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Please note the records that were previously found in this super collection have been moved to their respective states. In order to find the records that may have previously been in this collection you will need to search within the collection of Catholic Church records for that state.
  
 
== Title in the Language of the Records  ==
 
== Title in the Language of the Records  ==
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'''México, Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica'''
  
 
== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
  
In 1563 the Council of Trent formalized record keeping practices that were already being followed in much of the Catholic world. Separate record books were to be maintained for baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and deaths,and the format was standard. The Catholic Church, which was established in Mexico in 1527, was the primary record keeper for Mexico until civil registration started.  
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In 1563, the Council of Trent, which was a gathering of the Roman Catholic Church to examine and condemn their doctrines, formalized record keeping practices that were already being followed in much of the Catholic world. Separate record books were to be maintained for baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and deaths. The Catholic Church, which was established in Mexico in 1527, was the primary record keeper for Mexico until civil registration started. Different dioceses usually followed the same standard of writing, so the information found in records are mostly consistent.  
  
The vast majority of Mexicans were Catholic and registered in the records of the local parish or diocese, known as registros parroquiales (parish registers). These records include entries for baptisms, marriage information documents, marriages, deaths, and burials. Often two or sometimes three generations are indicated in the registers. The records are usually kept by local parishes. The diocese archives keep records pertaining to their priests and matters of church administration.  
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The vast majority of Mexicans were Catholic and registered in the records of the local parish or diocese, known as registros parroquiales (parish registers). These records include entries for baptisms, confirmations, marriage information documents, marriages, deaths, and burials. Often, two or sometimes even three generations are indicated in the registers. The records were kept at the parish and a copy was sent to the diocesan archive for preservation.  
  
Church records are crucial since civil authorities did not begin registering vital statistics until after 1859. For civil vital records of births, deaths, and marriages after 1859, see the [[Mexico Civil Registration Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Mexico Civil Registration Records]] wiki page.  
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Church records are crucial in Mexico since civil authorities did not begin registering vital statistics until after 1859. For civil vital records of births, deaths, and marriages after 1859, see the [[Mexico Civil Registration Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Mexico Civil Registration Records]] wiki article.  
  
Some church records have been lost or have deteriorated due to natural effects such as humidity and insects and more dramatic events such as fires, floods, and earthquakes. Civil and political strife have also caused the destruction of parish books. Some records were destroyed or damaged because of poor storage. However, many records that are considered lost or destroyed have simply been misplaced of misidentified.  
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Some church records have been lost or have deteriorated due to natural effects such as humidity, insects and more dramatic events such as fires, floods, and earthquakes. Civil and political strife have also caused the destruction of parish books. Some records were destroyed or damaged because of poor storage. However, many records that are considered lost or destroyed have simply been misplaced or misidentified.  
  
It is important to note that individual dioceses were established at different times, therefore records for each diocese vary in range of dates. Here is a list of the years each diocese was established:  
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It is important to note that individual dioceses started documenting life events only after they were established. Each diocese began at different times, here is a list of the years some dioceses were started:  
  
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*1527 - Diocese of Tlaxcala  
 
*1527 - Diocese of Tlaxcala  
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*1535 - Diocese of Oaxaca  
 
*1535 - Diocese of Oaxaca  
 
*1536 - Diocese of Michoacan  
 
*1536 - Diocese of Michoacan  
*1539 - Diocese of Chiapas (San Cristobal de las Casas)
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*1539 - Diocese of Chiapas  
 
*1546 - Archdiocese of Mexico  
 
*1546 - Archdiocese of Mexico  
 
*1548 - Diocese of Guadalajara  
 
*1548 - Diocese of Guadalajara  
 
*1561 - Diocese of Yucatan  
 
*1561 - Diocese of Yucatan  
*1620 - Diocese of Guadiana (Durango)
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*1620 - Diocese of Durango  
*1777 - Diocese of Linares (Monterrey)
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*1777 - Diocese of Monterrey  
 
*1779 - Diocese of Sonora  
 
*1779 - Diocese of Sonora  
 
*1845 - Diocese of Campeche  
 
*1845 - Diocese of Campeche  
 
*1854 - Diocese of San Luis Potosi  
 
*1854 - Diocese of San Luis Potosi  
*1862 - Diocese of Chilapa  
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*1862 - Diocese of Chilapa
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*1862 - Diocese of Queretaro  
 
*1862 - Diocese of Queretaro  
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*1863 - Archdiocese of Guadalajara  
 
