Mexico, Archdiocese of Guadalajara, Miscellaneous Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Jalisco, Mexico
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Record Description
Record Type: Miscellaneous Marriage
Collection years: 1539-1939
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Language: México, Arquidiócesis de Guadalajara, Dispensas Matrimoniales.
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Archivo de la Arquidiócesis de Guadalajara, Jalisco


What is in This Collection?

This collection includes marriage dispensation records housed at the Archives of the Archdioceses of Guadalajara in Mexico from 1539 to 1939.

A marriage dispensation was permission from a priest to overlook or forgo following some specific Catholic law pertaining to marriage.
A more detailed explanation of dispensations is included in an article online at The Brick Walls website.

Reading These Records

These records are written in Spanish. For help reading these records see the following guides:

If you speak Spanish, the following free online lesson may be helpful to learn how to use the information in these records:

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Mexico, Archdiocese of Guadalajara, Miscellaneous Marriage Records, 1539-1939.

What Can This Collection Tell Me?

Marriage dispensation records may contain the following information:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Groom's name and origin
  • Names of groom's parents
  • Bride's name and origin
  • Names of bride's parents

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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

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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
  • 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?

  • Check for variants of given names, surnames, and place names
  • Civil registration records are also a good source of genealogical information. You should obtain copies of both church records and civil registration, when possible, since they do not necessarily provide the same information. For example, baptismal registers sometimes provide the names of the fathers of illegitimate children when the civil registration does not
  • 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

Record Finder

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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, Arquidiócesis de Guadalajara, registros matrimoniales, 1539-1939." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Archivo Histórico de la Arquidiócesis de Guadalajara, Jalisco (Guadalajara Archdiocese Archives, Jalisco).
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