Durango Preguntas
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The origin of the word "Durango" is in the Basque language, not in Spanish, as is commonly believed. According to the Durango State Monograph (Monografía Estatal de Durango), published by the Department of Public Education, in 1992 (La Secretaría de Educación Pública, México, 1992), there are three versions of its meaning:
1) "Durango, a Basque word, may possibly mean land between heights, (vega entre alturas) or extensive land (vega extensa), or Durango equals flatland, fertile, limited by elevations, or very extensive (tierra plana, fértil, limitada por elevaciones, o muy grande)," so says Gutierre Tibón, a writer and researcher of the Spanish language.
2) It also means a bog of ferns, land covered with ferns (helechal), a place where ferns grow (lugar de helechos), according to the "Etimología de Apellidos Vascos" by Isaac López Mendizábal.
3) Durango means "beyond the waters" (mas alla del agua) according to the "Enciclopedia de México". (EZP)

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ACOSTA - Searching for family roots - Father: Pedro Rios ACOSTA, born 1900 in San Juan de Guadalupe. Best of my knowledge he was one of five children. Believe he and his father, also, Pedro Rios ACOSTA worked in the silver mines. Would like to trace and know family name. If you have any information that may help me, please send to dratdogiii@hotmail.com. Posted 23 Oct 1997.

Pánuco de Coronado, Dgo.: Looking for the families of:

Salome CHÁVEZ (1887) and his wife Aurelia RAMÍREZ (1890 in San José de Avino)
Teófilo CHÁVEZ (1851) and his wife Lorenza VELA (1851)
Aniceto CHÁVEZ (1818) and his wife Feliciana RAMOS (1818)
Ramon CHÁVEZ (1788) and his wife María de las Nieves CHÁVEZ (1788)
Antonio RAMOS (1798) and his wife Juana LUNA (1798)
Guadalupe VELA (1818) and his wife Juana LOZANO (1829)
Nicolas VELA (1790) and his wife Gertrudes SIFUENTES (1795)
Jesús LOZANO (1809) and his wife Dolores BARRAZA (1809)
Juan Jose SIFUENTES (1758) and his wife Ana María CORREA (1760)
San José de Avino, Durango. Looking for the families of Saturnino RAMÍREZ (1861) and his wife Luciana GONZÁLES (1870); Luis RAMÍREZ (1828) and his wife Felipa LÓPEZ (1830); Doinicio RAMÍREZ (1808) and his wife Leonides MARTÍNEZ (1808); Agustín LÓPEZ (1800) and his wife María de los Angeles BENÍTES (1800)

DE LOS REYES, VELA. Coneto de Comonfort, Dgo.: Looking for the families of Francisco Antonio VELA (1754) and his wife Rafaela DE LOS REYES, (1760); Francisco Antonio DE LOS REYES (1735); and his wife Francisca Xaviera DE QUIONES.

VELA, GANDARA. San Juan del Río, Dgo.:Looking for the families of Luis Anastacio VELA (1716) and his wife María de San Juan DE GÁNDARA (1720). Please contact: Paty García. Posted 19 Aug 1997.

SERRANO LUNA. - Quiero saber de la familia SERRANO LUNA. Soy hija del Señor Vicente SERRANO LUNA. Él nació en Nazas, Durango en 1903. Su padre se llamaba Martín SERRANO y nació en 1860. Muchas gracias. R. E. Monteros. Posted 19 Aug 1997.

FRAGOSO, VÁSQEZ - I am looking for information on any relatives of Rosendo FRAGOSO or any information on the man himself. My information shows he was born in 1893 in Mexico, but relatives think he was born in Durango. He married B(V)asilia VÁSQUEZ, also maybe from Durango. His father and mother are Galletano FRAGOSO and Louisa MARTEL. Her parents are Luz VÁSQUEZ and Alija VÁSQUEZ Lew Ebner. Posted 18 Jun 1997.

RAMÍREZ, GONZÁLEZ, SALZIDO, BARRAZA in Durango, Dgo, specifically El Arenal, 1920's and back. Magdaleno GONZÁLEZ and Amelia RAMÍREZ. Magdaleno's parents were Felix GONZÁLEZ and Felipa BARRAZA, Amelia's parents were Severiano BARRAZA and Concepcion SALZIDO. Information on mailing address of the main churches would be appreciated. I do speak and read some Spanish, although my writing in Spanish is not so great. Delia Gonzalez. Posted 12 Jun 1997.

TORRES, ARAIZA. I am looking for the lineage of the surnames TORRES and ARAIZA. Contact Francisco J. Torres at Francisco J. Torres. Posted 21 Mar 1998.

ZUBIA, GUAJARDO. My name is Amelia Yelland and I am looking for information on my father, Alejandro ZUBIA and his family. I know he was born in Gomez Palacio, Durango on July 17,1914 his mothers name was Elisa Andrea GUAJARDO, his father's was Angel ZUBIA. Angel ZUBIA died in the year 1923?. No other info. I do know that my father and his mother came to the United States by way of El Paso Texas when he was about 9 years old. Please contact Amelia Yelland. Posted 21 Mar 1998.

MONTANEZ. Subject: Durango. I am looking for information on Feliz MONTANEZ. His birth date might be April 1, 1910. Please contact Montanes. Posted 22 Mar 1998.

RODRIGUEZ/SALAS/RIVERO. Durango location? My grandmother was born in "Guanacevi," or "Juanasavene," Mexico in the state of Durango. Where would it be located on the map and the correct spelling? I understand that it is a small village. Does anyone know what the name is or how I could find the name of the Catholic Church in Juanasavene to locate the birth, death, marriage records for RODRIGUEZ, SALAS, RIVERO Families of this town. Thank you, Debbie Perez. Debbie Perez. Posted 21 Mar 1998.

