Locating your ancestor’s ranch or town In Mexico prior to 1888 can sometimes be hard. That is why I am writing this blog post, to share a resource with you that will help you locate Mexican towns whose names might have changed after 1888. It will also help you get more details about the towns your ancestors used to reside or live in.
The resource I am talking about was written back in 1888 by Antonio García Cubas and it is titled “Diccionario geográfico, histórico y biográfico de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos” (in English “Geographical, Historical and Biographical Dictionary of the United States of Mexico”).
The importance of locating towns is imperative when it comes to Mexican Genealogy Research since without a geographic location it will be very difficult to locate documents about your ancestors. The problem is that cities and towns get their names changed. “Geographical, Historical and Biographical Dictionary of the United States of Mexico” will help you locate these towns. Once you locate your ancestor’s town you will have a description as to what state and municipality it belongs to, thus giving you an idea of where to continue to search for documents.
There are two places online where you can check this resource out by yourself and I list them below.
The First Place is Google Books:
Google books has the PDF version in five volumes.
Note: to download each volume click on the above link and once on Google Books hover your mouse over the red button labeled “Read eBook” and select PDF.
The Second Place is Digital Collection of UANL
The above is another repository that has this resource online. The only unfortunate thing is that is is very difficult to locate anything but you never know maybe you may prefer it.
You can access it here: http://cdigital.dgb.uanl.mx/la/1080011597_C/1080011597_T1/1080011597_T1.html
I hope that this resource, Locating your ancestor’s ranch or town In Mexico prior to 1888, is useful to you. Please let me know in the comments if it was or if you have used it in the past let me know what you think about it.