*1863 - Archdiocese of Guadalajara  
 
*1863 - Archdiocese of Michoacan  
 
*1863 - Archdiocese of Michoacan  
 
*1870 - Diocese of Veracruz  
 
*1870 - Diocese of Veracruz  
 
*1870 - Diocese of Tamaulipas  
 
*1870 - Diocese of Tamaulipas  
*1874 - Diocese of Lower California (La Paz)
 
 
*1874 - Diocese of Tabasco  
 
*1874 - Diocese of Tabasco  
 
*1881 - Diocese of Tampico  
 
*1881 - Diocese of Tampico  
 
*1891 - Archdiocese of Oaxaca  
 
*1891 - Archdiocese of Oaxaca  
 
*1891 - Archdiocese of Durango  
 
*1891 - Archdiocese of Durango  
*1891 - Archdiocese of Linares (Monterrey)
 
 
*1891 - Diocese of Chihuahua  
 
*1891 - Diocese of Chihuahua  
 
*1899 - Diocese of Aguascaliente  
 
*1899 - Diocese of Aguascaliente  
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== Record Content  ==
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[[Image:Mexico Chihuahua Church Records Baptisn.jpg|thumb|right]] '''The key genealogical facts found in most baptismal records include the following:'''
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*Name of the child
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*Place and date of baptism
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*Age
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*Family's place of residence
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*Name of parents
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*Legitimacy
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*Godparents
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*Grandparents
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[[Image:Mexico Tlaxcala ccr confirmation.jpg|thumb|right]] '''The key genealogical facts found in most confirmation registers include the following:'''
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*Name of the individual
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*Godparents
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*Parents' names
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*Name of the parish
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[[Image:Mexico Aguascalientes Roman Catholic Parish Registers Marriage.jpg|thumb|right]]
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'''The key genealogical facts found in most marriage records include the following:'''
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*Groom's name
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*Groom's age, marital status, residence
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*Bride's name
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*Bride's age, marital status, residence
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*Parents' names
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*Parents' birthplace
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[[Image:Mexico Baja California Catholic Church Records Death.jpg|thumb|right]] '''The key genealogical facts found in most death and burial records include the following:'''
  
== Record Content  ==
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*Name of the deceased
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*Date and place of burial or death
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*Age, place of residence, marital status
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*Cause of death
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*Name of survivors
  
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
  
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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To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
  
To search the collection, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page ⇒ Select the Nombre del estado ⇒ Select the Nombre de ciudad/pueblo ⇒ Select the Nombre de parroquia ⇒ Select the Tipo de Registro y Años which takes you to the images.  
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*Name
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*Parish of residence
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===== Search the Collection  =====
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'''To search the collection using the browse you will need to follow this series of links:'''<br> ⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br> ⇒ Select each category until you are taken to the images you want.  
  
 
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.  
 
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.  
  
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'''To search the collection using the index:''' <br> 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.
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===== Using the Information  =====
  
==== Search the Collection  ====
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When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about other people listed in the record. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors, such as:
  
==== Using the Information  ====
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*Use the parents' names to locate any children. <br>
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*Search for the parents' marriage. If their age is not given, estimate it and search for their baptismal record. <br>
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*Continue to repeat this process for each ancestor.
  
==== Tips to Keep in Mind ====
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===== Unable to Find Your Ancestor? =====
  
==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ====
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*Check for variant spellings of the names.
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*Check for an index. Some records have indexes at the end of the volume.
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*If earlier generations are not in the record, search neighboring parishes.
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*If the event you are looking for is after 1859, try searching the civil registration.
  
 
== FamilySearch Historical Records Collections  ==
 
== FamilySearch Historical Records Collections  ==
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*[[Mexico, Aguascalientes State Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Baja California and Baja California Sur States Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Campeche State, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Chiapas State, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Chihuahua State Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Coahuila State Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Colima State Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Durango State Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Guanajuato State Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Guerrero State Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Hidalgo State Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Jalisco State, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*Mexico, Mexico State Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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*[[Mexico, Michoacan State Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Morelos State, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Nayarit State Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Nuevo Leon State, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Oaxaca State Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Puebla State, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Querétaro State, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, San Luis Potosi State, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Sinaloa State Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Sonora State Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Tabasco State Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Tamaulipas State, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Tlaxcala State, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Veracruz State Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Yucatan State Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Zacatecas State Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
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*[http://www.familytreemagazine.com/article/mexican-parish-records Family Tree Magazine]
  
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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*[[Mexico Archives and Libraries]]
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*[[Mexico Church Records]]
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*[[Spanish Genealogical Word List]]
  
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
  
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[[Category:FamilySearch_Historical_Records]]

Revision as of 23:37, 16 June 2013

This article contains information about records in multiple collections.
See the section FamilySearch Historical Record Collections for a list of published collections and to access the records.


