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By nbperez - Posted on 11 August 2011

Thanks for your valuable info. One question:
where would one look for consular documents?
Are they available on Family Search?
Thanks - Nancy


The only ones I've seen are in possession of family members. My mother-in-law had one for her father who immigrated to the US in the early 1900s. I've seen one other that someone brought into the Family History Center where I volunteer.

These appear to have been generated in one of the Mexican consulates near the border, or possibly from an office in Mexico. The one from my wife's family is typed on a form, with signatures, and from its state of wear and all the folds, was probably carried by her grandfather for a long time.

Since my wife's grandfather's document is a printed form, I suspect they were commonly used. The question is, how many were preserved when the owner passed away. Unfortunately, people often had the opinion that this "old stuff" was of little or no value.

The one brought in by the FHC patron was very useful in that it listed the town the person was born in. From that we could find his baptismal records, and were able to back a couple of generations.

I have never seen an archive of these. These are not in the border crossing records (such as those at, which are essentially index cards.

George Fulton
Pleasanton, CA

You can go to the Department of Homeland Security website and request them to search for Immigration records also, its fee based but worth a try...I am awaiting an answer on my nana Dones who migrated from San Luis Potosi in the 1940's Bracero program.

Amalia Hernandez Arias

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