Mexico Civil Registration Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type Civil Registration
Language: Spanish
Title in the Language: Registro Civil de México
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What is in the Collection?

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.

Please note that the records pertaining to this super collection are in their respective states. In order to find the records for this collection you will need to search within the collection of civil registration records for that state.

Collection Contents

Birth records may 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
Marriage records may 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
Death records may 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 Do I Search the Collection?

Each collection has search instructions available in the associated article. See Mexico Civil Registration Records Collections for available articles.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about other people listed in the record. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors, such as:

  • Use the parents' names to locate any children.
  • Search for the parents' marriage. If their age is not given, estimate it and search for their baptismal record.
  • Continue to repeat this process for each ancestor.

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

  • Check for variant spellings of the names.
  • Check for an index. Some records have indexes at the end of the volume.
  • If earlier generations (parents, grandparents, etc.) do not appear in the records, search neighboring parishes.
  • If the event you are looking for is after 1859, try searching the civil registration.

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