Mexico, Puebla, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Mexico, Puebla, Civil Registration, 1861-1930 .
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Puebla, Mexico
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Location of Puebla, Mexico
Record Description
Record Type: Civil Registration
Collection years: 1861-1930
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Language: Registro Civil del Estado de Puebla, México
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Archivo General de Notarias

What is in the Collection?

This collection of civil records for Puebla covers the years 1861 to 1930.

The civil registration records for Mexico cover the vital events of 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.

Civil records in Mexico cover about 90 to 95 percent 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.

Reading These Records

These records are written in Spanish; also see the section For Help Reading These Records for translation helps.

To Browse this Collection

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What Can these Records Tell Me?

The following information is usually found in these records:

Birth records Marriage records Death records
Date and place of record Date and place of marriage Name of deceased
Child’s name and gender Names of the bride and groom Age, occupation, origin, nationality and residence of deceased
Child’s birth date and place Groom’s age, civil status, and occupation Date and place of death
Presenter/Father’s name, age, civil status and occupation Names of groom’s parents and their origin and residence Cause of death
Parents’ names and race Bride’s age and civil status Spouse’s name, if married, and their age, origin and residence
Paternal grandparents Names of bride’s parents and their origin and residence Declarant’s name, age, civil status and origin
Maternal grandparents Names of witnesses Sometimes, burial information

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How Do I Search the Collection?

Before using this collection it is helpful to know:

  • Your ancestor's given name and surname
  • Identifying information such as residence
  • Estimated marriage or birth year
  • Family relationships

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For Help Reading These Records

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How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in the 1930 Mexico National Census records
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • Compile information for every person who has the same surname as your ancestor; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.

I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • Unable to find your ancestor? Try looking through records in the surrounding localities. Morelos is to the west, Estado de México to the northwest, Tlaxcala to the north, Hidalgo to the west of Puebla's northern "peninsula," Veracruz to the east, Oaxaca to the south, and Guerrero to the southwest.
  • Check for variants of given names, surnames, and place names. Transcription errors could occur in any handwritten record; also, it was not uncommon for an individual be listed under a nickname or an abbreviation of their name.
  • Puebla Catholic Church records are also a good source of genealogical information. You should obtain copies of both church records and civil registration, when possible, since they do not necessarily provide the same information. For example, baptismal registers sometimes provide the names of the fathers of illegitimate children when the civil registration does not.
  • There may be more than one person with the same name.
  • You ancestor may be using a nickname or alias.

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Collection Citation:

"Mexico, Puebla, Civil Registration, 1861-1930." Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2017. Citing Archivo General de Notarias, Instituto Cultural Poblano, Puebla (State Archive. Poblano Cultural Institute, Puebla).

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