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== Title in the Language of the Record  ==
 
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== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
  
This collection of civil records for Baja California Norte covers the inclusive years of 1860 to 1934.  
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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.  
 
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.  
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The civil registration records of Mexico are a reliable source for doing genealogical research.  
 
The civil registration records of Mexico are a reliable source for doing genealogical research.  
  
== Citation for This Collection  ==
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For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//familysearch.org/records/collection/1916086/waypoints Browse].
  
The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records. Records are also housed in different municipal archives throughout the state of name.
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
  
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.<br>
| text =<!--bibdescbegin-->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.<!--bibdescend-->}}
 
  
Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article [[Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]].  
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{{Collection citation | text= "Mexico, Baja California, and Baja California Sur, Civil Registration, 1860-2004" Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Archivo Estatal de Baja California Sur, La Paz.}}
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Records are also housed in different municipal archives throughout the state of name.  
  
 
[[Mexico, State of Baja California and Baja California Sur Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]  
 
[[Mexico, State of Baja California and Baja California Sur Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]  
  
== Record Content ==
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== Record Content ==
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'''The key genealogical facts found in most birth records are:'''  
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'''These birth records generally contain the following information:'''  
  
*Date and place of the event
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*Birth date and place of birth
*Name of the principal
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*Name of child
 
*Child’s gender  
 
*Child’s gender  
*Child’s date of birth
 
 
*Legitimacy  
 
*Legitimacy  
*Parents' names, residence, and/or place of origin  
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*Parents' names, and origin  
 
*Names of witnesses
 
*Names of witnesses
  
'''The key genealogical facts found in most marriage records are:'''  
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'''These marriage records generally contain the following information:'''  
  
*Date and place of the event
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*Date and place of marriage
*Names of the bride and groom  
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*Names of bride and groom  
*Their civil statuses (widowed, single, divorced) at the time of the event
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*Age(s)of bride and groom
*Place of origin and residence of the bride and groom
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*Groom's civil status and occupation
 
*Names of parents  
 
*Names of parents  
*Name of witnesses
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*Names of witnesses
  
'''The key genealogical facts found in most death records are:'''  
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'''These death records generally contain the following information:'''  
  
*Place and date of the event
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*Name, age and gender of deceased
*Place and date of death
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*Birth date and place of deceased
*Name of the principal (deceased)
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*Residence of deceased  
*Civil status of principal at time of death
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*Civil status and name of spouse
*Civil status and name of spouse, if married at time of death  
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*Names of parents
*Parents' names  
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*Date and place of death
*Sometimes place of burial
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*Cause of death  
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*Declarant's name, age and nationality
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*Declarant's relationship to deceased
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*Declarant's residence and occupation
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*Witnesses' names, age, nationality, residence, occupation and relationship to deceased
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*Place of burial (sometimes)
  
 
== How to Use the Records  ==
 
== How to Use the Records  ==
  
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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To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br>⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br>⇒Select the "Ciudad o municipio" category<br>⇒Select the "Tipo de registro y años" category which takes you to the images.  
  
When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:
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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 place where the event occurred
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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.  
*The name and surname of the person
 
*The approximate date of the event
 
*The name of the parents or spouse
 
 
 
Use the locator information found 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.  
 
 
 
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.
 
 
 
For example:
 
 
 
*Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
 
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
 
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
 
*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
 
*Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
 
*Use the parents’ birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
 
*The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.  
 
*Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.  
 
*Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
 
*Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
 
 
 
Keep in mind:
 
 
 
*The information in church records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
 
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800.
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another.
 
 
 
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:
 
 
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
 
*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
 
  
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==

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Title in the Language of the Record

Registro Civil del Estado de Baja California y Baja California Sur, México.

Record Description

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.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

"Mexico, Baja California, and Baja California Sur, Civil Registration, 1860-2004" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Archivo Estatal de Baja California Sur, La Paz.

Records are also housed in different municipal archives throughout the state of name.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

These birth records generally contain the following information:

  • Birth date and place of birth
  • Name of child
  • Child’s gender
  • Legitimacy
  • Parents' names, and origin
  • Names of witnesses

These marriage records generally contain the following information:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Names of bride and groom
  • Age(s)of bride and groom
  • Groom's civil status and occupation
  • Names of parents
  • Names of witnesses

These death records generally contain the following information:

  • Name, age and gender of deceased
  • Birth date and place of deceased
  • Residence of deceased
  • Civil status and name of spouse
  • Names of parents
  • Date and place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Declarant's name, age and nationality
  • Declarant's relationship to deceased
  • Declarant's residence and occupation
  • Witnesses' names, age, nationality, residence, occupation and relationship to deceased
  • Place of burial (sometimes)

How to Use the Records

To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒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. .