MENDEZ, LANDEROS, Epigmenia Landeros born 24 march 1898 in Tlahualilo, Durango, Mexico died 13 Feb 1991 His parents MENDEZ, Alejandro Prieto born 24 April 1858 in Jerez, Zacatecas, Mexico and mother LANDEROS, Maria Del Rio born 19 April 1868 in same place. I am using my friend's computer at Maria Cole. Posted Mar 21 1988.

POSADA, CARRETE, CARBAJAL. Familias de las Minerias del Oro. POSADA, CARRETE, CARBAJAL - Busco informacion sobre estas familias en las areas de Las Palmas, El Agostadero, El Magistral, La Cofradia, Ynde y Santa Maria del Oro, Durango. A fines del siglo diecinueve y a principios del siglo veinte, se encuentra mucho en los archivos de la parroquia de Nuestra Senora de la Merced del Oro e Ynde. Pero al llevar la busqueda hacia la mitad del siglo diecinueve, se me han desaparecido estos familiares. Especificamente, busco los datos sobre los genearcas: Walter POSADA, Teofilo POSADA, Francisco CARRETE y Nicolas CARBAJAL. Quisiera saber si alguien tiene informacion sobre estas familias y sus origenes. Estaria muy agradecida si se communicaran conmigo via e-mail. Gracias. Connie Dominguez. El Paso, Texas. Connie Dominguez. Posted 21 Mar 1998.

SANTA MARINA. Estoy buscado la familia de Jose SANTA MARINA que nacio en Durango, Mexico en el año, 1900. Llegó a los Estados Unidos (USA) en el añ:o 1925. Favor de comunicarse a Vintage. Posted 21 Mar 1998.

SANTA MARINA. I am looking for any descendants of a Jose Santa Marina, born in Durango, Mexico in 1900. He left Durango in about 1924 or 1925 and arrived in the USA about that year. Please send information to Vintage. Posted 21 March 1998

FLORES, CASILLAS Family Roots. I am interested in obtaining information on Benjamin FLORES, son of Cayetano FLORES and Gregoria CASILLAS, born (Mar 6, 1907) in or around Gomez Palacios or Torreon. His FLORES siblings were: Cayetano Jr, Dolores, Jesus, Jose, Marcela, Maria, and Santiago. After leaving Durango, they resided in Laredo, Tx. After that some of the FLORES stayed in Laredo, others went on to San Antonio, and Benjamin finally settled in Corpus Christi, TX. Any information or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Benjamin FLORES (Grandson of Benjamin). Please contact me at Benjamin Flores. Posted 22 Mar 1998.

CERVANTES, SOLIS, FRAIRE, ALVARADO, FAVILA y CARO. Mi nombre es Esperanza Burlison. Soy originaria del estado de Durango. Queremos saber mas de la linea de apellido "CERVANTES" quienes son de San Jose de Reyes, Durango. Mi padre se llamo Ismael CERVANTES, quien nacio en 1916. No sabemos mucho de los ancestros de el. Lo que si sabemos, es que su padre se llamo Jose CERVANTES, y mi Bisabuelo se llamo Andres CERVANTES. Cualquier informacion que nos puedan enviar cerca de este familia o aliados de esta familia sera muy bien agradecida. Otros apellidos que nos interesa de este area son SOLIS, FRAIRE, ALVARADO, FAVILA y CARO. Muchas gracias para ayudarnos. Esperanza Burlison. Posted 22 Mar 1998.

MAYA, PEREZ, FALCON. I am helping my mother to try and locate her family's last names. Could you direct where there might be better records for me to search or who I could write to? Primarily of Durango, Durango & Zacatecas, Mexico. Thank-you. Nanita Falcon. Posted 2 May 1998.

GONZALEZ, ELIZALDI, LUNA. I am looking for families of Fermin GONZALEZ and Faviana LUNA. They had 7 children, Domitilo, Florencia, Fermin ELIZALDI Jr., Guadalupe, Aurelio, Margarita, Eduardo. Fermin Jr. b 1895, El Refugio, Durango, m Josefa GARCIA b 1901 Velardeña, Durango. This family moved to El Paso, Texas, then to California. Faviana LUNA, b 1864 in Santiago Papasquiaro, Durango. Her father was Francisco LUNA, mother was Maria Refugio ORTIZ. Would like to talk to anyone having a connection. JoAnn Gonzalez. Posted 8 May 1998.

ESQUIVEL, MORENO, RANGEL, RICE. Will exchange information on the family of Damacio ESQUIVEL, b ca 1861 in Gomez Palacio, Durango, MX; m. ca 1882, Juanito MORENO, b. ca 1864 in Gomez Palacio, Durango, MX. Children: Augustina (md. Pedro SORIANO), Arturo (md. Herculana RANGEL), Leopoldo (md. Ilene RICE), Catarino (never married), Angel. All born in Gomez Palacio. M T Tabor Jr 2617 Big Oaks Drive Garland TX 75044-7445 MTTaborJr@juno.com M T T Jr. Posted 8 May 1998.

LUERA I noticed that the name LOERA and LUERA are both different spellings (I am doing a family tree of the my Luera family and most people that I wrote or e-mailed tell me that they are both the same. Is this correct? Corral. Posted 23 May 1998.

JIMENEZ, JAQUEZ. Looking for information on decendents or ancestors of Pedro Jimenez Jaques. Joe. Posted 17 June 1998.

