MARRIAGE IN COLONIAL LATIN AMERICA
“Finding Your Hispanic Roots, by George R. Ryskamp
…is quite possibly the most useful manual on Hispanic ancestry ever published.
During the colonial period in Latin America (New Spain), the Catholic Church conducted an investigation to ensure that the bride and groom met the church’s requirements. The pre-marriage investigation included proof of good standing in the Church, proof of age (after 1787), and the priest’s permission for the marriage to take place. …
…Even non-Hispanics with ancestors in areas of the United States once governed by Spain could benefit from learning how to delve into Spanish records for evidence of their forebears….”