About Us

Villa San Agustin de Laredo Genealogical Society was founded in 1996 for the purpose of promoting genealogical research into the origins of the Mexican American and Hispanic population of Laredo, Webb County, and in the surrounding area. The sole goal of the organization is to explore, develop and increase genealogical resources and to make them more readily available to its members, as well as to the community and future generations of our family lines.

Hispanic ancestry is most certainly not a prerequisite for membership.

Membership in the society includes the annual journal, which offers genealogical data and articles on Hispanic history. The society also helps new members get started on their own ancestral research.

About our Founder

Lupita Ramirez founded VSALGS in February 1996. Mrs. Ramirez was a dedicated mother and professional yet she made time to study genealogy and had the patience to indulge in the research needed to establish "roots" for herself and for others.

Over the years Mrs. Ramirez established a library at her home, containing a wealth of information, which she was more than willing to share with fellow genealogists. Her collection includes family histories from the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, South and Central America, Italy, Spain, and Portugal.

Mrs. Ramirez is well known in Genealogical Circles and Heritage Preservation groups. She was recognized by the Spanish American Genealogical Association (SAGA) in 1992; and was presented the Luciano Guajardo Historical Awareness Award" by the Webb County Heritage Foundation in 1997.

Thank you for so much, Lupita!