Cheryl Briseno Garcia

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Best contact is 210.834.7841. I started documenting old forgotten graveyards while tracing a friends lineage and I was hooked! I hope this helps future generations to track their lineage with a little more ease. I‘ve been studying genealogy since I attended a class at Our Lady of the Lake University In 1988 called Mexican American Cultural History and my instructor implored me to interview family members and document their stories. My grandmother was a goldmine of information and photos and a diary from her grandfather that was dated 1880s.

I follow the Briseno's on my mother's paternal side and the Villarreal's on her maternal side as well as Castanon, Hernandez, Balderas and Galves on my maternal side. On my father's side I follow the Garcia, Estrada, Alaniz, Rodriguez families hoping to find connections.

I wander local cemeteries in my free time and try to document as much history as I can and will research the genealogy of those I encounter along the way. I have a particular interest in tracing lineage on minority families since our history is not as well documented. Unfortunately it is easier to document headstones and create memorials than it is to research the genealogy and create the links so I’m a little behind on the research, but I do it knowing that not everyone has access to paid subscriptions to genealogy services. I enjoy the research and it is a great way to relax and unwind from daily events.

My current project is documenting the Mexican Community Cemetery in Charlotte, Texas and doing as much of the genealogy as possible because Atascosa County didn’t require notifications for vital statistics until after 1945, so there are a lot of missing puzzle pieces that may only be connected by documenting those headstones and many of my family are buried there. I will ensure they are memorialized properly.

Thanks for stopping by! Peace & Love, Cheryl


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