Please note the records that were previously found in this super collection have been moved to their respective states. In order to find the records that may have previously been in this collection you will need to search within the collection of Catholic Church records for that state.

Title in the Language of the Records

México, Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica

Record Description

In 1563, the Council of Trent, which was a gathering of the Roman Catholic Church to examine and condemn their doctrines, formalized record keeping practices that were already being followed in much of the Catholic world. Separate record books were to be maintained for baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and deaths. The Catholic Church, which was established in Mexico in 1527, was the primary record keeper for Mexico until civil registration started. Different dioceses usually followed the same standard of writing, so the information found in records are mostly consistent.

The vast majority of Mexicans were Catholic and registered in the records of the local parish or diocese, known as registros parroquiales (parish registers). These records include entries for baptisms, confirmations, marriage information documents, marriages, deaths, and burials. Often, two or sometimes even three generations are indicated in the registers. The records were kept at the parish and a copy was sent to the diocesan archive for preservation.

Church records are crucial in Mexico since civil authorities did not begin registering vital statistics until after 1859. For civil vital records of births, deaths, and marriages after 1859, see the Mexico Civil Registration Records wiki article.

Some church records have been lost or have deteriorated due to natural effects such as humidity, insects and more dramatic events such as fires, floods, and earthquakes. Civil and political strife have also caused the destruction of parish books. Some records were destroyed or damaged because of poor storage. However, many records that are considered lost or destroyed have simply been misplaced or misidentified.

It is important to note that individual dioceses started documenting life events only after they were established. Each diocese began at different times, here is a list of the years some dioceses were started:

  • 1527 - Diocese of Tlaxcala
  • 1530 - Archdiocese of Mexico
  • 1535 - Diocese of Oaxaca
  • 1536 - Diocese of Michoacan
  • 1539 - Diocese of Chiapas
  • 1546 - Archdiocese of Mexico
  • 1548 - Diocese of Guadalajara
  • 1561 - Diocese of Yucatan
  • 1620 - Diocese of Durango
  • 1777 - Diocese of Monterrey
  • 1779 - Diocese of Sonora
  • 1845 - Diocese of Campeche
  • 1854 - Diocese of San Luis Potosi
  • 1862 - Diocese of Chilapa

  • 1862 - Diocese of Queretaro
  • 1863 - Archdiocese of Guadalajara
  • 1863 - Archdiocese of Michoacan
  • 1870 - Diocese of Veracruz
  • 1870 - Diocese of Tamaulipas
  • 1874 - Diocese of Tabasco
  • 1881 - Diocese of Tampico
  • 1891 - Archdiocese of Oaxaca
  • 1891 - Archdiocese of Durango
  • 1891 - Diocese of Chihuahua
  • 1899 - Diocese of Aguascaliente
  • 1903 - Diocese of Puebla
  • 1906 - Diocese of Yucatan

Record Content

Mexico Chihuahua Church Records Baptisn.jpg
The key genealogical facts found in most baptismal records include the following:
  • Name of the child
  • Place and date of baptism
  • Age
  • Family's place of residence
  • Name of parents
  • Legitimacy
  • Godparents
  • Grandparents
Mexico Tlaxcala ccr confirmation.jpg
The key genealogical facts found in most confirmation registers include the following:
  • Name of the individual
  • Godparents
  • Parents' names
  • Name of the parish
Mexico Aguascalientes Roman Catholic Parish Registers Marriage.jpg

The key genealogical facts found in most marriage records include the following:

  • Groom's name
  • Groom's age, marital status, residence
  • Bride's name
  • Bride's age, marital status, residence
  • Parents' names
  • Parents' birthplace
Mexico Baja California Catholic Church Records Death.jpg
The key genealogical facts found in most death and burial records include the following:
  • Name of the deceased
  • Date and place of burial or death
  • Age, place of residence, marital status
  • Cause of death
  • Name of survivors

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • Name
  • Parish of residence
Search the Collection

To search the collection using the browse you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select each category until you are taken to the images you want.

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.

To search the collection 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.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about other people listed in the record. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors, such as:

  • Use the parents' names to locate any children.
  • Search for the parents' marriage. If their age is not given, estimate it and search for their baptismal record.
  • Continue to repeat this process for each ancestor.
Unable to Find Your Ancestor?
  • Check for variant spellings of the names.
  • Check for an index. Some records have indexes at the end of the volume.
  • If earlier generations are not in the record, search neighboring parishes.
  • If the event you are looking for is after 1859, try searching the civil registration.

FamilySearch Historical Records Collections

Related Websites

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

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