Mexico Catholic Church Death Records
Deaths and Burials
Burials were recorded in the church record of the parish where the person died. Death registers give the following information:
- Deceased person’s name, date and place of burial or death.
- Often the person’s age, place of residence, and marital status
- Cause of death and survivors of the deceased.
- At times the priest noted if the person died testate, meaning he or she recorded a will.
- Occasionally the deceased person’s date and place of birth and parents’ names are given if the deceased was a minor. But early death registers failed to record much of this information and are not as complete as later death records.
- In most death records the women are recorded by their maiden name. In some records, if the woman had a surviving spouse, the spouse was named; if the deceased person was a widow, the deceased spouse may have been named.
If you cannot find a burial record from the late 1800s through 1930, check the civil registration death records.
- Spanish Extraction Guide - very helpful in reading death/burial parish records.