Locating Those Non-Searchable Browsable-Only Digitized Mexico Records on FamilySearch

Researching Mexican Ancestry

Last week I explained why you shouldn’t give up if you don’t find records pertaining to your Mexican ancestors when using the Search feature on FamilySearch. It is very likely that those particular records just have not yet been indexed and made searchable. This requires that you get your elbows dirty by rolling up your sleeves and digging in to the actual digitized collections-browsing image-by-image, page-by-page, like we still have to do when using microfilm.

This post demonstrates how to quickly and directly find the digitized collections available online for your Mexican ancestors’ home state(s).

FamilySearch Digitized Mexico Records

Step One: From the FamilySearch home page, or any web page on their site, click on the Search menu link at the top of the website.

FamilySearch Digitized Mexico Records

Step Two: From the Search menu, select the Records option. These two links actually go to the same exact page, so you can bypass this two-step process by hovering over the Search menu and simply clicking on the Records option.

FamilySearch Digitized Mexico Records

Step Three: Once on the main Search page, ignore the actual Search Historical Records feature on the left side of the page. This is due to what I discussed in my last post…not all of the digitized Mexico records collections on FamilySearch are indexed and searchable. Instead, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click on the link to Browse All Published Collections.

FamilySearch Digitized Mexico Records

Step Four: That Browse All link will bring up a page that filters on a list of all available FamilySearch record collections. Look in the left sidebar for the Place menu, and select Mexico from that list of geographic collections.

FamilySearch Digitized Mexico Records

Step Five: This filters on all Mexico collections available on FamilySearch. Now choose a particular state, or the Federal District, from the Place menu in the left sidebar.

FamilySearch Digitized Mexico Records

Step Six: This example displays the digitized collections available for my ancestral state, the state of San Luis Potosí. You will see whichever state, or the federal district, you selected. From here, access the type of records that you want to browse.

Upcoming blog posts will explain Mexico Catholic church records and civil registrations: their significance, typical information reported, how to find records for a specific locality, and how to navigate around within the record collections.

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4 thoughts on “Locating Those Non-Searchable Browsable-Only Digitized Mexico Records on FamilySearch”

  1. Hi, I’m researching my Mexican ancestors who were also Californios. Their names were recorded in various ways, so I have hit a wall many times. Can you recommend a source or expert? I have searched far and wide on Ancestry and Family Search, as well as Pioneer Rosters, NDGW, Calif Genealogy Society… many more. Thank you, michelle

    1. Hi Michelle,

      I can’t recommend a particular source or expert, because that depends upon your particular research question.

      Have you signed up for my free monthly Hispanic Research & Heritage email newsletter? It’s noted at the bottom of the blog post in the gold box. I pull together a list of Hispanic-focused genealogy classes, workshops, conferences, etc., that can help you with your Californio ancestors.

      The Genealogical Society of Hispanic America (GSHA) just announced it’s lineup of speakers and classes for its conference in Ontario, California this August, and several of the sessions pertain to Californio and Early California family history. You can see that schedule of classes and register for the conference here: http://www.gsha.net/conference/schedule/

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