ZAVALA. Books. Looking for a copy of the book on the Zavala Family: Azarola, Luis E. 3. Contribucion a la Historia de Montevideo: Veinte Linajes del Siglo XVII. Paris, 1926. Includes: ZAVALA, ALZAYBAR, ARCHUCARRO, VIANA, CAMEJO SOTO, SOSTOA, MACIEL, SORIA, VARGAS, HERRERA, ARTIGAS, HAEDO, ORIBE, MITRE, URQUIZA ROZAS, etc. Mineros, Comerciantes en el Mexico Borbonico, 1763-1810. Mexico, 1975. Cabrera, Matilde 2. "Cuatro Grandes Dinastias Mexicanas en los Descendientes de los Hermanos Fernandez de Lima y Barragan," AGH 2 (1957): 5-181. Published as a book in Mexico, D. F., in 1950; in San Luis Potosi, 1956. Includes various Indian nations in Mexico from 900 A.D. until conquest. Any information will be welcome. Please contact Elvira at elvirab@juno.com or Elvira Zavala-Patton. Posted 17 June 1998.

RODRIGUEZ, RAMIREZ, QUINTERO. Are there any incidences of the surnames Rodriguez or Ramirez in Durango? I am working on my husband's family history, he is a Quintero. I have heard that they may have come from Durango. Any information will be appreciated, thanks. Please contact Heather Quintero. Posted 22 June 1998.

PAIS, PAEZ, PAIZ, MARTIN.Seeking birth and marriage date and parental information on Manuel de de la Trinidad PAIS (PAEZ, PAIZ) born around 1725 to 1735, and Maria Antonia MARTIN born around 1730-1740 who were married around 1749-1754 perhaps in Juarez, Parral, or the states of Durango, Zacatecas, or San Luis Potosi. It is also possible that the marriage took place in Tlalpujaus, Michoacan, or Mexico City. Please contact Frank R. Piez Posted 21 July 1998.

ORTIZ, CORDERO, URIBE, GARCIA, LOPEZ, NAVARIO, CERVANTES, MARTINEZ. I am looking for my greatgrandparents, Francisco ORTIZ & Paula CORDERO, Francisco URIBE & Justa GARCIA, Locadio LOPEZ & Maria NAVARIO, Juan CERVANTES & Maria MARTINEZ, 1800s. My grandparents migrated to California (CHINO) in the early 1900s, Eleuterio CORDERO ORTIZ & Josefa URIBE, Librado LOPEZ & Marcelina CERVANTES. Please contact Richard S. Ortiz in Kansas. Posted 27 July 1998.

AVILA. I am looking for information, both historical and genealogical, on the family of General Fidel AVILA. He was my ex-husband's grandmother's half brother. Please contact Pam Hall. Posted 27 July 1998.

RODRIGUEZ, BALDWIN. When my husband was approximately 3 years old, he was taken from his mother, Rosita RODRIGUEZ, and went to live with an adoptive family in the US. He thinks he was born about 1959 in Radona (?) an hour from Rodeo in Durango. As a gift to him, I would like to find his birth record to give him some peace of mind. Does anyone know where Radona is? Can anyone tell me how to obtain birth records (LDS microfilm possibly?) from the 1950's? He thinks his father is Marvin BALDWIN who was in the Air Force and may now live in Texas. Thanks. Please contact Catherine Harper. Posted 13 Aug 1998.

RIVERA, NEVAREZ. I know that both sides of my family were from Durango, but we have very little information on our ancestors as my grandparents came to the US in the very early part of this century. The last names are RIVERA (mother's) and NEVAREZ (father's). Is information available to research ancestors back before the early 1900's? Please contact Nevarez. Posted 13 August 1998.

CERROGORDO.Where can I find information about the town of CERROGORDO, now called VILLA HIDALGO? Please contact Juan A. Diaz.. I speak Spanish. Thanks. Posted 13 August 1998.

CERROGORDO.¿Dónde puedo encontrar información acerca de CERROGORDO, ahora llamado VILLA HIDALGO? Gracias. Hablo español. Por favor comuniquese con Juan A. Diaz.. Posted 13 August 1998.

DOMINGUEZ, ZEPEDA. I am researching in Texas and Northern Mexico from New York. I am interestd in ZEPEDA and DOMINGUEZ family from Fresnillo, Zacatecas; Monclova and Cuatro Cienegas, Coahuila. Anyone doing research out there? I would like to make a connection with any one doing research in those areas. Please contact Michael Salinas. Posted 13 Aug 1998.

FRAGOSO in Durango listed under FRAGOSO/VASQUEZ. I am looking for information on Rosendo Fragoso, baptised 1889, Julio FRAGOSO, born about 1856, and Trinidad FRAGOSO, birth date unknown, all from the area around Presidio and Carerras. I have microfilms from Santa Catarina Catholic church records in Tepehuanes, but there is some missing information that needs to be filled in. Lew Ebner. Posted 23 August 1998.

MARTEL family in Presidio, Durango, Mexico. Looking for information on Luisa MARTEL, born 1856, father Feofilo MARTEL and mother Maria de los Angeles FRAGOSO. Records show Luisa was born in B(V)enado which is near Presidio near Tepehuanes in Durango. Luisa appears to be the mother of Rosendo MARTEL FRAGOSO. Lew Ebner. Posted 23 August 1998.

FALCóN, VALLES, JUáREZ, GóMEZ. I am looking for a baptismal or marriage record on Nicanor FALCóN. What I do know about him is:

1. His parents are Pedro FALCóN and Maria Juana VALLES
2. Wife's name is Ysabel JUáREZ
3. Her parents are Prudencio JUáREZ and Prudencia GóMEZ
4. Nicanor and Ysabel had two children in Fresnillo de González
Echeverría, Abrego, Zacatecas: Juan was baptized 3 April 1864, Victor was baptized 26 Oct 1867
5. They moved to Durango sometime between 1867 and 1873 because they had Marcos Terezo, baptized 8 Oct 1873 in Nombre de Dios, Durango
If anyone has any information, please contact Gloria Falcon. Posted 28 August 1998.

