If you are researching your Mexican Genealogy and your ancestors were form Zacatecas then you will find this post very useful. It contains a list of resources that I have used in locating my own ancestors and may also be of help to you in locating your Mexican ancestors. Please feel free to let me know in the comments if you know of any other resources that I might have left out and thus need to be added.
The first settlement in the state of Zacatecas by the Spanish was in what is now Nochistlan in 1531, the original Guadalajara. This settlement was later moved to its current location in Jalisco because of water supply problems and indigenous attacks. After the discovery of one of the world’s richest silver veins Juan de Tolosa founded the capital with the support of Cristobal de Oñate and Pedro Almendez Chirinos in1546. Shortly afterwards Spanish attention turned back south because of indigenous uprisings. The area remained dangerous for Spanish settlement because of the fierce opposition of the native peoples. It was not until 1586 that Zacatecas had its firs boom and by then the native people had been conquered.
As you can see in the above paragraph records many exist as early as the 1530’s. I do not know that I or you will be so lucky to find these documents but for sure you can find them starting in 1605 with the Church records.
Catholic Church Records
- Zacatecas, Catholic Church Records, 1605-1980 – (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
Facebook Pages or Groups
- Archivo Histórico Del Estado De Zacatecas – Official Facebook page to the Archives of Zacatecas.
- Archivo Histórico Zacatecas – Facebook profile dedicated to the archives of the city of Zacatecas.
- Historia Zacatecas – Facebook page that covers the History of Zacatecas from 1546 to June 23, 2012 the 98 aniversary of the taking of Zacatecas.
- La Cienega / Los Fresnos,Tlaltenango, Zacatecas, Mex. – Facebook page dedicated to the culture and traditions fo LaCienega, Los Fresnos, and Tlaltenango, Zacatecas.
History of Zacatecas
- Zacatecas – Wikipidia.com’s page about History of Zacatecas.
Information about Municipalities of Zacatecas
- 58 Municipalities – Page that contains a map of Zacatecas and all of it’s municipalities.
- 2005 Map of Political Divisions of Zacatecas – You can download a PDF map of all municipalities and their divisions. Will help you locate a specific municipality for any given town.
- Directory of Municipalities – Contains emails to the various municipalities of Zacatecas.
Zacatecas Genealogy Forums
- Gen Forum – Forum about Zacatecas, you can respond or post inquiries about your ancestors by just registering.
- Zacatecas Ancestry Forums – Forum about Zacatecas hosted by Ancestry.com
- Gobierno del Estado de Zacatecas – Official website for the government of Zacatecas.
- I could not locate a website for the archives of Zacatecas.
Websites Focusing on Zacatecas Genealogy Research
- Nueva Galicia Genealogical Society – Family historians organized to provide a forum for genealogical research and to exchange data, information and ideas related to their Nueva Galicia origins. Nueva Galicia was comprised of the modern day states of Jalisco, Zacatecas, and Aguascalientes
- Nuestros Ranchos – This blog focuses on genealogy for Jalisco, Zacatecas, and Aguascalientes.
- Guadalajara Dispensas – Website dedicated to indexing and helping you locate marriage dispensations found for the diocese of Guadalajara. Many dispensations for Zacatecas are listed.
- Jerez Zacatecas Genealogia – Blog by Salvador Cabral Valdes where you can find more than 140 posts about Geenalogy from Zacatecas. Blog does seem to be abandoned but it contains great information.
My hopes are for this list to continue to grow in the future as I come across more of them. Also if your favorite resource for the state of Zacatecas is not mentioned here please send me an email I would love to include it. I am aware that there are more resources out there but this is a start.