Mexico, Colima, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Title in the Language of the Record

Registro Civil del Estado de Colima, México

What is in the Collection?

This collection of civil records for Puebla covers the inclusive years of 1860 to 1997.

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. 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 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.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Mexico, Colima, Civil Registration, 1860-1997.

Collection Contents

Birth records usually contain the following information:

  • Child's name and gender
  • Date and place of birth
  • Father's name, age, civil status, origin, occupation and residence
  • Mother's name, age, origin and residence
  • Names of paternal grandparents
  • Names of maternal grandparents
  • Names of witnesses
  • Witnesses' age, civil status and residence

Marriage records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of the marriage
  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Groom's age, civil status, origin, occupation and residence
  • Names of groom's parents, their origin and residence
  • Bride's age, civil status, origin and residence
  • Names of bride's parents, their origin and residence
  • Names of witnesses

Death records usually contain the following information:

  • Name of deceased
  • Birth date and place of deceased
  • Age, gender and nationality of deceased
  • Civil status, occupation and residence of deceased
  • Date, time and place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Name of spouse, if married
  • Names of parents
  • Place of burial
  • Declarant's name, age, occupation, nationality and residence
  • Declarant's relationship to deceased

How Do I Search the Collection?

To browse the collection by image:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ 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.

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. Name indexes to baptisms, marriages, and death or burials make it possible to access a specific record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

For Help Reading These Records

These records are in Spanish. For help reading the records, see the following resources:

Other Searches

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Don't overlook FHL Place Mexico, Colima items or FHL Keyword Mexico, Colima items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see Mexico Archives and Libraries.

Surrounding Localities

Unable to find your ancestor? Try looking through records in the surrounding localities. Jalisco is on the north and east, and Michoacán is on the southeast.

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Citing this Collection

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Collection Citation:

"Mexico, Colima, Civil Registration, 1860-1997." Images. "FamilySearch". http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Direccion General del Registro Civil del Estado de Colima (Colima Civil Registry State Archives).


Image Citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Mexico, Colima, Civil Registration, 1860-1997.