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.
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.
Trying to identify where in Texas my husband’s grandfather was born requires tracking the movements of his parents and siblings, with an initial look at two census records.
Grandfather Roy D. Pace is allegedly the 3rd great-grandson of William Henry Pace (1745-1815), the Pace who served in General George Washington’s elite bodyguard unit–the Commander in Chief’s Guard–during the Revolutionary War. To prove or disprove that claim, I have to first prove the identity or Roy’s parents.
The second part in trying to determine the accurate birth year for my Mexico-born 2nd great-grandmother. Obtaining copies of her Spanish-written Catholic church baptism and marriage records.
My extended family has always proudly claimed my great-grandmother lived to 105 years. But the most credible records I’ve found thus far indicate she most likely was only 95 years old. Only 95? I still hope Dad inherited those healthy long-living genes!
For 15 years, I have beaten my head against a wall in total frustration at being unable to locate a birth record for my paternal grandfather, Benjamin Robledo (1919-1990). 14 months ago, I finally had a breakthrough that only confused things more. Yesterday, I obtained a copy of his original birth certificate.