Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1514-1970
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Distrito Federal, Mexico
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Record Description
Record Type: Church
Collection years: 1514-1970
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Language: Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica en el Distrito Federal de México
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Catholic Church Parishes, Distrito Federal

What is in This Collection?

This collection of Catholic Church parish records covers the years 1514 to 1970.

Reading These Records

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

To Browse This Collection

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What Can These Records Tell Me?

  • Birth
  • Baptism
  • Marriage
  • Death

Collection Content

Sample Images

Baptism records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of baptism
  • Name of child
  • Date and place of birth
  • Age and gender of child
  • Legitimacy
  • Parents' names and their origin or residence
  • Godparents' names
  • Witness’s name

Confirmation records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of confirmation
  • Child's name
  • Names of parents
  • Names of godparents

Marriage records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Groom's age, civil status, origin and residence
  • Names of groom's parents
  • Bride's age, civil status, origin and residence
  • Names of bride's parents
  • Names of witnesses

Death records usually contain the following information:

  • Name and age of deceased
  • Date and place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Marital status of deceased
  • Name of spouse, if married

Census records usually contain the following information:

  • Name
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Marital Status
  • Occupation

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Your ancestor's given name and surname
  • Identifying information such as residence
  • Estimated marriage or birth year
  • Estimated death date

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  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

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  2. Select Record Type and Years to view the 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?

  • 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
  • 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

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • Consult the Mexico Record Finder to find other records. Aguascalientes Civil Registration 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. Click here for a list of Spanish name abbreviations
  • A boundary change could have occurred, and the record of you ancestor is now in a neighboring province. Search the records and indexes of neighboring cities, provinces, and regions. Unable to find your ancestor? Try looking through records in the surrounding localities. Estado de México is on the west, north, and east, and Morelos is on the south
  • Consult the Mexico Record Finder to find other records

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Collection Citation

"México, Distrito Federal, registros parroquiales y diocesanos, 1514-1970." Database and Images. FamilySearch. : 14 June 2016. Parroquias Católicas, Distrito Federal (Catholic Church parishes, Distrito Federal).

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