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Re: From where "IBARRA's" actually comes?
Posted by: Javier R. Avitia Date: August 18, 1999 at 07:45:50
In Reply to: Re: From where "IBARRA's" actually comes? by Eva of 212

Eva,

It's hard for me to give you practical advice because I don't know what it is you are trying to accomplish.

You can research the history of Diego and Francisco de Ibarra all you want, but that is not going to bring you any closer to establishing that they are your ancestors.

Since your family is from Sinaloa, your focus should be on researching the colonial history of Sinaloa. Learn about the migration patterns of early settlers, about the exploitation of the mining industry and agriculture, and about the establishment of cities, towns and villas.

Look for early censuses of Sinaloa to see if your surnames appear in the records. Even if they do appear, this does not mean that those people are automatically your ancestors. What censuses do show is when a particular surname (and family) appear for the first time. This will enable you to pinpoint the moment in time when the first settlers of a particular surname arrived in the region.

However, if your goal is pure genealogy -- identifying your ancestors -- researching history will not help you. As I'm sure you know, the Mormons have vast resources on microfilm, including Catholic Church records of most all parishes in Mexico. You will have to review these records to learn who your ancestors were. There is no other way.

Good luck.

Javier

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