THIS BOOK CONTAINS 125 manuscript documents that record the genealogies and family histories of Spaniard Ignacio López de Herrera and his wife, a criolla (American-born offspring of pure Spanish heritage), of Mexico. Purity of one’s bloodline was a matter of importance in the multiracial and highly stratified society of eighteenth-century Mexico. Certification of one’s bloodline as pure Spaniard was essential for inheritance of the social and civil prerogatives of eighteenth-century Spaniards or criollos.
Genealogy and Family History of Merchant Alférez Ignacio López de Herrera and Wife. . . . (1703-1739), Jay I. Kislak Collection, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress