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

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Hidalgo, Mexico
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Record Description
Record Type: Church
Collection years: 1546-1971
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Language: Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica del Estado de Hidalgo, Mexico
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What is in This Collection?

This collection of the Catholic Church parish records of the State of Hidalgo covers the years from 1546 to 1971.

These records are written in Spanish. Here is a link to a Spanish Genealogical Word List which may be helpful. Also, see the section For Help Reading These Records for translation helps. Often in Catholic Church records, separate books were kept for baptisms, confirmations, marriage information documents, marriages, and deaths. However, in smaller areas, all records may be recorded on one register. In larger parishes a separate book was usually maintained for confirmations, while in smaller parishes the confirmations may have been included with the baptisms. In larger parishes, most of the marriage banns (informaciones matrimoniales) may be registered separately. In smaller parishes, these records were included in the marriage entry or the confirmations may have been included with the baptisms or even with marriages. In larger parishes, a separate book of confirmations was usually maintained.

These records are in relatively fair condition, with the exception of some older records that may be damaged and, therefore, hard to read or missing some information. Most of the older records are handwritten in narrative style and follow a common text with some variations depending on the style used by the priest. Newer records are handwritten in formatted registers; some are even written in ledger style registers.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Mexico, Hidalgo, Catholic Church Records, 1546-1971.

Collection Content

Sample Images

Baptism or confirmation records may contain the following information:

  • Place and date of the baptism or confirmation
  • Given name
  • Gender, place and date of birth or age at baptism or confirmation
  • If legitimate or illegitimate
  • Parents names, sometimes their residence and/or place of birth
  • Names of maternal grandparents
  • Names of paternal grandparents
  • Names of godparents

Marriage records may contain the following information:

  • Place and date of the marriage
  • Name of the groom
  • Age of groom, his place of birth and/or residence
  • Name of the groom’s parents
  • Name of the bride
  • Age of bride, her place of birth and/or residence
  • Names of the bride’s parents
  • Sometimes, the parent’s place of origin and/or civil status
  • Names of witnesses

Death records may contain the following information:

  • Place and date of the burial
  • Burial place
  • Name of the principal
  • Place and date of birth or age at time of death
  • Cause of death
  • Residence of the deceased
  • Place of death
  • Civil status of the principal, if married the name of the spouse may be given
  • Any surviving children

How Do I Search This Collection?

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page:

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

As with any index, transcription errors could have occurred and not all information may be transcribed. It is recommended you verify the information with the original record.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page
⇒ Select the "City or Town" category
⇒ Select the "Parish" category
⇒ Select the "Record Type and Years" category which takes you to the images.

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 and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

For Help Reading These Records

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

What Do I Do Next?

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

If you are unable to find your ancestor try looking through records in the surrounding localities. Querétaro is to the west, San Luis Potosí to the north, Veracruz to the northeast, Puebla to the east, Tlaxcala to the southeast, and Estado de México to the south and southwest.

Known Issues with This Collection

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Collection Citation

"Mexico, Hidalgo, Catholic Church Records, 1546-1971." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Catholic Church parishes, Hidalgo.

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