Descendants of Melchor De Los Reyes de Ecija: Circa 4 1/2 Centuries in America (2 Centuries in Nueva España/present day México and circa 2 1/2 Centuries in Texas)

The Descendants of Melchor De Los Reyes de Ecija have resided in North America for about 4 1/2 Centuries (2 Centuries in Nueva España (New Spain)/present day México and circa 2 1/2 Centuries in Texas). Circa 1576 his son Baltazar De Los Reyes arrived in New Spain and was among the first settlers of this family name to migrate to New Spain. More

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About Joel Reyes

I was born in Abilene, Texas, to Joe David Reyes Sr. and Maria Norfelia Perales. I’ve resided in Dallas, Texas, for the past 26 years and hold two degrees, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas and a Master of Business Administration in Information Technology Management from Western Governors University.

As a child my fondest memories were those of my great-grandmother Elena Villanueva our family’s matriarch. As far back as I can remember, my family would make annual trips down to South Texas (Lower Rio Grande Valley “El Valle”) to visit our great-grandmother Elena. Although at the time my siblings and I could speak a little Spanish (i.e. Spanglish), unfortunately, our first language was English therefore struggled most of the time when speaking with our great-grandmother. As a result, our parents, cousins, great-uncles/aunts use to translate for us. I can still remember many of the wonderful stories our great-grandmother use to share with us about our Tejano ancestors.

Without a doubt my interest in genealogy stems from my great-grandmother Elena. I knew that one day I would grow up and write a genealogy book that would substantiate all of the wonderful stories about our familia and antepasados that our great-grandmother use to share with us. My great-grandmother Elena was extremely proud of her Tejano roots and Hispanic Heritage as should all of her descendants.

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