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Mexico, Sinaloa, Catholic Church Records, 1671-1968
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Sinaloa, Mexico
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Record Description
Record Type: Church
Collection years: 1671-1968
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Language: Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica del Estado de Sinaloa, México
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Catholic Church Parishes, Sinaloa


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

This collection of parish records for the state of Sinaloa, covering the years, 1671-1968. For additional details about the history of these records and help using them, see the wiki article Mexico Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records). The records are in relatively fair condition, with the exception of some older records that may be hard to read or missing some information. 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[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:

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

The following information may be found in these records:

Baptism or Conformation Records

  • Place and date of the baptism or confirmation
  • Given name
  • Gender
  • Place and date of birth or age at baptism or confirmation
  • If legitimate or illegitimate
  • Parents' names, sometimes their residence and/or place of birth
  • Names of maternal and paternal grandparents
  • Names' of godparents

Marriage Records

  • Place and date of the marriage
  • Name of the groom
  • Age, place of birth, and/or residence of groom
  • Names of the groom’s parents
  • Name of the bride
  • Age, place of birth, and/or residence of bride
  • Names of the bride’s parents
  • Sometimes the parent’s place of origin and/or civil status
  • Names of witnesses

Death Records

  • Place and date of the burial
  • Burial place
  • Name of the principal
  • Place and date of birth or age at time of death
  • Cause of death
  • Residence of the deceased
  • Place of death
  • Civil status of the principal
  • If married, may give the name of the spouse
  • Whether principal left progeny

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Mexico, Sinaloa, Catholic Church Records, 1671-1968.

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

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

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

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The given name and surname of the person
  • The type of event
  • The estimated date of the event

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  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]

  • Sinaloa 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. Click here for a list of Spanish name abbreviations
  • Also, consider looking at collections for surrounding localities. Sonora is to the northwest, Chihuahua to the north east, Durango to the east, and Nayarit to the southeast
  • 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 is found below the record.
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]

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