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Registros Paroquiales de la Iglesia Católica del Estado de Oaxaca, México.
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== What is in This Collection? ==
  
== Collection Time Period  ==
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This collection of Catholic Church records, such as baptisms, marriages, deaths, and burials from the State of Oaxaca includes the years 1559 to 1988.
  
This collection of Catholic Church records, such as baptisms, marriages, deaths, and burials from the State of Oaxaca includes the years 1703-1964.  
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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.
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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.
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=== For Help Reading These Records  ===
  
== Record Description  ==
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These records are written in Spanish. For help reading these records see the following guides:
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*[[Spanish Genealogical Word List]]
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*[https://script.byu.edu/Pages/Spanish/en/welcome.aspx BYU Spanish Script Tutorial]
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*FamilySearch Learning Center videos:
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**[http://broadcast.lds.org/elearning/FHD/Community/en/FamilySearch/Handwriting/Spanish/lesson1/player.html Reading Spanish Handwritten Records, Lesson 1]
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**[http://broadcast.lds.org/elearning/FHD/Community/en/FamilySearch/Handwriting/Spanish/lesson2/player.html Reading Spanish Handwritten Records, Lesson 2]
  
Separate books were kept for baptism, confirmation, marriage banns, marriage, and burial or death records. However, in smaller areas, all records may be recorded on one register. The entries were normally made in chronological order. In smaller parishes, most of the marriage banns (informaciones matrimoniales) were included in the marriage entry. In larger parishes, these records may be registered separately. In smaller parishes, the confirmations may have been included with the baptisms or even with marriages. In larger parishes, a separate book of confirmations was usually maintained. The 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, and some are even written in ledger style registers.  
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If you speak Spanish, the following free online lesson may be helpful to learn how to use the information in these records:
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*[https://familysearch.org/ask/learningViewer/421 Registros Civiles y Parroquiales] – Spanish
  
=== Record Content  ===
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===To Browse This Collection===
  
'''The key genealogical facts found in most baptism records are:'''[[Image:Mexico Aguascalientes Roman Catholic Parish Registers Baptism Example 1.jpg|thumb|right]]<br>• Date of baptism<br>• Place of the event and usually the parish saint name<br>• Name of the person being baptized<br>• Names of the parents<br>• Age of the person being baptized or the person’s birth date<br>• Gender<br>• Legitimacy<br>• Before 1820, social class of the parents<br>• Sometimes the person’s race <br><br>
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'''The key genealogical facts found in most marriage records are:'''[[Image:Mexico Aguascalientes Roman Catholic Parish Registers Marriage.jpg|thumb|right]]<br>• Date of marriage<br>• Place of the event and usually the parish saint name<br>• Names of the betrothed <br>• Names of the parents<br>• Names of the witnesses<br>• Ages and marital statuses of the betrothed <br>• Places of origin and residence of the betrothed and sometimes that of the parents<br>• Legitimacy of the betrothed<br>• Sometimes the race of the betrothed <br><br>
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== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
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'''The key genealogical facts found in most burial or death records are:'''[[Image:Mexico Baja California Catholic Church Records Death.jpg|thumb|right]]<br>• Date of death or burial<br>• Place of burial or death <br>• Name of the deceased person <br>• Sometimes the names of the parents or the spouse, if the deceased was married <br>• Age of the deceased person at time of death<br>• Place of residence or origin of the deceased person <br>• Sometimes the race of the deceased <br><br>  
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== Collection Content ==
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For additional details about these records and help using them see [[Mexico Catholic Church Records - FamilySearch Historical Records]].
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=== Sample Images ===
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Image:Mexico, oaxaca, ccr, baptism.jpg|1865 Baptism Record
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Image:Mexico, oaxaca, ccr, confirmation.jpg|Confirmation Record
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Image:Mexico, oaxaca, ccr, marriage.jpg|1948 Marriage Record
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Image:Mexico, oaxaca, ccr, marriage info, consent.jpg|1967 Marriage Information
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Image:Mexico, oaxaca, ccr, death.jpg|1960 Death Record
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== How to Use the Records  ==
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== How Do I Search This Collection? ==
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You can search the index or view the images or both. Before using this collection it is helpful to know:
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*Your ancestor's given name and surname
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*Identifying information such as residence
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*Estimated marriage or birth year
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*Family relationships
  
In most cases, Mexican Catholic parish registers are the only records before 1859 that identify individuals, parents, and spouses. After this date, civil authorities began registering vital statistics (nacimientos, matrimonies, y defunciones) that by law include 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.
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=== Search the Index ===
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== Record History  ==
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=== View the Images ===
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After the conquest of Mexico by the Spaniards, Catholic priests began going from one place to another baptizing most of the population. By order of the queen of Spain, priests began keeping a record of all the sacramental ordinances performed. The registers hold records of baptisms, marriages, deaths, and burials and other ecclesiastical documents. Most often, the different types of ordinances are recorded separate volumes. Each record is written in narrative style, and in more recent years, they are handwritten in formatted records. The registers were created and kept by the priest. Later, as the church grew in numbers, the registers were kept at the parish, and a copy was sent to the diocesan archive for preservation.  
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{{Tip | More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1909191 Mexico, Oaxaca, Catholic Church Records, 1559-1988]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
  
Catholic priests established parishes starting in 1521. In 1527, the Roman Catholic Church established dioceses in Tlaxcala and Mexico City. It was only in the late 19th century that other religious groups began establishing congregations in Mexico.  
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
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Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a [[Use_Appropriate_Forms#Prepare_a_Research_Log | research log]].
  
