One thing I learned as we launched the 1930 Mexico Census online is that Mexico is much more of a melting pot than I realized.
Mexico’s 1930 national census (“El Quinto Censo General de Población y Vivienda 1930, México”) is called the Fifth General Census of Housing and Population based on the first formally recognized federal or national census being taken in 1895. Thereafter, starting in 1900, censuses were taken every 10 years. The fifth census was taken on 15 May 1930 and is considered one of the best Mexican censuses conducted in the 20th century.
Of course, it’s a huge boon to researchers with Mexican ancestry. The census is a great resource for identifying family groups and locations and can be a starting point to finding church and other records—or a substitute if those records happen to be missing. And, with almost 13 million names, national scope, and 30+ columns for information, it’s simply a massive collection of useful data.
For example, say you hoped to establish your family’s connection to Maria Felix, the queen of Mexican actresses known as La Doña.
We see that in 1930 Maria is living in Guadalajara with her mother, Josepha, who has been widowed, and seven possible brothers and sisters, ranging in age from 28 to 8 years old, all born in Alamos.
Or you might be looking for your Chinese ancestor. You’ll find thousands of Chinese names in the census. Many had come to help build railroads and farm in the north of the country in the early 20th century. Some, like Jesus Tam, raised families:
Pedro F. Bawatsky was among the Menonite immigrants who came from Canada to establish colonies in Mexico.
And, of course, current GOP candidate Mitt Romney’s relatives:
For those of you on Facebook or Twitter, be sure to check out the “Journey to Your Roots Sweepstakes” for an opportunity to research your own Mexican ancestry “on site” by winning a trip for two to visit your ancestral birthplace in Mexico. If your lineage doesn’t pass through Mexico, don’t worry, we’ll be giving away several World Explorer Memberships so you can explore the thousands of other collections on Ancestry.com to help you discover more about your past.
And whether you’re a Hernandez, a Hu, or a Hegel, if you have Mexican ancestry, you’ll want to see what doors the 1930 Mexico Census might open for you.