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== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
 
This collection will include records from 1860 to 1950.
 
 
The collection contains birth, marriages and deaths for the states of Aguascalientes and Tlaxcala in Mexico.
 
  
 
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.  
 
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.
 
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.
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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 [[Mexico Civil Registration Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#FamilySearch_Historical_Records_Collections|collection of civil registration records]] for that state.
  
 
== Record Content  ==
 
== Record Content  ==
  
'''Birth records usually contain the following information:''' <gallery>
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'''Birth records''' may contain the following information: <gallery>
 
Image:Mexico State of Aguascalientes Civil Registration (09-0413) DGS 4518877 30.jpg|Birth Record  
 
Image:Mexico State of Aguascalientes Civil Registration (09-0413) DGS 4518877 30.jpg|Birth Record  
 
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*Names of witnesses and their personal information
 
*Names of witnesses and their personal information
  
'''Marriage records usually contain the following information:''' <gallery>
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'''Marriage records''' may contain the following information: <gallery>
 
Image:Mexico Tlaxcala Civil Registration (09-0170) Marriage DGS 4467172 171.jpg|Marriage Record   
 
Image:Mexico Tlaxcala Civil Registration (09-0170) Marriage DGS 4467172 171.jpg|Marriage Record   
 
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*Bride's witnesses, age, marital status, occupation, origin and residence
 
*Bride's witnesses, age, marital status, occupation, origin and residence
  
'''Death records usually contain the following information:''' <gallery>
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'''Death records''' may contain the following information:<gallery>
 
Image:Mexico Tlaxcala Civil Registration (09-0170) Death DGS 4467186 83.jpg|Death Record   
 
Image:Mexico Tlaxcala Civil Registration (09-0170) Death DGS 4467186 83.jpg|Death Record   
 
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== How to Use the Records  ==
 
== How to Use the Records  ==
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===Search the Records===
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Each collection has search instructions available in the associated article. See [[Mexico Civil Registration Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#FamilySearch_Historical_Records_Collections|Mexico Civil Registration Records Collections]] for available articles.
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=== Using the Information  ===
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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:
  
To search the collection, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page<br>⇒ Select the "State" <br>⇒ Select the "City or Town"<br>⇒ Select the "Record Type and Years" which takes you to the images.  
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*Use the parents' names to locate any children.
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*Search for the parents' marriage. If their age is not given, estimate it and search for their baptismal record.
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*Continue to repeat this process for each ancestor.
  
Look at the images one by one 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.
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=== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ===
  
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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*Check for variant spellings of the names.
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*Check for an index. Some records have indexes at the end of the volume.
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*If earlier generations are not in the record, search neighboring parishes.
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*If the event you are looking for is after 1859, try searching the civil registration.
  
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
  
*[http://unstats.un.org/unsd/vitalstatkb/KnowledgebaseArticle50226.aspx Mexico, Civil Registration]
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*[[Mexico Maps#Mexico_through_the_Centuries|Online maps of Mexico]]
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*[[Mexico History#Online_Histories|Online histories of Mexico]]
  
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
 
*[[Mexico]]  
 
*[[Mexico]]  
*[[Mexico Civil Registration|Mexico Civil Registration]]
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*[[Mexico Civil Registration]]
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==FamilySearch Historical Records Collections ==
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*[[Mexico, Aguascalientes, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Baja California and Baja California Sur, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Campeche, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Chiapas Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Chihuahua, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Coahuila, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Colima, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Distrito Federal Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Durango, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Guanajuato, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Guerrero, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Hidalgo, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Jalisco, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, México, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Michoacan, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Morelos, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Nayarit, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Nuevo León, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Oaxaca, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Puebla, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Querétaro, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Quintana Roo, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, San Luis Potosí, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Sonora, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Tamaulipas, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Tlaxcala, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Veracruz, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Yucatán, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Mexico, Zacatecas, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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{{Contributor invite}}  
 
{{Contributor invite}}  
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
 
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
 
 
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]]
 
 
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
 
 
"Mexico, Civil Registration, 1860-1950," Images, ''FamiySearch'' (https://familysearch.org: accssed 29 May 2012), Aguascalientes&gt;Calvillo&gt;Defunciones 1950-1950&gt;image 187 of 623, Anastano Munoz, died 19 September 1950; citing Civil registry offices in Mexico, Archivo General de Registro Civil de Estado de Aguascalientes and the Archivo General de Estado de Tlaxcala.
 
  
 
[[Category:Mexico|Civil]]
 
[[Category:Mexico|Civil]]

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Title in the Language of the Records[edit | edit source]

Registro Civil de México

Record Description[edit | edit source]

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.

Record Content[edit | edit source]

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 to Use the Records[edit | edit source]

Search the Records[edit | edit source]

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

Using the Information[edit | edit source]

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.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?[edit | edit source]

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

Related Websites[edit | edit source]

Related Wiki Articles[edit | edit source]

FamilySearch Historical Records Collections[edit | edit source]

Contributions to This Article[edit | edit source]

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Historical Records/Guidelines for Articles.