Where your ancestors from Michoacán If you are researching your Mexican Genealogy and your ancestors were from Michoacán then you will find this post very useful. It contains a list of resources that may be able to help you in locating your Mexican ancestors and may also be of help to you in your genealogy research. Please feel free to let me know in the comments if you know of any other resources that I may have had left out and thus need to be added.
During the first years of the Spanish Conquest, Michoacán was part of the “kingdom of Mexico” witch included the current states of Mexico, Querétaro, Hidalgo, Tlaxcala, Oaxaca, Morelos, Guerrero, Veracruz, Tabasco, Michoacán, Guanajuato and parts of San Luis Potosí, Jalisco and Colima. These lands were divided into encomiendas among the conquistadors. Vasco de Quiroga brought Franciscan and Augustinian friars to both evangelize and repair the area’s broken economy and social institutions. Quiroga founded the Spanish city of Patzcuaro in 1538, calling it the Ciudad de Mechuacán.
As you can see in the above paragraph, records many exist as early as the 1530’s. The Catholic church records begin in 1555.
Catholic Church Records
- Michoacán, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1996 – (Browse Only)
- Archdiocese of Guadalajara, Miscellaneous Marriage Records, 1605-1910 – Includes Marriage Dispensations.
- Mexico, Baptisms, 1560-1950 – (Search Only)
- Mexico, Deaths, 1680-1940 – (Search Only)
- Mexico, Marriages, 1570-1950 – (Search Only)
Civil Registration Records
- Michoacán, Civil Registration, 1859-1940 – (browse only)
Facebook Pages or Groups
- Michoacanos en la Historia – A tribute to all the people of Michoacan for their positive contributions to the history of mankind …
- Familia Morfín-Cotija de la Paz, Michoacán – The purpose of this page is to find information about this family and share it with everyone.
History of Michoacán
- Michoacán – Wikipidia.com’s page about History and other useful information of Michoacán.
Information about Municipalities of Michoacán
- 113 Municipalities – Page that contains a map of Michoacán and all of it’s municipalities.
- 2010 Map of Political Divisions of Michoacán – You can download a PDF map of all municipalities and their divisions. Will help you locate a specific municipality for any given town.
- Directory of Municipalities – Contains listing of all municipalities with the names of the current municipal president and phone number.
Michoacán Genealogy Forums
- Gen Forum – Forum about Michoacán, you can respond or post inquiries about your ancestors by just registering.
- Michoacan Ancestry Forums – Forum about Michoacán hosted by Ancestry.com
- Gobierno del Estado de Michoacan – Official website for the government of Michoacán.
Websites Focusing on Michoacán Genealogy Research
- Nuestros Ranchos – This blog focuses on genealogy for Jalisco, Zacatecas, and Aguascalientes but it also contains many references to Michoacan.
- Guadalajara Dispensas – Website dedicated to indexing and helping you locate marriage dispensations found for the diocese of Guadalajara. Many dispensations for Michoacán are listed.
I hope that you have found these resources to be helpful and informative. Hopefully this list continues to grow in the future as I come across more great resources. Also if your favorite resource for the state of Michoacán is not mentioned here please send me an email I would love to include it.