MIRANDA, PIñEDA, ORQUIZ. I'm looking for information on the family names of MIRANDA, PIñEDA, and ORQUIZ. Specifically on the union of Aurelia MIRANDA and Julian PIñEDA who had a son named Juan MIRANDA born 1898. They came form San Bernardo, Durango. Julian PIñEDA had a brother named Manuel PIñEDA last known to be in Estación Adela, Chihuahua.

Also information on Abran and Dolores ORQUIZ from Rosario, Durango. They had a daughter named Saturdina ORQUIZ. Abran and Dolores ORQUIZ are known to have moved to Mesa, Arizona. Juan MIRANDA married Saturdina ORQUIZ. They owned land in Colonia Esperanza, a town along the Rio Grande before moving to the US. Both Juan MIRANDA and Abran ORQUIZ served in the Mexican Army. Also, Julian PIñEDA is rumored to have been from Europe. Any information will be greatly appreciated. Please contact Requestor. Posted 28 August 1998.

CLARK, ORDOñEZ, YGLESIAS. I am looking for information on the birthdate and place of birth for my great-great grandfather Edward CLARK. He left Great Britain, was married in 1844 in Durango, Durango, Mexico, to Guadalupe ORDOñEZ whose parents, Diego ORDOñEZ and Maria Josefa YGLESIAS I found mention of Eduardo CLARK in government records for Durango as Eduardo CLARK, but his last name may be spelled CLARKE. I believe he would have been born in 1820s and died in 1860s. He had 4 children, 3 of whom I know about: José CLARK (DOB 1846), Carlos CLARK (DOB 1849), and Francisco CLARK (DOB unknown). Eduardo CLARK, my ancestor, worked with an English mining company with a mine in Guadalupe Calvo, north of Durango city. If he is buried in Durango, as I suspect, how can I find his date of birth, place of birth, date of death, and place of death? Any information will be appreciated. Please contact me at Charles Clark. Posted 10 September 1998.

LECHUGA, SANDOVAL. Buscando información sobre la familia Lechuga de Santiago Papasquiaro. Comuníquese con Mary Sandoval.

LECHUGA, SANDOVAL. Looking for information about the LECHUGA and SANDOVAL families from Santiago Papasquiaro. Please contact Mary Sandoval. Posted 12 October 1998.

CHAVEZ. I have grandmother's relatives in Guanaceví, Durango. Her last name was Onésima CHAVEZ. I was able to get in touch with Juan CHAVEZ, her brother's son by mail 4 years ago but then lost touch. I never did get information about my grandmother. I am looking for the names of my grandmother's parents. Onésima was born in Guanaceví, Durango in 1879. Are there church baptismal records? I need to find their birth or baptismal records. Her husband was born in 1879. Contact Naomi. Posted 26 October 1998.

ALVARADO. I would like to obtain information on the family background of Samuel ALVARADO, born March 7, 1896, possibly in Durango - died December, 1965 in Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. His father was Margarito ALVARADO, born February 21, 18??. I have been told that Margarito was a carpenter and that he also worked for the railroad. Besides Samuel, Margarito's other children included Alfredo, Carmen and Mauro ALVARADO. My name is Sergio Luis ALVARADO (raised in El Paso Texas), son of Horacio ALVARADO (Chihuahua, Chihuahua), son of Samuel Alvarado (Durango, Mexico), son of Margarito ALVARADO (Durango, Durango, Mexico). Any information on Margarito or any other ALVARADO family member would be greatly appreciated. Contact me at Sergio Luis Alvarado. Posted 9 November 1998.

NADER, QUIñONES. Searching for Vicente NADER and Mariana QUIñONES, of Guanaceví, Durango, ca. 1880-1900. After Vicente's death, Mariana went to El Paso, Texas. Vicente was of Lebanese descent. Anyone with information please contact me at Sandy Neder. Posted 23 November 1998.

GUTIéRREZ, RIOS. My name is William S. Steinman, My mother's mother was Estafana GUTIéRREZ, she was born in Canatlán, Durango, on September 2, 1898. Her father's name was José María GUTIéRREZ, who died in Durango in 1904. Her mother's name was María RíOS Gutiérrez, born April 20, 1863, in Canatlán, Durango, and died in 1914. Her paternal grandfather was Cipriano GUTIéRREZ, born 1814. Her maternal grandfather was José María GUTIéRREZ, born 1810 in Spain. These two grandfathers were brothers, their father was Don José María GUTIéRREZ. This was the story as told to me by my grandmother. Does anybody out there know more about this family and/or are descended from this same family? Please get in touch with me in English, if possible at William Steinman. Posted 2 November 1998.

PRAT, Ramon. I am looking for information on my grandfather. He was from Spain. Any information would be appreciated. Thanks. Please contact Cindi S at CStep27031@aol.com . Posted 5 November 1998.

ROSALES, LIMON, PRAT. I am looking for information on Leonor LIMON Rosales, daughter of Maria Delores ROSALES and Pedro LIMON. She married Ramon PRAT of Spain and had 12 children, Enrique, Rosendo, Ana Maria, Valentina, Ramon, Maria, Manuel, Manuela, Jesus, Evaristo, Piedad, and Anselmo. They lived in Mexico around Durango and Guaymas. Ramon had a DAM named on his behalf in Nazas, Mexico. Please contact Cindi S at . Posted 9 November 1998.

DE LA RIVA. I am looking for anyone with the surname of DE LA RIVA, especially in the area of Asarco, Durango. Please contact me at EFernan. Posted 15 November 1998.

QUIÑONEZ. I am looking for Gilberto QUIÑONEZ ancestors. He was born in Durango during the 1880's-1890s, who married Hermila ANTUNA and produced four sons (one of them my father). My father, Gilbert Antuna Quiñonez (1923-1964) emmigrated to the United States in 1954 and distanced himself from his family. I do not know his brothers' names or any more information. It may also be "Quiñones" back then. Thank you for your time and attention.

