A mestizo family in colonial Mexico: photo of a painting in the Casa Jose Cuervo, Tequila, Jalisco © Sergio Wheeler, 2011

The best records in the world: aids for genealogical research in Mexico

Many people look to Mexico as a nation rich in mineral resources, cultural antiquities and historical significance. Indeed, it is this… and much more. But many people, aware of Mexico’s tumultuous past, a history full of political strife and turmoil, don’t realize that – in spite of its difficult periods – Mexico has an extraordinary […]

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Indigenous Chihuahua: a story of war and assimilation

Several million Americans look to the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua as their ancestral homeland. Chihuahua – with a total of 245,945 square kilometers within its boundaries – is the largest state of the Mexican Republic and occupies 12.6% of the national territory. In stark contrast, Chihuahua’s population – 3,052,907 residents in the 2000 census […]

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Are you related to the Aztecs?

For five centuries, North Americans have been fascinated and intrigued by stories of the magnificent Aztec Empire. This extensive Mesoamerican Empire was in its ascendancy during the late Fifteenth and early Sixteenth Centuries. The Aztec Empire of 1519 was the most powerful Mesoamerican kingdom of all time. This multi-ethnic, multi-lingual realm stretched for more than […]

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