It is believed that the first Spaniard in the area of what is now Bja California sur was Fortún Ximénez whom arriving in 1533. It is known that he and his crew did not remain long because they sacked the area’s pearls and abused the women, in turn this resulted in a violent confrontation with the natives who killed Ximénez. The remainder of the crew returned to Mexico City with the pearls and stories of riches.
Eventhough there had been various explorations, the remoteness of the region impeded efforts at colonization until the 17th century. In 1697 Jesuit missionary Juan María de Salvatierra established the Nuestra Señora de Loreto Conchó Mission, the first permanent one of its kind in Baja California Sur. From there the order spread through most of the current state, founding sixteen mission in the territory of the current state to work with the Pericú, Guaycura and Cochimí peoples.
From what I have researched you can expect to find records going all the way back up until 1744.
Catholic Church Records
Please note that the church records are together with those of Baja California.
- Baja California Sur, Catholic Church Records, 1750-1984 – (Browse Only)
- Mexico, Baptisms, 1560-1950 – (Search Only) Note: Not everything has been indexed.
- Mexico, Deaths, 1680-1940 – (Search Only) Note: Not everything has been indexed.
- Mexico, Marriages, 1570-1950 – (Search Only) Note: Not everything has been indexed.
Civil Registration Records
Please note that the civil registration records are together with those of Baja California.
- Baja California Sur, Civil Registration, 1860-2004 – (Browse Only)
Facebook Pages or Groups
- Mayoral Family Genealogia – Facebook page focusing on the Mayoral Family of Baja California Sur.
- Baja California en Fotos – Not genealogy focused but great to get an idea of the land that your ancestor lived on.
History of Baja California Sur
- Baja California Sur – Wikipidia page with the brief history of Baja California Sur.
- Baja California Sur – History page from the History Channels Website.
- Estado de Baja California Sur – Short history of Baja California Sur.
Information about Municipios of Baja California Sur
- 6 Municipios – Page that contains a map of Baja California Sur and all of it’s municipios.
- Municipalities of Baja California Sur – Wikipidia contaning all the municipios for Baja California Sur
- Municipalidades ded Estado de Baja California Sur – History and details of Baja California Sur.
Baja California SurGenealogy Forums
- Gen Forum – Forum about Baja California Sur, you can respond or inquire by just registering.
- Baja California Sur Ancestry Forums – Forum about Baja California Sur hosted by Ancestry.com
Baja California Sur State and Church Archives
- Archivo Pablo L Martínez – Facebook page for the archives of Baja California Sur.
- Archivo Hisotrico de Baja Californai Sur – Pablo L. Martinez – State website where you can a great deal of information on their archives and places where to find their documents and or request documents.
- Fototeca del Archivo Historico Pablo L. Martinez – Facebook page dedicated to the photographic history of Baja California Sur.
Websites Focusing on Baja California Sur Genealogy Research
I was not able to locate any.
I know that there are more resources out there but this is a start. As I come across more of them I will be posting them on this page. Also if your favorite resource is not mentioned here please send me an email I would love to include it.