MORALES, de la ROSA. Looking for information on Tula MORALES born July 14, in Lerdo, Durango, Mexico. Mother: Isabel MORALES: Father Cayetana/de la ROSA. Contact me at M. R. Anderson. Posted 10 December 1998.

AGUILAR, LOPEZ. I am inquiring about the surname AGUILAR. Family members recall that my abuela came from Durango, Mexico and that her family was forced to move from their village because of the cruel antics of Pancho Villa. How would I find the names of her parents? This information was not on her death certificate because it was not known. She was orphaned at the age of 11 y.o. and went to live with an Uncle and his family. Her Uncle was Gregorio LOPEZ, he had children but I only knew of 2, Angelo LOPEZ and Julia LOPEZ, both are now deceased. Any information would be deeply appreciated. Please contact Michelle Davis. Posted 30 December 1998.

MARRUFFO. We are looking for information about our grandfather Jose Narcisso MARRUFFO. We know he was born in Durango, Durango on March 19, 1877. He lived in the U.S. for many years and died in Sterling, IL in 1953. He was thought to have at least three wives although there are stories as to many more than three. We have no information as to whether he had any siblings only that his parents were Manuel MARRUFFO and Rosa ROMERO. If you have any information, please e-mail us at S. B. Marruffo. Posted 30 December 1998.

FAVELA. Mi madre y mi abuelo Dionicio FAVELA (1896-1975), nacieron en Santiago Papasquiaro. Si usted tiene alguna informacion sobre esta apellido, me encantaría leerla y compartir lo que tengo. Cualquier información sobre el apellido FAVELA sera agradecida. ¿Hay alguna referencia de la internet acerca de las personas que participaron en la Revolución Mexicana? Mi abuelo Dionicio participó con las tropas del Gobierno. Por favor contácteme a Alberto Melchor Favela. Posted 15 January 1999.

FAVELA. Both my mother and my grandfather Dionicio FAVELA (1896-1975 were born in Santiago Papasquiaro. I would love to share what I have and read what you might have. Any info on the FAVELA last name will be appreciated. Is there any online resource about people who served in the Mexican Revolution? My grandfather Dionisio did on the government's side. Please contact Alberto Melchor Favela. Posted 15 January 1999.

HORTA, LóPEZ, CABRAL. I am looking for information on relatives of Enrique Cabral HORTA. He was born in Durango on August 15 1909. He married Loretto LOPEZ from Guanajuato. His mother's name was Reyes CABRAL. If you have any information that might help me please email me at Angie Campos . Posted 23 January 1999.

CEBALLOS, COLUNGA. Looking for Dionicia CEBALLOS, born on Oct 9,1886, the father of Antonio COLUNGA, born on 9 March 1904, both were born in the same small town in Durango. Glenda Wood. Posted 16 February 1999.

LOPEZ, AGUILAR. What Universities where up and running around 1870 in the city of Durango? I understand that both of my Great grandparents were instructors there. Was this possible for a woman to instruct during that time? I am having a difficult time finding anything. I imagine I must try researching through the Roman Catholic Church records, how might I find a mission or catherdral that was operating in that area around that time? Your help would be deeply appreciated. Please contact me at Michelle Mesa Davis . Posted 1 April 1999.

FAVELA. I'm doing research on the last name FAVELA and am looking for e-mail address for an Alberto Melchor FAVELA. Can you help? Contact ANDIET@aol.com . Posted 2 April 1999.

LUERA, MATTA. I'm looking for my g.g.mother roots. Her name was Severa LUERA. She married Felix Matta and had Refugio LUERA MATTA. They migrated to Douglas, Arizona where both worked as cooks for miners. My g.g.mother died in 1930 and is buired in Yuma Arizona. All I know is that they were from Durango. If you have any info you can share contact me at Abel Peiz . Posted 2 April 1999.

GALVAN. I'm interested in information on the Galvans of Torreón de Cañas, Durango. My father's name is Benedicto Galván, his father was Luciano Galván and his father was Eduardo Galván. Can you tell me how I can go about gaining more info? Please contact Galvan . Posted 4 April 1999.

SANTA MARINA, SANTAMARINA. I live in the United States of America. I am looking for the surname SANTA MARINA or SANTAMARINA in Tepehuanes, Durango or Santiago Papasquario, Mexico. My Grandfather was born in one of these towns in 1900. I also need any address that I can write and get birth information for any one of these towns. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Contact Sylvia Garcia at vintage@dakotacom.net. Posted 9 April 1999.

DIAZ. Cerro Gordo (Villa Hidalgo)/San Gabriel (Villa Guadalupe)
Looking for Diaz Family members of the above stated areas including Texas, El Paso, Texas.

DIAZ, family of: Alejandro C. DIAZ (1920's) DIAZ.

FAM I: Serafin, Ester, and Andrea DIAZ.
Fam II: Maria, Fidencio, Nieves, and Serafin V. DIAZ 1 brother: Eduardo C. DIAZ, his family: Maria, Natalia, Alicia, Jesus DIAZ.

Both sons of Felix DIAZ and Maria DLA CHACON (Possibly 1850's). Any information regarding any of these people or if you are a potential relative contact Melita Diaz at melitadiaz@hotmail.com . Posted 12 April 1999.

VILLESCAZ. Family of: Maria C. VILLESCAZ
1 brother Jesus C. VILLESCAZ
Both Children of Modesto Villescaz and Maria DLN Corral This family is guessed to be from the areas of San Gabriel (Villa Guadalupe) Durango or somewhere close by. The children of Maria Villescaz were orphaned at a very early age and need some family background. If you have any information regarding any of these people or may be a potential relative please contact Melita Diaz at melitadiaz@hotmail.com.

