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Updated May 20, 2010

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Maternal Family Tree: 100+ photos: 240+ people: 4 stories: Acosta B2 mtDNA: Rodriguez yDNA G2a3b1a1: Hidalgo del Parral>Huejotitan, Chihuahua/Villa Ocampo, Durango>Mexico 1600- Rodriguez/Montoya/Caballero/Porras/Armendaris/Calahorra/Chaves/Contreras/Caro/Corral/Dominguez/Gallardo/Gutierrez/Gonzales/Villalobos/Hierro/Ayala/Peres/Acosta/Vasquez/Munoz de Olbera/Najera/Olguin/Robledo/Burciaga/Revilla

Rodriguez yDNA G/Montoya/Contreras/Acosta mtDNA B2 Maternal Tree/Durango>Chihuahua>Mexico 1700-

Paternal Family Tree:114 people:125 photos:R1 yDNA:10 stories: Parras de la Fuente>Rio Nuevo (La Madrid), Coahuila>Mexico 1600-1880:Ramirez/Romo/Morales/Velis/Ybarra
San Antonio>Floresville>Bracketville>Del Rio>El Paso,Texas 1500-1923: Rubalcava/Gonzales/ Hernandez/Perez
Mexico City>Jalisco>Aguascalientes 1500s-1800: Moctezuma/Navarro/Romo de Vivar/Ruiz de Esparza/Cortez/Alba/Tiscareno de Molina/Becerra/Valdivia/Valadez/Macias/Torres/Tiscareno de Molina/ Hurtado de Mendoza/Galindo

