The birth of San Luis Potosi was started with the discovery of gold in 1592. The Spanish miners established the first town known which was known as “San Luis de Mezquitique” in the now modern location of the capital San Luis Potosí. Juan de Onate was the first mayor that was appointed.
The State was given the name “San Luis Rey”, King Saint Louis, in honor of Louis IX of France, and “Potosi” because the wealth of the state compared to the rich silver mines in Potosí, Bolivia. In the 17th and 18th centuries, Franciscans, Augustinians, and Jesuits arrived to the area and settled, then began to build churches and buildings, many of which are still standing and have been turned into museums and universities.
From what i have found out of my research you can expect to find records going all the way back up until 1586.
Catholic Church Records
- San Luis Potosí, Catholic Church Records, 1586-1977 – (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
- San Luis Potosí, Civil Registration, 1859-2000 – (Searchable)
Facebook Pages or Groups
- Have not found any
History of San Luis Potosi
- San Luis Potosi – Wikipidia.com’s page about San Luis Potosi
- History of San Luis Potosi – Ancestry.com page on San Luis Potosi History.
Information about Municipios of San Luis Potosi
- 58 Municipios – Page that contains a map of San Luis Potosi and all of it’s municipios.
- Municipalities of Nuevo Leon – Wikipidia contaning all the municipios for San Luis Potosi
San Luis Potosi Genealogy Forums
- Gen Forum – Forum about San Luis Potosi, you can respond or inquire by just registering.
- San Luis Potosi Ancestry Forums – Forum about San Luis Potosi hosted by Ancestry.com
San Luis Potosi State and Church Archives
- San Luis Potosí, Miscellaneous Records, 1570-1882 – Miscellaneous records housed at the Archivo Histórico del Estado de San Luis Potosí. This collection includes records created by the following institutions: Alcaldía Mayor e Intendencia, Registro Público de la Propiedad y el Comercio, Ayuntamiento de San Luis Potosí, Alcaldía Mayor de Charcas, Notarías, etc. Additional images will be published as they become available.
- Archivo Histórico de Monterrey – Facebook page for the archives of Monterrey but this archive contains records form all over Nuevo Leon.
- Archivo Historico de San Luis Potosi – State website where you can actually search through summaries of most documents held in their archives. I have found many ancestors there.
- Archivo Histórico Arzobispado Monterrey – Facebook page with information regarding the Bishop archives that are located in Monterrey. They have documents for towns all over Nuevo Leon.
Websites Focusing on San Luis Potosi Genealogy Research
- Raul Longoria – This database contains hundreds if not thousands of names of people from Nuevo Leon, specially the early founders.
- We Are Cousins – Contains hundreds of names of people of Nuevo Leon specially Monterrey, Allende, and Santiago.
- Gary Felix Website – Contains great information about ancestors from Nuevo Leon and also the Genealogy of Mexico in General.
- Guillermo Guerra – Research of Nuevo Leon and its Genealogy.
- Eagleknight – Genealogical Studies of Cadereyta Jimenez, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
- Danny Villarreal – Contains great information about ancestors from Nuevo Leon and many other states.
- Los Vidaurri de Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas y Texas ~ Vasquez Borrego – Family history of Northern Mexico and South Texas’s first founding family (families).
I am fully aware that there are more resources out there for San Luis Potosi 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.