The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 88, July 1984 - April, 1985

Book Reviews

includes more data on the individuals than is usually expected. He
frequently lists wives, date of immigration, county and state of birth,
and previous residence and occupation.
The names of 6,500oo inhabitants of the period are taken from origi-
nal lists existing in the General Land Office files. The census schedules
included here need no explanation, but their surveys of the popula-
tion are far from exhaustive. Other names are taken from applications
for land that were filed after 1i 830 in which citizens attested under oath
that they had immigrated before 183o.
Stephen F. Austin began granting land to Anglo-American immi-
grants in 1823. In 1825 he was required by law to carry a detailed
record of personal information on every new entrant. The resulting
"Register of Families" now consists of two bound volumes in the Gen-
eral Land Office. Though the names of persons were written in Span-
ish, the place names were usually given in English. Thirty-three pages
of White's book are given over to volume one of the register and
twenty pages to volume two.
Titles to land received by empresario Green C. DeWitt are cen-
tered around Gonzales. The settlers there began arriving in 1828 and
were given certificates that gave important personal information. If the
person signed this record, White uses that spelling of the name.
The 1830 census of San Antonio and Nacogdoches, published with
petitions for land, gives the researcher another useful tool. The 1867
"Register of Voters" was abstracted; each person signing the oath of
allegiance had to swear to his tenure in the state, which makes it pos-
sible to locate other citizens who resided in Texas in 1830. Most Con-
federate veterans were disenfranchised, but personal data is available
in this register for blacks and those of Mexican origin.
Historians and genealogists will appreciate the scope of this detailed
publication. Researchers are indeed indebted to White for his schol-
arly volume. He has gathered seven original Texas population sources
into one easy-to-use, well-indexed volume.
Texas State Genealogy Society MRS. J. B. GOLDEN
Austin
Fragments of the Mexican Revolution: Personal Accounts from the
Border. By Oscar J. Martinez. (Albuquerque: University of New
Mexico Press, 1983. Pp. xii+316. Preface, map, illustrations,
introduction, epilogue, bibliography. $24.95, cloth; $12.50, paper.)
Reproducing oral history interviews and accounts taken from pub-

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