Mexico, Baja California and Baja California Sur, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Title in the Language of the Record
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This collection of civil records for Baja California Norte covers the inclusive years of 1860 to 2004.
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. Early records were handwritten in narrative style; later records were handwritten in formatted registers. The text of these records is in Spanish.
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 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, in general they are 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.
The civil registration records of Mexico are a reliable source for doing genealogical research.
For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse.
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Records are also housed in different municipal archives throughout the state of name.
- Mexico. Various municipal offices of the civil registry. Civil registration, 1860-1934. Archivo General del Registro Civil del Estado de Baja California Sur, La Paz, México.
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The key genealogical facts found in most birth records are:
- Date and place of the event
- Name of the principal
- Child’s gender
- Child’s date of birth
- Parents' names, residence, and/or place of origin
- Names of witnesses
The key genealogical facts found in most marriage records are:
- 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
The key genealogical facts found in most death records are:
- 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 to Use the Records
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⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Ciudad o municipio" category
⇒Select the "Tipo de registro y años" category which takes you to the images.
Look at the images one by one 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.
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. Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index of birth, marriage, or death. Use the locator information in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the records. Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination. Be aware that as with any index, transcription errors may occur. Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Name indexes to births, marriages, and death make it possible to access a specific record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection
"Mexico, Baja California, and Baja California Sur, Civil registratons, 1860-2004" images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org: accessed 24 May 2012), Loreto>Defunciones 1951-1956>image 16 or 116, 24, Acta numero veinticuatro, Defuncion de Ramona Jesus Montono: citing various municipal offices of the civil registry. Mexico, Baja California and Baja California Sur, Civil Registration. Archivo estatal de Baja California Sur, La Paz, Mexico. .