Mexico, Zacatecas, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Mexico, Zacatecas, Civil Registration, 1860-2000
This article describes a collection of records at
Zacatecas, Mexico
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Location of Zacatecas, Mexico
Record Description
Record Type: Civil Registration
Collection years: 1860-2000
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Language: Registros Civiles del Estado de Zacatecas, México
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Related Websites
Zacatecas Civil Registry State Archives

What is in the Collection?

This collection of civil records for Zacatecas covers the years 1860 to 2000.

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. These records are written in Spanish.

Civil records in Mexico cover about 90 to 95 percent 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.

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Mexico, Zacatecas, Civil Registration, 1860-2000.

Collection Contents

Sample Images

Birth records may contain the following:

  • Date and place of birth
  • Name and gender of child
  • Legitimacy
  • Parents' names, residence, and/or places of origin
  • Names of witnesses

Marriage records may contain the following:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Their civil statuses (widowed, single, divorced) at the time of the event
  • Places of origin and residence of the bride and groom
  • Names of parents
  • Name of witnesses

Death records may contain the following:

  • Place and date of death
  • Name of the deceased
  • Civil status of principal at time of death
  • Civil status and name of spouse, if married at time of death
  • Parents’ names
  • Sometimes included; place of burial

How Do I Search the Collection?

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

Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

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.

For Help Reading These Records

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

Surrounding Localities

Unable to find your ancestor? Try looking through records in the surrounding localities. Durango is to the west, Coahuila to the north, San Luis Potosí to the east, and Jalisco and Aguascalientes to the south. Zacatecas also shares about a six mile border with Nayarit to the southwest, and about a seven mile border with Nuevo León to the northeast.

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Collection Citation

"Mexico, Zacatecas, Civil Registration, 1860-2000." Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2017. Direccion del Registro Civil y Notarias de Zacatecas (Zacatecas Civil Registry State Archives).}}

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