Mexico, Yucatán, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Title in the Language of the Record
Registro Civil del Estado de Yucatán, México
This collection of civil records for Yucatán covers the inclusive years of 1860 to 1926.
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, they are generally 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 Browselink from the collection landing page.
Birth records usually contain:
- Date and place of record
- Child’s name and gender
- Child’s birth date and place of birth
- Presenter's name, age, occupation and residence
- Parents' names, their age, occupation and residence
- Paternal grandparents names and their residence
- Maternal grandparents names and their residence
- Names of witnesses, their age, civil status, occupation and residence
Marriage records usually contain:
- Date and place of marriage
- Names of the bride and groom
- Groom's age, civil status, occupation, origin and residence
- Groom's parents' names, their origin and residence
- Bride's age, civil status, occupation, origin and residence
- Bride's parents' names, their origin and residence
- Names of witnesses
- Witnesses' age, civil status, occupation, origin, and residence
Death records usually contain:
- 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
- Parents’ names
- Sometimes, place of burial
How to Use the Record
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the "Browse through images" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the appropriate "Ciudad o municipio"
⇒ Select the appropriate "Tipo de registro y años" 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.
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.
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.
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Citation for This Collection
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.
- "Mexico, Yucatán, Civil Registration, 1860-1926." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Archivo General del Registro Civil del Estado de Yucatán, México.
Original records are also housed in different municipal archives throughout the state of Yucatán.