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By jospuen - Posted on 05 December 2019

Aside from Mexican civil and church records, what type of medical records would have been kept that would document a persons death, particularly when an epidemic struck? Are there such records available online? Available if I write a letter to some office/department in Mexico?


Hi Jospuen

This is indeed a very interesting topic. You might want to try with an academic article which has a good bibliography - sometimes its helpful to see what researchers have as their primary sources, which seem to be what you are looking for.

This is a start: When half of the population died: the epidemic of hemorrhagic fevers of 1576 in Mexico

You could also find out who cites this article via social science research index.

Denise Fastrup


Of course. I completely forgot about the academic point of view. I'm sure many a papers have been written on this topic.

I guess you can say I was looking for another "magic bullet" in genealogy-though I know they are far and few between.

JSTOR is another resource I have accessed in the past. If nothing else this can give me/us a historical aspect of what our ancestors went through. I find that very few of my ancestors "cause" of death was recorded-maybe not even understood.

With civil records only going back to 1856 (aprox)...that continues to leave few resources...thanks for the insight.


Hi Marty

You're welcome and good luck with it!

You are working on an interesting topic, if you find what you are looking for, I would love to hear about it here in NR!



Is that Nauru?

NR is an abbreviation for Nuestros Ranchos! :)

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