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{{FamilySearch_Collection|CID=CID1916243 |title=Mexico, State of Michoacan Civil Registration|location=Mexican}}<br>
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{{FamilySearch_Collection|CID=CID1916243 |title=Mexico, Michoacán, Civil Registration, 1859-1940|location=Mexican}}<br>  
  
 
== Title in the Language of the Records  ==
 
== Title in the Language of the Records  ==
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Registro Civil del Estado de Michoacán, México  
 
Registro Civil del Estado de Michoacán, México  
  
== Collection Time Period ==
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== Record Description ==
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This collection of civil records for Michoacán covers the inclusive years of 1859 to 1940.
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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;&nbsp;later&nbsp;records were handwritten in formatted registers. The text of these records is in Spanish.
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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 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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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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The civil registration records of Mexico are a reliable source for doing genealogical research.
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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/1916243/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.
  
This collection of civil records for Michoacán covers the inclusive years of 1859 to 1947.
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
  
== Record Description  ==
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.<br>
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{{Collection citation | text= "Mexico, Michoacán, Civil Registration, 1859-1940." Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Archivo del Registro Civil del Estado de Michoacán.}}
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<br> Original records are also housed in different municipal archives throughout the state of Michoacán.
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[[Mexico, State of Michoacan Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
  
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;&nbsp;later&nbsp;records were handwritten in formatted registers. The text of these records is in Spanish.
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== Record Content  ==
  
=== Record Content  ===
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Image:Mexico, Michoacan, CV, death.jpg
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'''The key genealogical facts found in most birth records are:'''  
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'''These birth records may contain the following information:'''  
  
*Date and place of the event  
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*Date and place of event  
*Name of the principal
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*Name and gender of child
*Child’s gender
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*Child's date and place of birth  
*Child’s date of birth  
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*Parents names, age and civil status
*Legitimacy
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*Paternal grandparents
*Parents' names, residence, and/or place of origin
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*Maternal grandparents
*Names of witnesses
 
  
'''The key genealogical facts found in most marriage records are:'''  
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'''These marriage records may 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  
 
*Names of the bride and groom  
*Their civil statuses (widowed, single, divorced) at the time of the event
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*Groom's age, civil status, occupation, origin and residence
*Place of origin and residence of the bride and groom
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*Names of groom's parents
*Names of parents
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*Groom's parents' age, civil status and occupation
*Name of witnesses
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*Bride's age, civil status, occupation, origin and residence  
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*Names of bride's parents
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*Bride's parents' age, civil status and occupation
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*Names of witnesses
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*Witnesses' names, age, civil status, occupation and residence
  
'''The key genealogical facts found in most death records are:'''  
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'''These death records may contain the following information:'''  
  
*Place and date of the event
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*Name and age of deceased
*Place and date of death  
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*Date and place of death  
*Name of the principal (deceased)
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*Cause of death
*Civil status of principal at time of death  
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*Civil status of deceased 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  
 
*Parents’ names  
*Sometimes,&nbsp;place of burial
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*Burial information
  
 
== 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.<br>
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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 <br> ⇒ Select the Tipo de registro y años which takes you to the images.
  
=== Record History  ===
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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.
  
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,&nbsp;in general they are in good condition to extract genealogical information.  
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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. For example:
  
=== Why the Record Was Created  ===
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*Use the date along with the place to find the family in census records.
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*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
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*The father’s occupation can lead you to employment records, military records, or other types of records.
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*The parent’s birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  
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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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.  
  
=== Record Reliability  ===
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Keep in mind:
  
The civil registration records of Mexico are a reliable source for doing genealogical research.  
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*The information in civil records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
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*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
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*There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.
  
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
  
''This section of the article is incomplete. You can help FamilySearch Wiki by supplying links to related websites here.''
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*[http://www.houstonculture.org/mexico/michoacan.html History of Michoacan]
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*[http://www.worldgenweb.org/~mexwgw/michoacan/ Mexico GenWeb]
  
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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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.  
 
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.  
  
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]].&nbsp;
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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]].  
 
 
==== Examples of Source Citations for a Record Found in a Collection  ====
 
 
 
*“Delaware Marriage Records,” index and images, FamilySearch ([https://www.familysearch.org https://www.familysearch.org]): accessed 4 March 2011, entry for William Anderson and Elizabeth Baynard Henry, married 23 November 1913; citing marriage certificate no. 859; FHL microfilm 2,025,063; Delaware Bureau of Archives and Records Management, Dover.
 
 
 
*“El Salvador Civil Registration,” index and images, FamilySearch ([https://www.familysearch.org https://www.familysearch.org]): accessed 21 March 2011, entry for Jose Maria Antonio del Carmen, born 9 April 1880; citing La Libertad, San Juan Opico, Nacimientos 1879-1893, image 50; Ministerio Archivo Civil de la Alcaldia Municipal de San Salvador.
 
 
 
== Citation for This Collection  ==
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
<!--bibdescbegin-->Mexico. Various municipal offices of the civil registry. Civil registration, 1859-1940. Archivo General del Registro Civil del Estado de Michoacán, Morelia, México.<!--bibdescend-->
 
  
Original records are also housed in different municipal archives throughout the state of Michoacán.
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
  
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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“Mexico, Michoacán, Civil Registration, 1859-1940,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-21903-14263-23?cc=1916243&amp;wc=12949761: accessed 28 June, 2012),Chavinda &gt; nacimientos 1924-1930 &gt; image 480 of 638 images, Ermelinda Romero, 1929; citing state of Michoacan, Mexico.

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Title in the Language of the Records

Registro Civil del Estado de Michoacán, México

Record Description

This collection of civil records for Michoacán covers the inclusive years of 1859 to 1940.

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.

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 link from the collection landing page.

Citation for This Collection

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

"Mexico, Michoacán, Civil Registration, 1859-1940." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Archivo del Registro Civil del Estado de Michoacán.


Original records are also housed in different municipal archives throughout the state of Michoacán.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

These birth records may contain the following information:

  • Date and place of event
  • Name and gender of child
  • Child's date and place of birth
  • Parents names, age and civil status
  • Paternal grandparents
  • Maternal grandparents

These marriage records may contain the following information:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Groom's age, civil status, occupation, origin and residence
  • Names of groom's parents
  • Groom's parents' age, civil status and occupation
  • Bride's age, civil status, occupation, origin and residence
  • Names of bride's parents
  • Bride's parents' age, civil status and occupation
  • Names of witnesses
  • Witnesses' names, age, civil status, occupation and residence

These death records may contain the following information:

  • Name and age of deceased
  • Date and place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Civil status of deceased at time of death
  • Civil status and name of spouse, if married at time of death
  • Parents’ names
  • Burial information

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
⇒ Select the Tipo de registro y años 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.

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 parent’s 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.

Related Websites

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

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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.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

“Mexico, Michoacán, Civil Registration, 1859-1940,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-21903-14263-23?cc=1916243&wc=12949761: accessed 28 June, 2012),Chavinda > nacimientos 1924-1930 > image 480 of 638 images, Ermelinda Romero, 1929; citing state of Michoacan, Mexico.