The Linealist has used the following archives and libraries and sites, some of which have records available online. Use the hyperlinks below.

  • Cíbola Project.  The Cíbola Project is one of the most important scholarly projects on New Mexico. The project team is locating significant documents from the Spanish colonial period, transcribing those documents, and making the documents and transcriptions available for free online.  UC Berkeley’s Research Center for Romance Studies administers the project.
  • Archivo General de la Nación (Mexico), Guia General subpage.  (Directions: Once at this site, click on “Fondo, Expendientes y Documentos, then click + to expand the folder titled “Archivo General de la Nación,” then either peruse the subfolders or click “Buscar” to search; then click document to see a digital file, if available.)
  • PARES.  Portal de Archivos Españoles.  A limited number of records are available online.  These records would be even better without the watermarks.  To search this archive, select “Búsqueda Avanzada.”
  • BNE.  Biblioteca Nacional de España.  Beautiful books in digital form.
  • Bexar Archives, University of Texas, Austin.  Some digital documents available.
  • Mission 2000 Database, Spanish Mission Records.  Includes some records from Janos.  Be patient: this database suffers from very slow search and download speeds.
  • Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley.  The Bancroft has some microfilms from the Archivo General de la Nación, some from Chihuahua Archives, and some from the Archivo Españoles, such as the Archivo General de Simancas.  Many of the microfilm collections at Bancroft appear to be incomplete and represent a sampling of certain subject areas.   For a survey of the microfilm at Bancroft, click HERE.
  • John Carter Brown Library.  The JCB at Brown University hosts a collection of historical records and books pertaining to Mexico, the U.S. Southwest and other subject areas.  Many of the materials are now available online at JCB Online and at the JCB Spanish America landing page at the Internet Archive.
  • Mapoteca Manuel Orozco y Berra.  The Mapoteca has an extraordinary collection of maps of Mexico, New Mexico and other parts of North America.  The maps are available online via the Mapoteca’s search engine.
  • FamilySearch.  Church and public records and at  To read about the collections of Mexican church records at familysearch, click HERE.   Records from these subpages were particularly helpful:
    • Records from Catholic Churches in the State of Chihuahua, available HERE.
    • Records from Distrito Federal, Mexico, which includes records from Mexico City, available HERE.
    • Records from Catholic Churches in Durango, available HERE.
  • Wayback Machine. Helpful extracts that were once posted on the Web are (still available) and digitally archived by the Internet Archive:
    • Extracts of Church records from about 1728-1821 of Paso del Norte by Aaron Magdaleno.  Click HERE.
    • Beyond Origins of New Mexico by José Antonio Esquibel, including some Paso census extracs. Click HERE.

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