March 24, 2021

Mexican Genealogy:The Basics
Last Names of Nuevo Leon

In this short presentation, Professional genealogist Nefi Arenas Salazar gives an overview of the basics of Mexican genealogy research.

Nefi states that "Mexico is a very diverse country with roots in ancient civilizations and hundreds of native cultures, as well as immigrants from the old world—A true melting pot. Centuries of cultures and ethnicities mixing gave birth to the modern-day population of this North American country."

Nefi, is a member of our Mexican Genealogy Network as a moderator for various of our Facebook groups. 

In this presentation, for RootsTech, Nefi talks about the two main types of records are used: Civil and Catholic Church records.

Here is the presentation, enjoy!

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About the author 

Moises Garza

I have doing my family genealogy since 1998. I am also the creator of this blog Mexican Genealogy, and my personal blog We Are Cousins. To always be up to date with both of these sites follow me on facebook. To contact me or book me for a presentation, buy my books, and or learn more about me visit my personal website at

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  1. are you aware that the name of nefi is a mormon name? the oorigin of that name comes from the name nefi in the book of mormon

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