This is in response to Mr. Miguel S. Escobedo's message posted in this forum. My great-grand-mother María Josefa Frías Esparza (Ruiz de Esparza) was born in Rincón de Romos 19 March 1848 to Antonio Frías Jaso and María del Refugio Ruiz de Esparza y Escobedo. I have been able to trace her roots to Lope Ruiz de Esparza and Ana Francisca Gabai de Moctezuma. Refugio Ruiz de Esparza y Escobedo was the daugher of José Francisco Ruiz de Esparza Trillo y Delgado and María Gertrudis Escobedo y Escalera. María Gertrudis was the daugher of José Manuel Escobedo Guevara and María Antonia Escalera Martínez de Sotomayor. José Manuel Escobedo and María Antonia Escalera married in Rincón de Romos 21 June 1769. I have traced these families for several generations. They were all from Aguascalientes. Now here is my question: Are we related? Have you been able to trace your family way back to Lope Ruiz de Esparza and Ana Francisca Gabai? Incidentally, I met other close relatives in Guadalajara in 2003 and 2004, and plan to visit Aguascalientes in 2006.