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

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Access the records: Mexico, Durango, Catholic Church Records, 1604-1985 .

Title in the Language of the Records

Registros Paroquiales de la Iglesia Católica en el Estado de Durango, México.

Record Description

This collection of parish records from Durango includes records for the years 1627-1978.

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

For additional details about the history of these records and help using them, see the wiki article Mexico Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records).

Citation for This Collection

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

Iglesia Católica. Mexico, Durango Catholic church records. Archivo Diocesano de Durango, Mexico.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

The key genealogical facts found in most baptismal records are:

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  • Date of baptism
  • Event place (most always the parish saint name)
  • Gender
  • Name of the person being baptized
  • Age of the person being baptized or birth date
  • Legitimacy
  • Parents' names
  • Marital status of parents
  • Sometimes the place of origin and/or residence of the parents
  • Social class of the parents in baptismal entries prior to 1820
  • In some registers the race
  • Grandparents and godparents

The key genealogical facts found in most marriage records are:

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  • Date of marriage
  • Event place (almost always the parish saint name)
  • Name of groom and bride
  • Age and civil status of groom and bride
  • Parents names
  • Place of origin and residence of the marriage partners, sometimes even that of the parents
  • In some registers the race

The key genealogical facts found in most burial/death records are:

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  • Date of death and/or burial
  • Event place (most always the parish saint name)
  • Name of the deceased person
  • Parents and/or spouse, if the person was married
  • Age of the deceased person
  • Place of origin and/or residence of the deceased
  • Legitimacy
  • In some registers the race

How to Use the Record

To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the "Ciudad o pueblo" category
⇒ Select the "Parroquia" 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.

In most cases, Mexican Catholic parish registers are the only record to identify individuals, parents, and spouses before 1859. After this date, civil authorities began registering vital statistics (nacimientos, matrimonios y defunciones) which by law includes people of all religions. The information in civil sources confirms and supplements the information in church records. Be sure to search both the parish and civil records after 1860. Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Name indexes to baptisms, marriages, and death or burials make it possible to access a specific record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

Known Issues with This Collection

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See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

“Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981,” images, FamilySearch ( accessed 28 February, 2012), La Plata > San Ponciano > Matrimonios 1884-1886 > image 71 of 389 images, Artemio Avendano and Clementina Peralta, 1884; citing Parroquia de San Ponciano en la Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Matrimonios. San Ponciano, La Plata, Buenos Aires.