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Philippines, La Union, Diocese of San Fernando de La Union, 1801-1984
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La Union, Philippines
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Record Description
Record Type: Church
Collection years: 1801-1984
Languages: Spanish English
Title in the Languages: Filipinas, La Union, Diócesis de San Fernando de La Unión
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Diocese of San Fernando de La Union

What Is In This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains church records including marriages, deaths, and confirmations from the Diocese of San Fernando de La Union, Philippines for the years 1801-1984. Baptism records are included for the years 1900-1914. Civil authorities did not steadily register vital events in the Philippines until the nineteenth century.

For additional details about the history of these records and help using them, see the wiki article Philippines Church Records.

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Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

These records are written in Spanish. For help reading them see:

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Philippines, La Union, Diocese of San Fernando de La Union, 1801-1984.

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

The following information may be found in these records:


  • Name, age, and gender
  • Date and place of baptism
  • Date and place of birth
  • Names of parents
  • Names of witnesses
  • Fathers Occupation


  • Name
  • Date and place of confirmation (The date and place of the confirmation will most often be on the first page of the register)
  • Names of parents
  • Names of godparents


  • Names and ages of groom and bride
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Birthplaces of groom and bride
  • Names of groom’s parents
  • Names of bride’s parents
  • Who performed the marriage
  • Names of witnesses


  • Deceased’s name, gender, and age (keep in mind that death records for women may be filed under their married name)
  • Date and place of death
  • Year and place of birth
  • Marital Status/Name of Spouse
  • Names of parents
  • Birthplaces of parents
  • Names and residences of informants/witnesses
  • Date and place of burial
  • Names of surviving children

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

Before using this collection it is helpful to know:

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

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

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  2. Select Parish
  3. Select Record Type, Year Range (Volume Numbers) 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
  • When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title, an occupation, or land ownership. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors
  • Cite the record entry for future reference. Save or print a copy of the image if possible. The image citation is available by clicking on the information tab at the bottom left of the screen where you found the actual image of your ancestor’s record
  • 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 spouse to find a couple's birth records and parents' names
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records Philippines Census
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate civil and land records Philippines Land and Property
  • 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
  • Use the marital status to identify previous marriages (whether a divorce or death dissolved a previous marriage)
  • Witnesses often were relatives of the parents
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
  • For death records, the information in records is usually reliable, but depends upon the knowledge of the informant
  • For marriage and death records, your ancestors may have used shortened names or nicknames, so pay attention to other relationships (parents, spouse, siblings, children, etc.) that can confirm whether you have the right person/record
  • 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

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

  • A boundary change could have occurred and the record of your ancestor is now in a neighboring province. These provinces neighbor La Union:
    • Ilocos Sur to the north,
    • Benguet in the east, and
    • Pangasinan to the south
  • Or your ancestor may have immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby areas or immigration/emigration records. Philippines Emigration and Immigration
  • Civil registration records are also a good substitute when church records are insufficient. Philippines Civil Registration (Local) - FamilySearch Historical Records
  • Check for variants of given names, surnames, and place names. Transcription errors could occur in any handwritten record; also, it was not uncommon for an individual be listed under a nickname or an abbreviation of their name. Click here for a list of Spanish name abbreviations

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

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

Known Issues[edit | edit source]

Philippines, La Union, Diocese of San Fernando de La Union, 1801-1981, Balaoan, St. Nicholas of Tolentina, Marriages, 1924-1936 (vol.5) This book is deaths and not marriages.

Philippines, La Union, Diocese of San Fernando de La Union, 1801-1981, Balaoan, St. Nicholas of Tolentina, Deaths, 1941-1973 (vol. 1). This book is marriages and not deaths.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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