Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Title in the Language of the Records

Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica en el Distrito Federal de México

Record Description

This collection of Catholic Church parish records covers the years 1886 to 1933..

This collection only includes baptismal records. In general, separate books were kept for baptisms, confirmations, marriage information documents, marriages, and burials. The entries were normally made in chronological order. Confirmations were not consistently recorded; however, these can generally be found in the baptismal registers. Sacramental ordinance entries, such as baptisms, are handwritten in narrative style following an established format.

In 1527, the Roman Catholic Church was established in Mexico with the creation of the Tlaxcala and Mexico dioceses. It was only in the late 19th century that other religious groups began to be established in Mexico. The bound registers hold baptisms, marriages, death/burials, and other ecclesiastical documents in separate volumes. Each record is written in narrative style and, in more recent years, in formatted records. These registers are created and kept by the priest at the parish level and later sent to the diocesan archive for preservation.

Mexican Catholic Church parish registers were created to record the baptisms, confirmations, marriages, burials, and other ecclesiastical documents; these records were also used for statistical purposes.

Mexican Catholic Church parish registers are the most reliable and accurate family history sources before 1859, when Reformation Laws established and enforced civil registration. After that date, both parish registers and civil registration should be researched and verified with each other.

For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

Archbishoprics and Dioceses in Mexico. Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church records. Archivo Diocesano de Mexico, Mexico.

Digital copies of original records are also housed at various local Catholic Church parish archives throughout the Distrito Federal, Mexico. Such as:

  • Iglesia Católica. Nuestra Señora de Lourdes (Centro, Distrito Federal). Registros parroquiales, 1897-1933.
  • Iglesia Católica. San Pedro Apóstol (Cuajimalpa, Distrito Federal). Registros parroquiales, 1886-1923.
  • Iglesia Católica. San Diego (Tacubaya, Distrito Federal). Registros parroquiales, 1908-1919.

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Record Content

Key genealogical facts found in most baptismal records:
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  • Date of baptism
  • Name of the baptized
  • Age of the baptized or the date of birth
  • Place where baptized and/or place of birth
  • Gender of the baptized
  • Legitimacy
  • Parents' names and sometimes their residence or places of origin
  • Grandparents’ names and/or Godparents' names
  • Witness’s name

How to Use the Records

To search the records using the index: Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

To browse the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Nombre de Parroquia y Colonia" category
⇒Select the "Tipo de Registro y Años" category which takes you to the images

Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

Parish registers are the best Mexican records to identify individuals, parents, and spouses before 1859, when the civil registration was implemented. Be sure to search both the parish and civil records after 1860, since some families did not consistently register their children with either of them. In order to find information in the parish registers, it is necessary to know the place where the ancestors lived, name of the person, and approximate year of the event.

Known Issues with This Collection

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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1886-1933," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 29 May 2012), Reyes Cirilo Morales Avila, baptized 9 February 1919 citing Church Records, FHL microfilm 0,227,023; Arquidiocesis de Mexico, Ciudud de Mexico, Distrito Federal, Mexico.