The Spanish first came to the area that is now known as Tabasco in 1518 when an expedition headed by Captain Juan de Grijalva disembarked at the mouth of the river that now bears his name. Hernan Cortes arrived the following year and fought the indigenous at the Battle of Centla.
Despite the early conquest and the foundation of Santa María de la Victoria (today Frontera), this territory was not fully subjugated because of the climate, terrain and lack of minerals. The Spanish did not begin to pacify the area until the second half of the 16th century, when Santa María de la Victoria was secured slightly inland from the original Frontera location.
During this same time the English had taken possession of the nearby Isla del Carmen and other points in the Gulf for piracy. Santa María de la Victoria was attacked and sacked, forcing the settlement to move inland in 1598 to San Juan Bautista (Today Villahermosa). At the beginning of the 18th century, the Tabasco and Veracruz united to combat the pirates, succeeding they expelled them from the Isla del Carmen. The city returned to its original and current location in 1795. At that time, the entire state had a population of only 36,000 in two towns, two villages, and various ranches and farms.
I was disappointed with the resources that are available for this state. Specially when it come to Civil Registration Records and there seems to be a lack of interest for this state. I say lack of interest since I did not find any bloggers or websites dedicated to genealogical research for this state. From what I was able to find you can expect to find records going all the way back up until 1803.
Catholic Church Records
- Tabasco, Catholic Church Records, 1803-1970 – (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
- None available online.
- If interested in doing it the old fashioned way here is the link: http://www.tabasco.gob.mx/tramita-tu-acta
Facebook Pages or Groups
- Historiadores De Tabasco AC – This page has nto been updated in a while but you might be able to contact them.
- Historia de Tabasco – Not updated in a while but contains interesting information about Tabasco.
History of Tabasco
- Tabasco – Wikipidia.com’s page about Tabasco
- History of Tabasco – History.com page on Tabasco History.
Information about Municipios of Tabasco
- 17 Municipios – Page that contains a map of Tabasco and all of it’s municipios.
- Municipalities of Tabasco – Official government website with links to each municipality and more information.
Tabasco Genealogy Forums
- Gen Forum – Forum about Tabasco, you can respond or inquire by just registering.
- Tabasco Ancestry Forums – Forum about Tabasco hosted by Ancestry.com
Tabasco State and Church Archives
- Could not locate any Church Archives
- Could not locate any online state archives nor website.
Websites Focusing on Tabasco 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.