Ancestry.com is one of the most popular genealogy websites. The company has announced the launch of Ancestry Mexico. In short, it is a genealogy website that will help Mexicans and Mexican Americans to research their family history.
To start off, Ancestry has more than 220 million searchable historical records from Mexico. These records include new birth, marriage, and death records that date back to the 1500s. There are also church records, United States census information, border crossing records, and naturalization records that are now accessible.
These records are now available on the Ancestry site. Many of these records are considered to be important historical documents. These records have never been available online before.
Those who have an Ancestry.com website can access the Mexican records. Ancestry offered free access to those records for a limited time when the Mexican records were first launched. The free access was available through 11:59 p.m. ET on November 2, 2015. After that free access period ends, genealogists will only be able to see these records in the featured collections.
On the Ancestry Mexico site, the Mexico + US Package (which costs $10 – $12 per month) will include access to all Mexican records. It will also include other records that are relevant to Mexican Americans. Those include: census, immigration, border crossings, BMDs, and relevant regional records.
Those who have a subscription to Ancestry.com (United States version) might be able to view the records from Mexico as well. They will be made available as part of the World Subscription on the Ancestry.com website. It appears that means you must have a World Explorer subscription (which costs $34.99 a month or $149 for a six-month membership). Those who have an All Access subscription will also be able to view the new Mexican records.
The Ancestry Mexico website is entirely in Spanish. It has some of the features that Ancestry.com (United States) does. For example, genealogists who understand Spanish can create their family tree on Ancestry Mexico. It is also possible to get a free trial membership at Ancestry Mexico (just like you can do at Ancestry.com).
There are two membership options at Ancestry Mexico. “Suscripción México + EE.UU” gives a genealogist access to all of the Mexican records and registers that are essential for the United States. The “Suscripción Mundial” gives a genealogist access to all of the collections at Ancestry.com. This includes more than 16 million records. It includes access to the complete collections relating to the United States, Europe, Latin America, and more.
The new records that are part of Ancestry Mexico were made available thanks to a collaboration between Ancestry and the Mexican Academy of Genealogy and Heraldry (which is based in Mexico City, Mexico). They originally created microfilm of the records with the assistance of FamilySearch International.
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