Mexico, Oaxaca, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Mexico, Oaxaca, Catholic Church Records, 1559-1988 .
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|Location of Oaxaca, Mexico|
|Title in the Language:||Registros Paroquiales de la Iglesia Católica del Estado de Oaxaca, México|
|Catholic Church Parishes, Oaxaca|
- 1 What is in the Collection?
- 2 What Can these Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Contents
- 4 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Known Issues with This Collection
- 7 Citing this Collection
- 8 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in the Collection?
This collection of Catholic Church records, such as baptisms, marriages, deaths, and burials from the State of Oaxaca includes the years 1559 to 1988.
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.
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Reading These Records
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What Can these Records Tell Me?
|Baptismal and confirmation records||Marriage records||Death records|
|Date and place of baptism or confirmation||Date and place of the marriage||Name and age of deceased|
|Child’s name and gender||Names of bride and groom||Date and place of death|
|Child’s date and place of birth||Groom’s age, and civil status||Birth date, place and marital status of deceased|
|Names of parents||Name of groom’s father and statement of consent||Cause of death|
|Names of paternal grandparents||Father’s age, origin, and residence||Spouse’s name, if married|
|Names of maternal grandparents||Bride’s age and civil status||Parents’ names|
|Godparents||Name of bride’s father and statement of consent|
|Father’s age, origin, and residence|
How Do I Search the Collection?
You can search the index or view the images or both. Before using this collection it is helpful to know:
- Your ancestor's given name and surname
- Identifying information such as residence
- Estimated marriage or birth year
- Family relationships
Search the Index
Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
- Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have.
- Click Search to show possible matches.
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For Help Reading These Records
For help reading these Spanish records, see the following resources:
- Mexico Language and Languages
- Spanish Genealogical Word List
- BYU Spanish Script Tutorial
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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.
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What Do I Do Next?
I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?
- If possible, look at the actual image of the record to verify the information found in the online description.
- 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 other church and land records.
- Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
- 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. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking For, What Now?
- If you are unable to find your ancestor, try looking through records in the surrounding localities. Guerrero is to the west, Puebla to the northwest, Veracruz to the north, and Chiapas to the east.
- 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.
- Civil registration records are also a good source of genealogical information. You should obtain copies of both church records and civil registration, when possible, since they do not necessarily provide the same information. For example, baptismal registers sometimes provide the names of the fathers of illegitimate children when the civil registration does not.
- There may be more than one person with the same name.
- You ancestor may be using a nickname or alias.
- Even though this is an index there may still be inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
- Your ancestor may have immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby countries or immigration/emigration records.
Known Issues with This Collection
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Citing this Collection
Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.
- "Mexico, Oaxaca, Catholic Church Records, 1559-1988." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Parroquias Católicas, Oaxaca (Catholic Church parishes, Oaxaca).
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