Mexico, Morelos, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Morelos, Mexico
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Record Description
Record Type: Civil Registration
Collection years: 1861-1920
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Language: Registro Civil del Estado de Morelos, México
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State Archives and Civil Registration Archives, Mexico


What is in This Collection?

This collection of civil records for Morelos covers the years 1861 to 1920.

The civil registration records for Mexico cover the vital events of birth, marriages, and deaths. They are organized by state and then by municipality/city. Earlier records were handwritten in narrative style; later records were handwritten in formatted registers.

These records are written in Spanish. Here is a link to a Spanish Genealogical Word List which may be helpful. 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, it is suggested to use church registers alongside the civil records to help in your research. 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 and are a reliable source to extract genealogical information.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Mexico, Morelos, Civil Registration, 1861-1920.

Collection Content

Sample Images

Birth records may contain the following information:

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

Marriage records may contain the following information:

  • 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

Death records may contain the following information:

  • 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

How Do I Search This Collection?

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page
⇒ Select the "City or Municipality"
⇒ Select the "Record Type and Years"which takes you to the images.

Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

For Help Reading These Records

These records are in Spanish. For help reading the records, see the following resources:

What Do I Do Next?

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.

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

If you are unable to find your ancestor try looking through records in the surrounding localities. Estado de México and Distrito Federal are to the north, Puebla to the east and southeast, and Guerrero to the southwest.

Known Issues with This Collection

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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation

"Mexico, Morelos, Civil Registration, 1861-1920." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Archivo General del Registro Civil del Estado Morelos (state archives and civil registration archives, Mexico).

Image Citation:
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