Mexico, Distrito Federal, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Distrito Federal, Mexico
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Record Description
Record Type: Civil Registration
Collection years: 1832-2005
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Language: Registros Civiles del Distrito Federal, México
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Archivo del Registro Civil del Distrito Federal



What is in This Collection?

This collection of civil records for Distrito Federal covers the inclusive years of 1832 to 2005.

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. 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. Only some of the older registers may have some physical damage. However, in general they are in good condition to extract genealogical information.

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.

Reading These Records

These records are written in Spanish. For help reading these records see the following guides:

If you speak Spanish, the following free online lesson may be helpful to learn how to use the information in these records:

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

  • Name of the child
  • Child’s gender
  • Child’s date and place of birth
  • Child's age
  • Parents' names

Marriage Records

  • Date and place of the marriage
  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Groom's age, occupation, civil status, origin, nationality and residence
  • Names of the groom's parents
  • Bride's age, occupation, civil status, origin, nationality and residence
  • Names of the bride's parents
  • Witnesses' names, their age and civil status
  • Witnesses' occupation, residence and relationship to couple

Death Records

  • Name, age and gender of the deceased
  • Place of birth of deceased
  • Nationality, civil status, occupation and residence of deceased
  • Date, time and place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Doctor's name
  • Burial information
  • Witnesses' name, age and nationality
  • Witnesses' relationship to deceased

Collection Content

For additional details about these records and help using them see Mexico Civil Registration Records (FamilySearch Historical Records).

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How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

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


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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

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  2. Select Record Type and Years to view the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?

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What Do I Do Next?

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

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Use the information to find more. For instance, use the age listed in the record to estimate a year of birth, if that is yet undetermined
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in 1930, Mexico National Census
  • 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
  • Make sure to fully transcribe and cite the record entry for future reference; see the section Citing This Collection for assistance. Save or print a copy of the image

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

  • Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records) may also be a good substitute when civil records of births, marriages, and deaths cannot be found or are unavailable
  • 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
  • Also, consider looking at collections for surrounding localities.Estado de México is on the west, Hidalgo on the north, Tlaxcala on the east, and Morelos is on the south
  • 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

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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation
"México, Distrito Federal, Registro Civil, 1832-2005." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 8 March 2018. Archivo de Registro Civil de Distrito Federal (Civil Registry Archives), Federal District.
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