Mexico, Aguascalientes, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Mexico, Aguascalientes, Catholic Church Records, 1620-1962
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|Location of Aguascalientes, Mexico|
|Title in the Language:||Registros Paroquiales de la Iglesia Católica del estado de Aguascalientes, Mexico|
|Catholic Church Parishes, Aguascalientes|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Known Issues With This Collection
- 7 Citing This Collection
- 8 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in This Collection?
This collection includes parish records (such as baptism, marriage, death, and burial records) from the state of Aguascalientes, Mexico includes years from about 1620 to 1962.
Often in Catholic Church records, separate books were kept for baptisms, confirmations, marriage information documents, marriages, and deaths. However, in smaller areas, all records may be recorded on one register. In larger parishes a separate book was usually maintained for confirmations, while in smaller parishes the confirmations may have been included with the baptisms. In larger parishes, most of the marriage banns (informaciones matrimoniales) may be registered separately. In smaller parishes, these records were included in the marriage entry or the confirmations may have been included with the baptisms or even with marriages. In larger parishes, a separate book of confirmations was usually maintained.
These records are in relatively fair condition, except for some older records that may be damaged and, therefore, hard to read or missing some information. Most of the older records are handwritten in narrative style and follow a common text with some variations depending on the style used by the priest. Newer records are handwritten in formatted registers; some are even written in ledger style registers.
For additional details about the history of these records and help using them, see the wiki article Mexico Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records).
As of March 27, 2018 the following cities or towns are found in this collection:
|City or Town|
|Rincón de Romos|
Reading These Records
For help reading these Spanish records, see the following guides:
- Mexico Language and Languages
- Spanish Genealogical Word List
- BYU Spanish Script Tutorial
- FamilySearch Learning Center videos:
If you speak Spanish, the following free online lessons may be helpful to learn how to use the information in these records:
- Documentos esenciales para buscar a sus antepasados - Spanish
- Registros Civiles y Parroquiales – Spanish
To Browse This Collection
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What Can These Records Tell Me?
The following information are often found in these records:
|Baptismal and Confirmation records||Marriage records||Death records and burial records|
|Date of baptism or confirmation||Date of the marriage||Date of death or burial|
|Place of the event and usually the parish saint name||Place of the event and usually the parish saint name||Place of burial or death|
|Name of the person being baptized||Names of the betrothed||Name of the deceased person|
|Names of the parents||Names of the parents||Sometimes the names of the parents or the spouse (if deceased was married)|
|Age of the person being baptized or the person’s birth date||Names of witnesses||Age of the deceased person at the time of death|
|Gender||Ages and marital statuses of the betrothed||Place of residence or origin of the deceased person|
|Legitimacy||Places of origin and residence of the betrothed and sometimes that of the parents||Sometimes the race of the deceased|
|Before 1820, social class of the parents||Legitimacy of the betrothed|
|Sometimes the person’s race||Sometimes the race of the betrothed|
|Often additional information can be found in the margins of original records. For example in a baptism record, you might find marriage or death information.|
How Do I Search This Collection?
You can search the index or view the images or both. Before using this collection it is helpful to know:
- Your ancestor's given name and surname
- Identifying information such as residence
- Estimated marriage or birth year
- Family relationships
Search The Index
Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
- Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have.
- Click Search to show possible matches.
View The Images
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- Select City or Town
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- Select Record Type and Years to view the images.
|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at Mexico, Aguascalientes, Catholic Church records, 1620-1962. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.|
How Do I Analyze the Results?
Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.
What Do I Do Next?
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?
- Add any new information to your records
- 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 looking 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
- Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent
- Make sure to fully transcribe and cite the record entry for future reference; see the section Citing This Collection for assistance. Save or print a copy of the image
I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?
- Mexico, Aguascalientes, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records) are also a good substitute when church records of births, marriages, and deaths cannot be found or are unavailable
- Check for variants of given names, surnames, and place names. Transcription errors could occur in any handwritten record; also, it was not uncommon for an individual be listed under a nickname or an abbreviation of their name
- A useful Coverage Table for Mexico Baptisms is available in the wiki article Mexico Baptisms, Coverage Table (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- Check for variants of given names, surnames, and place names. Transcription errors could occur in any handwritten record; also, it was not uncommon for an individual be listed under a nickname or an abbreviation of their name. Click here for a list of Spanish name abbreviations
- Also, consider looking at collections for surrounding localities. Zacatecas is on the northern, eastern, and western border and Jalisco is on the southern border
- New information is constantly being indexed, microfilmed or updated. Periodically check back to see if your ancestor’s records have been added. You can see if the area you’ve been looking in has been recently updated by going to Historical Records Collections. Watch for an asterisk for recently added or updated records
- Consult the Mexico Record Finder Table to find other records
Known Issues With This Collection
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Citing This Collection
Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
- Collection Citation
"México, Aguascalientes, registros parroquiales, 1620-1962." Database and images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 17 February 2017. Parroquias Católicas, Aguascalientes (Catholic Church parishes, Aguascalientes).
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