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Title in the Language of the Record

Registro Civil del Estado de Nayarit, México.

Record Description

This collection of civil records for Nayarit covers the inclusive years of 1868 to 2001.

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 Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

Civil registry offices in Nayarit. Civil registration. Archivo General del Registro Civil del Estado de Nayarit, Mexico.

Original records are also housed in different municipal archives throughout the state of Nayarit.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

Key genealogical facts found in these birth records include:

  • Date and place of record
  • Presenter's name, age, civil status, origin and residence
  • Name and gender of child
  • Child’s date and place of birth
  • Parents' names
  • Witnesses' names, age, occupation and residence

Key genealogical facts found in these marriage records include:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Groom's age, civil status, occupation, nationality and residence
  • Names of groom's parents and years since death if deceased
  • Groom's parents' age, civil status, occupation and residence
  • Bride's age, civil status, occupation, nationality and residence
  • Names of bride's parents and years since death if deceased
  • Bride's parents' age, civil status, occupation and residence
  • Names of witnesses

Key genealogical facts found in these death records include:

  • Name and age of deceased
  • Date, time and place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Declarant's name, age, occupation, origin and residence
  • Witnesses' names, age, civil status, occupation and residence
  • Sometimes, burial information

How to Use the Record

To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search 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.

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

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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, Nayarit, Civil Registration, 1868-2001,” images, FamilySearch ( accessed 27 July, 2012), Jala > Nacimientos, defunciones 1887-1889 > image 146 of 242 images, Porfirio Moncada, 1888; citing Jala Civil Registry, Jala, Nayarit, Mexico.


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