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Title in the Language of the Records

Registro Civil del Estado de Quintana Roo, México

Record Description

The collection of the civil records for Quintana Roo covers the years 1866 to 1902.

This is a collection of civil registration records for the State of Quintana Roo, 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 in formatted registers. The text of these records is 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.

Records in this collection are generally reliable, but depend on the reliability of the informant.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Mexico, Quintana Roo, Civil Registration, 1866-1902.

Record Content

Birth records may contain the following:

  • Name and gender of child
  • Date of birth
  • 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
  • Civil status (widowed, single, divorced) of bride and groom 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:

  • 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
  • Occasionally, place of burial

How to Use the Record

Search the Collection

To browse the collection by image:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the "State"
⇒ 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.

Using the Information

The civil registration records 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:

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Don't overlook FHL Place Mexico, Quintana Roo items or FHL Keyword Mexico, Quintana Roo items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see Mexico Archives and Libraries.

Surrounding Localities

Unable to find your ancestor? Try looking through records in the surrounding localities. Campeche is to the west, Yucatán to the northwest, and Belize to the south.

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Citations for This Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information (often called citing your sources). This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. 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. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection citation:

"Mexico, Quintana Roo, Civil Registration, 1866-1902." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Yucatán General Archives, Mérida.

Image citation:

The citation for an image is available on each image in this collection by clicking Show Citation at the bottom left of the image screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Mexico, Quintana Roo, Civil Registration, 1866-1902.

 

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