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Record Description
Record Type: Civil Registration
Collection years: 1902-1945
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Languages: Filipinas, El Registro Civil del División de Archivos
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National Archives of the Philippines


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

The records include copies of birth, marriage and death certificates from the Archives Division of the Bureau of Records Management. It includes many localities throughout the Philippines primarily from 1922 to 1932, but some beginning as early as 1902 and ending as late as 1945.


Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

These records are in English and Spanish. For help reading any Spanish records see the following guides:

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Philippines Civil Registration (Archives Division), 1902-1945.


What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

Birth

  • Child’s name
  • Birthdate
  • Birth place parents’ names, residence
  • Parent's names, residence and occupation
  • Witnesses' names, age, relationship, and residence

Marriage

  • Husband’s name and age
  • Wife’s name and age
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Husband's birthplace, nationality, and occupation
  • Number of previous marriages of husband
  • Wife's birthplace, nationality, and occupation
  • Number of previous marriages of wife
  • Names of the husband’s parents
  • Names of the wife’s parents
  • Name of the person solemnizing the marriage and their title

Death

  • Municipality and province of registration
  • Name, age, and gender of deceased (keep in mind that death records for women may be filed under their married name)
  • Nationality, civil status, occupation, and residence of deceased
  • Date, place, and cause of death
  • Name of surviving spouse
  • Name of the hospital or institution, if death occurred there
  • Burial information
  • Name of attending physician
  • On death certificates after 1958, names of father and mother appear
  • On death certificates after 1958, the birthdate and birthplace of deceased are given

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

The information found in each record varies by year. The recording of civil events in a person's life, such as birth, marriage and death, require valid evidence making these records very reliable.

Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

This coverage table shows localities, record types and years that this collection has published:

Philippines, Civil Registration (Archives) Coverage Table - FamilySearch Historical Records

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select Province
  2. Select Municipality
  3. Select Record Type
  4. Select Year Range to view the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Check the image the index was taken from to see if there is additional information
  • Make sure to fully transcribe and cite the record entry for future reference; see the section Citing This Collection for assistance. Save or print a copy of the image
  • Use the information which has been discovered to find more. For instance, use the age listed in the record to estimate a year of birth, if that is yet undetermined
  • Continue to search the index to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. Remember that family members often appear on an individual's vital records, such as in the role of witnesses to a marriage

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Spelling was not standardized for much of the period of this collection, so names were often spelled as they were pronounced. Pay attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try spelling variations that could have that pronunciation
  • Spanish name abbreviations may also be helpful with names
  • Vary the search terms. For example, search by either the given name or surname to return broader list of possible candidates which can then be examined for matches. Alternatively, try expanding the date range
  • Search the records of nearby localities. While it was uncommon for an individual in this period to move more than about 20 miles from their place of birth, smaller relocations were not uncommon
  • Philippines Church Records are a good substitute when birth, marriage, and death records can’t be found or are unavailable
  • The Philippines Births and Baptisms, Coverage Table - FamilySearch Historical Records may also be useful.
  • New information is constantly being indexed, microfilmed or updated. Periodically check back and see if your ancestor’s records have been added. You can see if the area you’ve been looking in has been recently updated by going to Historical Records Collections

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Philippines.

General Information about These Records[edit | edit source]

In 1889, the Spanish government created the Central Office of Statistics. This office required each parish priest to periodically give the government a list of the births, marriages, and deaths in his area. The Catholic clergy had previously maintained records about births, marriages and deaths, and sent copies to the government. After 1889, clergy were required to regularly submit detailed reports. This system continued until the end of the Spanish administration in 1898.

After the Philippine Revolution of 1898, the church and state became separate. Within the first few years, officials responsible for civil registration were appointed in each municipality. In 1930, civil registration became mandatory.

In 1932 the Bureau of Census and Statistics was created to oversee civil registration. Many civil records were destroyed during World War II.

Divorce is not legal in the Philippines, but some records of annulment and legal separation are kept in the National Census and Statistics Office and in the local Domestic Relations Court of First Instance.

Known Issues with This Collection[edit | edit source]

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?[edit | edit source]

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

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