FamilySearch has had a collection of Mexico ancestor records that genealogists could search through. Recently, it has added more records to that collection. This was made possible due to FamilySearch’s partnership with Ancestry.com.
FamilySearch is one of the most popular genealogy websites. It is provided for free as a service by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The records located at FamilySearch are freely available to any genealogist or family historian who wants to search through them – no matter what the person’s religion happens to be.
Ancestry.com is another one of the most popular genealogy websites. Genealogists can get a free trial to check out Ancestry.com, but must pay for a membership after that (if they want to continue to use the service). Once in a while, a certain set of records will be offered for free for a limited time. The About page of Ancestry.com notes that it is the largest provider of family history and persona DNA testing and that it has more than 2 million paying subscribers across all of its family history websites.
The partnership between Ancestry.com and FamilySearch is one that benefits genealogists. In this case, it makes it easier for people who use FamilySearch, and who also have a subscription to Ancestry.com, to access specific records that are typically only available at Ancestry.com.
FamilySearch has announced that their collection of Mexico ancestor records has grown, thanks to FamilySearch’s partnership with Ancestry.com. FamilySearch patrons with an Ancestry.com subscription can access the newly added records through either FamilySearch or Ancestry.com. It will also be possible for genealogists to access the newly added records for free from any of the more than 4,800 family history centers worldwide.
FamilySearch is gaining more than 220 million newly searchable Mexican birth, marriage, and death records dating back to the 1500s. The new collection also includes more than 72 million Catholic Church and 1930 Federal Census records, and 90 million browse-only Mexican civil registration record images from 28 of the 31 Mexican states.
These newly published records are the result of a collaborative microfilming effort between FamilySearch and various government and church entities within Mexico, and also due to FamilySearch’s partnership with Ancestry.com. Recently, Ancestry.com launched Ancestry Mexico, which contains the same records that are now shared with FamilySearch.
Genealogists who want to use FamilySearch to start searching for their Mexican ancestors can start with the Indexed Mexican Historical Records. There is a FamilySearch Wiki article that walks people through getting started with Mexico research.
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