Peru, Puno, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Puno, Peru
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Record Description
Record Type: Civil Registration
Collection years: 1890-2005
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Language: Peru, Puno, Registro Civil
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Related Websites
Regional Archive of Puno, Peru

What is in the Collection?

This collection includes births, marriages, deaths, and indexes created by civil registration offices in the department of Puno, Peru for the years 1890-2005. Some of these records have been indexed and are available for search.

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 registration
Child’s name and gender Names of the bride and groom 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 Date and place of marriage Race, age and civil status of deceased
Legitimacy Groom’s age, civil status, nationality, race and occupation Cause of death
Religious affiliation Names of groom’s parents and their residence Date, place and time of death
Parents’ names, ages, origin and residence Bride’s age, civil status, nationality, race and occupation Civil status and occupation of deceased
Witnesses’ name, age, civil status and residence Names of bride’s parents, origin and residence Parents’ names of deceased if a minor
Sometimes, grandparents’ names Bride and groom’s religious affiliation Presenter’s origin, nationality and residence
Names, residence and ages of witnesses Names of witnesses

The information in each record varies by year.

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Coverage Table

As of 9 December 2016 this collection included records from the following provinces.

Province Birth Marriage Death
Azángaro 132,530 2,257 7,561
Carabaya 13,726 325 0
El Collao 7,071 0 0
Huancané 134,377 4,580 13,924
Melgar 90,021 3,887 0
Moho 34,259 2,097 0
Puno 158,947 26,648 75,349
San Román 118,697 10,672 38,237
Totorani 1,200 0 0

How Do I Search the Collection?

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

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For Help Reading these Records

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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?

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?

A boundary change could have occurred and the record of your ancestor is now in a neighboring region. These regions neighbor Puno:

  • Madre de Dios to the north,
  • Cusco and Arequipa on the west,
  • Moquegua on the southwest, and
  • Tacna to the south.

Church records are also a good substitute when birth, marriage, and death records can’t be found or are unavailable.

Your ancestor may have immigrated to another country. Bolivia borders Puno, Peru on the east. Search the records of nearby areas or immigration/emigration records:

Peru Emigration and Immigration

Citing This Collection

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
"Peru, Puno, Civil Registration, 1890-2005." Database with Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2017. Citing Archivo Regional [Regional Archives], Puno, Pero.
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