November 1, 2013

Historical Archives of the Mexican Military
Last Names of Nuevo Leon

Did you know that SEDENA runs the Historical Archives of the Mexican Military? If any of your ancestors ever served in the Mexican Military then this is the go-to place to search for them.

Prior to finding this archive, I had often wondered where I could find military documents. Turns out that it is the Archivo Historico Militar maintained by SEDENA (Secretaria de la Defensa Nacional).

This archive contains thousands of digital documents in regard to the Mexican military from 1821 to 1921, but I have also come to find some documents that are from the Spanish Colonial period.

Unfortunately, not all names mentioned in the documents have been indexed. You can search for particular battles or generals that your ancestor might have had served and then read those documents and try and find your ancestor.

Screenshot of Historical Archives of the Mexican Military Website


You can visit the Historical Archives of the Mexican Military website with his link:

You can go straight to searching the archives with this link:

I know that this Historical Archives of the Mexican Military will be of great value to you. Let me know of any finds that you make.

As for me, I found three sets of documents in regards to the founding of Revilla, Mier, and Camargo by Joseph Tienda de Cuervo.

All three sets contain a listing of all families of whom many are my ancestors. I even found out that one of them, my 6th great grandfather Miguel Martinez was a Teniente de Capitan.

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Moises Garza

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  1. I am in search of my grandfathers military record. He served with Pancho Villa. I have 2 photos of him with pancho villa. But i am looking for documentation. Can you help

  2. The website does not work. Do you have any other available websites? My Grandfather (even though he was from Spain) was a captain in the Mexican army during the Mexican revolution. I’m looking for any and all information on him.

  3. The second link (that is supposed to take you straight to searching the archive) isn't working and I can't find where on the website I can go to search the archive. Could you relink please?

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