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

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Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977
This article describes a collection of records at
Puebla, Mexico
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Location of Puebla, Mexico
Record Description
Record Type: Church
Collection years: 1545-1977
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Language: Registros Paroquiales del Estado de Puebla, México
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Catholic Church Parishes, Puebla

What is in This Collection?

This collection of parish records for the State of Puebla includes the years 1545 to 1977.

For additional details about the history of these records and help using them, see the wiki article Mexico Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records).

The 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.

Reading These Records

These records are written in Spanish; also see the section For Help Reading These Records for translation helps.

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

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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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For Help Reading These Records

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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.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person 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 the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • If you are unable to find your ancestor try looking through records in the 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
  • 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

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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation

"Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1970 ." Database with images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2017. Parroquias Católicas, Puebla (Catholic Church parishes, Puebla).

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