Church and Civil Records

When researching in Mexico, be sure to search both church and civil records after 1859. Information can appear in one and not in the other. If your ancestor lived in a small village or ranch, locate a map of the area to find a nearby town with the parish records. In a large city, search first in the parish where your ancestor lived then in nearby parishes. Don't forget to note the godparents' names. I confirmed the names of the parents of the father that I had been researching for so long by researching the godmother. Many times, the godparents are family.