Mexico, Michoacan, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Title in the Language of the Records
Registro Civil del Estado de Michoacán, México
This collection of civil records for Michoacán covers the inclusive years of 1859 to 1940.
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. The text of these records is 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.
For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.
Birth records may contain the following information:
- Date and place of event
- Name and gender of child
- Child's date and place of birth
- Parents names, age and civil status
- Paternal grandparents
- Maternal grandparents
Marriage records may contain the following information:
- Date and place of marriage
- Names of the bride and groom
- Groom's age, civil status, occupation, origin and residence
- Names of groom's parents
- Groom's parents' age, civil status and occupation
- Bride's age, civil status, occupation, origin and residence
- Names of bride's parents
- Bride's parents' age, civil status and occupation
- Names of witnesses
- Witnesses' names, age, civil status, occupation and residence
Death records may contain the following information:
- Name and age of deceased
- Date and place of death
- Cause of death
- Civil status of deceased at time of death
- Civil status and name of spouse, if married at time of death
- Parents’ names
- Burial information
How to Use the Records
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⇒ 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.
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. For example:
- 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 parent’s 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.
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- "Mexico, Michoacán, Civil Registration, 1859-1940." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Archivo del Registro Civil del Estado de Michoacán.
Original records are also housed in different municipal archives throughout the state of Michoacán.