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Tamaulipas, Mexico
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Record Description
Record Type: Church
Collection years: 1703-1964
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Language: Registros Paroquiales de la Iglesia Católica del Estado de Tamaulipas, México
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What is in This Collection?

This collection of Catholic Church records, such as baptisms, marriages, and burials for the State of Tamaulipas includes the years 1703-1964. 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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This could also be written as a sentence rather than a bulleted list. These records are in Spanish. For help reading these records see Spanish Genealogical Word List, Reading Spanish handwritten records, and Script tutorial for Spanish

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What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:

Baptism and Confirmation Records

  • Date of baptism or confirmation
  • Name and gender of child
  • Place of the event and usually the parish saint name
  • Names of the parents
  • Age of the person being baptized or the person’s birth date
  • Legitimacy
  • Before 1820, social class of the parents
  • Sometimes the person’s race

Marriage Records

  • Date of marriage
  • Place of the event and usually the parish saint name
  • Names of the betrothed
  • Names of the parents
  • Names of the witnesses
  • Ages and marital statuses of the betrothed
  • Places of origin and residence of the betrothed and sometimes that of the parents
  • Legitimacy of the betrothed
  • Sometimes the race of the betrothed

Death Records

  • Date and place of death or burial
  • Name of the deceased
  • Sometimes the names of the parents or the spouse, if the deceased was married
  • Age of the deceased person at time of death
  • Place of residence or origin of the deceased person
  • Sometimes the race of the deceased

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  • The given name and surname of the person
  • The type of event
  • The estimated date of the event

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  • 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

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

  • Consult the Mexico Record Finder to find other records marriages, and deaths cannot be found or are unavailable
  • The Mexico 1930 Census can tell you if your ancestors were1930, Mexico National Census can tell you if you ancestors were married civilly, by the Catholic Church or both
  • 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
  • A boundary change could have occurred, and the and the record of you ancestor is now in a neighboring province. Search the records and indexes of neighboring cities, provinces, and regions
  • Try looking through records in the surrounding localities. Nuevo León is to the west, Texas to the north, Veracruz to the south, and San Luis Potosí to the southwest.

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"Mexico,Tamaulipas, registros parroquiales, 1703-1964." Database and images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 18 February 2017. Paróquias Católicas, Tamaulipas (Catholic Church parishes, Tamaulipas).

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