De LILLE. I'm looking for information regarding my grandfather's family. His name was Enrique De LiLLE BORJA and he was born in Guanacevi, Durango on October 20, 1900. His parents' names were Pedro De LILLE BORJA and Maria AIZPURO ALVAREZ. He had several brothers and sisters: Pedro, Marie, Antonia, Mario, and Hector. He emigrated to the US about 1918 and married my grandmother Elise O'DAY in Los Angeles, California on February 18, 1924. He worked as a pharmacist for many years and died in Los Angeles on March 15, 1969. Any and all information you could provide would be sincerely appreciated. Please e-mail Burke . Posted 18 April 1999.

DOMINGUEZ, BURROLA. I am trying to locate information on the surnames DOMINGUEZ and BURROLA. Francisco DOMINGUEZ and Teresa BURROLA lived in Gomez Palacio before migrating to the US in 1914. They had one daughter; Dominga B. DOMINGUEZ, and 4 sons; Antontio B. DOMINGUEZ, Cesario B. DOMINGUEZ, Sotero B. DOMINGUEZ, Filomino B. DOMINGUEZ and Francisco B. DOMINGUEZ. The DOMINGUEZ family also had lived or had relatives in Zacatecas, Juarez and Guadalajara. My interest is in trying to find information on Francisco DOMINGUEZ and his wife Teresa BURROLA and their family ties. Please contact Diana Dominguez. Posted 4 April 1999.

ALMODOVA, GUTIERREZ. I am searching for information on the ALMODOVA and GUTIERREZ. My great-great-great grandfather was Jose ALMODOVA who was born in 1837 in Santa Rosalia De Lima, Durango, Mexico. He married Rosa GUTIERREZ who was born in 1846 in Ojinaga, Mexico. They immigrated to Alpine, Texas where he died in 1917 and Rosa lived to be 100 years old. Her parents were Jose and Brigida GUTIERREZ. I don't know who Jose ALMODOVA'S parents are and would like to find out. Together, Rosa and Jose had eight children born in the late 1800's in Alpine, Texas. From there, I've been able to do a family tree, but I'd like to go further back. If you have any information concerning these two families, I would appreciate a response. I'm hoping Jose and Rosa had brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts, uncles, etc. that I could contact. Contact Adan Almodova Leija. Posted 3 May 1999.

GALLEGOS, TERRAZAS, de RUEDA, RIVERA. I am searching for the parents of Luis GALLEGOS de TERRAZAS, a freighter, born abt. 1580. Married Pascuala de Rueda born about the same time. They had a son named Diego Gallegos born about 1600. His wife is Catalina de Rivera. Contact David Gallegos. Posted 4 April 1999.

I'd like to know if there is a website for Francisco Villa (Pancho Villa in Durango? Also, I would like to know if there is one for the kissing bandit Murrieta. These are my two heros. Thank you for any info you can give me. Contact Sheila Cooper. Posted 7 July 1999.

CORRAL, CANALES. My father is originally from Gomez Palacio, Durango. He does not remember many names. I am interested in getting information about my ancestors. His father was Natividad and he died about the year 1962. Can you help me? I would appreciate it very much. Contact Edna Corral Canales. Posted 7 July 1999.

SALCEDO. Surname: SALCEDO. Contact Alicia Moreno. Posted 7 July 1999.

AVITIA, BATRES. Need information on Arcadeo & Julia (BATRES) ABITIA who lived in Santiago Papasquiaro prior to 1913. Had 6 children who died prior to 1913, names not known. Julia born 19 Jan 1890 and died 4 Sep 1926. Contact Marti Roe. Posted 7 July 1999.

CAMPOS, GUADIANA, De Los SANTOS. I am searching for information on my Grandmother, Amparo CAMPOS GUADIANA De Los SANTOS. Amparo was born and raised in Durango, Mexico. When she was 18, she came to the United States with her brothers, Simon, Angel and her sister, Conchita. They worked in "the fields" and decided to stay and live in the Rio Grande Valley. Amparo died July 1987 in Raymondville, TX and was buried in Lyford,TX. She was married to Francisco De Los SANTOS. They had nine children. Any information would be GREATLY appreciated. Contact JacandMary Horton. Posted 12 July 1999.

REYES, ALVARES, NERI. Looking for information on Nicanor REYES, b.14 JAN 1875 upposedly in Cerro Gordo, Durango. His parents were Francisco REYES and Ysabel ALVARES. Nicanor married Pomposa NERI, b. 24 SEP 1882 also from Cero Gordo. Pomposa's parents were Asuncion NERI and Catarina (last name not known). Contact Reyes. Posted 12 July 1999.

NEVAREZ. Would like to know if anyone is searching for NEVAREZ roots. My great-grandfather was Antonio Nevarez nd was thought to have been from Durango. RANDY & SANDY FRITZ. Posted 21 July 1999.

FAVELA Dionisio FAVELA VELASQUEZ fue mi abuelo, el nacio en 1896 y sus padres fueron Longino Favela y Dona Velasquez. Nacio en Rincon de Favelas, Durango. Alberto Melchor Favela. Contact Karoline Eickele-Esquivel . Posted 2 Sep 1999.

VENAVENTE, TRIANA.. I am attempting to find information on my father, Arnulfo VENAVENTE TRIANA, born February 14, 1886 in Lerdo, Durango, Mexico. He was the son of John and Josefa VENAVENTE TRIANA and a member of the Catholic Church. Please tell me of any information you may have, or advise me where I should continue to search. Contact Elaine Triana Starkey . Posted 2 6 Sep 1999.

UBERT. Looking for information on the name UBERT, Genevievo. Buscando informacion de: UBERT, Genevievo. Contact/o: Ubert. Posted 2 6 Sep 1999.

