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Mexico, Baja California and Baja California Sur, Catholic Church Records, 1750-1984
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Baja California and Baja California Sur, Mexico
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Record Description
Record Type: Church
Collection years: 1750-1984
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Language: Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica en el Estado de Baja California y en el Estado de Baja California Sur, México.
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Catholic Church Parishes, Baja California and Baja California Sur


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection covers church records from parishes in Baja California and Baja California Sur for the years 1750 to 1984. Often in Catholic Church records, separate books were kept for baptisms, confirmations, marriage information documents, marriages, and deaths. However, in smaller areas, all records may be recorded on one register. In larger parishes a separate book was usually maintained for confirmations, while in smaller parishes the confirmations may have been included with the baptisms. In larger parishes, most of the marriage banns (informaciones matrimoniales) may be registered separately. In smaller parishes, these records were included in the marriage entry or the confirmations may have been included with the baptisms or even with marriages. In larger parishes, a separate book of confirmations was usually maintained.

These records are in relatively fair condition, except for some older records that may be damaged and therefore hard to read or missing some information. Most of the older records are handwritten in narrative style and follow a common text with some variations depending on the style used by the priest. Newer records are handwritten in formatted registers; some are even written in ledger style registers.

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Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

These records are written in Spanish. For help reading these records please see the following:

If you speak Spanish, the following free online lesson may be helpful to learn how to use the information in these records:

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Mexico, Baja California and Baja California Sur, Catholic Church Records, 1750-1984.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information is usually found in these records:

Baptism

  • Name of child
  • Date of baptism
  • Parent's names
  • Legitimacy
  • Date of birth
  • Place of baptism

Marriage

  • Name of bride and groom
  • Their ages
  • Residence and birthplace
  • Date of marriage
  • Parent's names
  • Place of marriage

Burial

  • Name of deceased
  • Date of death or burial
  • Age
  • Residence
  • Name of spouse or parents

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

For additional details about these records and help using them see Mexico Catholic Church Records - FamilySearch Historical Records.

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Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

As of 5 June 2015 this collection contained the following records.

Event State City Parish Start Year End Year Records
Baptism Baja California La Paz Nuestra Señora de la Paz 1762 1899 14,565
Baptism Baja California San Antonio San Antonio de Padua 1809 1894 8,698
Baptism Baja California Todos Santos Nuestra Señora del Pilar 1835 1836 46
Marriage Baja California La Paz Nuestra Señora de la Paz 1882 1924 6
Marriage Baja California San Antonio San Antonio de Padua 1809 1825 2

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  • Identifying information such as residence
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How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Use the information to find more. For instance, use the age listed in the record to estimate a year of birth, if that is yet undetermined
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in 1930, Mexico National Census. The census can help you find if your ancestors were married civilly or by the Catholic Church or both. Then you can proceed looking in those records for more information
  • Compile information for every person who has the same surname as your ancestor; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent
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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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