Mexico, Colima, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Mexico, Colima, Civil Registration, 1860-1997
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|Flag of the United Mexican States|
|Location of Colima, Mexico|
|Record Type:||Civil Registration|
|Title in the Language:||Registros Civiles del Estado de Colima, México|
|Colima Civil Registry State Archives|
- 1 What Is In The Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Contents
- 4 How Do I Search The Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What Is In The Collection?
This is a collection of civil registration records for the Mexican state of Colima. It covers the years 1860 to 1997. Earlier records were handwritten in narrative style; later records were recorded in formatted registers. These records are written 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 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.
As of 6 September 2017, this collection included records from the following cities or municipality:
|City or Municipality|
|Villa de Alvarez|
Reading These Records
To Browse This Collection
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What Can These Records Tell Me?
The following information may be found in these records:
How Do I Search The Collection?
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
View The Images
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page
- Select City or Municipality
- Select Record Type and Years to view the images.
For Help Reading These Records
These records are in Spanish. For help reading the records, see the following resources:
- Mexico Language and Languages
- Spanish Genealogical Word List
- BYU Spanish Script Tutorial
- FamilySearch Learning Center videos:
|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at Mexico, Colima, civil registration, 1860-1997. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.|
How Do I Analyze The Results?
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.
What Do I Do Next?
- When you have found your ancestors original record, it is a good idea to make a copy of it or cite where you found it for future reference.
- It's always a good idea to keep your citation on a Research Log. This is an important tool to help keep track of what you have and have not found. Family search wiki has a Research Log that you can download and use.
To learn more about using the information available in these records, view these lessons for free:
- Documentos esenciales para buscar a sus antepasados - Spanish
- Registros Civiles y Parroquiales – Spanish
I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?
- Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in 1930, Mexico National Census.
I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking For, What Now?
- New information is constantly being indexed, microfilmed or updated. Periodically check back and see if your ancestor’s records have been added. You can see if the area you’ve been looking in has been recently updated by going to Historical Records Collections and notice the asterisk for recently added or updated records.
- 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
- Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. In addition local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
- Search the records of nearby localities Jalisco is on the north and east, and Michoacán is on the southeast. .
- If your ancestors immigrated to the United States between 1909-1957, the border crossing records may be useful.
- Church records are also a good source of genealogical information. You should obtain copies of both church records and civil registration, when possible, since they do not necessarily provide the same information. For example, baptismal registers sometimes provide the names of the fathers of illegitimate children when the civil registration does not.
Citing This Collection
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
- "Mexico, Colima, Civil Registration, 1860-1997." Images. "FamilySearch". http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Direccion General del Registro Civil del Estado de Colima (Colima Civil Registry State Archives).
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.
How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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