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Title in the Language of the Records
Registro Civil del Estado de Jalisco, México
This collection of civil records for Jalisco covers the years 1857 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. 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.
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 pages.
Birth records may contain the following information:
- Date of record
- Name and gender of child
- Child’s date and place of birth
- Parents' names, age, civil status and residence
- Paternal grandparents
- Maternal grandparents
- Names of witnesses
- Witnesses' age, occupation, civil status and residence
Marriage records may contain the following information:
- Date and place of marriage
- Names of the bride and groom
- Groom's age, origin, civil status, occupation and residence
- Names of groom's parents, their origin and residence
- Bride's age, origin, civil status, occupation and residence
- Names of bride's parents, their occupations, religion and race
- Name of witnesses
- Witnesses' age, civil status, occupation, and residence
- Witnesses' relationship to couple
Death records may contain the following information:
- Name and age of deceased
- Date, time and place of death
- Cause of death
- Civil status and nationality of deceased
- Spouse's name if married
- Parents' names, age, occupation, origin and residence
- Declarant's name and relationship to deceased
- Witnesses' name, age, nationality, and residence
- Witnesses' relationship to deceased
- Sometimes, burial information
How to Use the Records
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⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ 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.
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:
- Mexico Language and Languages
- Spanish Genealogical Word List
- BYU Spanish Script Tutorial
- FamilySearch Learning Center videos:
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- Mexico Civil Registration
- Mexico Civil Registration Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Citation for This Collection
Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: Mexico, Jalisco, Civil Registration, 1857-2000
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, Jalisco, Civil Registration, 1857-2000." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Jalisco Civil Registration State Archives.