DIAZ, CHAIDEZ. Searching for any information regarding Pedro Diaz who married Mauricia Chaidez. Lived in Presidios, had Children named Escolastico Diaz, Florita Diaz, Alberto Diaz, and Manuel Diaz. Contact George & Suzzine Diaz. Posted 2 6 Sep 1999.

AGUILAR, BORISSOW. Looking for information on Ferdinand AGUILAR born about 1860. He married a Florence BORISSOW and had three children, Elvina, Elsie and Charles. All this probably happened in England. Florence was in England and unmarried in 1881. Contact Tamsin. Posted 2 6 Sep 1999.

STALFORTH, HAASE. My sideline ancestors Bernardo and Frederico STALFORTH both came to Parral, Chihuahua County and married 2 sisters of the family HAASE from Hacienda del Mirador. I would like to learn the following: Does the hacienda still exist? Are there any photographs of the hacienda? Do any of the descendents of the Haase family still reside there or near there? Are there any descendents of the marriage of Bernardo Stallforth to Emilia HAASE still residing somewhere in Mexico amd where? I do have 2 children of the marriage listed in my papers: Annina Sophia Encarnacion STALFORTH, born May 25, 1879, and Bernardo Ildefonso Agustin, born January 23, 1881. Does anyone have any knowledge as to who they may have married and who their children are? Contact Monika Yost. Posted 2 6 Sep 1999.

MEZA, GOREE. My father, grandparents, and his siblings left Durango abt. 1920. I am interested in corresponding with any relatives still there. I don't have much info about this line of the family at all. How would I go about getting records before 1900? Contact Barbara Goree. Posted 2 6 Sep 1999.

SEIZ, BENITEZ. Searching for my gratgrandmother Seferina SEIZ Benitez, born in 1893 in San Juan de Guadalupe, Durango. Her mother was Bernabe SEIZ . Bernabe's mother was Sylvestra SEIZ. Nothing more is known. Contact Erin McMillen. Posted 2 6 Sep 1999.

PUENTES. Looking for the PUENTES family of Lerdo, Durango. Contact Jackie Butler-Diaz. Posted 2 6 Sep 1999.

IBARRA. Looking for IBARRAS Durango. Most of them were born in Durango but some moved to Chihuahua. Contact Ibarra. Posted 2 6 Sep 1999.

ONTIVEROS, CAMPOS, VILLEGAS, VACIO. Looking for information on Tomas CASTRO ONTIVEROS from San Juan de Guadaupe, Durango, dob: September 13, 1887. Father: Pedro ONTIVEROS; Mother: Petra VACIO. Looking for information on family history, Josefa CASTRO; Maria SELIZ VILLEGAS; Parents of Maria Refugio CAMPOS. Contact Patricia Ontiveros-Guthrie. Posted 3 Sep 1999.

RAMIREZ, PEÑA. Looking for information on a Francisca RAMIREZ & Felix PEÑA. Both were born in Mexico. somewhere in the mid 1800's. They are my GGgrandparents. Their son, my Ggrandfather was Jesus PEÑA. He married Petra PEÑA (IÑIGUEZ) born in Mexico 9-17-1900. contact Tina Kernen. Posted 30 October 1999.

ANAYA. My Grandfather Manuel ANAYA, Urbina was born in Mapimi, Durango sometime between 1876 and 1886. His father was named Fabian URBINA. They were Catholic. I am looking for records about Fabian URBINA and his parents. Contact Rudolph Jones. Posted 3 November 1999.

IÑIGUEZ, PEÑA, JAIME. I have recently found a letter written to my Great Grandmother from her brother Dionisio E. IÑIGUEZ on June 27 1981. I have learned my Great Grandmothers family is living in Colonia Guillermina, Durango Dgo. Is there a census for this area for around 1910 and also for around 1980's ? I am trying to learn more about my family and this is what I know so far: My Great Great Grandfather Genaro IÑIGUEZ married Eufrosina JAIME. Their daughter Petronila, my greatgrandmother was born in Valapariso, Zacatecas on 9-17-1900, married Jesus PEÑA who was born in General Cepeda, Coahuila in 1888. I believe one of Petra's brothers is Dionisio E. IIÑIGUEZ because of this letter. He was living at Calle Francisco Fournier, Manzana G, Lote 18, Colonia Guillermina, Durango, Dgo. as of 1981. Contact Tina Kernen. Posted 14 November 1999.

GALINDO. My husband's great granfather was Clemente GALINDO. From Durango city, Durango. Family might have been killed. He was kidnapped by indians and brought to Texas. He escaped when he was 16. Later married Martha Goins. Lived in Atascosa County, TEXAS. Contact David R. Davila. Posted 16 November 1999.

ALVARADO. I am Sergio Luis ALVARADO (raised in El Paso Texas), son of Horacio ALVARADO (Chihuahua, Chih.), son of Samuel ALVARADO (Durango, Mex.), son of Margarito ALVARADO (Durango, Durango, Mex). That's as far back as I go. Margarito, my great grandfather, I have been told, was from Durango, Durango, Mexico. Anyone with information about Margaritos parents and other family, please contact Sergio Luis Alvarado. Posted 23 November 1999.

CANO. I am looking for information regarding someone who was born in Guadalupe de Los Reyes in Durango. Any churches in the area? Or where might I find records for the town? Contact David Cano. Posted 27 November 1999.

FRAIRE, DOMINGUEZ, LUJAN, ALAMOS, SEGOVIA. I am researching FRAIRE/ FRAILE, DOMINGUEZ, LUJAN, ALAMOS, and SEGOVIA from area of Durango, Sombrerete, and Sain Alto. Trying to locate records of Catholic church records of Sain Alto BEFORE 1868. I think it is possible some of the church records of Sain Alto and other Durango or northwestern Zacatecas records may be at Durango. Has anyone written to them with great success. Does anyone know the evolution or etymology of these surnames in the area or know when they originally came to that part of Mexico? Contact John Schmal. Posted 6 Feb 2000.

