Mexico, Coahuila, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Mexico, Coahuila, Civil Registration, 1861-1998 .
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|Flag of the United Mexican States|
|Location of Coahuila, Mexico|
|Record Type:||Civil Registration|
|Title in the Language:||Registro Civil del Estado de Coahuila, México|
|Coahuila State Archives|
What is in the Collection?
This collection of civil records for Coahuila covers the inclusive years of 1861 to 1998.
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. The earlier records were handwritten in narrative style and later these records were handwritten in formatted registers. These records are written 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 people did not always comply, and civil registration wasn't strictly enforced in Mexico until 1867. 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.
Birth records usually contain the following information:
- Date and place of the event
- Name of the principal
- Child’s gender
- Child’s date of birth
- Parents names, their residence and/or place of origin
- Paternal and maternal grandparents names
- Names of witnesses
Marriage records usually contain the following information:
- Date and place of the event
- Names of the bride and groom
- Their civil status (widowed, single, divorce) at the time of the event
- Place of origin and residence of the bride and groom
- Names of parents
- Name of witnesses
Death records usually 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
- Parent’s names
- Sometimes, place of burial
How Do I Search the Collection?
To search the collection by index:
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.
To browse the collection by image:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "City or Municipality" category
⇒Select the "Record Type and Years" category 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.
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.
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:
Unable to find your ancestor? Try looking through records in the surrounding localities. Durango is to the southwest, Chihuahua to the west, Texas to the north, Nuevo León to the east, and Zacatecas to the south.
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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, Coahuila, Civil Registration, 1861-1998." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Direccion Estatal de Registro Civil del Estado de Coahuila, Saltillo (Coahuila State Archives, Saltillo).
Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):
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