Mexico, Baja California and Baja California Sur, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type: Civil Registration
Collection years: 1860-2004
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Language: Registros Civiles de los Estados de Baja California y Baja California Sur, México.
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Archivo Estatal de Baja California Sur, La Paz

What is in This Collection?

This collection includes civil records for Baja California and Baja California Sur and covers from 1860 to 2004.

Records, such as birth, marriages, and deaths, are organized by state and then by municipality/city. Early records were handwritten in narrative style; later records were handwritten in formatted registers. These records are written in Spanish; also see the section For Help Reading These Records for translation helps.

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 should be used alongside the civil records. The civil records of Mexico have been preserved relatively well. Only some of the older registers may have some physical damage. However, in general they are in good condition to extract genealogical information.

Reading These Records

These records are written in Spanish; also see the section For Help Reading These Records for translation helps.

To Browse This Collection

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What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:

Birth Records

  • Birth date and place of birth
  • Name of child
  • Child’s gender
  • Legitimacy
  • Parents' names, and origin
  • Names of witnesses

Marriage Records

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Names of bride and groom
  • Age(s)of bride and groom
  • Groom's civil status and occupation
  • Names of parents
  • Names of witnesses

Death Records

  • Name, age and gender of deceased
  • Birth date and place of deceased
  • Residence of deceased
  • Civil status and name of spouse
  • Names of parents
  • Date and place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Declarant's name, age,nationality, residence, occupation and relationship to deceased
  • Witnesses' names, age, nationality, residence, occupation and relationship to deceased
  • Place of burial (sometimes)

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How Do I Search This Collection?

Before using this collection it is helpful to know:

  • Your ancestor's given name and surname
  • Identifying information such as residence
  • Estimated marriage or birth year

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For Help Reading These Records

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How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.

What Do I Do Next?

  • When you have found your ancestors original record, it is a good idea to make a copy of it or cite where you found it for future reference
  • It's always a good idea to keep your citation on a Research Log. This is an important tool to help keep track of what you have and have not found. Family search wiki has a Research Log that you can download and use

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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each spouce to find a couple's birth records and parents' names
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in 1930, Mexico National Census
  • Use the death date or age along with the place of death to find birth records
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church records
  • Compile information for every person who has the same surname as your ancestor; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify
  • Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • New information is constantly being indexed, microfilmed or updated. Periodically check back and see if your ancestor’s records have been added. You can see if the area you’ve been looking in has been recently updated by going to Historical Records Collections and notice the asterisk for recently added or updated records
  • Church records are also a good source of genealogical information. You should obtain copies of both church records and civil registration, when possible, since they do not necessarily provide the same information. For example, baptismal registers sometimes provide the names of the fathers of illegitimate children when the civil registration does not
  • Check for variants of given names, surnames, and place names. Transcription errors could occur in any handwritten record; also, it was not uncommon for an individual be listed under a nickname or an abbreviation of their name. Click here for a list of Spanish name abbreviations
  • A boundary change could have occurred and the record of your ancestor is now in a neighboring area. Try looking through records in the surrounding localities. Baja California shares a small part of its northeastern border with Sonora and its northern border with California. Baja California Sur is surrounded by water excepting the northern border it shares with Baja California

Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation

"Mexico, Baja California, and Baja California Sur, Civil Registration, 1860-2004." Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2017. Citing Archivo Estatal de Baja California Sur, La Paz.

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