December 9, 2015

Collection of the Archivos Historicos del Arzobispado de Durango
Last Names of Nuevo Leon

This Guide to the Microfilm Collection of the Archivos Historicos del Arzobispado de Durango covers the dates 1606 to 1889 on microfilm. This guide basically is the index to a collection of over 730 rolls that are made available through a cooperative effort involving the Archdiocese of Durango, Mexico, the Universidad Juarez del Estado de Durango, the Instituto de Investigaciones Históricos de UJED, the Archivo Histórico del Estado de Durango and The NMSU Rio Grande Historical Collections.

Even though this guide mentions Durango don’t be deceived since it contains records for what once used to be called La Nueva Vizcaya, which later on became Durango. My point is that if you run across any ancestors listed as being from Nueva Vizcaya it won’t hurt to look for them here.

I came across this Guide while searching for my own ancestors whom at one point lived in Nueva Vizcaya but unfortunate they are not listed in this great resource. I hope that you do find it useful for your research. Once you open or download the guide you can use CTRL+F to search for keywords or names in the document.

Cover of Guide to the Microfilm Collection of the Archivos Historicos del Arzobispado de Durango:

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Contacting the New Mexico State University

If you find one of your ancestors in this guide you can always contact the university with the below link.

Download the guide to the Microfilm Collection of the Archivos Historicos del Arzobispado de Durango

Make sure to get your own copy of this guide. You never know how long it will be available on the internet.

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Let me know if you find any of your ancestors listed in this guide. Please leave me a message in the message section of this post and if you think this post will help someone please share it with them, thanks in advance.

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Moises Garza

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  1. I have found a lot of information in the Durango's documents and I have ordered many of the marriage dispensations from Sinaloa.

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