Mexico, México, Catholic Church Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Mexico, México, Catholic Church Records, 1567-1970
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|State of México, Mexico|
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|Location of State of México, Mexico|
|Title in the Language:||Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica del Estado de México, México|
|Parroquias Católicas, Estado de Mexico (Catholic Church parishes, State of Mexico)|
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
This collection contains baptism, marriage, marriage info, and death records from the state of Mexico includes the years 1567-1970.
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.
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Reading These Records[edit | edit source]
These records are written in Spanish. For help reading them see:
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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:
- Registros Civiles y Parroquiales – Spanish
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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
Baptism and/or Confirmation Records
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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
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- Use the birthdate 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
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I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Mexico, México, 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. Michoacán, Mexico Genealogy is to the west, Querétaro, Mexico Genealogy to the northwest, Hidalgo, Mexico Genealogy to the north and east, Tlaxcala, Mexico Genealogy to the east, Distrito Federal, Mexico Genealogy in the center southeast, Morelos, Mexico Genealogy to the southeast, and Guerrero, Mexico Genealogy to the south
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