September 30, 2015

Online Colonial Records for The Province of Nueva Vizcaya
Last Names of Nuevo Leon

The Online Colonial Records for The Province of Nueva Vizcaya are a treasure to anyone researching Chihuahua, Durango, Sonora, Sinaloa, and part of Coahuila, Mexico.

Last Thursday I found out about a very important collection that was digitized and is available online free of charge for this region. It is called the Fondo Colonial and covers the years of 1611 to 1821.

I want to thank Gena Philibert-Ortega for sending me the press release for this important resource.

I also want to thank everyone who took the time to post it also to the We Are Cousins Facebook Group and also to our Mexican Genealogy Facebook Group.

I am writing this article a week late since I had to see how to use it and see how it can benefit you, I had to try it my self.

The Fondo Colonial has 8933 different documents but the current online collection is only one-third of it.

The section of justice (justicia) has yet to be digitized but it is mentioned that they are in the process of digitizing it and will be available in the future.

How to Access the Online Colonial Records for The Province of Nueva Vizcaya

The collection for the Fondo Colonial is being hosted at Roots Point. First time I visited the website I almost missed the section to browse the collection.

The second thing that I noticed there is no way of searching and you can only do browsing.

This turns out to be a huge problem but I found a solution for you. The Hispanic Heritage Project has the catalog in excel format and it can be downloaded here Once you get your own copy, you can just click CTRL+F to easily search for your ancestor’s name or any other keyword that you may be researching.

After you find a document that you want, remember the Justicia records are not available, go to


Example 1

How to Browse Using the Above Image form the Index

At Roots Point click the drop-down menu labeled SECCION and Select Milicia Y Guerra

Then on the SERIE drop-down menu select Correspondencia

Then you will be presented with a list of documents on that Section. All you do is scroll down using the AHMP number. In this example it is AHMP.FC.C03.003.071

Here it Is:

On the results click on the button that has the AHMP number you will be presented with an image browser that contains the record you just browsed for. Here is a picture of how it looks.

To Recap This Short Review

If you are searching ancestors from Chihuahua, Durango, Sonora, Sinaloa, and Coahuila, Mexico, make sure to check the Online Colonial Records for The Province of Nueva Vizcaya out.

You never know it may just be what you were looking for.

Remember you can get the index here:

You can browse the digital collection here:

If you find this collection helpful and or want to contribute to the digitization efforts please consider making a donation to the Hispanic Heritage Project here:

Also in the comments section of this post let me know if you find any ancestors in this awesome resource.

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Moises Garza

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  1. I am specifically looking for military records from 1600 in El Fuerte, Sonaloa or in the Alamos during that time. Are these records available anywhere? Thanks for any help.


  2. It looks like that the catalog link is down :/ do you know if there is another place where I can still find the catalog or something?

  3. Hi, I was very excited to find this article, as well as the records index you mentioned for the Nueva Vizcaya records!
    However, when I click on the link and bring up the Catalog Index page, I see an Excel icon; but when I click on that, I get a: “Server Error: 404 – File Not Found” message.
    I don’t see any other way to download or access this index.
    Am I missing something? Thanks!

  4. OMGOSH! My great uncles have left their DNA all OVER Mexico! So there are a lot of Irish/Mexicans with the last name “Tays” in northern Mexico and I found THIS on Family Search; I’ll use the Colonial records to try to find Ancestors of Macario Famino and Crescencia Gamino and Catalina Hernandez.

    1. What parts of northern mexico?
      Ive tested my dna and am haplogroup df5 – only “Mexican” that has it in a group of scots and Irish.

  5. The First De la Garza to come to New Spain (Mexico) was Capt. Marcos Alonzo De la Garza. He came
    to supervise the mining of Gold and Silver to Zacatecas and Durango. Eventually he resided in
    Él Real de Mapimi, a very important mining town of La Nueva Vizcaya where his six sons were
    born, and later moved first to Saltillo and then to Monterrey. I wonder if you found documents about this family in Durango.

    1. I have a 10th Great grandpa, Capitan Blas Maria De La Garza Y Falcon, born in Mapimi, I wonder if it’s his son or grandson?? I also cannot access the link.

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