June 22, 2012

Crispin Rendon A Person of Interest in Mexican Genealogy
Last Names of Nuevo Leon

Crispin Rendon a person of interest in Mexican Genealogy is someone that you need to get familiar with.

Crispin Rendon has been an invaluable source of information and inspiration to myself others who have taken upon the journey of finding out who their ancestors are. He is an expert at doing Mexican Genealogy and if he lists a date or name you can bet that it is accurate and don’t have to double guess yourself.

Get to know Crispin Rendon A Person of Interest in Mexican Genealogy

Crispin Rendon – Photo from OC Latino

I emailed Crispin some questions and he was kind enough to answer them.

What is your name? How long have you been doing genealogy research?

My name is Crispin Rendon and I have been doing family history research since 1990.

How did you get started in Mexican Genealogy?

I wanted something to present at our first family reunion.

What are your favorite Mexican Research resources?

Today the best resource for me, are the online church and civil records on FamilySearch.

I also should say that the two volumes of “Index to the Marriage Investigations of the Diocese of Guadalajara” by Raul J. Guerra, Jr., Nadine M. Vasquez, Baldomero Vela, Jr. are the best investment in genealogy research that I have ever made.

What are the last names you focus most on?

I do not focus on surnames although I plan to start a series on the Top 20 Y-DNA groups in my database maybe next year.

What are the areas/states in Mexico that your research has led you to?

I try to stick to the Mexican States of Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon and Coahuila.

I published multivolume series on the families of General Teran, Nuevo Leon, Mexico and  have plans underway to publish a series on Santiago, Nuevo Leon and Salinas Victoria, Nuevo Leon.

What software do you use?

I us PAF and PAF Companion.

What has been most rewarding about your Research?

I enjoy reading the old documents, creating ancestors book (I do dozens of them a year) and the mtDNA research, oh! and creating “The Slaves of Monterrey” .  I found one of the slaves in that book in a marriage record in Salinas Victoria yesterday.

Any tips for anyone just starting their Mexican ancestry Research?

If you are not having fun, you are not doing it right.

Where can people find you?

Google my name “Crispin Rendon”

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Mr. Rendon, thank you for taking the time to answer these questions and I am very grateful to you. I just hope that you continue to produce the top-level research and resources that you have been making available to us.

NOTE: The above photo was taken at the 37th Annual Texas Genealogical and Historical Conference in Corpus Cristy Texas. I appear in the photo next to Crispin Rendon on a joint presentation that we did.

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About the author 

Moises Garza

I have doing my family genealogy since 1998. I am also the creator of this blog Mexican Genealogy, and my personal blog We Are Cousins. To always be up to date with both of these sites follow me on facebook. To contact me or book me for a presentation, buy my books, and or learn more about me visit my personal website at www.moisesgarza.com.

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  1. I collect Britos. My husband’s brickwall is 1807 in Embudo, Rio Arriba, New Mexico, USA.
    We don’t know where those Britos came from. Family story is that 5 or 7 brothers came from Spain or Portugal in the late 1700s. Mike’s cousin’s son matches DNA of a man in the Cape Verde Islands off Africa. [Portuguese were running the slave trade from there in the 1600-1700s]
    Brito is the name of a village in Portugal. Mike’s DNA is Martin-Serrano. Mike’s nephew’s DNA is being tested now…. None of the Britos who have tested, match each other. Lots of ‘non-paternal-events’ in NM!
    Do you have Britos in your database? Would you like my database?

    The Santa Fe NM Brito line goes to Zacatecas; I think it came there from Hidalgo and Nuevo Leon and Mexico City and the Spanish island of Hispaniola that Christopher Columbus brought 1500 settlers from Portugal/Spain to in 1496….

    1. I had never heard about the Britos last name until now. It is so cool. keep us updated of your research. I did check my database but did not find any Britos. Hopefully someone will read this comment and may let us know if they have any Britos in their databases.

  2. Iam currently trying to trace my family in Mexico. Thry are centered in Merida and in Mexico City. Would you , please give me some advice on how to proceed. I have traced my family to 1930 in the Censo de 1930. I would be grateful if you can advise me. I have reached an impass. Thank you.
    Aida [email protected]

    1. Hello Aida, I would try and find them on the Civil Registry for Mexico City and Merida. Try and guess about what year they may have gotten married and use that as a starting point searching for them on the indexes. If you do locate it you will hit a gold mine genealogically speaking. If you have a specific town name try Google maps and search the nearest big town for them.

  3. Dear Mr .Garza,
    Thank you for your information. My great grandparents did not marry in Merida. They married in Lebanon but they died in the City of Merida. how do I get to the Civil Registry for Mexico City and Merida?

    [email protected]

  4. Hello, I would like to participate. My family´s last name (San Miguel) comes from the north of Coahuila, and I have seen you already make some research where my lastname came out. I would like your help to find out more. Who should I contact?

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