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How long after an infant's birth would the baptism have occurred in the Catholic church in the 1890s in Mexico? I've found a record of a baptism that may be my grandfather's, but it is almost a year after he was born. This seemed odd to me so I thought I would check. Thoughts?

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Typically I have found that Catholics in the 1890s (French, German, American, etc.) had their children baptized within the first 4 or 5 weeks, or whenever mom and baby felt recovered/presentable. Some may have waited a bit longer, to coincide with a coming celebration (holiday/wedding). Earlier generations often had baby baptized on the day of birth or within a week.

There are exceptions, of course. A French family I researched lived in an area where they were the only Catholics. They came to town once every five years, and would have all their newest children, ages 5 and under, baptized together.

Also there are cases where a baby is baptized twice. First by a lay person, and later by a priest. A lay person can baptize a baby if there is imminent danger of death, or if a priest or deacon is absent or impeded from administering the sacrament. I presume the French family above baptized their own children soon after birth.

Often when a lay person performed an emergency baptism, there would be no official record, and a second ceremony was performed later (no rush) with a priest. If a priest performed the emergency baptism, they were less likely to have a second ceremony.

I have also seen babies baptized twice on the same day: first in the father's family's parish, and an hour later at the mother's family's parish.

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I have done quite a bit of Mexican genealogy on my family line. I would say that yes it is strange to have a baptism 1 year after the birth. I would go back and re-read the records and make sure that they are correct.

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    Hi user5300, welcome to the site. Would it be possible for you to add some evidence to your answer to back up your claim?
    – Harry V.
    Jul 10 '16 at 3:28

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