The Historical Archives of Monterrey are Now Online

A wealth of information is now available to researchers and family historians alike. Monterrey being probably the most important city in Northeastern Mexico has digitized their historical archives and placed them online for everyone interested to research and enjoy.

The city of Monterrey has played, since it’s founding, a major role in the development of Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, and South Texas. If your ancestors are from this area you can now find records as early as 1599 to the present.

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A few days ago I checked this collection out and I am simply amazed at the wealth of records and according to sources more than three million records are available in this collection.

The only unfortunate thing is that their search function is very limited and most if not all the time you will have to find your ancestors by going page by page. That is unless you have a source providing you with information as to where to locate the record.

I used the books by Don Israel Cavazos Garza “The Protocolos de Monterrey” to locate the will of one of my ancestors, Juan Bautista Chapa.

These archives contains 25 collections of documents that I am sure you can find your ancestors in.

How to Browse

Browsing is very simple to get started all you hvae to do is go to the website and select where it says “Colecciones” (collections) chose the desired collection and then select “Volumenes” (Volumes) and then an orange button appears labeled “Ver Volumen” (See Volume).

You will be provided with low resolution images but you are provided an option to change to high definition images. Chose accordingly based on your internet connection.

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Let me know what you think about this collection and or of any find that you do. Leave your comments int he coment section.

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