Ramirez/Romo Family of Coahuila>Texas Paternal Tree yDNA R1b1b2a1bc

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Family Photos
  • Porras Probate court pleading (509 KB)
    A petiton by my maternal grandmother, Maria de las Nieves Porras Vasquez, regarding the intestate estate of her late father, Jesus Porras Gallardo, who died during the Influenza Pandemic of 1918. Documento judicial en parte de mi abuela, Maria de las Nieves Porras, por el testamento de su papa, Jesus Porras Gallardo, que murio durante le epidemica de influenza de 1918.
  • Maria de las Nieves Porras Vasquez mtDNA B2 (35 KB)
    My recently widowed maternal grandmother, Maria de las Nieves Porras Vasques Viuda de Rodrigues with her three kids, Nicolas Alfonso "Guerro," Maria Leonor with long hair, and my mother, Alicia, with curly hair, about 1925. Mi abuela materna, Maria de las Nieves Porras Vasquez Viuda de Rodriguez, recientamente viuda con sus tres hijos, Nicolas Alfonso "Guerro," Maria Leonor con pelo largo y mi mama, Alicia con risos acerca de 1925.
  • Jose Esteban Vidal Rodriguez Montoya 1867-1944 (181 KB)
    My maternal great grandfather's picture from the passport he used to flee the violence of the Mexican revolution. He finally settled at Chavez Ravine in Los Angeles where Dodger Stadium now stands. Mi bis abuelo materno, Jose Esteban Vidal Rodriguez Montoya, acerca de 1918, de su pasaporte con que cruco a los estados unidos para evitar el peligro de la revoluccion Mexicana. Llego hasta Los Angeles a donde ahorra queda el estadio de los Dodgers.
  • Familia-Rodriguez-Family 1922 (60 KB)
    Jose Nicolas Rodriguez Contreras and family, wife Maria de las Nieves Porras Vasquez, and their children Nicolas Alfonso "Guerro," Maria Leonor standing, and my mother, Alicia. La familia de Jose Nicolas Rodriguez Contreras y su esposa Maria de las Nieves Porras Vasquez, y sus hijos, Nicolas Alfonso "Guerro," Maria Leonor parada, y mi mama, Alicia.
  • Alicia Rodriguez Porras Brassell mtDNA B2 (110 KB)
    My mother, Alicia Rodriguez Porras (1918-2006), in the mid 1950s. Mi mama, Alicia Rodriguez Porras (1918-2006), en el medio de los 1950s.
  • Familia-Porras-Family Hidalgo del Parral (269 KB)
    My maternal great grandfather, Mayor Jesus Porras, and his many children, including my grandmother, Maria de las Nieves Porras Vasquez, on his left knee. Mi bis abuelo, Alcalde Jesus Porras, con su familia incluyendo mi abuela a su izuierda, Maria de las Nieves Porras Vasquez.
  • Ernie Alderete Rodriguez 1952- mtDNA B2 (678 KB)
    My best photo, I think I was 10 years old, just before I was stricken with polio. I never looked that good again! Mi mejor foto a los 10 anos de edad, poco antes que tuve polio.
  • Maria del Pilar Vasquez Acosta 1925 mtDNA B2 (83 KB)
    My maternal great grandmother, Maria del Pilar Vasquez Acosta (Mrs. Jesus Porras), with her three grandchildren, Nicolas Alfonso "Guerro," Maria Leonor and my mother, Alicia, at her left. Mi bis abuela, Maria del Pilar Acosta Vazquez, (Sra. Jesus Porras) con sus nietos, Nicolas Alfonso "Guerro," Maria Leonor, y mi mama, Alicia, a su izquierda.
  • Ernie Alderete Rodriguez/Alicia Rodriguez Porras (93 KB)
    Me, Ernie Alderete Rodriguez (1952-), and my mom, Alicia Rodriguez Porras (1918-2006), at Niagara Falls a few months after my birth on our cross country trek. We flew from Los Angeles to Detroit to pick up our new Olds Rocket 88, which we drove into Quebec, and down the eastern seaboard including New York City for the opening of the newly built United Nations building, then on down through Louisiana, Texas, Mexico all the way to the border of Guatemala.
  • Maria del Pilar Vasques Acosta 1880 mtDNA B2 (5 KB)
    My maternal great grandmother, Maria del Pilar Vasquez Acosta, in her youth. mtDNA B2 Mi bis abuel, Pilar Acosta Vasquez, cuando era joven, acerca 1880.
  • Maria Leonor Rodriguez Porras 1915-80 (600 KB)
    My maternal aunt, Maria Leonor Rodriguez Porras (1915-80), was a wonderful, loving person. Unfortunately she died from a stroke due to high blood pressure because she forgot to take her meds that day, while taking her mother to the hospital in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico. After her death, my mom, Alicia Rodriguez Porras (1918-2006), brought their mother, Maria de las Nieves Porras Vasques (1894-1986), to live with us in Los Angeles, California.
  • Maria del Pilar Vasquez Acosta mtDNA B2 (75 KB)
    Foto de mi bisabuela materna, Maria del Pilar Vasquez Acosta, ya anciana. ADN B2 Fue nacida en el Valle de Zaragoza, Chihuahua.
  • Leticia Rodriguez Gamez/Ernie Alderete Rodriguez (52 KB)
    My maternal cousin, Leticia Rodriguez Gamez (1956-), and me, Ernie Alderete Rodriguez (1952-), on one of my early visits to Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico.
  • Casa-Rodriguez-Home Hidalgo del Parral-Chihuahua (47 KB)
    Rear view of Rodriguez home in Hidalgo del Parral-Chihuahua after a major flood on the pictured Mena River nearly washed it away. The house bounds the Mena River and bridge, and is adjacent to San Jose Cathedral. The house stands today as three shops. Nuestra casa Rodriguez en Hidalgo del Parral, despues de la undacion mayor que casi se la llevo. La casa da frente al rio y puente Mena, muy cerca del catedral de San Jose. Queda la casa ahorra como tres tienditas.
  • Ernest Alderete Ramirez/Alicia Rodriguez Porras (264 KB)
    My parents, Ernest Alderete Ramirez (1923-2000 yDNA R1b1b2a1bc), and Alicia Rodriguez Porras (1918-2006 mtDNA B2), peering out of the window of their new home on Vancouver Avenue still under construction in 1949, shortly after their marriage.
  • Casa-Rodriguez-Home before flood/antes de undacion (575 KB)
    La misma casa Rodriguez antes de la undacion 1911
  • Alicia Rodriguez Porras/Ernest Alderete Ramirez (96 KB)
    My parents, Alicia Rodriguez Porras (1918-2006), and Ernest Alderete Ramirez (1923-2000), visiting their new home on Vancouver Avenue in what is now Monterey Park, California under construction about 1949, shortly after their marriage.
  • Rodriguez Home-front view-Casa Rodriguez de frente (202 KB)
    La misma solida casa de en frente. Parece banco! Our home looked more like a bank!
  • Ernie Alderete/Alicia Rodriguez (47 KB)
    Me, Ernie Alderete Rodriguez (1952-), and my mom, Alicia Rodriguez Porras (1918-2006), in a canoe somewhere in Mexico on our transcontinental trek across Canada, the United States and Mexico a few months after my birth.
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