Services. There is also a fee for an official copy.

George Fulton
Pleasanton, CA

If your grandfather was using the name Roberto Diaz Flores and all his children go the surname Flores, I wonder whether he used his full name unchanged (Roberto Diaz Flores) and here in the US the authorities just assumed Flores was his only surname, or if he switched the order of his surnames and his real birth name was Roberto Flores Diaz. If you search this name at familysearch you get some hits from US border crossings from Mexico.

As for using Ancestry.com, I agree with Mr. Fulton, you can visit your local library, or the library of a nearby university and they may have a subscription you can use. Maybe even your school.

Good luck with your search,
Victoriano Navarro

I tried Ancestry.com and found them way too expensive and no results. I had no success with my searches and a friend of mine told me to use FamilySearch, which is free and quite helpful. I've had success in my searches with Nuestros Ranchos, Mexico Genealogy and familysearch. They are free and very helpful. Afer months of searching, Joseph found my Mother and I almost cried to see her birth certificate since than I stick with NR.

Ann Marie Gutierrez

I tried Ancestry.com and found them way too expensive and no results. I had no success with my searches and a friend of mine told me to use FamilySearch, which is free and quite helpful. I've had success in my searches with Nuestros Ranchos, Mexico Genealogy and familysearch. They are free and very helpful. Afer months of searching, Joseph found my Mother and I almost cried to see her birth certificate since than I stick with NR.

Ann Marie Gutierrez

Victoriano,

I see so do you think one of the those Robertos might be my grandfather?I shall try going to the library and check if they do so.

George,

May I have the link to that specific website because i couldn't find it.I tried looking for my fathers birth certificate on familysearch.org but was not successful it didn't mention birth records for people born in San Antonio Texas County Bexar;this is a lot different than looking for your ancestors in Mexico.

Abram

This is the site:

http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/vs/reqproc/certified_copy.shtm#offline

George Fulton
Pleasanton, CA

Abram

There is a border crossing record that may be of interest, but you would need some more information to determine if this is the right person:

Roberto Diaz Flores
b. 9-17-1928, Ags., Ags, Mexico
residence: Calle Madero #164, Ags., Ags., Mexico
Crossed the border at El PAso, 5 Jan 1946
unnmarried

George Fulton
Pleasanton, CA

Abram

Assuming your grandmother was born in the 1930's (not unreasonable with the info you provided) there is one Petra Flores born in Bexar Co., TX:

Petra Flores
b. 18 Sep 1931, Bexar Co.
Father: Mateo Flores
Mother: Andreas Casares

However, more inforamtion is needed to determine if this is the right Petra Flores. There are 12 other Petra Flores born in Texas in the 1930s.

There are also at least two female births with last name Flores, but no first name, in Bexar County.

Perhaps trying to find a marriage record for your grandparents would solve the riddle.

George Fulton
Pleasanton, CA

Abram,

Yes, one of those Robertos might be your grandfather, although Roberto, Díaz and Flores are pretty common name and surnames, so chances are there were more people named like your grandfather during his lifetime.

Good luck with your search,
Victoriano Navarro

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