“This announcement is about two things,” said FamilySearch International CEO, Stephen T. Rockwood. “First, it is a celebration of the joy of discovery now available to more of our patrons with Mexican heritage. Second, it is a recognition of our valued partnership with Ancestry.com and how working together has made these high impact collections searchable online much quicker for personal family history research.”
The newly published records are the result of a collaborative microfilming effort over many years’ time between FamilySearch and various government and church entities within Mexico and Ancestry.com, which provided the indexing necessary to make the records searchable. Without Ancestry.com’s assistance, some estimates suggest it would have taken 20 years or more for volunteers to index the records and make them searchable.
This new collection of civil registration records significantly increases the existing Mexican resources available on or through FamilySearch.org, which include 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.