Mexico Deaths - FamilySearch Historical Records/Known Issues

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Known Issues[edit | edit source]

NOTE: To determine which digital records are likely to be found within a collection or to find missing images, see, How do I use the catalog to learn more about the collections in Historical Records? .

NOTE: To view films, see Where do I find a family history center?.

NOTE: Many of the indexed records have corresponding images in the Mexico state Catholic Church or Civil Registration browse collections. The information from the record detail pages, such as death or burial date, death or burial place, parent’s names, and film number are useful search criteria. Search the Catalog using the Film Number to find records that are available online.

Question 1[edit | edit source]

Question 1: I am having trouble searching for death records even when I know my ancestor’s name. Do you have any suggestions?
Answer 1: Try entering different combinations of the name in both the First Names and Last Names fields. For example, if you cannot find Jose Domingo using both fields, enter the entire name in the First Names field only. Prior to 1800, people were not identified by surnames as used currently. In addition, indexing errors may have attributed to searching problems.

Question 2[edit | edit source]

Question 2: Some indexed records have death or burial place or date errors, as well as film number errors. How can I determine the correct information?
Answer 2: View the document to verify the correct information. The death or burial place and date can also be checked by searching the Catalog using the film number included in the record detail page. See Use the FamilySearch catalog. A list of known problems below provides correct indexing information:

  • Records detail pages with an incorrect Film number: 227924 or Bautismos 1880-1882 are actually deaths. The correct film is Film 227819: Defunciones 1905-1915. Images are available at the browse path: Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977 > Puebla de Zaragoza > Sagrario Metropolitano > Defunciones 1905-1915. However, the correct year span is 1906-1915.