Peru, Arequipa, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Peru, Arequipa, Civil Registration, 1860-1976
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Arequipa, Peru
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Record Description
Record Type: Civil Registration
Collection years: 1860-1976
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Language: Perú, Arequipa, Registro Civil
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Arequipa Department Archive, Yanahuara, Arequipa.

What is in This Collection?

This collection includes records of births, marriages, deaths, indexes and other records created by civil registration offices in the department of Arequipa, Peru between the years 1860-1976. Some of these records have been indexed and are searchable as part of this collection. Additional images and indexed records will be published as they become available.

Reading These Records

These records are written in Spanish; see the section For Help Reading these Records for translation helps.

To Browse This Collection

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What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information is usually found in these records:

Birth records Marriage records Death records
Date and place of the registration Date and place of the registration Time, date, and place of the registration
Child’s name and gender Date and place of marriage Deceased’s name, gender, and age (keep in mind that death records for women may be under their married name)
Child’s date and place of birth Groom’s full name and age Date, place and time of death
Legitimacy Groom’s marital status, occupation, nationality, and residence Cause of death
Parents’ names, their age and residence Names of groom’s parents and their residence Parents’ names of deceased
Names of witnesses Bride’s full name and age Sometimes, name of spouse
Bride’s marital status, occupation, nationality, and residence Names of witnesses, their age(s) and residence
Names of bride’s parents and their residence Name of person registering death and their relationship to the deceased
Couple’s statement of religious affiliation
Names of witnesses

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As of 12 December 2016 this collection included records from the following provinces:


How Do I Search This Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. Before using this collection it is helpful to know:

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

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.

  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have.
  2. Click Search to show possible matches.

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For Help Reading These Records

For help with reading these Spanish records, see the following resources:

How Do I Analyze the Results?

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.

What Do I Do Next?

To learn more about using the information available in these records, view these lessons for free:

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. Keep in mind:

  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • For death records, the information in records is usually reliable, but depends upon the knowledge of the informant
  • For marriage and death records, name changes, shortened names, or nicknames may have been used by your ancestors, so pay attention to other relationships (parents, spouse, siblings, children, etc.) that can confirm whether you have the right person/record
  • Witnesses were sometimes relatives of the deceased or the deceased's parents
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
  • Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify
  • Continue to search the indexes and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have lived in the same area or a nearby area
  • The birth, marriage, and death records contain important information for at least two and sometimes three generations of ancestors in one document

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?

If you are unable to find your ancestor(s) in these civil registers, then try searching in the areas surrounding Arequipa. These regions neighbor Arequipa:

  • Ica, Ayacucho, Apurimac, and Cusco on the North
  • Puno on the East
  • Moquegua on the South
  • Pacific Ocean on the West

Your ancestor may have immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby areas or immigration/emigration records
Peru Emigration and Immigration

Church records are also a good substitute when birth, marriage, and death records can’t be found or are unavailable. Before the government instituted civil registration in Peru, the Catholic Church was the only institution tracking the births, marriages, and deaths of the population.

Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation

"Peru, Arequipa, Civil Registration, 1860-1976." Database with Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2017. Citing Archivo Departamental de Arequipa.

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