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Philippines, Manila, Civil Registration, 1899-1984
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Manila, Philippines
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Record Description
Record Type: Civil Registration
Collection years: 1899-1984
Languages: Spanish and English
Title in the Languages: Filipinas, Manila Registro Civil
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Related Websites
Manila Civil Registry

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

This collection includes birth, marriage, and death records for the city of Manila, Philippines. See the coverage table below for date ranges of each record group. The index currently covers birth certificates from 1900-1980.

Some folders of images are not arranged chronologically and/or sequentially.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

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

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, Manila, Civil Registration, 1899-1984.

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


  • Name and gender of child
  • Child’s date and place of birth
  • Child’s race
  • Name and birthplace of father
  • Father’s occupation
  • Maiden name of mother and her birthplace
  • Name of physician or midwife and their residence


  • Date and place of marriage
  • Name and age of groom
  • Groom’s marital status, nativity and residence
  • Names of groom’s parents
  • Name and age of bride
  • Names of bride’s parents
  • Bride’s marital status, nativity and residence
  • Names of the witnesses and their residence
  • Names of the person who gave consent
  • Name of the person who solemnized the marriage
  • Beginning in 1945, the birthplace of bride and groom
  • Date of the marriage license
  • Date of the certificate (marriage contract)


  • Name, age and gender of deceased
  • Marital status, nativity and race of deceased
  • Name of spouse
  • Day, month and year when death occurred
  • Place of death
  • Duration of illness
  • Cause of death
  • Name of physician and his residence
  • On death certificates after 1958, birthdate and birthplace of deceased
  • Sometimes, burial information or transit permit given

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

Description Earliest Year Latest Year
Births 1898 1982
Marriages 1900 1984
Deaths 1890 1984

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

View The Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select Record Type
  2. Select Year
  3. Select Month and Certificate 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
  • 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 to find more. For instance, use the age listed in the record to estimate a year of birth, if that is yet undetermined
  • 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 and the place of birth to find the family in Philippines Census records
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate Philippines Land and Property
  • Compile information for every person who has the same surname as your ancestor; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual

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

  • There may be more than one person with the same name. When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
  • Church records are also a good source of genealogical information. If possible, you should obtain copies of both Philippines church records and civil registration, since they do not necessarily provide the same information. For example, baptismal registers sometimes provide the names of the fathers of illegitimate children when the civil registration does not
  • Vary the search terms. For example, search by either the given name or surname, or try expanding the date range
  • 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
  • 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 and notice the asterisk for recently added or updated records

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

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

Known Issues[edit | edit source]

Click here for a list of known issues with this collection.

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.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

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