JIMENEZ, MEDINAI am searching for imformation on both the MEDINA and JIMENEZ families from Herreras, Durango. My grandfather's name is Genaro MEDINA born on July 10 , 1924 to Jose and Guadalupe MEDINA. My grandmother Carlota JIMENEZ born on November 4, 1926 (in Nebraska) to Jose and Dolores JIMENEZ of Herreras, Durango. If any one can help Contact Jessica. Posted 4 March 2000.

SALINAS, CALLEBOTTA, CALDERA, MEDERA looking for information about my g-g-g-grandmother, Dolores SALINAS, b. in Durango, Mexico IN 1825. Came to Oakland, California USA in 1880 and died in Oakland in 1900. Also looking for information on her daughter (my g-g-grandmother), Agraphina Salinas, also born in Durango, Mexico in 1848. Came to San Francisco, California in 1864 and died in Oakland, California in 1928, married name was Agnes CALLEBOTTA. I have found references to her as Maria CALDERA and Agnes Medera. Contact Victoria Bjerke. Posted 26 March 2000.

ZUBIZAR, LAMAIGNERE Maria de la Luz ZUBIZAR b. 12 July 18or, (Parents were Juan Miguel Zubizar and Maria Josefa QUINTEROS) They came from Pamplona, had Maria de la Luz in Durango, then went back to Spain and France. The spelling has been different from time to time (Zubisar, Subisar...). I already found 2 of her sister. I would like to find copy of her birth certificate and her daughter's. She came back to Durango with her french husband (after the spanish she married in Bilbao died), and had a daughter, Maria Elisa Anastasia Dolores Juana Crisostoma LAMAIGNERE, b. January 22, 1842. This Maria was my g-grandmother on the maternal side. Contact Marie-Fraçoise Cosson. Posted 30 March 2000.

CASTILLOLooking for information on the japanese in Durango. My grandmother, Maria CASTILLO, born about 1888, died about 1926 was Japanese or maybe half Japanese. She indicated on my aunt's Mexican (Chihuahua) birth certificate that she was from Durango. I have been unable to find information, do you have any suggestions? She died when my mother was only two years old, and the fact that she was Japanese was not known to me until last year when a previously unknown relative gave me this information. Contact Renee Werner. Posted 30 March 2000.

MARTIN, SENA, GARCIA, SANDOBAL. Mi nombre es Carlos Martinez y Brito. Vivo en Santa Fe, Nuevo Mejico U.S.A. Busco los padres de mi antepasado Bernardo (Bernardino) MARTIN SENA, nacio circa 1743 en Santa Fe, Nuevo Mejico. Fue casado dos veces. Su primera esposa se llamaba Maria Apolonia GARCIA y se casaron en Santa Fe el dia 6 de enero de 1764. Sus segundas nupcias fueron con Maria Petrona SANDOBAL, Se casaron el dia 24 de 1785. Tuvieron dos hijos varones y una hija. El primer hijo se llamaba Santiago MARTIN y nacio el dia 22 de julio de 1786. El segundo se llamaba Jose Antonio MARTIN y nacio el dia 9 de junio de 1790. La hija se llamaba Maria Guadalupe MARTIN y nacio el dia 27 de Mayo de 1788. Tengo mas de 6 años buscando los padres de Bernardo sin ningun resultado. Parace que los documentos de esa epoca desaparecieron de esta ciudad. Entiendo que hay posibilidad de que copias o quizas los originales de estos documentos se encuentren en Durango, por esta razon les envio esta suplica con la esparanza de que alguno de ustedes por alla en Durango tenga la autoridad de revisar los documentos de la iglesia catolica y me pueda amparar en mi busca. Agradezco sinceramente sus esfuerzos. Comuniquese con Carlos Martinez y Brito. Posted 30 April 2000.

VILLARREAL, PAYAN, LOZANO, MEDRANO. Mi nombre es Guillermo Villarreal Payan y soy de Nuevo Ideal. Me intereso esta pagina por que creo tener algo de informacion acerca de la mayor parte de los apellidos aqui listados. El municipio de Nuevo Ideal esta formado la mayor parte de personas que vinieron de fuera de esa region. Busco informacion de los apellidos VILLAREAL, PAYAN, LOZANO, MEDRANO. Si en algo puedo servir a ustedes pueden escribirme a Guillermo Villarreal Payan. Posted 30 April 2000.

FERRER, FERREL I would like to find my grandfather,German Ferrer or Ferrel, born about 1853, or his father Jose Maria Ferrer or Ferrel in Guanacevi, Durango. Please contact Helen . Posted 20 May 2000.

CEBALLOS, VELASQUES I would like to know in what district (municipio) the town of Santiago Papasquiaro is in. I would like to find out some information on a Dionicia Ceballos, born Oct. 9,1886 in that town to Joaquin Ceballos and Maximiana Velasques. If there still are any relatives there, and how to get in touch with them. Any help is appreciated. Contact Glenda Wood. Posted 4 July 2000.

ECHAVARRIA, YAÑEZ. Estoy buscando los Padre de Jose Antonio ECHAVARRIA, solo se que se caso con Ascencion Yanez el 26 de Febrero de 1814 en algun municipio de Durango . Si alguien tiene alguna informacion se lo agradeceria.

Looking for the parents of Jose Antonio ECHAVARRIA, only know he was married to Ascencion YAÑEZ on February 26, 1814 somewhere in Durango. Contact barrio 1 . Posted 5 July 2000.

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