Mexico, Chiapas, 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 Chiapas, México.

Record Description

This collection contains baptism, confirmation, marriage, marriage information and death records for the states of Chiapas and Huehuetenango in Mexico. 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

To search the collection, 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.

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.

For Help Reading These Records

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

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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Mexico, Chiapas, Catholic Church Records, 1558-1978

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

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.

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: Mexico, Chiapas, Catholic Church Records, 1557-1978

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 for This Collection

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

"Mexico, Chiapas, Catholic Church Records, 1558-1978." Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2013. Citing Archivo Histórico Diocesano de San Cristobóbal de la Casas.

Digital images of original records housed at various Catholic Church parish archives throughout the state of Chiapas.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.