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I need help finding records of my 2nd great grandfather prior to 1900. His name was Juan Samaniego and was baptized about 1842 in San Fernando Catholic Church in San Antonio. He married Romana Casares in 1860 in Monclova, Coahuila, Mexico.0
What specific information are you looking for? What do you already know about Juan? Did he stay in Mexico after he married Romana? Is Juan in the FamilySearch Family Tree, if so please provide his ID Number.0
His ID number is M7C-6Y2. I would like to know his DOB and where he was born. In 1860 he married Romana and my grandfather, Pedro was born in Eagle Pass, Texas in 1866. They had another child of which I have no information.0
We are short one letter/number in the first part of the ID number. Would you please update the ID number?
Juan Samaniego m7cw-6y20
In the 1900 Census in shows that Juan was born June 1834 in Texas. I do see that he moved back and forth across the US and Mexico boarder many times. I would check into land/military records in and around San Antonio. (That is where you have him Christened) I see that the Census has the last 20-30 years in Dimmit, Texas. I would suggest that you talk with the History Society there and see if they have any "Family History" for Juan and his family. Another good source is the newspapers.
For the birth I would check for the records of the
San Fernando Church, San Antonio, Texas. With the following link I would check under the "Church Records" and "Texas Portal". Here is the link:
Let us know if you have tried all these suggestions or how you did.
Yours in Service,
Thank you for the suggestions but I’m going to wait for the Catholic Church to finish putting their records on Ancestry. Their records will open an enormous amount of information on my Samaniego branch Again, thank you.0
The Catholic Church is putting their records on Ancestry????0
Yes. At least in Texas,of this I am sure.0
If you live in Texas, call the diocese of your region. I have called the diocese of San Antonio several times only to be told they’re still inputting the records from their parishes. The only records you can get in your church are your own.0
I have a lot of information as of 1900 and some before then. He was born around 1844. As far as San Fernando Church I called the office of records and was told what I already knew. All records are going to be on Ancestry. I called hoping that maybe someone would be interested in helping me. Many people, including some representatives of Ancestry, are unaware that the Catholic Church (in Texas and I’m sure the rest of the U.S.) is putting its records onAncestry. I have contacted the archives of the San Antonio Diocese several times. Before the pandemic, I was told the records would be on Ancestry this summer. A few weeks ago I called again and was told it was going to be later. She couldn’t tell me when. As for the census, the accuracy leaves a lot to be desired. The census takers were Caucasians who spoke little or no Spanish. I’m going to wait on the Samaniego branch and work with my father’s family until the Catholic Church puts the records on Ancestry. I do thank you for your suggestions.0
I'm emailing parishes in the Diocese of Austin & Brownsville.0