Mexico, Durango, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Mexico, Durango, Catholic Church Records, 1604-1985
This article describes a collection of records at
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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Catholic Church Parishes, Durango

What is in This Collection?

This collection of parish records from Durango includes records for the years 1604-1985.

Reading These Records

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

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Mexico, Durango, Catholic Church Records, 1604-1985.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

  • Baptism
  • Marriage
  • Death

Collection Content

Baptismal records generally include the following information:
  • Date of baptism
  • Event place (most 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
Marriage records generally include the following information:
  • 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
Death or burial records generally include the following information:
  • Date of death and/or burial
  • Event place (most 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

How Do I Search This Collection?

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

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Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

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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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Try looking through records in the surrounding localities. Sinaloa is to the west, Chihuahua to the north, Coahuila to the northeast, Zacatecas to the southeast, and Nayarit to the south.

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Collection Citation

"México, Durango, registros parroquiales y diocesanos, 1604-1985." Database with images. FamilySearch. : 14 June 2016. Parroquias Católicas, Durango (Catholic Church parishes, Durango).

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