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Introduction v Notes vii 1. Getting Started: Home, Family, and Internet Searches 1 The Home Search 1 Talk to Family Members 7 Internet Searches 9 What Next? 11 2. Finding and Working with your first mexican records 13 The Family History Library Catalog 13 No Matching Places Found 17 Working with Mexican Records 18 Reading Spanish Language Documents 21 3. Civil Registration Records 25 Indexes 26 Civil Registration Birth Records 27 The Civil Registration Marriage Process 28 Civil Registration Death Records 30 4.Parish Records 37 Reading Parish Records 37 Parish Record Format 38 Parish Baptismal Records 41 Parish Confirmation Records 43 Parish Marriage Records 43 Parish Death Records 46 5. Finding the Place in Mexico 53 Political Divisions of Mexico 53 Catholic Church Divisions 54 Historical Changes 55 Looking for Jurisdictional Information at the FHLC 56 Geographical Dictionaries, Atlases, and Gazetteers 56 Church Guides and Directories 63 Where Do I Go From Here? 63 Notes 63 6. Beyond the Parish: Church and Government Records 67 Archives, the Place to Find Unfilmed Original Records 68 Record Types Within Mexican Archives 73 Notes 81 7. Beyond the Parish: Notarial Records 83 Organization, Indexing, and Formatting of Protocolos 85 Where Can I Find Notarial Documents? 91 Notes 92 8. Searching for Your Mexican Surnames 95 Searching for Individuals 95 Searching for Family Histories and Biographies Online 96 Searching for Histories or Descriptions of Your Surname and Its Origin 99 9. Searching for Your Ancestors in United States Records 103 Border Crossing Records 103 United States Federal Censuses 109 Social Security Records 114 Naturalization Records 114 World War I Military Draft Registration 115 Alien Registrations of 1940 115 Military Service Records 115 Railroad Pension Records 117 Catholic Church Parish Records in the United States 117 United States Vital Registration Records 118 Other United States Record Sources 118 Notes 118 10. Research in Mexican Colonial Records 121 Mexican Colonial Records and Jurisdictions 122 Catholic Church Records 122 Using Government Records 127 Civil Legal Documents 130 Military Records 132 Race in Colonial Times 132 Locating Other Colonial Records of Genealogical Value 135 Notes 138 Appendix A: Glossary 141 Appendix B: Timeline of Mexican History 161 Appendix C: Research Forms 167 Appendix D: Archives of the States of Mexico 177 Appendix E: Researching in the Archivo General de la Nacion from the United States 183 Appendix F: Internet Sites for Mexican Genealogy 191 Bibliography 195
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Mexico -- Genealogy -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Mexican Americans -- Genealogy -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.