Mexican and Spanish Records at The Portal to Texas History

The Portal To Texas History has become one of my favorite go to places to find rare documents or to see if any of my ancestors has popped up within their search results.

To be honest, the portal is history focused but as we know many of ancestors had a hand in not only the history of Mexico but also of Texas. Also they have been gathering material to the present times so don’t be surprised even if you find your self.

You and Recent Ancestors

I typed in my name and I got 590 results. The top ones being of the local newspaper where I grew up. I opened several of them and I saw mentions of me during elementary and Jr. High fro A honor roll and perfect Attendance. Ok, I also got B’s and C’s. I also found a six grade group picture.

I then entered my father in laws name and found a graduation photo of his from 1974 and next to him was our family doctor. As you can see from these brief examples, The Portal is excellent for American genealogical research, but what about Mexican Genealogical Research?

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The portal contains thousands of newspapers and in them you can find stories about your ancestors and also obituaries that can provide you with clues as to where your family came from in Mexico and or provide you with the Names of your ancestors parents.

Spanish Colonial Period

The Portal also contains many documents from the Spanish colonial period. Unfortunately there is no way of browsing them but if you get lucky you might just find a document about your ancestor. In my case I was very fortunate to find a record about one of my ancestors, Alonso de Leon. It is a map about his last expedition into Texas in 1690. You can read more about it on our sister site We Are Cousins in an article titled “Alonso De León’s Last Expedition into Texas in 1690“.

Mexican Records

You will also find many Mexican records, ok maybe not Mexican records but records about Mexico. But as with the colonial period records there is no way of browsing them. The majority of records found pertain to Northeastern Mexico. For example if you type Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, or Coahuila you get maps and documents where those keywords appear.

I highly recommend that you start searching with your ancestors names and then move on to search by locality such as Monterrey, Mier, Camargo, Revilla etc..

I hope that you find your ancestors within the pages of this website since I highly recommend it. It is one of my tools in my genealogical tool box.

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About Moises Garza

I have doing my family genealogy since 1998. I am also the creator of this blog Mexican Genealogy, and my personal blog We Are Cousins. To always be up to date with both of these sites follow me on facebook. Please feel free to contact me for anything.

2 thoughts on “Mexican and Spanish Records at The Portal to Texas History

  1. Eva Wathen

    I am interested in finding documentation for families that lived in Texas when it was considered Mexico. I always just thought of Mexico but realized that Texas was actually part of mexico at one point in history. So now i am curious as to how to go about finding records for the people that lived in the areas that actually became part of the US.

    1. Moises Garza Post author

      They were territories and most of them had document repositories. For Texas it is Las Villas del Norte and Coahuila. The Bexar archives has documents and also Nagadoches Texas has more.

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