Peru Genealogy

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Guide to Peru ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.

Country Information

Peru is a country in South America bordered by Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia, and Chile. It was formerly a colony of Spain. The official languages are Spanish, Quechua, and Aymara.[1]

Getting Started

Getting Started with Peru Research

Links to articles on getting started with Peru research.

Peru Research Tools

Links to articles and websites that assist in Peru research.

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Finding Your Ancestors' Town in Peru

  • Genealogical records are organized by geographical locality. Civil registration (government birth, marriage, and death records) and church records (christenings/baptisms, marriages, and burials) were kept at the local level. To search these records, you must know the town where your ancestors lived.
  • If you do not know your ancestors' town, follow the advice in the Wiki article, Peru Finding Town of Origin, to search a variety of records that might provide that information.

Peru Clickable Map


Peru is currently divided into 25 regions. The Peruvian regions are sub-divided into provinces, and the provinces are sub-divided into districts.

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  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Peru," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 28 March 2016.