The author outlines the steps he took to research his father’s ancestors in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. He became a proficient reader of microfilm to study old church records from the comforts of a history center in McAllen , Texas near his home in Laredo. Another step took him to his father’s birthplace for the first time in 1992. At the center are two far-reaching genealogies-one of his grandfather, Andres Gonzalez, and another of his grandmother Tomasa Diaz. These forefather’s came face to face with historical figures, including Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla. The author is and instructor in the English and Communications department of Laredo’s Community College. See Item # 651, his other publication, ” Tomas Rodriguez Benavides, My Grandfather’s Grandfather.”
For additional interest some of the other surnames found in this work are Blancarte, Bustos, Caudillo, Corral, Gomez, Hernandez, Hidalgo, Juarez, Lopez, Marmolejo, Montes, Ortega, Reyes, Saldana, Sanchez, Salinas, Silva, Velasquez, and Zuniga.