The origins of Puebla lie in the founding of the city of Puebla in the Cuetlaxcoapan Valley in 1531 by Toribio de Benavente and Juan de Salmerón. The city was laid out by Hernando de Elgueta, marking out residential areas and commercial areas. The city received its royal seal in 1532 but flooding forced the settlement to move across the San Francisco River and start over that same year.
The Franciscans took upon the job of the evangelization process in the state, starting from 1524, when they founded the monastery of Huejotzingo. Between 1540 and 1560, they founded others such as those in Tecamachalco, Quecholac, Tecali, Calpan, Cuautinchán, Zacatlán, Cholula, Huaquechula, Tepeaca, Tehuacán, Xalpa and Coatepec.
In 1783, the royal government of Spain divided New Spain into provinces one of which was centered on the city of Puebla. The first governor of Puebla was Manuel de Flon, Count of La Cadena. Initially, this intendencia included Tlaxcala, but it was separated out in 1793. Other parts were eventually separated out into other provinces/states such as Mexico, Guerrero and Veracruz.
You can expect to find records going all the way back up until 1545. I know this since that is as far back that FamilySearch has documents for Puebla.
Catholic Church Records
- Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977 – (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
- Civil Registration, 1861-1930 – (Browse Only)
Facebook Pages or Groups
- I could not locate any
History of Puebla
- History of Puebla – Wikipidia.com page on Puebla History.
- Puebla – History Channels Puebla Page.
Information about Municipios of Puebla
- 217 Municipios – Page that contains a map of Puebla and all of it’s municipios.
- Municipalities of Nuevo Leon – Wikipidia containing all the municipios for Puebla
Puebla Genealogy Forums
- Gen Forum – Forum about Puebla, you can respond or inquire by just registering.
- Nuevo Leon Ancestry Forums – Forum about Puebla hosted by Ancestry.com
Puebla State and Church Archives
- Archivo General del Estado de Puebla – Facebook page for the archives of Puebla.
- Archivo General Municipal de Puebla – Municipal website for the archives of Puebla Puebla.
- Puebla, Mexico records, 1655-1898 – Collection of documents available at Arizona Archives Online.
Websites Focusing on Puebla Genealogy Research
- Could not locate any.
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.
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