Mexico, Baja California and Baja California Sur, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Baja California and Baja California Sur, Mexico
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Record Description
Record Type: Church
Collection years: 1750-1984
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Language: Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica en el Estado de Baja California y en el Estado de Baja California Sur, México.
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Catholic Church Parishes, Baja California and Baja California Sur


What is in the Collection?

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.

These records are written in Spanish.

Coverage Table

As of 5 June 2015 this collection contained the following records.

Event State City Parish Start Year End Year Records
Baptism Baja California La Paz Nuestra Señora de la Paz 1762 1899 14,565
Baptism Baja California San Antonio San Antonio de Padua 1809 1894 8,698
Baptism Baja California Todos Santos Nuestra Señora del Pilar 1835 1836 46
Marriage Baja California La Paz Nuestra Señora de la Paz 1882 1924 6
Marriage Baja California San Antonio San Antonio de Padua 1809 1825 2

Collection Contents

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 Do I 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:

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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Collection Citation:

"Mexico, Baja California and Baja California Sur, Catholic Church Records, 1750-1984." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Parroquias Católicas, Baja California y Baja California Sur (Catholic Church parishes, Baja California and Baja California Sur).


Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Mexico, Baja California and Baja California Sur, Catholic Church Records, 1750-1984.

Image Citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the 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.