Mexico, Campeche, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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"Mexico, Campeche Catholic Church Records", database, FamilySearch ([http://familysearch.org http://familysearch.org]); from Diócesis de Campeche, Gobierno Eclesiástico, San Francisco de Campeche, Campeche, México. Registros parroquiales, 1638-1944. Original records housed at local parish archives throughout the State of Campeche. FHL 219 microfilm reels. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
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"Mexico, Campeche Catholic Church Records", database, FamilySearch ([http://familysearch.org http://familysearch.org]); from Diócesis de Campeche, Gobierno Eclesiástico, San Francisco de Campeche, Campeche, México. Registros parroquiales, 1638-1944. Original records housed at local parish archives throughout the State of Campeche. FHL 219 microfilm reels. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.  
  
 
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Revision as of 17:59, 10 July 2012

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.

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Foreign Language Title

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

Record Description

This collection of parish records, such as baptism, marriage, death, and burial records, from the State of Campeche includes the years from about 1638-1944.

Separate books were kept for baptism, confirmation, marriage banns, marriage, and burial or death records. However, in smaller areas, all records may be recorded on one register. The entries were normally made in chronological order. In smaller parishes, most of the marriage banns (informaciones matrimoniales) were included in the marriage entry. In larger parishes, these records may be registered separately. 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. The 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, and some are even written in ledger style registers.

After the conquest of Mexico by the Spaniards, Catholic priests began going from one place to another baptizing most of the population. By order of the queen of Spain, priests began keeping a record of all the sacramental ordinances performed. The registers hold records of baptisms, marriages, deaths, and burials and other ecclesiastical documents. Most often, the different types of ordinances are recorded separate volumes. Each record is written in narrative style, and in more recent years, they are handwritten in formatted records. The registers were created and kept by the priest. Later, as the church grew in numbers, the registers were kept at the parish, and a copy was sent to the diocesan archive for preservation.

Catholic priests established parishes starting in 1521. In 1527, the Roman Catholic Church established dioceses in Tlaxcala and Mexico City. It was only in the late 19th century that other religious groups began establishing congregations in Mexico.

Parishes were local congregations that may have included smaller villages within their boundaries. A large city may contain several parishes. The parishes had jurisdiction over both vice parishes (vice parroquias) and chapelries (feligresias). Multiple parishes (parroquias) were under the jurisdiction of a diocese. The highest level of local government in the Catholic Church is the archdiocese (arquidiócesis), which is made up of several dioceses.

In 1995, the Catholic Church in Mexico had 14 archdioceses; 58 dioceses; 5,345 parishes; and 1,611 chapelries (sub-parishes). Together they hold a great number of records.

Authorized Catholic priests created separate parish registers to record the church sacraments of baptism (bautismo), confirmation (confirmación), marriage (casamiento o matrimonio), and burial (defunción o entierro) at the parish level.

Catholic Church parish registers are a reliable source of information for family history research, and the primary source for baptism, marriage, and death records in Mexico prior to 1859. Catholic Church parish records after 1859 can be used to complement information found in civil registers.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org. It may include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

Parishes in Campeche. Mexico, Campeche, Catholic Church Records. Archivo Diocesano de Campeche, Mexico.

Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is found in the wiki article Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

The key genealogical facts found in most baptism records are:

Mexico Aguascalientes Roman Catholic Parish Registers Baptism Example 1.jpg

  • 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

The key genealogical facts found in most marriage records are:

Mexico Aguascalientes Roman Catholic Parish Registers Marriage.jpg

  • 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

The key genealogical facts found in most burial or death records are:

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  • 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 Records

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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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. 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.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Mexico, Campeche Catholic Church Records", database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org); from Diócesis de Campeche, Gobierno Eclesiástico, San Francisco de Campeche, Campeche, México. Registros parroquiales, 1638-1944. Original records housed at local parish archives throughout the State of Campeche. FHL 219 microfilm reels. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.