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Dominican Republic

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Dominican Republic, Civil Registration, 1801-2010  and Dominican Republic, Births, 1828-1917
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Dominican Republic
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Record Description
Record Type: Civil Records, Birth Records
Collection years: 1801-2010
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Language: Registro Civil de la Republica Dominicana; República Dominicana, nacimientos
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Archive
Archivo General de la Nación (General Archive of the Nation), Santo Domingo


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

One collection includes births from from 1801 to 2006, and the second collection includes civil registration records including birth, marriage, and death certificates from various localities in the Dominican Republic and goes from 1801-2010.

The records are written both in narrative style and in formatted records. Some records appear damaged; however, genealogical information may still be extracted.

This is an ongoing active collection. Additional records will be added to this collection. Check the browse headers for the collection to determine current coverage. For a complete list of all the provinces contained in this collection, see the Provinces of the Dominican Republic - Civil Registration coverage table.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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For additional information about image restrictions see Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections.

Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

These records are written in Spanish. For help reading them see:

If you speak Spanish, the following free online lesson may be helpful to learn how to use the information in these records:

To Browse These Collections[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Dominican Republic, Civil Registration, 1801-2010.
You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Dominican Republic, Births, 1801-2006.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information is may be found in these records:

Birth Records

  • Name and gender of child
  • Date, place, and time of birth
  • Child’s legitimacy
  • Parents’ names and ages
  • Parents’ occupation and residence
  • Grandparents’ names
  • Date, place and time of registration
  • Registrant’s occupation and residence

Marriage Records

  • Names and ages of bride and groom
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Marital status of bride and groom
  • Bride and groom’s residence
  • Parents’ names and ages
  • Date of betrothal promise
  • Witnesses’ name, age, marital status and occupation
  • Name of civil official and/or marriage officiator

Death Records

  • Name and age of deceased (keep in mind that death
records for women may be filed under their married name)
  • Marital status/spouse’s name of deceased
  • Date, place and time of death
  • Cause of death
  • Parents’ of deceased
  • Parents’ origin and residence
  • Witnesses’ names
  • Informant’s name and age, occupation.

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before using this collection it is helpful to know:

  • Your ancestor's given name and surname
  • Identifying information such as residence
  • Estimated marriage, birth, or death year

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

Dominican Republic Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select Province
  2. Select Locality
  3. Select Record Type and Years to view the images.

Dominican Republic Births[edit | edit source]

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select Province
  2. Select Locality
  3. Select Volume and Year Range to view the images.

How Do I Analyze The Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Check the image that the index was taken from to see if there is additional information
  • Use the information to find more. For instance, use the age listed in the record to estimate a year of birth, if that is yet undetermined
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each spouse to find a couple's birth records and parents' names
  • Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Church records are also a good substitute when civil records of births, marriages, and deaths cannot be found or are unavailable
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family
  • Check for variants of given names, surnames, and place names. Transcription errors could occur in any handwritten record; also, it was not uncommon for an individual be listed under a nickname or an abbreviation of their name. Click here for a list of Spanish name abbreviations
  • A boundary change could have occurred and the record of your ancestor is now in a neighboring province. A map of the Dominican Republic can show you all the nearby provinces

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the Dominican Republic.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Dominican Republic Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

Dominican Republic Births[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?[edit | edit source]

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