Mexico, Yucatán, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Title in the Language of the Record

Registro Civil del Estado de Yucatán, México

Record Description

This collection of civil records for Yucatán covers the inclusive years of 1860 to 1926.

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, they are generally 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 Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

Mexico civil registry offices. Yucatán, civil registration. Archivo General del Registro Civil del Estado de Yucatán, México.

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

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

These records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of record
  • Child’s name and gender
  • Child’s birth date and place of birth
  • Presenter's name, age, occupation and residence
  • Parents' names, their age, occupation and residence
  • Paternal grandparents names and their residence
  • Maternal grandparents names and their residence
  • Names of witnesses, their age, civil status, occupation and residence

These records usually contain the following information:

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

These records usually 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
  • Sometimes, place of burial

How to Use the Record

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.

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.

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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

“Mexico, Yucatán, Civil Registration. 1860-1926,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-23473-5399-77?cc=1916248&wc=13947430: accessed 5 July, 2012), Oxkutzcab > Nacimientos, matrimonios 1927-1946 > image 333 of 338 images, Alejandro Perez y Cauché and Margarita Burgos y Fapia, 1946; citing Archivo General del Registro Civil, Oxkutzcab, Yucatan, Mexico.