Purpose of General discussion Forum

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This area is for general discussion for the provincia of Juchipila, a very large province that was mainly intact between 1548 and 1786.  The current  municipality of Juchipila is now very small in comparison to the very early dates mentioned above.  See the "About Us" area in the menu bar for more info as to the size of the former Provincia of Juchipila, and the parishes once included. 
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Apozol (Aposol) Some backround

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The area known as Apozol (Aposol) originated in 1554, and is noted mainly in older Nochistlan records, and some records are also found in nearby Juchipila.  
Baptism records for Apozol exist starting in 1855 and can be found at familysearch.org.
Apozol Link
When browsing through Marriage records, there are many folks originally from Jalpa (Zacatecas), Calvillo, and Nochistlan, in addition to Juchipila.  Some Juchipila census records include the area called San Miguel de Atotonilco, which is now included in the Jurisdication of Apozol (Aposol).
Link to 1813 Juchipila Census/Padron de San Miguel de Atotonilco - Apozol 


Moyahua - Some Backround

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Moyahua Parish was created from Juchipila Parish in 1808.  Parish records for Moyahua are available starting in 1813 (Padron), and baptism, death, and marriage records begin in 1814.  Other areas to look for Moyahua families is in Juchipila, Mezquital del Oro, Cuxpala, Santa Rosa, and Apozol (Aposol) records.  I also have found some Moyahua and Juchipila connections in Jalpa (Zacatecas).  When Moyahua was split from Juchipila in 1808, some family territories were located in both Juchipila and Moyahua parishes, so it is possible to find families in both areas.  It is located on several Nova Hispana maps dating back to 1636 under the name Moyauan.

The area known as Moyahua is very old, and in addition to the maps mentioned above, Moyahua is mentioned in various written records dating from the mid 1600's, and likely much further than what I have came across.

Real del Oro (Mezquital del Oro) - Some Backround

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Real del Oro, also referred to as Real de San Juan del Mezquital, and now Mequital del Oro was founded in 1700 as Real de San Juan del Mezquital and later known as Real del Oro, until 1824 was part of the jurisdiction of Juchipila.  It was also was referred to as Moyotan, Carrizal, Los Ciruelos, Santa Maria Tuichan and La Mesa del Baron.  Gold was discovered in 1700, which gave rise to the area now known as Mezquital del Oro.
Parish records exist starting in 1734, and many are closely associated with Juchipila, Cuquio, and Teul.
Link to Parish records of Mezquital del Oro



New Spain Hiearchy for Juchipila Provincia

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A short version of the Spanish hierachy is that in the 1500's New Spain [now Mexico] was actually listed as the Viceroyalty of New Spain in most official correspondence with the Kingdom of Spain and the various Kings/Queens.  
New Spain was established in 1521 and exploration in this region was first funded by Spain's Queen Isabella.  The Viceroyalty was established in 1535, and for all practicle purposes served as a proxy or substitue for the King/Queen.  This was a special power that few were given in this era.
In order to maintain order in New Spain with the large amount of land, the Viceroyalty ceded this power (with oversight) to what were called Audiencias, who had broad Judicial, Legislative, and executive powers. In New Spain the two audiences set up were in Mexico City and then Guadalajara.
Audiencias then ceded control to Corregidor's who controlled Governorate's, more commonly called provincia's.

Apulco - Some backround

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Known to exist in the year 1541, it officially became a town in 1825.  Apulco is closely associated with Nochistlan, and records before 1888 exist mainly via Nochistlan Parish, which is approximately 13 miles away from Apulco.  From 1888 onward, Apulco civil records can be found for this town.  Census records also from Nochistlan parish include the Pueblo of Apulco dating back to at least 1817. 
Apulco 1817 Padron link.  
Apulco 1846 padron (census) link.  
Nochistlan parish baptism, confirmation, marriage, and burial records.

Jalpa - Some Backround

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Jalpa (Xalpa) is a very old town that is noted as early as 1532 in Spanish records, with a church erected as early as 1542.  Unfortunately a limited number of parish records survive or have been made available online. The oldest records that I have come across are land records from 1694-1696, some of which have some genealogy value.  
Jalpa Parish records include baptisms starting in 1909, confirmations starting in 1880, matrimonial marriage info starting in 1864, deaths starting in 1914, and marriages records from 1827-1838 , and then from 1913.   
Civil records basically start in 1884-1885, which include births, deaths, and marriages.
Some of the oldest family records available are census (padron) records, although Jalpa did not provide ages in any of these censuses.  The oldest census known started in 1820, and various older census records end around 1842. Included is a file attachment that includes the links to various older censuses.

