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Updated July 23, 2006

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My first results were based on my father's Y- DNA. I tested R1B1, the predominant haplogroup for Western Europe, Iberia in particular.

I have traced my lineage back to Princess PETRONILLA MOCTEZUMA who was born in 1550 in Aguascalientes, and married Martin Navarro.

Petronila is acknowledged to be the granddaughter of Motecuhzoma Xocoyotzin, also known as Montezuma II, tenth Emperor of the Aztecs.

My gggrandmother was Maria Silvestra Romo (Rancho Nuevo, Coahuila 1856/Los Angeles 1935).

Silvestra's father was Miguel Romo b 1836 in Coahuila.
Her son was Victor Ramirez (Brownsville, Texas 1876-1944 California).
Most of our family left Texas in 1924 for Los Angeles.
Victorís father was Mateo Ramirez, who married Silvestra in Coahuila in 1875.

Ygnacio Rodriguez, who was born about 1780, married Maria del Rayo Caballero, who was born c 1782, and died on January 30, 1842 in Huejotitan, Chihuahua.

Their son, Ygnacio Rodrigues, who was born in 180, died on June 17, 1838 in Huejotitan, Chihuahua, married Soledad Villalobos, who was born in 1807.

Their son, Rafael Rodrigues, born in the 1830s, married Mariana Montoya, also born in the mid, to late 1830s.

Their son, Jose Estevan Vidal Rodrigues Montoya, born on March 17, 1867, married Maria Leonor Anizeta Contreras, born on April 11, 1872.

Their son, Nicolas Rodrigues Contreras, was born around 1890, married Maria de las Nieves Porras, was born on May 21, 1894.

Their daughter, Alicia Rodrigues Porras, was born on July 10, 1918, is my mamacita querida, married my dad, Ernest Alderete Ramirez, who was born on February 28, 1923

Salvador Montoya, was born in Huejotitan, Chihuahua in the 1760s, died before 1813, married Maria del Carmen Gutierrez, who died on December 14, 1836 in Huejotitan.

Their son, Ricardo Montoya, was born in the 1790s in Huejotitan, married Maria Aniceta Juliana Olguin, who was born on April 16, 1799 in Huejotitan, Chihuahua.

Their daughter, Mariana Montoya, was born in the 1830s in Huejotitan, married Rafael Rodrigues, who was also born at the same time and place.

Their son, Jose Estevan Vidal Rodrigues Montoya, was born on March 17, 1867, married Maria Anizeta Leonor Contreras, was born on April 11, 1872.

Guadalupe Hernandez and Mario Perez were born around 1835.
Their daughter, Guadalupe Perez Hernandez, was listed as being born in 1855 in Brackettville, according to the 1880 census.

Agapito Gonzales and Josefa Revelear were born around 1835.
Their son, Nestor Gonzales, is listed in the 1880 census as being born in 1855 in Bracketville, the same as his wife Guadalupe Perez Hernandez.
But, I suspect these birth years and places are rough census taker estimates.

Nestor Gonzales and Guadalupe Perez had two children, according to the 1880 census:
Catalina Gonzales in 1877,
and my great grandmother, Antonia Gonzales, in 1879.

I have the marriage certificate for Nestor Gonzales & Guadalupe Peres, issued February 3, 1875 in Wilson, Texas.

I also have the marriage certificates for sisters Catalina Gonzales (to Juan Martinez), and Antonia Gonzales (to Cleofas Figueroa), both married in 1895 in Brackettville.

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Family Photos
  • Josefina Rodriguez Ponce, a spectacular bride! (69 KB)
    Born in Hidalgo del Parral in 1898, she died all too young in El Paso, Texas around 1922.
  • Ramirez Pharmacy El Paso Texas 1912 (177 KB)
    The Ramirez Pharmacy was a family business for almost a century. Here is the original location in El Paso in 1912. The gentleman on the right is my great-grand father, Victor Ramirez. He took the entire family, as well as the pharmcy to Los Angeles around 1924, or '25. He was famous for his spring tonic that he concocted in his bath tub. It was mainly alcohol, and very popular during prohibition. My father sold bottles of it long after grandpa died. Victor's son, Mike, eventually took over the pharmacy. My grandma Lupe Ramirez, Victor's favorite daugher would clean out the cash register to buy new clothes. She was a snappy dresser as you can see in her picture here.
  • Sisters Lupe and Goya. (447 KB)
    My grandmother, Lupe Ramirez (1907-1980), was the yongest of my great grandmother's three daughters. Esther Galindo was the middle sister. Goya Figueroa Armijo (1897-1985), the oldest.
  • Lupe Ramirez. Del Rio, Texas 1907/1980 Los Angeles (230 KB)
    My grandmother, the personification of the Roaring 20's flapper. Taken in the early 1920's.
  • My maternal great grandmother, Pilar Acosta. (83 KB)
    Pilar Acosta (Hidalgo del Parral, Chihuahua 1861-1925) seated with three of her grandchildren, from the left: my uncle Alfonso "Guerro" Rodriguez Contreras, my aunt Leonor Rodriguez Contreras and my mother, Alicia Rodriguez Contreras, just before Pilar's death around Christmas 1925.
  • Ernest Ramirez Alderete. El Paso, Tx 1923/2000 L.A (227 KB)
    My handsome father served as an army medic in Normandy, France. He held the rank of PFC 1st Class. His buddies called him "blackie" because of his jet black hair. He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps before the war. He carved several new trails in Yosemite National Park.
  • Antonia Gonzalez Perez 1879-1962. (151 KB)
    My great grandmothr was born in Brackettville, Texas. Mi tatara abuela fue nacida en Bracketville, Texas.
  • Lupe Ramirez & son Ernie circa 1926. (175 KB)
    A beautiful, if worn and battered portrait of mother and son. I think it captures the era well.
  • David Ramirez Gonzalez served with honor in WWII. (51 KB)
    David Ramirez was the son of Antonia Gonzalez and Victor Ramirez.
  • My mom Alice and my late aunt Gloria. (85 KB)
    My mother Maria Alicia Amelia Rodriguez Palmer (Parral, Chihauahua, Mexico 1918 -) and my aunt Gloria Brassell Papac (Los Angeles 1933-1971 Los Angeles) taken in the early to mid 1960s. I've entered my aunt's tombstone in the Virtual Cemetery along with that of her parents, Lupe Ramirez and Porfirio Gonzalez Brassell.
  • Antonia Gonzales Ramirez circa 1930, (130 KB)
    My great grand-mother Antonia Gonzalez Ramirez who was born in Brackettville, Texas on the right. My mother, Alicia Rodriguez, on the left. Taken about 1949 in Los Angeles.
  • Porras Family c.1898 Hidalgo del Parral, Chihuahua (269 KB)
    My great-grandfather, Jesus G. Porras, seated with his children. The little girl in the first row stanidng behind a hat on the ground is my grandmother, Nieves Porras, daughter of one mayor and wife of another (Nicholas Rordiguez) of Parral.
  • Mexican Revolutionaries. (104 KB)
    General Trinidad Rodriguez at far left.
  • Invitation to baptism of Samuel Rodriguez. (172 KB)
    Charming card lists General Pancho Villa as the godfather and his loyalist comrade, General Trinidad Rodriguez, as the father.
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