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

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Title in the Language of the Records

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

What is in the Collection?

This collection of Catholic Church parish records from parishes in Campeche includes baptism, confirmation, marriage, and death records from the years 1638 to 1944. These records are written in Spanish.

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

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Mexico, Campeche, Catholic Church Records, 1638-1944.

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Collection Contents

Baptism records may contain the following information:

  • 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

Marriage records may contain the following information:

  • 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

Death and burial records may contain the following information:

  • 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" category
⇒ Select the "Parish" category
⇒ Select the "Record Type and Years" category 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.

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.

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

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Don't overlook FHL Place Mexico, Campeche items or FHL Keyword Mexico, Campeche 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. Tabasco is on the western border, Yucatán on the northeastern, Quintana Roo on the southeastern, and Guatemala on the south.

Known Issues with This Collection

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Citing this Collection

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Collection Citation:

"Mexico, Campeche, Catholic Church Records, 1638-1944." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Archivo de Diócesis de Campeche, Campeche (Campeche Diocese Archives, Campeche).


Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record will be available with each record once the collection is published.

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, Campeche, Catholic Church Records, 1638-1944.