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NOTE: To determine which digital records are likely to be found within a collection or to find missing images, see, Using Film Notes in the Catalog to determine the content of a final browse point in Historical Records (56000).

NOTE: Most missing records are available on microfilm. See Ordering a microfilm or microfiche (55678). To view films, see Finding a family history center near you (54018).

NOTE: Although the Mexico civil registration collections are a great source of genealogical information, the records are not complete in that the civil registration was not strictly enforced in Mexico until 1867. In addition, many records were burned during the Mexican Revolution time period of 1909 – 1920, especially in Chihuahua. For this reason, the civil registrations should be used together with the Mexico Catholic church records collections.

Question #1: The Event Type and Year Range (browse point) title does not properly reflect the actual digital record content. How can I determine what digital records are likely to be found within a collection?
Answer #1: The list of known browse point discrepancies describes the event type or year range existing in the collection:

  • Bachiniva > Nacimientos 1864 -1930 records are out of order and missing the years 1909, 1911-1913 which would have been around the time of the Mexican Revolution.
  • Ciudad Guerrero > Nacimientos 1861-1886 year span should be 1861- 1881, 1883-1886.
  • Galeana > Nacimientos 1857-1932 year span should be 1908-1932.
  • Riva Palacio > Defunciones 1862-1981 contains Matrimonios 1886-1889 imbedded in Images 266-353.

If additional problems are encountered with the collection, you can report them at

  • If searching the collection: please include the name of the collection, and all search criteria used, including name, event, dates and places.
  • If browsing the collection: please include the full browse path you used to get to where the problem occurred. The browse path is located above the image viewer window.
    For example: Mexico, Chihuahua Civil Registration, 1861-1997 > Bachíniva > Nacimientos 1864-1930 > Image 7 of 2840.
  • For technical issues: please include operating system and browser version.

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