Parishes were local congregations that may have included smaller villages within their boundaries. A large city may contain several parishes. The parishes had jurisdiction over both vice parishes (vice parroquias) and chapelries (feligresias). Multiple parishes (parroquias) were under the jurisdiction of a diocese. The highest level of local government in the Catholic Church is the archdiocese (arquidiócesis), which is made up of several dioceses.  
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==What Do I Do Next?==
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=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
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*Add any new information to your records
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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
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*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1307314?collectionNameFilter=true 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
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*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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*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
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*Make sure to fully transcribe and cite the record entry for future reference; see the section [[#Citing This Collection|Citing This Collection]] for assistance. Save or print a copy of the image
  
In 1995, the Catholic Church in Mexico had 14 archdioceses; 58 dioceses; 5,345 parishes; and 1,611 chapelries (sub-parishes). Together they hold a great number of records.  
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===I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?===
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*[[Mexico, Oaxaca, Civil Registration - FamilySearch Historical Records]] are also a good substitute when church records of births, marriages, and deaths cannot be found or are unavailable
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*A useful Coverage Table for Mexico Baptisms is available in the wiki article [[Mexico Baptisms, Coverage Table - FamilySearch Historical Records]]
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*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. Click here for a list of [http://broadcast.lds.org/elearning/FHD/Community/en/FamilySearch/Handwriting/Spanish/Lesson2/SpanishNameAbbreviations.pdf Spanish name abbreviations]
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*Also, consider looking at collections for surrounding localities. [[Guerrero]] is to the west, [[Puebla]] to the northwest, [[Veracruz]] to the north, and [[Chiapas]] to the east
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*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 [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list Historical Records Collections].  Watch for an asterisk for recently added or updated records
  
=== Why This Collection Was Created  ===
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=== Research Helps ===
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The following articles will help you in your research for your family in [[Mexico Genealogy|Mexico]].
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* [[Mexico Record Finder|Record Finder]]
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* [[Mexico Research Tips and Strategies|Research Tips and Strategies]]
  
Authorized Catholic priests created separate parish registers to record the church sacraments of baptism (bautismo), confirmation (confirmación), marriage (casamiento o matrimonio), and burial (defunción o entierro) at the parish level.
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Catholic Church parish registers are a reliable source of information for family history research, and the primary source for baptism, marriage, and death records in Mexico prior to 1859. Catholic Church parish records after 1859 can be used to complement information found in civil registers.  
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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [https://familysearch.org/ask/salesforce/viewArticle?urlname=Mexico-Oaxaca-Catholic-Church-Records-1559-1988-known-issues&lang=en article]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. 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 This Collection ==
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*United States. Bureau of Census. 12th census, 1900, digital images, From FamilySearch Internet ([http://www.familysearch.org www.familysearch.org]: Setpemper 29.2006), Arizona Territory, Maricopa, Township 1, East Gila, Salt River Base and Meridian; sheet 9B,line 71. <br>
 
 
 
*Mexico, Districto Federal, Catholic Church Records 1886-1933, digital imagbes, from FamilySearch Internet ([http://www.familysearch.org www.familysearch.org]: April 22, 2010), Baptism of Adolfo Femandez Jimenez, 1 Feb, 1910, San Pedro Apostol, Cuahimalpa, Districto Federal, Mexico Film number 0227023.<br>
 
 
 
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<!--bibdescbegin-->"Mexico, Oaxaca Catholic Church Records", database, FamilySearch ([https://familysearch.org https://familysearch.org]), 2009; from Diocese of Huajuapan, Diocese of Tehuantepec, Archdiocese of Oaxaca, Diocese of Puebla, Prelate of Hautla, Diocese of Tuxtepec, Prelate of the Mixes. Original records are also housed in local parish archives throughout the State of Oaxaca, Mexico. FHL 6,574 microfilm reels. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.<!--bibdescend--><br><br>Digital images of original records housed at various Catholic Church&nbsp;archive repositories throughout the State of Oaxaca, Mexico.<br>
 
 
 
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Record Type: Church
Collection years: 1559-1988
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Title in the Language: Registros Paroquiales de la Iglesia Católica del Estado de Oaxaca, México
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Catholic Church Parishes, Oaxaca


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection of Catholic Church records, such as baptisms, marriages, deaths, and burials from the State of Oaxaca includes the years 1559 to 1988.

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.

For Help Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Mexico, Oaxaca, Catholic Church Records, 1559-1988.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

Baptismal and confirmation records Marriage records Death records
Date and place of baptism or confirmation Date and place of the marriage Name and age of deceased
Child’s name and gender Names of bride and groom Date and place of death
Child’s date and place of birth Groom’s age, and civil status Birth date, place and marital status of deceased
Names of parents Name of groom’s father and statement of consent Cause of death
Names of paternal grandparents Father’s age, origin, and residence Spouse’s name, if married
Names of maternal grandparents Bride’s age and civil status Parents’ names
Godparents Name of bride’s father and statement of consent
Father’s age, origin, and residence
Witnesses’ names

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

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

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

You can search the index or view the images or both. Before using 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

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches


View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page.

  1. Select City or Town
  2. Select Parish
  3. Select Record Type and Years to view the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • 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. 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
  • 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?[edit | edit source]

  • Mexico, Oaxaca, 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. Click here for a list of Spanish name abbreviations
  • Also, consider looking at collections for surrounding localities. Guerrero is to the west, Puebla to the northwest, Veracruz to the north, and Chiapas to the east
  • 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

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Mexico.


Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?[edit | edit source]

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Historical Records.

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