Genealogy, Immigration

Bernardo Sauceda and Francisca Garza

Francisca Garza’s obituary from 1955 mentions her living children:

  •  Jose Garza Sauceda, Phoenix
  • Cruz Garza Sauceda, Phoenix
  • Benny Garza Sauceda, Phoenix (my maternal grandfather)
  • Paul Garza Sauceda, Phoenix
  • Felipe Garza Sauceda, Bryan, Brazos County, Texas
  • Segro? [I think this is supposed to be Ysidro Garza Sauceda], Houston, Texas
  • Manuela Bernal [née Manuela Garza Sauceda], Bryan, Brazos County, Texas

We know that Francisca was born in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico and eventually ended up in Texas, we’re just not sure when.  Tracing her children I was able to see the different places she lived in Texas.  Her son Felipe was born in San Ysidro, Zapata County, Mexico, Cruz Garza Sauceda was born in Paige, Bastrop County, Texas, and others including grandpa Benny were born in Tyler, Smith County, Texas.

 

Francisca Garza MX to TX map
Francisca Garza Sauceda’s trek from her birthplace in Tamaulipas, Mexico to Tyler, Texas.  She died in Phoenix, Arizona October 29, 1955.

 

Using the children’s birth years and locations I was able to find Bernardo Sauceda and Francisca Garza’s record of marriage in 1900 in Zapata County, Texas.

 

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Bernardo Sauceda and Francisca Garza were married February 2, 1900 in Zapata County, Texas [microfilm, FamilySearch]

 

 

Genealogy, Uncategorized

April Sauceda AncestryDNA Family Tree

Santa My mom, April Sauceda, agreed to do yet another DNA test as a Christmas gift this year!  Here’s her family tree.  I purposefully attached National Geographic Genographic Project’s image of the cute little girl with the skis to everyone like Thomas Benton Brummit who should be our mtDNA matches so people would be like, “Whaaaat?!” and stop to look.  #trainwreckgenealogy

Genealogy

Mom’s Autosomal DNA

MomAC

Two things surprised me about her autosomal results: her 10% nonspecific Northern European (in addition to 3.7% British & Irish and .9% French & German), and her low amount of Middle Eastern and North African.  It makes me think my Family Tree DNA results are off.

V7I wrote about my mom’s mitochondrial haplogroup here.

Genealogy

Sauceda Paternal Haplogroup/ Y-DNA

My mom’s father’s surname was Sauceda and I was able to get one of my uncles to submit a sample for paternal line testing (only to the 37th marker, I don’t know if we’ll upgrade).  This is what we found:

Sauceda Y DNA

His haplogroup is E projected subclade is E-M35.1 if we tested more markers.  You can click my Haplogroup E-M35.1 tag if you would like to see my older posts on this subclade since it is also my husband’s subclade (Though I think this would change if we tested more markers.  His birthday is coming up, so we’ll see.). We don’t actually know anything about grandpa’s father partially because we couldn’t actually find his birth certificate.  But we do know that grandpa’s mother was born in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico.  Grandpa and his brothers were born in Tyler, Texas so his father either met his mother in Texas or Tamaulipas I think.

Anyway, I submitted my uncle’s sample for inclusion in the Mexico DNA Project and humbly ask you to check it out and join.  Please.  Especially if you suspect any of your lines are Native American because the database needs more samples!  This is the description:

“The Genealogy of Mexico DNA Project was started on 9/7/03 and is for those whose Y-dna (father’s father’s father’s…) or Mitochondrial DNA (mother’s mother’s mother’s …) line extends to Mexico or New Spain. This includes the following states prior to 1848; California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Nevada, Utah and Colorado.

I have always wondered about the origins of my ancestors in Mexico. In 1998 I started The Genealogy of Mexico website with this in mind. It has always been my hope that information shared would lead us to the genealogical answers we seek.
With new advances in science it is possible to determine our ancient origins and see who we are related to.

PLEASE NOTE: the following names are names we are researching and may not necessarily be in the project. This research can be found on THIS website. This study concerns all the surnames of Mexico.”

Interestingly, my uncle has a match (although not a perfect match which indicates a few generations have passed since we shared a common ancestor) whose last name is Sancedo.  Mr. Sancedo mentioned to me that his father told him the surname had been Saucedo a long time ago but was changed at some point.  He doesn’t know why.

Genealogy

The Garza Sauceda Men

Here is a picture of my grandfather Bernardo Garza Sauceda’s brothers.  They were from Tyler, Smith County, Texas.

Paulino Garza Sauceda in the baseball uniform, with brother Cruz Garza Sauceda.
Grandpa Berdardo Garza Sauceda
This is Paul’s obituary which does not mention time in the armed services, but the man in the first picture looks like this to me.
Not sure who these people are, but it’s the same side of the family.

I think there’s quite the resemblance between my grandfather’s brother Paulino Garza Sauceda and my mom.  Inheritance is fascinating.
For fun, my mom's Sauceda/Saucedo autosomal matches
For fun, my mom’s Sauceda/Saucedo autosomal matches
My uncle's Y-DNA match at 37 markers.  We think Sancedo may have been an alternate spelling.
My uncle’s Y-DNA match at 37 markers. We think Sancedo may have been an alternate spelling.
A few of my mom's autosomal Garza family matches.
A few of my mom’s autosomal Garza family matches.
A few of my mom's autosomal Cantu family matches.
A few of my mom’s autosomal Cantu family matches.
Genealogy, Immigration

Grandpa Benny’s People

It’s difficult finding information on Grandpa. He didn’t speak English, I don’t speak Spanish. Good times. He had this fun habit of butchering English words, particularly bad words such as motherfucker. He would say “muthafucky” and it is now one of my favorite bad words.  He died when I was 11 and I didn’t take the opportunity to really ask him about his family history.  So when a Family Finder match turned out to be a relative of his I was really happy.  She told me that the family actually goes back to Mexico relatively recently, so I double-checked Grandpa Benny’s mother, a relative I thought was born in Texas and sure enough, she was born in Tamaulipas, Mexico!  I went to the resource FamilySearch (free!) and this is what I found about Grandpa Benny’s mother, Francisca Garza:

Her baptism in 1881
Record of Marriage for her parents, Candelario Garza and Felicitas Cantu
Baptism Record for her father Candelario Garza listing his parents, Froilan de la Garza and Rita Martinez