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Title in the Language of the Records

Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica en el Estado de Baja California y en el Estado de Baja California Sur, México.

Record Description

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This collection covers church records from parishes in Baja California and Baja California Sur for the years 1750 to 1984. The records are in Spanish. 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. Similarly, marriage information documents may have been included with marriages. 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. 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.

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 a list of records by localities, document type and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

For additional details about the history of these records and help using them, see the wiki article Mexico Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records).

Record Content

Most baptismal records contain:

  • Date of baptism
  • Place of the event and usually the parish saint name
  • Name of the person being baptized
  • Names of the parents
  • Age of the person being baptized or the person’s birth date
  • Gender
  • Legitimacy
  • Before 1820, social class of the parents
  • Sometimes the person’s race
Most marriage records contain:
  • Date of marriage
  • Place of the event and usually the parish saint name
  • Names of the betrothed
  • Names of the parents
  • Names of the witnesses
  • Ages and marital statuses of the betrothed
  • Places of origin and residence of the betrothed and sometimes that of the parents
  • Legitimacy of the betrothed
  • Sometimes the race of the betrothed
Most burial or death records contain:
  • Date of death or burial
  • Place of burial or death
  • Name of the deceased person
  • Sometimes the names of the parents or the spouse, if the deceased was married
  • Age of the deceased person at time of death
  • Place of residence or origin of the deceased person
  • Sometimes the race of the deceased

How to Use the Record

Search the Collection

To browse the collection by image:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the "City or Town "
⇒ Select the "Parish"
⇒ Select the "Record Type and Years" which takes you to the images.

Search the collection by image 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.

For Help Reading These Records

These records are in Spanish. For help reading the records, see the following resources:

Other Searches

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Don't overlook FHL Place Mexico, Baja California items or FHL Keyword Mexico, Baja California items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see Mexico Archives and Libraries.
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Don't overlook FHL Place Mexico, Baja California Sur items or FHL Keyword Mexico, Baja California Sur items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see Mexico Archives and Libraries.

Surrounding Localities

Unable to find your ancestor? Try looking through records in the surrounding localities. Baja California shares a small part of its northeastern border with Sonora and its northern border with California. Baja California Sur is surrounded by water excepting the northern border it shares with Baja California.

Known Issues with This Collection

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Citations for This Collection

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Collection citation:

"Mexico, Baja California and Baja California Sur, Catholic Church Records, 1750-1984." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2014. Citing Catholic Church parishes, Baja California and Baja California Sur, Mexico.

Image citation:

The citation for an image is available on each image in this collection by clicking Show Citation at the bottom left of the image screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Mexico, Baja California and Baja California Sur, Catholic Church Records, 1750-1984.

 

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