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Peru, Cajamarca, Civil Registration, 1938-1996
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Cajamarca, Peru
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Record Description
Record Type: Civil Registration
Collection years: 1938-1996
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Language: Perú, Cajamarca, Registro Civil
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Archivo Regional de Lambayeque, Chiclayo (Lambayeque Regional Archive, Chiclayo).

What is in This Collection?

This collection includes records from 1938 to 1996.

Copies of original civil registration records of births, marriages, and deaths from the department of Cajamarca in Peru. The original records are housed in the Archivo Regional de Cajamarca.

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

San Ignacio
Santa Cruz

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

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Birth records Marriage records Death records
Date and place of the registration Date and place of the registration Time, date, and place of death
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)
Date, time and place of birth Groom’s full name and age Race, age and civil status of deceased
Legitimacy Groom’s marital status, occupation, nationality, and residence Cause of death
Parents’ names, their age, civil status and residence Names of groom’s parents and their residence Parents’ names of deceased
Witnesses’ names, age, civil status and residence Bride’s full name and age Sometimes, name of spouse
Presenter’s name, age, civil status, occupation and residence 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
Parish name and date of religious wedding
Names of witnesses

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

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Spanish Genealogical Word List

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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

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 Cajamarca. These regions neighbor Cajamarca:

  • Equador and Piura on the North
  • Amazonias on the East
  • La Libertad on the South
  • Lambayeque 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

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"Peru, Cajamarca, Civil Registration, 1938-1996" Database with Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2017. Citing Archivo Regional de Lambayeque.

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