I’ve written 5 articles based on my family genealogy that can be found at http://www.somosprimos.com
Before writing the articles, or short narrative stories I gathered books for research.
Those Books are:
1. A Mexican Family Empire – by Charles H. Harris: This book describes all of the first founding families of Northern Mexico and their business dealings with Los Sanchez Navarro. The Vasquez Borregos begin on page 19 and ends on page 314 with the mention of my 3rd great uncle – Don Santiago Vidaurri. Cost $150
2. Sabers on the Rio Grande – by Jerry Thompson: A whole chapter is dedicted to my 7th great grandfather Don Jose Vasquez Borrego – Starts on page 13 and page 17 is about Rancho Dolores. Cost $40/50
3. A case study based on Rancho Dolores and Don Jose Vasquez Borrego : This case study mentions the heads of cattle, horses etc that resided on Rancho Dolores, size of property, land grants etc…it was created by a college student studying South Texas. Cost $priceless. This manuscript was given to me by my dear cousin Jose Felipe dela Pena Vidaurri. by Jean Fish
4. Los Vidaurri de Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas y Texas by Jose Felipe dela Pena Vidaurri: A family tree listing many branches of Los Vidaurri Borrego. Cost: $25/$30 – available at Borderland Books
5. Santiago Vidaurri by Ronnie C. Tyler – a Book that is not completely accurate because it was completed before all of the material could be researched – but there is some great information regarding the Civil War and Vidaurri’s position. $25/$40
6. Correspondencia Particular de Santiago Vidaurri y Benito Juarez by Santiago Roel – a book complied of their correspondence that spanned a decade. $300 plus if there are people that still believe my 3rd great uncle was a traitor it’s because they have not read this book. This book was given to me by my dear cousin Jose Felipe dela Pena Vidaurri.
7. Santiago Vidaurri Los Heros deben morir a tiempo by Francisco J. Chapa Gongora – another detailed account of events that led to the murder of Santiago Vidaurri and the role he played as Mexico’s champion. This book was given to me by my cousin Alberto Milmo Garza Madero – he had it commissioned as well as the statue in Lampazos de Naranjo, Nuevo Leon.
8. Monterrey en Guerra by Cesar Morado Macias - a compiled book of letters 1858-1865 that give an account of historic events and facts that prove Santiago Vidaurri was a hero!
9. La Region Lagunera y Monterrey by Leticia Martinez Cardenas de Hunt – a compiled book of letters between Santiago Vidaurri and Leonardo Zuloaga – again supporting the fact that Santiago Vidaurri was not a traitor. 1855-1864.
10. Conquest by Hugh Thomas – The best book on Mexican History begining with Cortez.
11. The Buried Mirror by Carlos Fuentes – The best book explaining Latin History.
There are more books – but since I write about beauty products now I would need to dig a little more to locate them all. I hope this helps for those of us that are looking.
Borderland Books: 210-647-7535 ask for Mr. Farias and tell him the girl from San Francisco sent you!