Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977
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|Location of Puebla, Mexico|
|Title in the Language:||Registros Paroquiales del Estado de Puebla, México|
|Catholic Church Parishes, Puebla|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This 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 This Collection?
This collection of parish records for the State of Puebla includes the years 1545 to 1977.
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, except for 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.
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
- FamilySearch Learning Center videos:
If you speak Spanish, the following free online lessons may be helpful to learn how to use the information in these records:
- Documentos esenciales para buscar a sus antepasados - Spanish
- Registros Civiles y Parroquiales – Spanish
To Browse This Collection
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What Can These Records Tell Me?
The following information is usually found in these records:
|Baptismal and/or confirmation records||Marriage records||Death records|
|Date and place of baptism or confirmation||Date and place of the marriage||Name of deceased|
|Child’s name and gender||Names of the bride and groom||Age, origin and diocese of deceased|
|Legitimacy||Groom’s birth date, place of birth, and baptismal date||Date and place of death|
|Child’s date and place of birth||Name of groom’s parents, and their residence||Cause of death|
|Names of parents||Bride’s birth date, place of birth, and baptismal date||Spouse’s name, if married|
|Names of godparents||Names of bride’s parents, and their residence||Parents’ names|
|Godparents||Paternal grandparents of the bride and groom||Burial location|
|Maternal grandparents of the bride and groom||Race of deceased (sometimes)|
|Names of witnesses|
|Witnesses’ age, civil status, occupation, origin and residence|
|Length of time witnesses have known bride and groom|
For additional details about these records and help using them see Mexico Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records).
|Often additional information can be found in the margins of original records. For example in a birth record, you might find marriage or death information.|
How Do I Search This 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
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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. Keep track of your research in a research log.
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. The census can help you find if your ancestors were married civilly or by the Catholic Church or both. Then you can proceed looking in those records for more information
- 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
- Make sure to fully transcribe and cite the record entry for future reference; see the section Citing This Collection for assistance. Save or print a copy of the image
I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?
- Mexico, Puebla, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records) are also a good substitute when church records of births, marriages, and deaths cannot be found or are unavailable
- A useful Coverage Table for Mexico Baptisms is available in the wiki article Mexico Baptisms, Coverage Table (FamilySearch Historical 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
- Also, consider looking at collections for surrounding localities. Morelos is to the west, Estado de México to the northwest, Tlaxcala to the north, Hidalgo to the west of Puebla's northern "peninsula," Veracruz to the east, Oaxaca to the south, and Guerrero to the southwest
- 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
- Consult the Mexico Record Finder Table to find other records
Known Issues with This Collection
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Citing This Collection
Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
- Collection Citation
"México, Puebla, registros parroquiales, 1545-1977." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 18 February 2017. Parroquias Católicas, Puebla (Catholic Church parishes, Puebla).
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