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Access the records: Mexico, Civil Registration, 1639-1950 .
Title in the Language of the Records
Registro Civil de México
This collection will include records from 1860 to 1950.
The collection contains birth, marriages and deaths for the states of Aguascalientes and Tlaxcala in Mexico.
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. Some of the older registers may have some physical damage; however, in general they are in good condition to extract genealogical information. For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collecting landing page.
Citation for This Collection
The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.
- "Mexico,Civil Registration,1639-1950." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013.
These birth records usually contain the following information:
- Date and place of registration
- Registrant or informant and their personal information
- Child's name and gender
- Child’s date and place of birth
- Father's name, age, marital status, occupation and residence
- Mother's maiden name, age, marital status and residence
- Names of paternal grandparents
- Names of maternal grandparents
- Names of witnesses and their personal information
These marriage records usually contain the following information:
- Date and place of marriage
- Names of the bride and groom
- Groom's age, legitimacy and marital status
- Groom's occupation, origin and residence
- Names of groom's parents
- Groom's witnesses, age, marital status, occupation, origin and residence
- Bride's age, legitimacy and marital status
- Bride's origin and residence
- Names of bride's parents
- Bride's witnesses, age, marital status, occupation, origin and residence
These death records usually contain the following information:
- Registration date and place
- Name of registrant
- Registrant's age, place of origin and residence
- Relationship between registrant and deceased
- Name and age of deceased
- Religion, marital status, occupation and origin of deceased
- Name of spouse, if married
- Date and place of death
- Cause of death
- Witnesses and their personal information
- Sometimes, parents’ names
- Sometimes, place of burial
How to Use the Records
To search the collection, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the "State"
⇒ Select the "City or Town"
⇒ Select the "Record Type and Years" 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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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection
"Mexico, Civil Registration, 1860-1950," Images, FamiySearch (https://familysearch.org: accssed 29 May 2012), Aguascalientes>Calvillo>Defunciones 1950-1950>image 187 of 623, Anastano Munoz, died 19 September 1950; citing Civil registry offices in Mexico, Archivo General de Registro Civil de Estado de Aguascalientes and the Archivo General de Estado de Tlaxcala.