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== Record Description  ==
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== What Is In The Collection? ==
  
This collection of civil records for Baja California Norte covers the inclusive years of 1860 to 2004.  
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This collection includes civil records for Baja California and Baja California Sur and covers from 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.  
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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. These records are written in [[Spanish Genealogical Word List|Spanish]]; also see the section [[Mexico, Baja California and Baja California Sur, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)#For Help Reading These Records|For Help Reading These Records]] for translation helps.  
  
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.  
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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.  
  
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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=== Reading These Records === 
  
The civil registration records of Mexico are a reliable source for doing genealogical research.  
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These records are written in [[Spanish Genealogical Word List|Spanish]]; also see the section [[Mexico, Baja California and Baja California Sur, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)#For Help Reading These Records|For Help Reading These Records]] for translation helps.
  
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].
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===To Browse This Collection===
 
 
=== 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.<br>
 
 
 
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| 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-->}}
 
 
 
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.]]
 
 
 
== Record Content  ==
 
 
 
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'''The key genealogical facts found in most birth records are:'''
 
  
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==What Can These Records Tell Me?==
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The following information may be found in these records:
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'''Birth Records'''
 
*Birth date and place of birth  
 
*Birth date and place of birth  
*Name of child
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*Name of child  
 
*Child’s gender  
 
*Child’s gender  
 
*Legitimacy  
 
*Legitimacy  
 
*Parents' names, and origin  
 
*Parents' names, and origin  
 
*Names of witnesses
 
*Names of witnesses
 
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'''The key genealogical facts found in most marriage records are:'''  
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'''Marriage Records'''
 
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*Date and place of marriage  
*Date and place of marriage
 
 
*Names of bride and groom  
 
*Names of bride and groom  
*Age(s)of bride and groom
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*Age(s)of bride and groom  
 
*Groom's civil status and occupation  
 
*Groom's civil status and occupation  
 
*Names of parents  
 
*Names of parents  
 
*Names of witnesses
 
*Names of witnesses
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'''Death Records'''
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*Name, age and gender of deceased
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*Birth date and place of deceased
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*Residence of deceased
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*Civil status and name of spouse
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*Names of parents
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*Date and place of death
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*Cause of death
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*Declarant's name, age,nationality, residence, occupation and relationship to deceased
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*Witnesses' names, age, nationality, residence, occupation and relationship to deceased
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*Place of burial (sometimes)
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== Collection Contents ==
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=== Sample Images ===
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Image:Mexico, Baja California, CR, birth.jpg|Birth Record
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Image:Mexico, Baja California, CR,marriage.JPG|Marriage Record
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Image:Mexico, Baja California, CR, death.JPG|Death Record
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</gallery>
  
'''The key genealogical facts found in most death records are:'''
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== How Do I Search The Collection? ==
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Before using this collection it is helpful to know:
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*Your ancestor's given name and surname
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*Identifying information such as residence
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*Estimated marriage or birth year
  
*Name, age and gender of deceased
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=== View The Images ===
*Birth date and place of deceased
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View images in this collection by visiting the
*Residence of deceased
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'''{{RecordSearch|1916086|Browse Page|access=browse}}'''
*Civil status and name of spouse
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# Select '''City or Municipality'''
*Names of parents
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# Select '''Record Type and Years''' to view the images.
*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 ==
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=== For Help Reading These Records ===
  
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.
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For help reading these Spanish records, see the following resources:  
  
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.  
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*[[Mexico Language and Languages]]
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*[[Spanish Genealogical Word List]]
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*[https://script.byu.edu/Pages/Spanish/en/welcome.aspx BYU Spanish Script Tutorial]
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*FamilySearch Learning Center videos:
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**[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/reading-spanish-handwritten-records-lesson-1-the-spanish-alphabet/217 Reading Spanish Handwritten Records, Lesson 1]
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**[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/reading-spanish-handwritten-records-lesson-2-words-and-dates/218 Reading Spanish Handwritten Records, Lesson 2]
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**[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/reading-spanish-handwritten-records-lesson-3-reading-spanish-records/220 Reading Spanish Handwritten Records, Lesson 3]
  
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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=== How Do I Analyze The Results? ===
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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.<br>
  
== Related Websites  ==
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
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*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.
  
