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

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Mexico, Guanajuato, Catholic Church Records, 1519-1984
This article describes a collection of records at
Guanajuato, Mexico
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Record Description
Record Type: Church
Collection years: 1519-1984
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Language: Registros Paroquiales de la Iglesia Católica del Estado de Guanajuato, México
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Catholic Church Parishes, Guanajuato

What is in This Collection?

This collection from several parishes in the State of Guanajuato, Mexico, covers the years 1519 to 1984.

Reading These Records

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

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Mexico, Guanajuato, Catholic Church Records, 1519-1984.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

  • Baptism
  • Confirmation
  • Marriage
  • Death

Collection Content

Sample Images

Baptism records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of baptism
  • Child's name and gender
  • Child's date and place of birth
  • Parents' names
  • Godparents' names

Confirmation records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of confirmation
  • Name and birth date of person being confirmed
  • Parents' names
  • Godparents' names

Marriage records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Names of the parents
  • Names of godparents
  • Names of the witnesses

Death records usually contain the following information:

  • Name and age of deceased
  • Date and place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Origin and marital status of deceased
  • Parents' name
  • Burial information

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

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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 Parish
  3. Select Record Type and Years to view the images.

Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

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?

  • When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.
  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records
  • Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records
  • Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify
  • Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages

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

  • Consult the Mexico Record Finder to find other records 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
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800
  • Unable to find your ancestor? Try looking through records in the surrounding localities. Jalisco is to the west, San Luis Potosí to the north, Querétaro to the east, and Michoacán to the south. (Zacatecas and Guanajuato share a northern border for a little over one mile.)

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.

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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation

"México, Guanajuato, registros parroquiales, 1519-1984." Database and images. FamilySearch. : 17 February 2017. Parroquias Católicas, Guanajuato (Catholic Church parishes, Guanajuato).

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