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

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Yucatán, Mexico
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Record Description
Record Type: Church
Collection years: 1543-1977
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Language: México, Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica del estado de Yucatan
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What is in This Collection?

This collection of Catholic Church records for the state of Yucatan covers the years 1543-1977.

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, 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

For help reading these Spanish records, see the following guides:

If you speak Spanish, the following free online lessons may be helpful to learn how to use the information in these records:

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Mexico, Yucatán, Catholic Church Records, 1543-1977.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:

Baptism or confirmation records

  • Date and place of the baptism or confirmation
  • Child's given name and gender
  • Legitimacy
  • Child's birth date and place
  • Parents names
  • Paternal and maternal grandparents' names
  • Godparents' names

Marriage records

  • Date and place of the marriage
  • Name and age of groom
  • Groom's legitimacy, baptismal date and confirmation date
  • Groom's birth date and place of birth
  • Groom's occupation, civil status and origin and residence
  • Groom’s parents' names, their occupation and origin
  • Name and age of bride
  • Bride's legitimacy, baptismal date and confirmation date
  • Bride's birth date and place of birth
  • Bride's origin and residence
  • Bride's parents' names
  • Godparents
  • Witnesses names, their age, occupation, civil status, and residence
  • Length of time witnesses have known bride and groom

Death or burial records

  • Date and place of death or burial
  • Name, age and gender of deceased
  • Origin and residence of deceased
  • Cause of death
  • Spouse's name, if married
  • Parents' names and their origin
  • If their were children of deceased

Collection Content

For additional details about these records and help using them see Mexico Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records).

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How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching 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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Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches


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How Do I Analyze the Results?

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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
  • 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, Yucatán, 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
  • Also, consider looking at collections for surrounding localities. Campeche is to the southwest, and Quintana Roo is along the southeast
  • 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

Record Finder

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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, Yucatán, registros parroquiales y diocesanos, 1543-1977." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Parroquias Católicas, Yucatan (Catholic Church parishes, Yucatan).
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