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Mexico, Durango, Catholic Church Records, 1604-1985
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Durango, Mexico
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Location of Durango, Mexico
Record Description
Record Type: Church
Collection years: 1604-1985
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Language: Registros Paroquiales de la Iglesia Católica en el Estado de Durango, México.
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Parroquias Católicas, Durango (Catholic Church parishes, Durango)

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains Catholic Church records of baptisms, confirmations, marriages, marriage information, and deaths for the state of Durango Mexico. The collection includes the years 1604-1985. For additional details about these records and help using them see Mexico Catholic Church Records - FamilySearch Historical Records.

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:


  • Date of baptism
  • Event place (almost always the parish saint name)
  • Gender
  • Name of the person being baptized
  • Age of the person being baptized or birth date
  • Legitimacy
  • Parents' names
  • Marital status of parents
  • Sometimes the place of origin and/or residence of the parents
  • Social class of the parents in baptismal entries prior to 1820
  • In some registers the race
  • Grandparents and godparents


  • Date of marriage
  • Event place (almost always the parish saint name)
  • Name of groom and bride
  • Age and civil status of groom and bride
  • Parents names
  • Place of origin and residence of the marriage partners, sometimes even that of the parents
  • In some registers the race


  • Date of death and/or burial
  • Event place (almost always the parish saint name)
  • Name of the deceased person
  • Parents and/or spouse, if the person was married
  • Age of the deceased person
  • Place of origin and/or residence of the deceased
  • Legitimacy
  • In some registers the race

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  • Identifying information such as residence
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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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  • Use the information to find more. For instance, use the age listed in the record to estimate a year of birth, if that is yet undetermined
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in 1930, Mexico National Census. The census can help you find if your ancestors were married civilly or by the Catholic Church or both. Then you can proceed to look in those records for more information
  • Compile information for every person who has the same surname as your ancestor; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual
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