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Mexico, Sonora, Civil Registration, 1861-1995
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Sonora, Mexico
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Record Description
Record Type: Civil Registration
Collection years: 1861-1995
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Language: Registro Civil del Estado de Sonora, México
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection of civil records for Mexico, Sonora, and it covers the years 1861 to 1995.

They are records of births, marriages, and deaths and 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 cover about 90 to 95 percent 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 records can be used alongside the civil records.

Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Mexico, Sonora, Civil Registration, 1861-1995.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Birth Records

  • Date and place of birth
  • Name and gender of child
  • Legitimacy
  • Parents' names, residence, and/or place of origin
  • Names of witnesses

Marriage Records

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Their civil statuses (widowed, single, divorced) at the time of the event
  • Places of origin and residence of the bride and groom
  • Names of parents
  • Name of witnesses

Death Records

  • Place and date of death
  • Name of the deceased
  • Civil status of principal at time of death
  • Civil status and name of spouse, if married at time of death
  • Parents’ names
  • Sometimes included place of burial

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

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?[edit | edit source]

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
  • Family relationships

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page

  1. Select the "City or Municipality"
  2. Select the "Record Type and Years" which takes you to the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • 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
  • 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
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in 1930, Mexico National Census. The census can help you find if your ancestors were married civilly or by the Catholic Church or both. Then you can proceed looking in those records for more information

I Can’t Find The Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Mexico.


Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
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