Salazar – 1870 Hidalgo Co Census

Hidalgo County, Texas
1870 Census
Town: Edinburg

Mungia, Luis, 26
“, Aniseta, 15, wife
Salazar, Antonia, 55

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  1. My grandfather was born in Ojo de Agua TX. His name was Martin Ochoa Salazar. He was born on October 27, 1896. His parents were Dionisio Salazar and Petra Ochoa Salazar. I was wondering where I might find out more information about the Salazar or Ochoa families.

  2. I’m afraid that I know only a little bit about the Ochoas and nothing about the Salazars, and none of the people you mentioned is in my database. My best suggestion would be to first go through the census to find parents or relations — 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, & 1930. You should also check the death certificates in Hidaldo County, which usually give parents names, though they only begin in 1920. If your ancestors were known to have married in Hidalgo County, another option is to visit or mail a query to the Catholic Archives of Texas in Austin, who have the records for the diocese of Brownsville (which included Hidalgo Co) before the 1920s. If you mail a query for something like a marriage, for example, it will cost you about $5 for each one, but they will search, copy, and translate the record for you. Some people had a civil marriage in Hidalgo, but no church wedding, in which case the Catholic Archives will have no record of them, but they’ll still charge you for the search. On the other hand, it’s free to visit the library and do the research yourself.

    The period when you are searching (the 1800s along the Texas-Mexico border) is kind of difficult because most of people were still baptized over in Mexico, usually Reynosa,and the Mormon Family History Centers do not have microfilms of those records.The only place I know of where you can find copies of the Reynosa records is at the University of Texas Pan American library (in Edinburg) in the Lower Rio Grande Historical Collection (It’s on the ground floor last time I was there.) I don’t think the church in Reynosa itself owns copies of the records. So this may really be the only place. Unfortunately, none of the records, nor even an index, is available online. Here is a link to the special collection’s page:

    If you cannot make it to Edinburg, I have found other researchers on the Hidalgo Co message board at who can do limited searches in the Reynosa records. However, you will need to provide them with specific names usually. That’s where it helps to have already gone through the census or tried the Catholic Archives.

    If you were looking for general information about the families, I can only suggest posting queries on surname specific message boards at Rootsweb. I have found that families in Hidalgo have usually lived there many generations and know a little about the recent history. I know the Ochoas have been there since the 1850s or 1860s at least.

    In case you have never seen this, here is more about the cememtery at Abram (aka Ojo de Agua), which at least mentions some early Ochoas and gives a little background about the community.

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