I am Teaching on Mexican Vital & Church Records at the Laguna Niguel Library

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I am debuting a new lecture this week at the Texas State Genealogical Society’s annual Family History Conference, which I will also teach next Saturday, November 5th, at the Laguna Niguel branch of the Orange County (California) Public Library.

Class Information

Title: Digging Deeper into Mexican Church & Civil Registration Records

  • Date & Time: Saturday, 5 November 2016 (11:00am – 12:30pm)
  • Location: Orange County Public Library, Laguna Niguel Branch Library. 30341 Crown Valley Pkwy Laguna Niguel, CA 92677. Phone: (949) 249-5252.
  • Cost: Free

Target Audience: Those who have already identified their ancestral hometown(s) in Mexico.


The long history of formalized record keeping in New Spain and Mexico provides a wealth of information for researching Mexican ancestors. Church records date back to the early Spanish Colonial Era, and civil registrations went into effect shortly after Mexican Independence. These records are often described as the best family history records in the world due to the wealth of genealogical information typically included in these records.

Learn how to find and analyze Mexico civil and church registration collections to build out your Mexican family history.

Even a non-Spanish speaker can be successful at this research.

Download the event flyer: OCPL Flyer November 2016.

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