Mexico, Querétaro, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Mexico, Querétaro, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1970 .
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|Location of Querétaro, Mexico|
|Title in the Language:||Registros Paroquiales de la Iglesia Católica del Estado de Querétaro, México|
|Catholic Church Parishes, Queretaro|
- 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 Citing This Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in This Collection?
This collection of parish records for the State of Querétaro includes the years 1590 to 1970. 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
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 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||Groom’s name and age||Date and place of death|
|Legitimacy||Groom’s birth date, place of birth, and baptismal and confirmation||Cause of death|
|Child’s date and place of birth||Groom's legitimacy, civil status, occupation, and residence||Name of person making declaration|
|Names of parents||Names of groom's parents, their origin and residence||Declarant’s relationship to deceased|
|Names of godparents and their parents||Bride’s name and age||Sometimes, the names of parents|
|Before 1820, social class of parents||Bride's date and place of birth, baptism and confirmation||Sometimes, the name of spouse, if deceased was married|
|Bride's legitimacy, origin and residence||Sometimes, burial information|
|Names of bride’s parents, their origin and residence|
|Names of the witnesses|
|Witnesses’ birth date and place, legitimacy, occupation, religion, parents’ names, residence, and the time they have known the bride and groom|
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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- Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have.
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|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.|
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?
To learn more about using the information available in these records, view these lessons for free:
- Documentos esenciales para buscar a sus antepasados - Spanish
- Registros Civiles y Parroquiales – Spanish
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?
- Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in the 1930 Mexico National Census records
- Querétaro Civil 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.
- 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.
- If possible, look at the actual image of the record to verify the information found in the online description.
I Can’t Find The Person I’m Looking For, What Now?
- Unable to find your ancestor? Try looking through records in the surrounding localities. Guanajuato is to the west, San Luis Potosí to the north, Hidalgo to the east, Estado de México to the southeast, and Michoacán 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.
- 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.
- A boundary change could have occurred and the record of your ancestor is now in a neighboring area. Search the records and indexes of neighboring cities, provinces, and regions.
- Your ancestor may have immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby countries or immigration/emigration records.
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
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