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Mexico, Tamaulipas, Civil Registration, 1800-2002
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Tamaulipas, Mexico
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Location of Tamaulipas, Mexico
Record Description
Record Type: Civil Registration
Collection years: 1800-2002
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Language: Registro Civil del Estado de Tamaulipas, México
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Tamaulipas Civil Registry State Archives

What is in This Collection?

This collection of civil records for Tamaulipas covers the years 1800 to 2002.

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. These records are written in Spanish. 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 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, they are generally 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.

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Birth records

  • Date and place of birth
  • Child's name and gender
  • Child’s date and place of birth
  • Presenter's name, age, civil status, origin, nationality and residence
  • Parents' names, age, civil status, origin, nationality and residence
  • Names of paternal grandparents
  • Names of maternal grandparents
  • Names of witnesses and their age and residence

Marriage records

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

Death records

  • Name and age of deceased
  • Date and place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Birth date and place of deceased
  • Nationality and residence of deceased
  • Parents' names of deceased
  • Spouse's name, if married
  • Declarant's name, age, occupation, nationality and residence
  • Declarant;s relationship to deceased
  • Names of witnesses
  • Witnesses' age, nationality, residence and relationship to deceased
  • Sometimes, burial information

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"México, Tamaulipas, Registro Civil, 1800-2002." Database and images. FamilySearch. :17 January 2018. Archivo General del Registro del Estado de Tamaulipas (Tamaulipas Civil Registry State Archives).

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