Mexico, Guerrero, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Mexico, Guerrero, Civil Registration, 1860-1996 .
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|Flag of the United Mexican States|
|Location of Guerrero, Mexico|
|Record Type:||Civil Registration|
|Title in the Language:||Registro Civil del Estado de Guerrero, México|
|Guerrero Civil Registry State Archives|
- 1 What is in the Collection?
- 2 Collection Contents
- 3 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 4 What Do I Do Next?
- 5 Known Issues with This Collection
- 6 Citing this Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in the Collection?
This collection of civil records for Guerrero covers the inclusive years of 1860 to 1996.
The civil registration records for Mexico cover the vital events of birth, marriages, and deaths. They are organized by state and then by municipality/city. Earlier records were handwritten in narrative style; later records were handwritten in formatted registers.
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, it is suggested to use church registers alongside the civil records to help in your research. 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 and are a reliable source to extract genealogical information.
To Browse this Collection
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Birth records usually contain the following information:
- Name and gender of child
- Child's birth date and place
- Presenter's name
- Parents' names
- Parents' age(s), occupation, nationality and residence
- Paternal grandparents
- Maternal grandparents
- Names of witnesses, their ages, occupation and residence
Marriage records usually contain the following information:
- Date and place of marriage
- Names of the bride and groom
- Groom's age, origin, civil status, occupation and residence
- Groom's parents' names
- Bride's age, origin, civil status, occupation and residence
- Bride's parents' names
- Names of witnesses
Death records usually contain the following information:
- Name, age and gender of deceased
- Date, time and place of death
- Civil status and nationality of deceased
- Spouse's name, their nationality and residence
- Parents' names
- Declarant's name, age, civil status, occupation and residence
- Declarant's relationship to deceased
- Witnesses' name, age, nationality and residence
- Witnesses' relationship to deceased
- Burial information
How Do I Search the Collection?
Search by name by visiting the Collection Page: Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the people in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if you have the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person in order to find your ancestor.
As with any index, transcription errors could have occurred and not all information may be transcribed. It is recommended you verify the information with the original record.
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⇒ 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.
As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.
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:
What Do I Do Next?
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.
When you have located your ancestor’s birth, marriage, or death record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.
- Use the date along with the place to find the family in census records.
- Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
- The father’s occupation can lead you to employment records, military records, or other types of records.
- The parents’ birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born in the same town or nearby location.
Keep in mind:
- The information in civil records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
- Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
- There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.
I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking For, What Now?
Unable to find your ancestor? Try looking through records in the surrounding localities. Michoacán is to the northwest, Estado de México and Morelos to the north, Puebla to the northeast, and Oaxaca to the east.
Known Issues with This Collection
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Citing this Collection
Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.
- "Mexico, Guerrero, Civil Registration, 1860-1996." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Archivo General del Registro Civil del Estado Guerrero (Guerrero Civil Registry State Archives).
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