Mexico, Baja California and Baja California Sur, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Mexico, Baja California and Baja California Sur, Catholic Church Records, 1750-1984
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Baja California and Baja California Sur, Mexico
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Record Description
Record Type: Church
Collection years: 1750-1984
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Language: Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica en el Estado de Baja California y en el Estado de Baja California Sur, México.
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Catholic Church Parishes, Baja California and Baja California Sur

What is in This Collection?

This collection covers church records from parishes in Baja California and Baja California Sur for the years 1750 to 1984. 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, except for 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

These records are written in Spanish. For help reading these records see the following guides:

If you speak Spanish, the following free online lesson 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, Baja California and Baja California Sur, Catholic Church Records, 1750-1984.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information is usually found in these records:

Baptismal and confirmation records Marriage records Burial or 'Death records'
Date and place of the baptism Date and place of the marriage Date and place of burial and/or death
Child’s name and gender Names of the bride and groom Name of deceased
Names of the parents Names of the parents Sometimes the names of the parents or the spouse, if the deceased was married
Age of the person being baptized or their birth date Name of the witnesses Age at time of death
Legitimacy Ages and marital statuses of the bride and groom Place of residence or origin of deaceased
Before 1820, social class of the parents Places of origin and residence Sometimes the race of the deceased
Sometimes the person’s race Legitimacy
Godparents Sometimes the race of bride and groom

Collection Content

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

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Coverage Table

As of 5 June 2015 this collection contained the following records.

Event State City Parish Start Year End Year Records
Baptism Baja California La Paz Nuestra Señora de la Paz 1762 1899 14,565
Baptism Baja California San Antonio San Antonio de Padua 1809 1894 8,698
Baptism Baja California Todos Santos Nuestra Señora del Pilar 1835 1836 46
Marriage Baja California La Paz Nuestra Señora de la Paz 1882 1924 6
Marriage Baja California San Antonio San Antonio de Padua 1809 1825 2

How Do I Search This Collection?

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  • Identifying information such as residence
  • Estimated marriage or birth year
  • Family relationships

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What Do I Do Next?

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  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in 1930, Mexico National Census. The census can help you find if your ancestors were married civilly or by the Catholic Church or both. Then you can proceed looking in those records for more information
  • 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
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Research Helps

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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation
"México, Baja California and Baja California Sur, registros parroquiales, 1750-1984." Database with images. FamilySearch. : 17 February 2017. Parroquias Católicas, Baja California y Baja California Sur (Catholic Church parishes, Baja California and Baja California Sur).
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