Mexico, Zacatecas, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Mexico, Zacatecas, Catholic Church Records, 1605-1980
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|Location of Zacatecas, Mexico|
|Title in the Language:||Registros Paroquiales de la Iglesia Católica del Estado de Zacatecas, México|
|Catholic Church Parishes, Zacatecas|
- 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 Known Issues with This Collection
- 7 Citing This Collection
- 8 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in This Collection?
This collection of Catholic Church records for the State of Zacatecas includes the years 1605 to 1980.
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What Can These Records Tell Me?
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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?
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- 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
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I Can’t Find The Person I’m Looking For, What Now?
- Consult the Mexico Record Finder to find other records
- Zacatecas Civil Registration 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
- A boundary change could have occurred, and the record of you ancestor is now in a neighboring province. Search the records and indexes of neighboring cities, provinces, and regions
- Also, consider looking at collections for surrounding localities. Durango is to the west, Coahuila to the north, San Luis Potosí to the east, and Jalisco and Aguascalientes on the south. Zacatecas also shares about a six mile border with Nayarit to the southwest, and about a seven mile border with Nuevo León to the northeast
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Citing This Collection
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