Border Crossings

Mexican Border Crossings are one of my favorite resources.

  • National Archives – Here you will find a brief introduction about Mexican Border Crossings, how and why immigration records were collected, special conditions on the Mexican Border, immigration statistics and definitions, Who’s in the records, the forms Used, available microfilm publications and Where to find NARA microfilm.
  • Border Crossings: From Mexico to U.S., 1895-1957 – This resource is the best of all three since you can search and also browse the images. You can actually see your ancestors signature and sometimes even their thumb print. The only thing is that in order to use this resource you will need a membership which costs about $12.95 per month with a six month subscription, they also offer a 14 day free trial.

Learn About Border Crossings 1895 to 1957

  • Crossing the Frontera – If your ancestor crossed the U.S. border from Mexico between 1895 and 1957, you may want to try searching for them in Border Crossing records available at familysearch. This class will give you a little background information about the records and their content. It will also show you how they can be used to identify your ancestor’s home town in Mexico. The class includes a case study and important search tips and techniques.