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Peru, Callao, Civil Registration, 1874-1996
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Callao, Peru
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Record Description
Record Type: Civil Registration
Collection years: 1874-1996
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Language: Registro Civil de Callao, Peru
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Archivo General de la Nación, Lima (General Archives of the Nation, Lima)


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

This collection consists of digital images of original civil registration records of births, marriages, and deaths from the Provincia Constitucional, or Callao, in Peru from 1874 to 1996.

El Callao (/kɑːˈjɑː.oʊ/; Spanish pronunciation: [kaˈʎa.o] or [kaˈʝa.o]) is the chief seaport of Peru. The city is also called Provincia Constitucional (Constitutional Province), the only province of the Callao Region. The Historic Centre of Callao is located 15 km (9.3 mi) west of Historic Centre of Lima, the country's capital, and is part of the Lima Metropolitan Area. Callao borders Lima Province on the north, east and south, and the Pacific Ocean on the west.

The registration of births, marriages, and deaths in Peru documents the civil status of the residents.

Earlier records are all handwritten in a narrative format. The later records are also handwritten but on a printed format. Some of their text may also vary slightly.

Before the government instituted civil registration in Peru, the Catholic Church was the only institution tracking the births, marriages, and deaths of the population. In 1852, during the Republican Era, the government instituted civil registration. This was first done by political authorities, such as prefecture, subprefecture, and state. In 1856, this responsibility was given to municipalities. Currently, civil registration is in the hands of RENIEC, which delegates the registration process to municipal registrars.

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Birth

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  • Child's date and place of birth
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  • Father's name, age, occupation and origin
  • Mother's maiden name, age, occupation and origin

Marriage

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  • Groom's name and age
  • Groom's occupation, origin and residence
  • Names of groom's parents, their origin and residence
  • Bride's name and age
  • Bride's origin and residence
  • Names of bride's parents, their origin and residence
  • Names of witnesses, their age(s), civil status and residence

Death

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  • Name, age and gender of deceased
  • Race, civil status, and occupation of deceased
  • Nationality and origin of deceased
  • Parents' names
  • Declarents' name, age, civil status, occupation, origin and residence
  • Names of witnesses, their age(s), origin and residence

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  • 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
  • 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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