Website to Help You Find Where Your Ancestors Where From In Mexico


While conducting our Mexican Genealogy research we come across names of haciendas or towns in Mexico that can not be found on Google maps or anywhere else on the internet. If this is the case then you will really like the following website since it will help you find or at least narrow down the location of where that town or hacienda may be.

before I go any further I want to thank Jaime Trejo for sharing this amazing tool with us. The website that Jaime shared with us is a Mexican Government website called “Catalogo de Localidades” and it is maintained and hosted by SEDESOL Secretaria de Desarollo Social. You can find the link to visit it towards the end of this post. Continue reading

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Michoacán, Mexico Online Genealogy Resources

Where your ancestors from Michoacán If you are researching your Mexican Genealogy and your ancestors were from Michoacán then you will find this post very useful. It contains a list of resources that may be able to help you in locating your Mexican ancestors and may also be of help to you in your genealogy research. Please feel free to let me know in the comments if you know of any other resources that I may have had left out and thus need to be added.

During the first years of the Spanish Conquest, Michoacán was part of the “kingdom of Mexico” witch included the current states of Mexico, Querétaro, Hidalgo, Tlaxcala, Oaxaca, Morelos, Guerrero, Veracruz, Tabasco, Michoacán, Guanajuato and parts of San Luis Potosí, Jalisco and Colima. These lands were divided into encomiendas among the conquistadors. Vasco de Quiroga brought Franciscan and Augustinian friars to both evangelize and repair the area’s broken economy and social institutions. Quiroga founded the Spanish city of Patzcuaro in 1538, calling it the Ciudad de Mechuacán.

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Historical Flags of Mexico – Banderas Historicas Mexicanas

I came across another great set of eBooks. They are about the Historical flags of Mexico and I am sure that some of our ancestors were familiar with them based upon their time period or military service. These eBooks were made by Mexico’s military agency SEDENA and are available free of charge to the public. Bellow the following image you will find the links to where you may be able to download them.

I know that this eBooks do not contain any genealogical data and will not even help you locate your ancestors but I am sure that they will be of great interest to you.

Cover to first eBook:

I do sincerely hope that you enjoy this eBooks as I have. Let me just warn you that they are fully in Spanish.

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These are links straight to the PDF’s for your convenience and bellow you will also find the full link to the source.

Source:

SEDENA, http://www.archivohistorico2010.sedena.gob.mx/fasciculos/Banderas_historicas.php

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Great Battles of Mexican Independence and Revolution – Grandes Batallas de la Independencia y la Revolución Mexicana

If your Mexican Ancestors ever fought in Mexico’s fight for independence from Spain or the Mexican Revolution then the following book may be worth looking at. It was commissioned by the Mexican government’s military agency called SEDENA. It is my hopes, as with any other Historical book that I recommend to you, that this book sheds some light into your ancestors past and also may it help you get an idea of what their life might have had been.

As the book mentions Mexicos’s history can not be defined without first knowing it’s military history and this books does a good job at it. It is available for free and hosted at SEDENA’s website. The only thing is that you will need to know how to read Spanish since this book is written in Spanish. Please do take the time to download this eBook and add it to your Continue reading

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Academic Project “Familias NovoHispanas, Un Sistema de Redes”

“Familias NovoHispanas, Un Sistema de Redes” is an excellent resource to help you trace your Mexican Ancestry and help you with your Mexican Genealogy Research. Through the course of researching my own ancestry I have come across over and over again with this genealogical database. It has helped me immensely and has also helped my while conducting research for others.

 ”Familias NovoHispanas, Un Sistema de Redes” is basically one huge family tree hosted at Geneanet.org by the Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and Centro de Estudios Históricos-El Colegio de Michoacán.

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 Visit Academic Project “Familias HovoHispanas, Un Sistema de Redes”

I highly recommend that you check it out and test drive it to see if it will help you. Just enter your ancestors name in the search bar and go from there. Let me just warn you this resource does not list any sources of where their material came from but the information is very accurate. You still have to do your work of following up with the clues to find the original documentation and if you don’t want to at least cite this website as being your source.

Have fun and enjoy!

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Basques in the Americas From 1492 to 1892: A Chronology

 As per wikipidia, the Basque Country is an autonomous community of northern Spain. It includes the Basque provinces of Álava, Biscay and Gipuzkoa, also called Historical Territories. As you conduct your Mexican genealogy research you will inevitably come across one or two ancestors that can be traced back to this Basque region of Northern Spain.

The eBook “Basques in the Americas From 1492 to 1892: A Chronology” by Stephen T. Bass demonstrates provides a chronological timeline of many of the Basques in the Americas including Mexico. For example he lists all the known soldiers that were Basques that under the command of Hernan Cortez and Panfilo de Narvaez. Overall Mexico is mentioned 312 times in this eBook, this just goes to tell you that many of the names mentioned settled in Mexico and thus Continue reading

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23 eBooks Cataloging the Municipal Archives of Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico

I know that many of you as well as I do have many ancestors from Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico. The following are 23 eBooks Cataloging the Municipal Archives of Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico. They contain a wealth of information and I highly suggest that you download them all when you get a chance and add them to your eBook genealogical library. If you don’t have one yet, this collection is the perfect excuse to start it.

These eBooks are made up of thousands of very short synopsis of the documents that are located within the Municipal Archives of Saltillo. They are  a great reference to see what is available in regards to our ancestors. You can use them to tell a genealogist exactly what and where to look for a specific document. For example there are some documents in regards to my ancestors Alberto del Canto and Bartolome de Cuellar.

I also want to thank Archivo Municipal de Saltillo for emailing me back and forth during their redesign of the catalogs page.

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Please click on the above image to visit this website or click on the desired link bellow to download the desired catalog.

23 Tomes of the Municipal Archives of Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico

Enjoy and have fun, let me know of any great finds.

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Hoping You Had a Great 2013

On this last day of 2013 I just want to wish you and your families a very Happy New Year!!!

Once again:

Happy, Happy New Year!!!

I hope that you had a great 2013. I also want to share a recap of 2013 and my goals for  Continue reading

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Mexican Genealogy Wishes You A Very Merry Christmas!!!

I wanted to take a couple of minutes minutes to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas. I hope that on this festive day that you may find yourself surrounded by all of your loved ones.

From a genealogy perspective don’t forget to share your discoveries from this past year with your loved ones. I also hope that you have had a great year when it comes to your Mexican Genealogy research.

With Nothing Else,

Moises Garza

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Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Today December 12 is the Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe and it is Mexico’s Most Important religious holiday. On this day people from all over Mexico travel to the chapel in Tepayac in Mexico city. Tepayac is a hill where back on this date in 1531 the mother of Jesus appeared before an Indian peasant named Juan Diego.

Juan Diego told the bishop but the bishop, needing proof of this vision, asked Juan to have a miracle performed by Mary. Juan returned to Tepayac Hill and found roses growing where there had only been cacti growing. Juan wrapped the roses in his cape and as he let it go so the bishop could see the roses there was also a picture of Mary. This convinced the bishop and the chapel was built on top of the hill. Continue reading

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