FamilySearch International’s long-standing partnership with Ancestry.com has yielded another significant benefit to FamilySearch.org patrons in the form of millions of newly searchable Mexican birth, marriage, and death records dating back to the 1500s. FamilySearch.org patrons can access these records for free either through FamilySearch.org or at any of the more than 4,800 family history centers worldwide.
“This announcement is about two things,” said FamilySearch International CEO, Stephen T. Rockwood. “First, it is a celebration of the joy of discovery now available to more of our patrons with Mexican heritage. Second, it is a recognition of our valued partnership with Ancestry.com and how working together has made these high impact collections searchable online much quicker for personal family history research.”
The newly published records are the result of a collaborative microfilming effort over many years’ time between FamilySearch and various government and church entities within Mexico and Ancestry.com, which provided the indexing necessary to make the records searchable. Without Ancestry.com’s assistance, some estimates suggest it would have taken 20 years or more for volunteers to index the records and make them searchable.
This new collection of civil registration records significantly increases the existing Mexican resources available on or through FamilySearch.org, which include more than 72 million Catholic Church and 1930 Federal Census records, and 90 million browse-only Mexican civil registration record images from 28 of the 31 Mexican states.
Patrons are already sharing their success using the new records. For many years Edgar Gomez and his family looked diligently for a marriage record that would connect his Italian immigrant third great-grandfather, Giuseppe Palmieri, with his Mexican-born third great-grandmother, Juana Mendoza. Even visiting archives and paying for research assistance failed to yield any clues. Then, just weeks ago while seated at his dining room table, he struck “pay dirt” with a simple search launched from his family tree on FamilySearch.org.
“After years of searching, we suddenly discovered right in front of us the elusive marriage certificate we had been looking for,” he said. “The civil marriage had taken place when my great-great-grandparents were in their 50s, living in a suburb of Mexico City, hundreds of miles away from where they first met and 30 years after the dates we had been researching. Without indexed records, we probably would have never found this.”
Edgar describes the newly published records as “a hidden gem and a powerful tool for anybody with Mexican roots.” He says he plans to continue using it to solve many more family mysteries.
Begin Searching for Your Mexican Ancestor Now
Get started now and begin searching for your ancestors by using the Mexican birth, marriage, and death records that are now available by following the links below.
- Search for your ancestors in the Indexed Mexican Historical Records.
- See the 67 different record collections that are available for you to search by using Mexican Records Collections in the FamilySearch Catalog.
- Read a FamilySearch Wiki article that helps you learn how to started doing your own search using Mexican records.
Start searching for your Mexican ancestors today by using the excellent record collections that are now available.