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'''[[Mexico Genealogy| Mexico]]'''
  
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| title_language = Registro Civil del Estado de México, México
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'''Registro Civil del Estado de México, México'''
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== What is in the Collection? ==
  
== Record Description  ==
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This collection includes records from 1861 to 1941.
  
This Collection will include records from 1861 to 1941.  
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The civil registration records for Mexico cover the vital events of birth, marriages, and deaths.  They are organized by state and then by municipality/city. Earlier records were handwritten in narrative style; later records were handwritten in formatted registers.  
  
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. The text of these records is in Spanish.  
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These records are written in Spanish.  Here is a link to a [[Spanish Genealogical Word List|Spanish Genealogical Word List]] which may be helpful. Also, see the section [[Mexico, México, 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.&nbsp;
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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, it is suggested to use church registers alongside the civil records to help in your research. 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 and are a reliable source to extract genealogical information.  
  
For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1916244/waypoints Browse].
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===To Browse this Collection===
  
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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{{Collection Browse Link
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The civil registration records of Mexico are a reliable source for doing genealogical research.
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== Collection Contents ==
 
 
=== 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.
 
 
 
{{Collection citation| text=Civil registry offices in the State of Mexico. Civil registration. Archivo General del Registro Civil del Estado de Mexico, Mexico. }}
 
 
 
Original records are also housed in municipal archives throughout the state of Toluca.
 
 
 
[[Mexico, State of Mexico 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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=== Sample Images ===
 
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Image:Mexico mexico state cr birth.jpg|Birth Record
Image:Mexico mexico state cr marriage.jpg
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Image:Mexico mexico state cr marriage.jpg|Marriage Record
Image:Mexico mexico state cr death.jpg
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Image:Mexico mexico state cr death.jpg|Death Record
 
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</gallery>  
  
'''These birth records may contain the following information:'''
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'''Birth records''' may contain the following information:  
  
 
*Date and place of the event  
 
*Date and place of the event  
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*Names of witnesses
 
*Names of witnesses
  
'''These marriage records may contain the following information:'''
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'''Marriage records''' may contain the following information:  
  
 
*Date and place of the event  
 
*Date and place of the event  
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*Name of witnesses
 
*Name of witnesses
  
'''These death records may contain the following information:'''
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'''Death records''' may contain the following information:  
  
 
*Place and date of the event  
 
*Place and date of the event  
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*Civil status of principal at time of death  
 
*Civil status of principal at time of death  
 
*Civil status and name of spouse, if married at time of death  
 
*Civil status and name of spouse, if married at time of death  
*Parents' names  
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*Parents' names
*Sometimes included&nbsp;place of burial
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
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'''View  images in this collection by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/1916244/waypoints Browse Page] '''<br> ⇒ Select the "City or Municipality" <br> ⇒ Select the "Record Type and Years" which takes you to the images.
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Search the collection by image 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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=== For Help Reading These Records  ===
  
== How to Use the Record  ==
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These records are in Spanish. For help reading the records, see the following resources:
  
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 <br> ⇒ Select the Tipo de registro y años which takes you to the images.  
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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]
  
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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{{Tip | More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1916244 Mexico, México, civil registration, 1861-1941]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
  
 
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.  
 
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.  
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When you have located your ancestor’s birth, marriage, or death record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.  
 
When you have located your ancestor’s birth, marriage, or death record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.  
  
'''For example:'''
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For example:  
  
 
*Use the date along with the place to find the family in census records.  
 
*Use the date along with the place to find the family in census records.  
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It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born in the same town or nearby location.  
 
It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born in the same town or nearby location.  
  
'''Keep in mind:'''
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Keep in mind:  
  
 
*The information in civil records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.  
 
*The information in civil records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.  
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*There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.
  
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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===I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking For, What Now?===
  
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Mexico, State of Mexico Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
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If you are unable to find your ancestor try looking through records in the surrounding localities. [[Michoacán]] is to the west, [[Querétaro]] to the northwest, [[Hidalgo]] to the north and east, [[Tlaxcala]] to the east, [[Distrito Federal]] in the center southeast, [[Morelos]] to the southeast, and [[Guerrero]] to the south.  
  
== Related Websites ==
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== Known Issues with This Collection ==
 
 
*[http://portal.sre.gob.mx/chicago/pdf/ofRegCivilMex.pdf Mexico Civil Registration PDF document]
 
*[http://www.rcivil.df.gob.mx/ Dirección General del Registro Civil del Distrito Federal]
 
  
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*[[Mexico|Mexico]]
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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [https://familysearch.org/ask/salesforce/viewArticle?urlname=Mexico-M%C3%A9xico-Civil-Registration-1861-1941-known-issues&lang=en article]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
*[[Mexico Civil Registration]]
 
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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== Citing This Collection ==
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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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<br><br>'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "Mexico, México, Civil Registration, 1861-1941." Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Direccion del Registro Civil y Notarias de Estado de Mexico (State of Mexico Civil Registry State Archives).}}
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
  
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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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|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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{{Contributor invite}}
  
“Mexico, México Estado, Civil Registration, 1861-1941,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-21749-54382-41?cc=1916244&amp;wc=12873356: accessed 30 August, 2012), Atlautla &gt; Nacimientos 1908-1928 &gt; image 328 of 334 images, Lucia Ramirez, 1928; citing pueblo de Atlautla, Chaleo, Mexico.
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Record Description
Record Type: Civil Registration
Collection years: 1861-1941
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Language: Registro Civil del Estado de México, México
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Archive
State of Mexico Civil Registry State Archives


What is in the Collection?

This collection includes records from 1861 to 1941.

The civil registration records for Mexico cover the vital events of birth, marriages, and deaths. They 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. Here is a link to a Spanish Genealogical Word List which may be helpful. 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, it is suggested to use church registers alongside the civil records to help in your research. 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 and are a reliable source to extract genealogical information.

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Mexico, México, Civil Registration, 1861-1941.

Collection Contents

Sample Images

Birth records may contain the following information:

  • Date and place of the event
  • Name of the principal
  • Child’s gender
  • Child’s date of birth
  • Legitimacy
  • Parents' names, residence, and/or place of origin
  • Names of witnesses

Marriage records may contain the following information:

  • 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

Death records may contain the following information:

  • 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

How Do I Search the Collection?

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page
⇒ Select the "City or Municipality"
⇒ Select the "Record Type and Years" which takes you to the images.

Search the collection by image 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.

For Help Reading These Records

These records are in Spanish. For help reading the records, see the following resources:

What Do I Do Next?

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.

When you have located your ancestor’s birth, marriage, or death record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.

For example:

  • Use the date along with the place to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
  • The father’s occupation can lead you to employment records, military records, or other types of records.
  • The parents’ birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.

It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born in the same town or nearby location.

Keep in mind:

  • The information in civil 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 1800s.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.

I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking For, What Now?

If you are unable to find your ancestor try looking through records in the surrounding localities. Michoacán is to the west, Querétaro to the northwest, Hidalgo to the north and east, Tlaxcala to the east, Distrito Federal in the center southeast, Morelos to the southeast, and Guerrero to the south.

Known Issues with This Collection

Important.png Problems with this collection?
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

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, México, Civil Registration, 1861-1941." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Direccion del Registro Civil y Notarias de Estado de Mexico (State of Mexico Civil Registry State Archives).


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, México, Civil Registration, 1861-1941.


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