Mexico, Chiapas Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.<br>  
 
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.<br>  
  
{{Collection citation | text =Municipal civil registry offices. Chiapas Civil registration. Archivo General del Estado de Chiapas, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, México. }}  
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{{Collection citation | text= "Mexico, Chiapas, Civil Registration, 1861-1990." Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Archivo General del Estado, Tuxtla Gutiérrez.}}
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Digital images of original records housed in various municipal archives throughout the state of Chiapas, Mexico.  
 
Digital images of original records housed in various municipal archives throughout the state of Chiapas, Mexico.  

Revision as of 22:12, 1 March 2013

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.

Contents

Title in the Language of the Record

Registro Civil del Estado de Chiapas, México.

Record Description

This collection of civil records for Chiapas covers the inclusive years of 1861 to 1990.

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, 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.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

"Mexico, Chiapas, Civil Registration, 1861-1990." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Archivo General del Estado, Tuxtla Gutiérrez.


Digital images of original records housed in various municipal archives throughout the state of Chiapas, Mexico.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

These birth records generally contain the following information:

  • Date and place of the event
  • Name of the principal
  • Child’s gender
  • Child’s date of birth
  • Legitimacy
  • Parents' names, residence, and/or place of origin
  • Names of witnesses

These marriage records generally contain the following information:

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

These death records generally 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, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection 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. Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index of birth, marriage or death. Use the locator information in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the records. Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination. Be aware that as with any index, transcription errors may occur.

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. 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.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

“Mexico, Chiapas, Civil Registration, 1861 - 1990,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 24 May 2012), Acala > Defunciones 1908 - 1959 > Image 1498 of 2699, Glafiro Macal, died 29 November 1909; citing various municipal offices of the civil registry, Civil registration, 1861-1990. Archivo General del Registro Civil del Estado de Chiapas, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, México.