Mexican Archives
Mexico has several major types of genealogical repositories:

  • National government archives and libraries
  • State archives
  • Local civil offices/municipio offices
  • Catholic Church archives
  • University archives and libraries
  • Historical and genealogical societies

National Government Archives and Libraries

The National Archives of Mexico (Archivo General de la Nación) is an important source of genealogical and historical information. It collects records related to Mexican history, culture, and people. Records of genealogical value at the National Archives include:

  • Church records.
  • Civil records.
  • Censuses.
  • Court records.
  • Military records.
  • Emigration lists.
  • Land records.

The Archivo General de la Nación is open to the public. Microfilm copies of some of the records at the archive are available at the Family History Library and other major archives and libraries. You may be able to purchase microfilms from these archives or request photocopies of the records by writing to:

Archivo General de la Nación Eduardo Molina y Albañiles Col. Penitenciaría Ampliación Deleg. Venustiano Carranza C.P. 15350 México, D.F.

State Archives

The states in Mexico have archives that serve as repositories for their own records. Each state has jurisdiction over its own archives, which are separate from the national archives, and its own criteria for retaining, archiving, and housing records.

Many records of genealogical value are kept by these archives. For example the states of Yucatán, Oaxaca, Veracruz, Puebla, Tlaxcala, Hidalgo, Mexico, Queretaro, Michoacán, Jalisco, Guanajuato, San Luis Potosí, Aguascaientes, Durango, Nuevo León and Zacatecas have excellent records. The records of genealogical value at the state archives include:

  • Birth, marriage, and death records.
  • Censuses.
  • Land records.
  • Some church records.
  • Notarial records.
  • Probates.
  • Judgments.
  • Court records.

Some of the state archives are open to the public. You may want to write to the archive you want to visit to ensure it allows researchers. Some archives may require a letter of identification.

Baja California Norte

  • Archivo General del Gobierno Palacio de Gobierno Mexicali, B.C. México

Baja California Sur

  • Archivo General del Gobierno Palacio de Gobierno 22820 La Paz, B.C. México