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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.  
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Please note that 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 [[Mexico Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#FamilySearch_Historical_Records_Collections|collection of Catholic Church records]] for that state.  
  
== Title in the Language of the Records  ==
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== What is in the Collection? ==
 
 
'''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.  
 
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.  
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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.  
 
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:  
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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 prominent dioceses were started:  
 
 
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*1527 - Diocese of Tlaxcala  
 
*1527 - Diocese of Tlaxcala  
 
*1530 - Archdiocese of Mexico  
 
*1530 - Archdiocese of Mexico  
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*1854 - Diocese of San Luis Potosi  
 
*1854 - Diocese of San Luis Potosi  
 
*1862 - Diocese of Chilapa
 
*1862 - Diocese of Chilapa
 
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*1862 - Diocese of Queretaro  
 
*1862 - Diocese of Queretaro  
 
*1863 - Archdiocese of Guadalajara  
 
*1863 - Archdiocese of Guadalajara  
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== Record Content  ==
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== Collection Contents ==
  
[[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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[[Image:Mexico Chihuahua Church Records Baptisn.jpg|thumb|right]]  
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'''Baptismal records''' may contain the following information:
  
 
*Name of the child  
 
*Name of the child  
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*Grandparents
 
*Grandparents
  
[[Image:Mexico Tlaxcala ccr confirmation.jpg|thumb|right]] '''The key genealogical facts found in most confirmation registers include the following:'''
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[[Image:Mexico Tlaxcala ccr confirmation.jpg|thumb|right]]  
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'''Confirmation records''' may contain the following information:
  
 
*Name of the individual  
 
*Name of the individual  
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  [[Image:Mexico Aguascalientes Roman Catholic Parish Registers Marriage.jpg|thumb|right]]  
 
  [[Image:Mexico Aguascalientes Roman Catholic Parish Registers Marriage.jpg|thumb|right]]  
  
'''The key genealogical facts found in most marriage records include the following:'''
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'''Marriage records''' may contain the following information:
  
 
*Groom's name  
 
*Groom's name  
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*Parents' birthplace
 
*Parents' birthplace
  
[[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:'''
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[[Image:Mexico Baja California Catholic Church Records Death.jpg|thumb|right]]  
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'''Burial records''' may contain the following information:
  
 
*Name of the deceased  
 
*Name of the deceased  
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*Name of survivors
 
*Name of survivors
  
== How to Use the Record  ==
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
 
 
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
 
 
 
*Name
 
*Parish of residence
 
  
===== Search the Collection  =====
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Each collection has search instructions available in the associated article. See [[Mexico Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#FamilySearch_Historical_Records_Collections|Mexico Catholic Church Records Collections]] for available articles.
  
'''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.
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
 
 
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:''' <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.
 
 
 
===== 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:  
 
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. <br>
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*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. <br>
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*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.
 
*Continue to repeat this process for each ancestor.
  
===== Unable to Find Your Ancestor? =====
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== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For, Now What? ==
  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the names.  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the names.  
 
*Check for an index. Some records have indexes at the end of the volume.  
 
*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.  
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*If earlier generations (parents, grandparents, etc.) do not appear in the records, search neighboring parishes.  
 
*If the event you are looking for is after 1859, try searching the civil registration.
 
*If the event you are looking for is after 1859, try searching the civil registration.
  
== FamilySearch Historical Records Collections  ==
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== FamilySearch Historical Record Collections  ==
  
*[[Mexico, Aguascalientes State Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Mexico, Aguascalientes, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[[Mexico, Baja California and Baja California Sur States Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Mexico, Baja California and Baja California Sur, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[[Mexico, Campeche State, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Mexico, Campeche, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[[Mexico, Chiapas State, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Mexico, Chiapas, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[[Mexico, Chihuahua State Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Mexico, Chihuahua, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[[Mexico, Coahuila State Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Mexico, Coahuila, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[[Mexico, Colima State Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Mexico, Colima, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[[Mexico, Durango State Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Mexico, Durango, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[[Mexico, Guanajuato State Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Mexico, Guanajuato, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[[Mexico, Guerrero State Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Mexico, Guerrero, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[[Mexico, Hidalgo State Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Mexico, Hidalgo, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[[Mexico, Jalisco State, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Mexico, Jalisco, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[[Mexico, Mexico State Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Mexico, México, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
*[[Mexico, Michoacan State Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Mexico, Michoacan, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[[Mexico, Morelos State, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Mexico, Morelos, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[[Mexico, Nayarit State Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Mexico, Nayarit, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[[Mexico, Nuevo Leon State, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Mexico, Nuevo León, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[[Mexico, Oaxaca State Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Mexico, Oaxaca, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[[Mexico, Puebla State, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[[Mexico, Querétaro State, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Mexico, Querétaro, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[[Mexico, San Luis Potosi State, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Mexico, San Luis Potosí, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[[Mexico, Sinaloa State Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Mexico, Sinaloa, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[[Mexico, Sonora State Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Mexico, Sonora, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[[Mexico, Tabasco State Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Mexico, Tabasco, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[[Mexico, Tamaulipas State, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Mexico, Tamaulipas, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[[Mexico, Tlaxcala State, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Mexico, Tlaxcala, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[[Mexico, Veracruz State Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Mexico, Veracruz, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[[Mexico, Yucatan State Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Mexico, Yucatan, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[[Mexico, Zacatecas State Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Zacatecas, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
== Related Websites  ==
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== How You Can Contribute ==
 
 
*[http://www.familytreemagazine.com/article/mexican-parish-records Family Tree Magazine]
 
 
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
 
 
*[[Mexico Archives and Libraries]]
 
*[[Mexico Church Records]]
 
*[[Spanish Genealogical Word List]]
 
 
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
 
  
 
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Latest revision as of 18:55, 24 October 2017

Mexico

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Mexico
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Map of Mexico
Record Description
Record Type Church
Language: Spanish
Title in the Language: México, Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica
FamilySearch Resources
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Please note that 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.

What is in the Collection?

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 prominent 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

Collection Contents

Mexico Chihuahua Church Records Baptisn.jpg

Baptismal records may contain the following information:

  • 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

Confirmation records may contain the following information:

  • Name of the individual
  • Godparents
  • Parents' names
  • Name of the parish
Mexico Aguascalientes Roman Catholic Parish Registers Marriage.jpg

Marriage records may contain the following information:

  • 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

Burial records may contain the following information:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Date and place of burial or death
  • Age, place of residence, marital status
  • Cause of death
  • Name of survivors

How Do I Search the Collection?

Each collection has search instructions available in the associated article. See Mexico Catholic Church Records Collections for available articles.

What Do I Do Next?

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.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For, Now What?

  • Check for variant spellings of the names.
  • Check for an index. Some records have indexes at the end of the volume.
  • If earlier generations (parents, grandparents, etc.) do not appear in the records, search neighboring parishes.
  • If the event you are looking for is after 1859, try searching the civil registration.

FamilySearch Historical Record Collections

How You Can Contribute

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