I have come to realize that in order for me to be able to conduct better research into my ancestors past it is very important to educate ourselves in the history of Mexico and also specially on the history of the area that they were from.
I have come cross people and also online family trees that claim that their ancestor was born on a certain date and on a certain town but it does not make sense since that town was founded 30 to 40 years latter. They assume that, since their ancestor died in that town he must have been born there also.
A few weeks ago I came across someone asking for help in finding their ancestors church birth record in Camargo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. They told me that he was born there in about 1726. From the get go I knew they were wrong. After probing a bit they told me that they were assuming. I asked if they new the local area’s history and they said no. I proceeded to educate them a bit. I advised that Camargo was not founded until March 5, 1949 and that most of the founding families came form Cerralvo, Cadereyta, Monterrey , and the surrounding towns. In my own case all my ancestors from Camargo where originally from Cerralvo. I also advised that no church was there before that date and that they should look into the records of Cerralvo and Cadereyta. Turned out that their ancestor was from Cadereyta.
As you can see from the above example ti is always good to get to know the areas history since it will lead you in the right direction. A simple wikipidia search for Camargo would have provided them with the following page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camargo_Municipality,_Tamaulipas which contains what I told them.
A couple of minutes of reading can make a big difference.
I will bellow add some links that will let you get familiar with Mexican History since I think it is important to research Mexico’s history all the way from it’s colonial period to present days. This will help you understand your ancestors better and also give you a taste of what events your ancestors lived through. It can also provide you with clues as to migration patterns that your ancestors might have had taken.
Mexican History Links
- Timeline of Mexican history – Quick and to the point timeline of Mexican history events.
- History of Mexico – More comprehensive and detailed history of Mexico.
- Territorial evolution of Mexico – Very interesting article on Mexican territory.
- Administrative divisions of Mexico – Provides you with history about Mexican States.
Mexican State Links
The following links will take you straight to their Wikipidia pages. Also please note that each state page has a link to all it’s municipalities and that is how you get to the very local history of where your ancestors might have been from.
- Baja California
- Baja California Sur
- Nuevo León
- Quintana Roo
- San Luis Potosí
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