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

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Coahuila, Mexico
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Record Description
Record Type: Church
Collection years: 1627-1978
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Language: Registros Paroquiales de la Iglesia Católica del Estado de Coahuila, Mexico
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Catholic Church Parishes, Coahuila


What is in the Collection?

This collection of Catholic Church parish records—such as baptism, marriage, and death—from Coahuila includes records from about 1627 to 1978. These records are written in Spanish.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Mexico, Coahuila, Catholic Church Records, 1627-1978.

Collection Contents

Sample Images

Baptism or confirmation 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 or 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?

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
⇒ 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.

What Do I Do Next?

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.

For Help Reading These Records

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

What Do I Do Next?

What if I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For?

Unable to find your ancestor? Try looking through records in the surrounding localities. Durango is to the southwest, Chihuahua to the west, Texas to the north, Nuevo León to the east, and Zacatecas to the south.

Known Issues with This Collection

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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. 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.

Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

"Mexico, Coahuila, Catholic Church Records, 1627-1978." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Parroquias Católicas, Coahuila (Catholic Church parishes, Coahuila).


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, Coahuila, Catholic Church Records, 1627-1978.


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, Coahuila, Catholic Church Records, 1627-1978.


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