Our Mexico genealogists research on location. They will find and analyze the best records available to further your family history research. They can search the archives and libraries in Mexico, including:

  • National Archives of Mexico (Archivo General de la Nación)

Church records, civil, censuses, court, military, emigration, land

  • State Archives

Each state has jurisdiction over its own archives. Contain birth, marriage, and death records, censuses, land, church, notarial, probates, judgments, court records

  • Local Civil Offices/Municipio Records Offices

Every municipio in Mexico has jurisdiction over its own archives. Contain wills, probate inventories, transfers, land deeds. Two of the most important municipio archives are El Archivo del Municipio and El Archivo del Registro Civil, which are comparable to county courthouses in the U.S.

  • Catholic Church Archives

The dominant religion is Catholicism. Baptisms, marriages, and burials are usually kept by local parishes.

  • Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Extensive collection of manuscripts and published sources

  • Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey Biblioteca

Northeastern Mexico records

University of Texas at Austin

Over 600,000 volumes on Latin American history and records from southern Texas and Northern Mexico

  • University of California, Bancroft Library

Large collection of Latin American records

  • University of Arizona in Tucson

Parish records of the state of Sonora and large Latin American collection

  • Archivo General de Centro América in Guatemala

Extensive collection of records on the southern Mexican states

Note: There are also several archives in Spain that hold many records about the European discovery, exploration, and colonization of Mexico. These include: Archivo General de Indias, Archivo General Militar de Segovia, Archivo Central Militar del Servicio Histórico Militar, and Archivo Histórico Nacional.

Our professional researchers can do research projects of many sizes and for many budgets. We customize the amount of research provided according to your needs.

If you would like to learn how our genealogists can further your research, request a research quote.

Some of the major records sources that can be used for genealogy research in Mexico include:

  • Birth, marriage, and death records were kept by some towns as early as 1600s
  • Civil registration, including birth, marriage, and death records, started in 1859
  • National census records began in 1868, and were recorded every 10 years starting in 1900
  • Land records were kept by the towns and counties from the time they were settled
  • Probate records were kept by priest or notary public
  • Churches kept records of the christenings, marriages, deaths, or other information about their members since 1527
  • Newspapers were written in many areas and time periods that contain information such as notices of marriages, notices of death, and obituaries
  • Military records
  • Town and county histories about the settlers and their families
  • Naturalization and citizenship records were recorded by the courts since 1820s
  • Ship passenger lists, tax lists, and town records were recorded for many areas

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