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. These records are written in Spanish.

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.

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?

This section provides information on how to search the collection, what to do with information once found, and translation help guides.

When searching:
As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor's given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence, age, estimated [event] year, and family relationships.

To search the collection by index:
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.

To browse the collection by image:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the "City or Town" category
⇒ Select the "Parish" category
⇒ Select the "Record Type and Years" category which takes you to the images

Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

What Do I Do Next?

In most cases, Mexican Catholic parish registers are the only record to identify individuals, parents, and spouses before 1859. After this date, civil authorities began registering vital statistics (nacimientos, matrimonios y defunciones) which by law includes people of all religions. The information in civil sources confirms and supplements the information in church records. Be sure to search both the parish and civil records after 1860. Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Name indexes to baptisms, marriages, and death or burials make it possible to access a specific record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

For Help Reading These Records

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

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

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.

Known Issues with This Collection

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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation

"Mexico, Durango, Catholic Church Records, 1604-1985." Database with images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2017. Parroquias Católicas, Durango (Catholic Church parishes, Durango).

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