Mexico, Durango, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Durango, 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 Durango, México
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What is in This Collection?

This collection of civil records for Durango Mexico covers the inclusive years of 1861 to 1995. 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. The records 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 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 was not strictly enforced in Mexico until 1867 and people did not always comply. For this reason, church registers may 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.


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What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:

Birth Records

  • Name and gender of child
  • Child's date and place of birth
  • Father's name, age, origin and residence
  • Mother's name
  • Witnesses' names, age and residence

Marriage Records

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Groom's age, origin, civil status, occupation and residence
  • Names of groom's parents
  • Bride's age, origin, civil status, occupation and residence
  • Names of bride's parents
  • Names of witnesses*

Death Records Name and age of deceased

  • Date, time and place of death
  • Parents' names
  • Declarant's name, age, civil status, occupation and residence
  • Declarant's relationship to deceased
  • Witnesses' names, age and residence
  • Burial information


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  • Estimated year of marriage or birth or death

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  • 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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  • Mexico, Durango, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records) are also 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. Sinaloa is to the west, Chihuahua to the north, Coahuila to the northeast, Zacatecas to the southeast, and Nayarit to the south.
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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation

"México, Durango, Registro Civil, 1861-1995." Database and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 8 March 2018. Archivo General del Registro Civil del Estado Durango (Durango Civil Registry State Archives).

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