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What does this symbol mean

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By Esther Hernande... - Posted on 26 March 2019


I am going through the baptism registrations looking for a great great mother and have noticed a circle with an X in the middle next to some of the names, does anyone know what it means?

Example on page 57, first name Maria Ygnacia:

Thank you,

I found another record with the cross symbol, does anyone know what it stands for?

Page 80, one on the left page last record and one on the right page first record.

Thank you,

Hi Esther,

Out of curiosity I looked up Catholic church symbols. They look like Cross Potent symbols.

Nice find! I was just googling it and could not find anything. I also found the symbols on the padrones and it has it on my 4xGF Santiago Hernandez name and it looks like it's on only certain peoples names. I wonder what the meaning was?

Thank you,

Record keepers used various symbols in the margins in registros and padrones and their usage was not uniform or consistent. In some instances the record creator shared with the reader what those symbols represented but often they did not, and so we may never know for sure their intended meaning.

In the second example you shared in this thread, the baptisms on image 480, the cross might represent that the individual later received another sacrament in the parish, such as the sacrament of matrimony. Or, perhaps it means that the baptism was performed as an act of charity (de limosna). I say this because a few individuals in the registro have sums above their names, like the 100 for María Franca. de la Luz española de la Barranca de las Viudas on image 485.

In your other example, from the padrón, we know the meaning behind the cross in the margin because the writer stated on the first page of the padrón the following:

“. . . el Padrón de esta Feligresía de Ayo el Chico: Los que van con Cruces han cumplido con los preceptos anuales (confesión y comunión), y los q[u]e no son por ausentes y enfermos, y lo están verificando Sucesivamente.”

Thank you so much mr Alvarez for the explanation. I love learning new things and I like to understand what I’m researching. It has more meaning. :-)

Thank you again

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