December 16, 2015

The Historical Archives of Monterrey
Last Names of Nuevo Leon

A wealth of information is now available to researchers and family historians alike. The Historical Archives of Monterrey are Now Online! Monterrey being probably the most important city in Northeastern Mexico has digitized their historical archives and placed them online for everyone interested to research and enjoy.

The city of Monterrey has played, since it’s founding, a major role in the development of Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, and South Texas. If your ancestors are from this area you can now find records as early as 1599 to the present.

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The Historical Archives of Monterrey are Now Online

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A few days ago I checked the Historical Archives of Monterrey out and I am simply amazed at the wealth of records and according to sources, more than three million records are available in this collection.

The only unfortunate thing is that their search function is very limited and most if not all the time you will have to find your ancestors by going page by page. That is unless you have a source providing you with information as to where to locate the record.

I used the books by Don Israel Cavazos Garza “The Protocolos de Monterrey” to locate the will of one of my ancestors, Juan Bautista Chapa.

These archives contain 25 collections of documents that I am sure you can find your ancestors in.

How to Browse The Historical Archives of Monterrey

Browsing is very simple to get started all you have to do is go to the website and select where it says “Colecciones” (collections) chose the desired collection and then select “Volumenes” (Volumes) and then an orange button appears labeled “Ver Volumen” (See Volume).

The Historical Archives of Monterrey are Now Online

You will be provided with low-resolution images but you are provided an option to change to high definition images. Chose accordingly based on your internet connection.

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Let me know what you think about this collection and or of any find that you do. Leave your comments int he comment section.

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Moises Garza

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  1. Hello Moises,
    I’m wondering if you’ve run across one of my ancestors.
    I’ve got a 5grgrandfather, Martin de Arrambide, mentioned in Israel Cavazos Garza’s, Breve historia de
    Nuevo Leon, page 104 top paragraph. “Ya en 1741, el Obispo de Guadalajara, don Juan Gomez de Parada,
    establecio una escuela formal y nombro como maestro a Martin de Arrambide, “encargandole mucho la
    buena educacion de los ninos”. Martin was married four times (that I know of) in Mexico. I am related through the last wife, Jna Ma Antonia Gonzales Ochoa, and it is the only marriage info entry I’ve found. It doen’t mention his age or where he’s from. Crispin Rendon has the same info. Martin died Nov. 16,1776 in Salinas Victoria, NL and that entry reads he was Europeo. Doesn’t mention from what country or his age. It does mention texto, so does that mean he left a will? I would like to know his birth country and the year. What do you suggest? Thanks for all your work. Alice Bravo Blake

  2. Hello again,
    I just wrote to you about Martin Arrambide, my 5grgrandfather. Who left Europe and wound up in northern Mexico–Saltillo, Salinas Victoria and probably Monterrey.
    I had high hopes for the Historical Archives of Monterrey, but due my limited Spanish, I find it very difficult to navigate.

  3. Moises, I clicked on a window and got Apache Friends XAMPP. I DO NOT WANT THIS ON MY COMPUTER. I read that I could UNINATALL it, but I can’t find any button to do it. Can you help me, Please?????

    1. Looks like the link to the Monterrey archives is pointing to that page on their server. Just by opening the page it does not install anything. Did you really install it? If you did you had to click many buttons.

  4. I’m hoping that you can help me find out some truths about my grandmother, Maria Diaz viuda de Navar.
    She came to Monterrey from Mesa de Guadalupe, Durango with her four children and mother sometime during or after the revolution. She changed her name from Maria Sinforosa Aispuro to Diaz Navar. She also changthe last names of all her children. I know that Manuel Navar was killed in Durango in 1913 and that they were never married. Maria claimed that she had a restaurant nexr to the opera house in Monterrey and that Elias Calles had dinner there one night, My mother, Elvira, remembers watching theatre performances there from a special hiding place when she was a child. Is there any way to confirm my grandmother’s
    stories? She lived a long and interesting life, and I’d like to believe that most of what she told us is true. Thank you for any assistance you can give me.

    1. I am not sure of how to confirm them but what I would do is write them down for your children and grandchildren to enjoy. Maybe one-day information may surface verifying them.

  5. Mr. Moises

    I just found you on the Internet

    The only info I have on my ancestors are of the early residents of Monterrey
    I think he was appointed governor. Don’t have any info beyond that, can you help?

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