Huanusco - Some Backround

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The town was officially founded in 1824, but is listed in various records as far back as 1709, and known as the pueblo of Huanusco. It was primarily associated with Villanueva and Villa del Refugio (Mecatabasco/Tabasco) parish records. 
In 1918, Huanusco was given the status of municipality, being dependent on Villanueva until this time.
Parish records are sparse with Baptism records starting in 1913 and Marriage records starting in 1914.  Prior to this, records are mainly found in either Villa del Refugio (Mecatabasco / Tabasco) or Villanueva.
Civil records for births, deaths, and marriages begin in 1867.
There are census records for the pueblo of Huanusco starting in 1817, under the Tabasco (Mecatabasco) census, with the link included.  Huanusco Padron (Census)



Juchipila - Some Backround

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Juchipila was noted in early Spanish records beginning in 1532, and churches were noted in this area as early as 1627.  The Juchipila area was known as a provincia early on (beginning in 1548) and the territory was much larger then current day (see "About Us" on menu bar for more info of the areas once included). 
In 1821 Spain withdrew from Mexico and recognized Mexico as an independent country. 
In 1825 Juchipila became one of the original 11 partido's of Zacatecas. Shortly after this the area known as Juchipila continued to shrink in size, losing it eastern territories to Aguasclientes and then the Northern territory of Villanueva.  Nochistlan was separated in 1852. 
Partidos were abolished in 1916, and Juchipila was divided into the municipalities of Apozol, Juchipila, Moyahua, and Mezquital del Oro. Most of these towns already had major parishes, and all were already well established.  
Juchipila now has just over 12,000 inhabitants, and continues what it did early on with farming and raising cattle at the forefront of the economy.

Juchipila 1841-1843 Census (Padron)

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Have started to transcribe the 1841-1843 Juchipila Census (Padron). 
The census is noted as the year 1843 in the Familysearch folder on image 614 of 1125 and is noted as Caja 37, Exp 10. 
The census appears to have actually started in 1841 (probably late in the year), as noted on the top of image 616 of 1125.  The census is 74 pages long. 
The first page of actual data notes the year 1841, and the last page is dated 31 January 1843. 
This likely means the majority of the census info is likely from the year 1842. 
The census ended up recording 5,532 individuals (4,331 adults and 1,201 chilrden). 
Besides the actual town of Juchipila, other towns noted in this census are: San Sebastian, Animas, Barrio de Abajo, Amotochil, San Nicolas, Tapias, Mesquitera, Por el Otro Lado del Rio, Caballeria, Labor, Aposol, San Miguel, and Coscomita.
The census can be viewed in the menu bar, listed under Census (ages), as long as you are a registered user, which is free. The need to register is only used to prevent spammers from easily accessing the site with garbage information.

Mecatabasco - Some Backround

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Mecatabasco is noted in records between 1543 and 1550, but in 1583 was known as Santa Maria de Mecatabasco, and part of the greater Juchipila Provinicia at this time.
Current day, it is 1 of 58 Municipalities of the State of Zacatecas, and was considered apart from the Juchipila Provincia in 1824, and considered a municipality. In 1832, it changed it title to Villa del Refugio.  Prior to this some of those from this area are found in Ameca, Villa del Refugio, and Villa Garcia de la Cadena records.  In 1938, it was named Tabasco.
Mecatabasco was considered a very stable community, and by the year 1673, had a church that could take care of the local community.
The economy in early days was primarily agriculture and livestock farming, but present day economies include candy factories and gunpowder factories.

Tips for Researching in Juchipila Parish

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I am the admin of this website, but also a researcher of Juchipila parish and Juchipila provincia.

A recommendation with all genealogy is to find out what you can from your direct family, i.e. Mother-Father, Aunts-Uncles, Maternal-Paternal grandparents.  This will likely establish a baseline of where you may need to focus your research.

When researching in Mexico, it is best to start out with Parish records, if possible. In 1860 Civil records became available, and these are also instrumental in researching Juchipila area families.

A listing of Juchipila Parish records and Juchipila Civil Records that are available are listed in the following link:

Juchipila Parish Link

Besides the standard, Juchipila baptism, marriage, and death records, the 1844 confirmation records is a very good resource, with many older listed, some dating back to at least the 1780's. These records also provide parentage, due to parish record not being available in the 1700's and early-mide 1800's.

Baptisms, Burials, and Marriage 1812 - Juchipila

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While there are not many known Baptism, Burial, and Marriage records that survived in Juchipila in 1812, in the 1813 census, at the end of the document, it listed how many Juchipila residents were Baptised, Buried, and married in 1812.

There were 373 baptisms, 276 Espanols and 97 Indios.

There were 391 weddings, 260 Espanols and 131 Indios.

There were 547 burials, 439 Espanols and 112 Indios.

Apparently the burials were catagorized by importance, which are listed on this record.

This record is is attached and link included here: 1812 Stats