Mexico, Coahuila, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Coahuila, Mexico
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Record Description
Record Type: Civil Registration
Collection years: 1861-1998
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Language: Registros Civiles del Estado de Coahuila, México
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What Is In The Collection?

This collection of civil records for Coahuila covers the inclusive years of 1861 to 1998.

This is a collection of civil registration records for Mexican state of Coahuila. It covers the years 1861 to 1998. Records, such as birth, marriages, and deaths, are organized by state and then by municipality/city. The earlier records were handwritten in narrative style and later these records were handwritten in formatted registers.

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 people did not always comply, and civil registration wasn't strictly enforced in Mexico until 1867. For this reason, church registers should 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, but in general the records are in good condition to find 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

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Mexico, Coahuila, Civil Registration, 1861-1998.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:

Birth Records

  • Date and place of the event
  • Name of the principal
  • Child’s gender
  • Child’s date of birth
  • Legitimacy
  • Parents names, their residence and/or place of origin
  • Paternal and maternal grandparents names
  • Names of witnesses

Marriage Records

  • Date and place of the event
  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Their civil status (widowed, single, divorce) at the time of the event
  • Place of origin and residence of the bride and groom
  • Names of parents
  • Name of witnesses

Death Records

  • 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
  • Parent’s names
  • Sometimes, place of burial

Collection Contents

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How Do I Search The Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. 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

Search The Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.

  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have.
  2. Click Search to show possible matches.

View The Images

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  1. Select City or Municipality
  2. Select Record Type and Years to view the images.

For Help Reading These Records

For help reading these Spanish records, see the following resources:

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.

To learn more about using the information available in these records, view these lessons for free:

I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in 1930, Mexico National Census.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church records.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • 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.

I Can’t Find Who 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.
  • Try looking through records in the surrounding localities. Durango is to the southwest, Chihuahua to the west, Texas to the north, Nuevo León to the east, and Zacatecas to the south.
  • Vary the search terms. For example, search by either the given name or surname to return broader list of possible candidates which can then be examined for matches. Or try expanding the date range; this is especially useful in searching baptismal records, as it was not unusual for a child to be baptized weeks or even months after birth.
  • 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

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Collection Citation

"Mexico, Coahuila, Civil Registration, 1861-1998." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Direccion Estatal de Registro Civil del Estado de Coahuila, Saltillo (Coahuila State Archives, Saltillo).


Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Mexico, Coahuila, Civil Registration, 1861-1998.


Image Citation:

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