I was doing some research the other day and came across the marriage record for my wife’s sixth great grandparents dated 7-28-1732 and the record indicated that they had a dispensation in the 3rd degree. They married in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. This peeked my interest as to how they were related and specially since I was missing their grandparents names.
The first thing I did was open up the book “Index to the Marriage Investigations of the Diocese of Guadalajara 1653 – 1750” and looked for their names in the index of names located on the back of the book. I knew that they had to be there and sure enough entree 42-6 was theirs. It indicated that the dispensation took place in Monterrey back in May 2, 1732 and best of all it showed exactly how they were related. That’s it, I could have stopped here but no, I decided that I wanted to get a copy of the original document.
At the top of the page in the book it indicated that it came from microfilm #0168116 and the entry indicated that the dispensation was number 48. I also happened to know that Monterrey was under the diocese of Gudalajara up until 1779. Armed with this information and knowledge I quickly headed to FamilySearch’s online records for Gudalajara and located the Marriages for 1731 – 1732, I made sure I had the correct film number and once I verified this I used FastFilm to download the 456 available images.
After about ten minutes all the images had been downloaded. I opened the first one and started to look for number 48. Unfortunately they were not in order and after five minutes on page 217 I found it. Five images containing 10 pages of handwritten writing. Now I have to find the time to transcribe it but for now I have just added it to my database.
As I have showed it is not that hard to locate a marriage dispensation. I just hope that this example has provided you with some ideas on how to locate your own ancestor’s dispensations.
Before I forget if you do not have access to the book “Index to the Marriage Investigations of the Diocese of Guadalajara 1653 – 1750” I recommend you try and find your ancestors corresponding film number and dispensation number at Guadalajara Dispensas. Just remember that they are still indexing films, in-case you don’t find them there.
Another thing to keep in mind is that you have to do some research about the church you are trying to find the dispensations for. Either search on Google or read a book about that particular church. A good example of this was that I could not locate one for one of my ancestors in the dispensas of Guadalajara. It turned out that for my particular town they were next to the marriage records labeled as Informacion Matrimonial and for whatever reason they were not sent to Guadalajara.
Let me know about your finds in the comments or any questions and suggestions that you may have.
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