by Moises Garza

December 9, 2011

Are your ancestors from the Mexican state of Tamaulipas? Do you have a brick wall? If the answer to both of these questions is yes then the Civil registration records may be of great help to you. They cover the time period from 1800 to 2002 but most of them only start in the 1860’s when it was mandatory that the local government start to keep records of births, deaths, and marriages. This collection is available for free at and it was published online back in November 22, 2011.

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About a month ago FamilySearch placed the Nuevo Leon Civil Registry images online and in a few hours I had great results with them. Then I wished that they would publish the Tamaulipas ones. Then on 22 Nov 2011 they did it. I am super happy since it includes most of the towns from my Maternal and Paternal sides and not to mention also my wife’s.

Towns of interest to me:

  • Arcabuz
  • Miguel Aleman
  • Camargo
  • Gustavo Dias Ordaz (used to be called San Miguel de Camargo)
  • Mier
  • Reynosa

This collection helped me find whom my second great grandparents through my mothers maternal side were. All this happened when I found the Civil record of the 1916 marriage of my great grandparents in Ciudad Mier. The key to finding records is finding the index of each year, usually at the end or the beginning of that particular year’s documents.

I know that many of the readers of this blog already know about this collection but if you are new to researching your family genealogy or history you definitely have to check this collection out.

Here is the link to the browsable images:

Mexico, Tamaulipas, Civil Registration, 1800-2002


I’ll be posting some transcriptions very soon!

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Moises Garza

This blog is an attempt to document my family and make you aware of resources that I find. I also hope that with this blog I can network with other researchers interested in this region and connect with long lost relatives. To keep up to date with this blog follow us with RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or Google+. Contact me at

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