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

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Revision as of 17:04, 7 February 2013

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

Contents

Title in the Language of the Record

Registros Paroquiales de la Iglesia Católica del Estado de Guanajuato, México, 1576-1984

Record Description

This collection from several parishes of the State of Guanajuato, Mexico covers the years 1576 to 1984.

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.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

Archbishoprics and Dioceses throughout Guanajuato. Guanajuato civil registration. Various local parish archives throughout the Guanajuato State, Mexico.

Digital images of original records housed at various Catholic Church parish archives throughout the State of Guanajuato.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

These baptism records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of baptism
  • Child's name and gender
  • Child's date and place of birth
  • Parents' names
  • Godparents' names

These confirmation records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of confirmation
  • Name and birth date of person being confirmed
  • Parents' names
  • Godparents' names

These marriage records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Names of the parents
  • Names of godparents
  • Names of the witnesses

These death records usually contain the following information:

  • Name and age of deceased
  • Date and place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Origin and marital status of deceased
  • Parents' name
  • Burial information

How to Use the Records

To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the Nombre de Ciudad/Pueblo
⇒ Select the Nombre de Parroquia
⇒ Select the Tipo de Registro y Años which takes you to the images.

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.

Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Name indexes to baptisms, marriages, and death or burials make it possible to access a specific record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:

  • The place where the event occurred
  • The name and surname of the person
  • The approximate date of the event
  • The name of the parents or spouse

Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the records. Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.

For example:

  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.
  • Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

Keep in mind:

  • The information in church records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another.

If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.

Known Issues with This Collection

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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

  • “Guanajuato civil registration,” browse and images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 22 June 2012), entry for Jose Carlos Nicomedes de Jesus, born 10 September 1914; citing Guarapo > La Asuncion > Bautismos 1908-1918 > Image 500 of 694; Various local parish archives throughout the Guanajuato State, Mexico.