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Title in the Language of the Records

Registros Paroquiales de la Iglesia Católica del Estado de Chiapas, México.

Record Description

This collection contains Catholic Church records of baptisms, confirmations, marriages, marriage information, and deaths for the state of Chiapas in Mexico, with some records from parishes in Huehuetenango in Guatemala. The collection includes years 1558 to 1978. The text of the records is in Spanish.

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

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

Record Content

Baptismal records generally contain the following information:

  • Date and place of baptism
  • Name of child
  • Child's birth date and place
  • Gender
  • Legitimacy
  • Names of parents
  • Before 1820, social class of the parents
  • Sometimes the child's race

Marriage records generally contain the following information:

  • Name of the diocese
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Groom's name and age
  • Groom's marital status and residence
  • Names of groom's parents and their residence
  • Bride's name and age
  • Bride's marital status and residence
  • Names of bride's parents and their residence
  • Names of the witnesses and their residence
  • Sometimes the legitimacy and race of the bride and groom

Burial or death records generally contain the following information:

  • Name and age of deceased
  • Date of death or burial
  • Place of death or burial
  • Sometimes name of spouse, if married
  • Sometimes names of parents
  • Origin or residence of deceased
  • Sometimes race of the deceased

How to Use the Records

Search the Collection

To browse the collection by image:
⇒ Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection 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, Chiapas items or FHL Keyword Mexico, Chiapas 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. Oaxaca is on the western boarder, Veracruz shares a small part of the western border, Tabasco is on the north and northeastern, and Guatemala is on the eastern.

Known Issues with This Collection

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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

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How You Can Contribute

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.

Citations for This Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection Citation:

"Mexico, Chiapas, Catholic Church Records, 1558-1978." Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2015. Citing Archivo Histórico Diocesano de San Cristobóbal de la Casas.

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, Chiapas, Catholic Church Records, 1558-1978.


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