Mexico, Chiapas, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Chiapas, Mexico
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Record Description
Record Type: Civil Registration
Collection years: 1861-1990
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Language: Registros Civiles del Estado de Chiapas, México.
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Chiapas Civil Registry State Archives


What is in This Collection?

This is a collection of civil registration records for the state of Chipas in southern Mexico. It includes the years 1861-1990. 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 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. For help reading these records see the following guides:

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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, residence, and/or place of origin
  • Names of witnesses

Marriage Records

  • 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

  • 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

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

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

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What Do I Do Next?

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  • 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.

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Collection Citation
"México, Chiapas, Registro Civil, 1861-1990." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 8 March 2018. Archivo General del Registro Civil del Estado Chiapas (Chiapas Civil Registry State Archives), Tuxtla Gutiérrez.
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