*[http://portal.sre.gob.mx/chicago/pdf/ofRegCivilMex.pdf Mexico Civil Registration PDF document]  
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*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  [https://s3.amazonaws.com/ps-services-us-east-1-914248642252/s3/research-wiki-elasticsearch-prod-s3bucket/images/5/50/Research_Log.pdf Research Log] that you can download and use.
*[http://www.rcivil.df.gob.mx/ Dirección General del Registro Civil del Distrito Federal]
 
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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To learn more about using the information available in these records, view these lessons for free:
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*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/documentos-esenciales-para-buscar-a-sus-antepasados/587 Documentos esenciales para buscar a sus antepasados] - Spanish
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*[https://familysearch.org/ask/learningViewer/421 Registros Civiles y Parroquiales] – Spanish
  
*[[Mexico Civil Registration]]  
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===I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?===
*[[Baja California|Baja California]]
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*Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
*[[Baja California Sur|Baja California Sur]]
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*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each spouce to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
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*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1307314?collectionNameFilter=true 1930, Mexico National Census].
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*Use the death date or age along with the place of death to find birth records.
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*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church records.
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*Compile information for every person who has the same surname as your ancestor; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
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*Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives 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.
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*Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.
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*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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===I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking For, What Now?===
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*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 [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list Historical Records Collections] and notice the asterisk for recently added or updated records.
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Mexico,_Baja_California_and_Baja_California_Sur,_Catholic_Church_Records_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) 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.
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*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 [http://broadcast.lds.org/elearning/FHD/Community/en/FamilySearch/Handwriting/Spanish/Lesson2/SpanishNameAbbreviations.pdf Spanish name abbreviations]
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*A boundary change could have occurred and the record of your ancestor is now in a neighboring area. Try looking through records in the surrounding localities. Baja California shares a small part of its northeastern border with [[Sonora]] and its northern border with [[California Genealogy|California]]. Baja California Sur is surrounded by water excepting the northern border it shares with Baja California.
  
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== Citing This Collection ==
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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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.
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "Mexico, Baja California, and Baja California Sur, Civil Registration, 1860-2004." Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Archivo Estatal de Baja California Sur, La Paz.}}<br> <br> '''Image Citation''':<br> {{Image Citation Link
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
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"Mexico, Baja California, and Baja California Sur, Civil registratons, 1860-2004" images, ''FamilySearch'' (http://familysearch.org: accessed 24 May 2012), Loreto&gt;Defunciones 1951-1956&gt;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. .
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Record Description
Record Type: Civil Registration
Collection years: 1860-2004
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Language: Registros Civiles de los Estados de Baja California y Baja California Sur, México.
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Archivo Estatal de Baja California Sur, La Paz


What Is In The Collection?

This collection includes civil records for Baja California and Baja California Sur and covers from 1860 to 2004.

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. These records are written in Spanish; also see the section For Help Reading These Records for translation helps.

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.

Reading These Records

These records are written in Spanish; also see the section For Help Reading These Records for translation helps.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Mexico, Baja California and Baja California Sur, Civil Registration, 1860-2004.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:

Birth Records

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

Marriage Records

  • 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

Death Records

  • 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,nationality, residence, occupation and relationship to deceased
  • Witnesses' names, age, nationality, residence, occupation and relationship to deceased
  • Place of burial (sometimes)

Collection Contents

Sample Images

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

  1. Select City or Municipality
  2. Select Record Type and Years to view the images.

For Help Reading These Records

For help reading these Spanish records, see the following resources:

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:

I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • 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 spouce 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 1930, Mexico National Census.
  • Use the death date or age along with the place of death to find birth records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church records.
  • Compile information for every person who has the same surname as your ancestor; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives 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.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • A boundary change could have occurred and the record of your ancestor is now in a neighboring area. Try looking through records in the surrounding localities. Baja California shares a small part of its northeastern border with Sonora and its northern border with California. Baja California Sur is surrounded by water excepting the northern border it shares with Baja California.

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, Baja California, and Baja California Sur, Civil Registration, 1860-2004." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Archivo Estatal de Baja California Sur, La Paz.

Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Mexico, Baja California, and Baja California Sur, Civil Registration, 1860-2004.


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