Are your ancestors form Durango Mexico? If they are and you are doing genealogy research then this list of resources will help you locate them. This is a listing of genealogy resources that can help you research your Mexican Genealogy and your ancestors from Durango, Mexico. Feel free to let me know in the comments if you know of any resources that I might have left out.
Francisco de Ibarra was the first to colonize Durango, he settled this part of the vast northern province of Nueva Vizcaya. On July 8, 1563 he founded the capital city and named it Durango for the Basque town Durango, Biscay, Spain. Durango along with the present states of Chihuahua, Sonora and Sinaloa, formed part of the province of Nueva Vizcaya, the name that was used during the Colonial Period to designate the territory discovered by Captain Francisco de Ibarra between 1554 and 1567.
You can expect to find records going all the way back up until 1604 maybe earlier if you get lucky.
Catholic Church Records
- Durango, Catholic Church Records, 1604-1985 – (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
- Durango, Civil Registration, 1861-1995 – (Browse Only)
Facebook Pages or Groups
- Durango “Nuestra Historia” – This page contains a compilation of historical data in one place, through the lens and experience embodied by Santiago Gonzalez Torres. This page contains great information about historical places and people from Durango.
- Yo Soy de GOMEZ PALACIO !!! – Page dedicated to the people and history of Gomez Palacio. Contains many photos and videos.
- Archivo Muncipal Durango – Facebook profile dedicated to the Archives of the Municipality of Durango Mexico.
- Archivo Historico Gomez Palacio – Facebook profile dedicated to the Archives fo the Municipality of Gomez Palacio Mexico.
History of Durango
- Durango – Wikipidia.com’s page about History of Durango.
Information about Municipalities of Durango
- 39 Municipalities – Page that contains a map of Durango and all of it’s municipalities.
- Municipalities of Durango – Government sponsored website for all municipalities of Durango.
- 2010 Map of Political Divisions of Durango – You can download a PDF map of all municipalities and their divisions. Will help you locate a specific municipality for any given town.
Durango Genealogy Forums
- Gen Forum – Forum about Durango, you can respond or post inquiries about your ancestors by just registering.
- Durango Ancestry Forums – Forum about Durango hosted by Ancestry.com
- Municipal Archive for The Municipality of Durango – Archives website for the Durango Municipality and you can also search for documents.
- Official Website for Durango Mexico – This link is to the official website for the government of Durango.
Websites Focusing on Durango Genealogy Research
- Nuestros Ranchos – This blog focuses on genealogy for Jalisco, Zacatecas, and Aguascalientes but if you search for Durango in their search bar you will find over 10 pages of results about Durango.
- Guadalajara Dispensas – Website dedicated to indexing and helping you locate marriage dispensations found for the diocese of Guadalajara. Many dispensations for Durango are listed.
As I have mentioned before, I am fully aware 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.