I had looked for several years for a birth record for my Mexican-immigrant great grandparents’ oldest child Guadalupe. But I was looking in the wrong place. She had been born 155 miles southeast of the family home, in a place identified on her birth record as Yngenio Rascon.
Locating the premarital investigation record for my 2nd great grand parents Silverio Robledo and Maria Jesus Sanches, married in the state of San Luis Potosí, Mexico. This record is rich in genealogical information.
A series of four records breaks down a 16 year research brick wall, allowing me to verify the names of my great-grandfather’s parents through evidence analysis.
A Mexico civil death registration record confirms that great-aunt Celedenia Robledo died at just 18 months of age, one year prior to the family immigrated to the U.S. She is the older sister that my grandfather never knew.
A few weeks ago, while strategically perusing through Mexico Civil Birth Registrations for as-yet-unfound birth records for the two children born to my great-grandparents when the family still lived in Mexico, I made an unexpected discovery. I came across the birth registration for a third child born in Mexico–a daughter named Celedenia Robledo.
Taking a closer look at the lifestyle of the pre-revolution Mexican landed class to which my ancestors allegedly belonged before having to flee and start a new life in the United States.
Two new documents found last month helped me to finally start busting down another 15+ year old brick wall, providing the first references to the names of my great-grandfather José Robledo’s parents. Not even Dad, his cousins, or his uncle (José’s sole living child) know the names of these individuals.