Source Information

Ancestry.com. Chiapas, Mexico, Civil Registration Deaths, 1861-1987 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.
Original data: Mexico. State of Chiapas Civil Registration. Registro Civil del Estado de Chiapas, México. Courtesy of the Academia Mexicana de Genealogia y Heraldica.

About Chiapas, Mexico, Civil Registration Deaths, 1861-1987

Civil registration began on a national level in Mexico in 1859, though enforcement and compliance were not always strict at first. This collection contains civil records of deaths for the state of Chiapas. You’ll find the records in a number of different formats. Early records were often written in long, narrative-style entries. Later records appear on a variety of printed forms.

These records can contain a wealth of useful data. Depending on the form, they may include the following details—note that later forms typically include more data:

  • name
  • date and place of death
  • father’s name
  • mother’s name
  • spouse’s name
  • age
  • gender
  • cause of death

Remember that civil registration did not replace religious records, and you may be able to find evidence of your ancestor’s death or burial in church registers as well.

These records are in Spanish.

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