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

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Mexico, Veracruz, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1978
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Veracruz, Mexico
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Record Description
Record Type: Church
Collection years: 1590-1978
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Language: Registros Paroquiales de la Iglesia Católica del Estado de Veracruz, México
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Catholic Church Parishes, Veracruz

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This collection of Catholic Church parish records includes the years 1590 to 1978.

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Baptism or Confirmation Records

  • Date and place of baptism or confirmation
  • Child's name and gender
  • Child's date and place of birth
  • Legitimacy
  • Parents' names
  • Godparents' names
  • Before 1820, social class of the parents

Marriage Records

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Groom's date and place of birth
  • Groom's date and place of baptism and date and place of confirmation
  • Groom's age, civil status, origin and residence
  • Names of groom's parents, their origin and residence
  • Bride's date and place of birth
  • Bride's date and place of baptism and date and place of confirmation
  • Names of bride's parents, their age, occupation and residence
  • Names of the witnesses
  • Witnesses' civil status, occupation, origin, and residence
  • Length of time witnesses have known couple

Death or Burial Records

  • Name and age of deceased
  • Date and place of death or burial
  • Cause of death
  • Origin and residence of deceased
  • Spouse's name, if married
  • Sometimes, burial information

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"México, Veracruz, registros parroquiales y diocesanos, 1590-1978." Database and images. FamilySearch. : 14 June 2016. Parroquias Católicas, Veracruz (Catholic Church parishes, Veracruz).

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