My name is Maria Irma Salinas Gonzalez de Saldaña, aka "Irma". It gives me great pleasure to share my family history, legacy, cultural heritage and some cherished family stories with you. Tracing my family roots has been an extremely rewarding experience for me, as well as an enjoyable hobby. I have been researching my family history for over twenty years. It is a labor of love of family. Once you have enough data on your ancestors a family picture emerges almost bringing them back to life. The faded photo of an ancestor you never knew about comes to life and your emotions will emerge as if you knew them. It is an honor to remember them and acknowledge them as our link to the past and each other.
A brief historical perspective of Las Escobas Ranch in Starr County, Texas tells the story of my beginnings and continues with the different generations in the family. There is abundant documentation on the Guerra family in university libraries, books, magazine articles, college thesis and dissertations as well as courthouse documents available on my Guerra family lineage and Las Escobas Ranch in Starr County. I will refer to my ancestor relatives on this website by their names respectfully instead of calling them as Papa Felipe and Mama Josefa, or Papa Jose and Mama Emilia, or Papa Ruben and Mama Mague as I write their stories. Some stories will be family folklore told from one generation to another and others will be verified with official documents. Genealogy research takes you back in time, across continents, comes with some surprises and disappointsments, and with many opportunities to meet new cousins, as well as it gives you a sense of where you come from, and who you are. Genealogy is always a work in progress; you never finish. There's so many interconnections with so many families so the term "somos primos" is so true. The surnames that will be highlighted are Guerra, Salinas, Garcia, Gonzalez, Saldaña and Cano. My hope is that through technolgy and social media our family tree will continue to grow and the new and upcoming generations will continue telling our family story. We owe our ancestors the courtesy to keep their stories alive forever.
So how am I Maria Irma Salinas Gonzalez de Saldaña connected to the surnames below. Please read the caption under each surname and coat of arms to see my relationship with each person. The website menu will guide you to each location to read about each of my ancestors. Whether I met them or not each one has affected my life in some way. Perhaps, it may be through physical features, mannerisms, or culture. Culture is passed from generation to generation. Language and types of food we eat today is a little trace of our ancestors.
My Guerra/Salinas (paternal grandfather) and Garcia/Salinas (paternal grandmother) connect with each other a few generations earlier. They never realized or knew they were blood relatives, even though they had a saying, "somos parentes". My Gonzalez/Gonzalez (maternal grandfather) and Salinas/Serna (maternal grandmother) connect to my paternal Guerra/Salinas/Garcia family. The Saldaña/Cano surnames through my marriage is still work in progress. Hoping my children (Saldaña) and grandchildren will pick up where I left off if the good Lord takes me before I'm done with this work.