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Title in the Language of the Records
Registro Civil de México
Collection Time Period
The collection of the civil records for Mexico covers the inclusive years of 1867 to 1937.
This is a collection of civil registration records for Mexico. Records, such as birth, marriages, and deaths, are organized by state, then by municipality/city. Earlier records were handwritten in narrative style; later records were handwritten in formatted registers. The text of these records is in Spanish.
The key genealogical facts found in most birth records are:
- Date and place of the event
- Name of the principal
- Child’s gender
- Child’s date of birth
- Parents' names, residence, and/or place of origin
- Names of witnesses
The key genealogical facts found in most marriage records are:
- Date and place of the event
- Names of the bride and groom
- Their civil statuses (widowed, single, divorced) at the time of the event
- Place of origin and residence of the bride and groom
- Names of parents
- Name of witnesses
The key genealogical facts found in most death records are:
- Place and date of the event
- Place and date of death
- Name of the principal (deceased)
- Civil status of principal at time of death
- Civil status and name of spouse, if married at time of death
- Parents’ names
- Sometimes, place of burial
Civil records in Mexico cover about 90 to 95% of the population. Beginning in 1859, the Mexican government began requiring births, marriages, and deaths to be recorded by civil authorities on a municipality/district level. Although these records are a great source of genealogical information, they are not complete as civil registration wasn't strictly enforced in Mexico until 1867 and people did not always comply. For this reason, church registers must be used alongside the civil records. The civil records of Mexico have been preserved relatively well. Some of the older registers may have some physical damage; however, in general they are in good condition to extract genealogical information.
How to Use the Records
The civil registration records in Mexico are an excellent source for genealogical research after 1867. Important genealogical data can be found in these records, which may also include data of other family members to fill in another generation group.
Why the Record Was Created
The Mexican civil registration was created to record the vital events of birth, marriage, death, and other civil events, which would determine and prove the civil status, existence, and condition of the population.
This is a collection of civil registration records for Mexico. Records, such as birth, marriages, and deaths, are organized by state and then by municipality/city. Earlier records were handwritten in narrative style; later records were handwritten in formatted registers. The text of these records is in Spanish.
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- “Delaware Marriage Records,” database and digital images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 4 March 2011), William Anderson and Elizabeth Baynard Henry, 23 November 1913; citing marriage certificate no. 859; FHL microfilm 2,025,063; Delaware Bureau of Archives and Records Management, Dover.
- “El Salvador Civil Registration,” database and digital images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 21 March 2011), Jose Maria Antonio del Carmen, 9 April 1880; citing La Libertad, San Juan Opico, Nacimientos 1879-1893, image 50; Ministerio Archivo Civil de la Alcaldia Municipal de San Salvador.
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Various civil archives throughout Mexico. "Mexico Civil Registration", digital images, Ministerio Archivo Civil de la Alcaldia Municipal de San Salvador.
Digital copies of original records housed at various Civil Registry Offices throughout Mexico.
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