My Brick Fortress
My brick wall is more like a brick fortress. My wall begins with my great paternal grandmother Rosa Gutierrez, born in Fresnillo, Zacatecas in 1864. Her parents are listed as Jose Maria Gutierrez & Mauricia Enriquez in several sources related to her marriage. Her parent’s names are listed as maternal grandparents on her children’s baptismal records as well. I have had success in finding Rosa’s catholic marriage record to my great grandfather Teodoro de la Torre. The sources I have to support their marriage are from Fresnillo, Zacatecas. I have their civil marriage registration, catholic marriage information document & their catholic marriage record. Family knowledge is that Rosa was orphaned at a young age & it is believed that she is an only child. Further family information is that her dad Jose Maria Gutierrez died when she was 1 yr old & her mom died when she was 5. I have searched for Rosa’s baptismal record in indexed & unindexed records & looked for her civil birth registration but ran into a brick wall. I have not been able to find civil death records or catholic burial records for her parent’s. Another brick wall. Rosa & Teodoro were married at La Purificacion Catholic church in Fresnillo, Zacatecas. The marriage information lists her adopted mom as Carmen Diaz de Rodriguez. I started putting together Carmen Diaz’s family tree in hopes of finding a family connection but have not been able to get far because the records I need to verify relationships are not there. Another brick wall. I have looked for Rosa & her parent’s in Zacatecas, Jalisco & Aquascalientes to no avail. I have gone through all of the witnesses listed in her marriage records in hopes of finding clues, another brick wall. I have found & connected all the padrino’s to her 11 children & cannot find any hints that would lead me to more information on her parents. Another brick wall. When I recently went to Teodoro’s family tree I was encouraged by finding a family member somewhere in the tree married to a Gutierrez. Unfortunately I quickly came to another brick wall. I have searched different spellings of Enriquez & even searched for the surname Mauricio Enriquez & nothing has come up. Based on Rosa’s birth year I have searched for her parent’s marriage records & their baptismal records in indexed & non indexed records in Family Search in Zacatecas, Jalisco & Aquascalientes. One brick wall after another when it comes to finding more information on Rosa’s parent’s Jose Maria Gutierrez & Mauricia Enriquez. I have searched for them as “others” in Family Search thinking they could have been padrino’s but another brick wall. I do possess a couple of pictures of Rosa when she was in her 50’s & 80’s & to me she looks like she has indigenous blood. I don’t know yet if this insight will help me down the road in my search. I hope someone is able to give me some tools to knock down my brick fortress.
I do want to add that another family member has been doing genealogy research for over 20 years & she has run into the same brick walls. She too hasn’t been able to get past Jose Maria & Mauricia.
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