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How to Search Mexican Parish Records
6/12/2014
The FHL has microfilmed most pre-1930 Mexican church records, which often include two or three generations of the familia.
Once you’ve got a handle on your ancestors’ nombres, you can begin your journey into Mexican records. Until 1859, Roman Catholicism was Mexico’s only recognized religion, and it continues to dominate today. Before the advent of civil registration—government vital records—in 1859, the church was also the only authority recording life’s major events. Even for ancestral events after 1859, be sure to check church records as well as civil registrations.

Parish registers—known as registros parroquiales—include baptisms (bautismos), marriages (matrimonios), deaths (defunciones) and burials (entierros). The FHL has microfilmed most pre-1930 Mexican church records, which often include two or three generations of the familia.
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