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By labananilla - Posted on 21 June 2020

Hello everybody!

I have a huge question haunting me: How can you know that an ancestor was a priest? Is there registry where I can find this information, or is it only through burial/death records?

Thanks in advance! :)

You can look for their “ordenes.” If he lived in Nueva Galicia, those can be found in the archives for the Diócesis de Guadalajara. These are the un-indexed records:
https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index?owc=3JW2-3TG%3A171935001%2C171974101%3Fcc%3D1874591

Saludos!
Manny Diez Hermosillo

The diocesan archives are your best bet, I think, for finding information on ancestors who were clergy.

Maybe you will get lucky and find them in this booklet of lists of clergyman in the diocese of Valladolid, Nueva España (Morelia). Based on the appearance of a clergyman I have identified on the list, it is from the mid to late 1700's.

https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:9392-BPS2-S3

The lists contained in the booklet:

  • Image 2027 Clergy listed by parish or post
  • Image 2060 Tarasco (Fluent in Purépecha)
  • Image 2063 Othomites (Fluent in Otomí)
  • Image 2065 Mexicanos (Fluent in Náhuatl)
  • Image 2067 Masahues (Fluent in Mazahua) & Pirinda (Fluent in Matlatzinca)
  • Image 2068 Clérigos con capellanías que han muerto
  • Image 2069 Lista de clérigos que han fallecido...

Thank you so much! Yes, he was born in Nochistlán, Zacatecas, and I understand this Parroquia is still part of Diócesis de Guadalajara... He was born in 1877, but I cannot find any burial record, nor death record, nor marriage record... I think it would've been possible for him to be a priest, but I didn't know where to look.

I am definitely going to check these documents, thank you both so very much!

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