Our Mexican heritage and history is a very exiting one. At one point in our lives there comes a point that we would like to find out more about our Mexican Ancestry. If you are at this point in your life you came to the right place. The following is an overview of what you expect to learn if you follow this series of articles.
Five Common Misconceptions About Mexican Genealogy Research
The first thing you would need to do in order to start your quest of finding your ancestors is to kick out all the misconceptions that you may have about Mexican Genealogy Research. When I started doing my family history I had the following misconceptions about Mexican Genealogy;
- I Live In The U.S. and It Will Be Impossible To do Mexican Genealogy Since I don’t go to Mexico
- Mexico Has No Records Online
- There Are No Books About My Ancestors
- My Ancestors Were Humble And Doubt They Left Wills
- My Family is Not Catholic, I Doubt My Ancestors Were Catholic
Let me just tell you all the above are wrong. So kick them out and start with afresh mentality.
Your Family Is The Place To Start
In order to find your Mexican Ancestry you will need to start your Genealogy Research with you. Write down your name, then your parents then your grandparents and so on as far back as you can. If you can out of memory write down their birth dates, death dates, and places where they lived. Then do the same for all your extended family.
Once you are done with yourself, interview, if they are alive, your parents and grandparents. Then find the oldest family member in your family and interview them. Also if you can take a portable scanner to scan any images or documents that they may want to share with you.
Genealogy Software To Manage Your Family Tree
When you get to this point you will need to find a genealogy program to enter all the great information you have gathered up to this point. The one I use and recommend is Family Tree Maker but it is not free. The other one that I have ample experience and started with is Family Tree Builder. Both of these programs are very good and will do a great job.
Find Your Mexican Ancestors Using Civil Registry Documents
Mexican Civil Registry Documents to find our Mexican Ancestry. These records go from present day back up until 1859 or 1860 when the Mexican Government started documenting births, marriages, and deaths. There are various websites that have this documents or indexes of these documents. Also these records contain a wealth of information.
Find Your Mexican Ancestors Using Mexican Catholic Church Records
Mexican Catholic Church Records are the bread and butter of Mexican Genealogy Research. These records go from present day up until the early 1500’s. Once you get done with the Civil Registry Records and can’t go back further than the 1860’s that will be the time to dive into Church Records. These records also contain a wealth of information regarding Mexican Genealogy. I have been able to trace some of my own family branches back til the late 1500’s using these records.
How to Find Your Mexican Ancestors Marriage Dispensation
Marriage dispensations were required to be done by the priest when ever there was a relationship between the two parties. This documents by far contribute a great amount of genealogical information. Marriage dispensations can be about 5 to 15 pages long.
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