Philippines, Civil Registration, National (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type: Civil Registration
Collection years: 1945-1984
Languages: Spanish, English
Title in the Languages: Filipinas, El Registro Civil, Nacional
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National Statistics Office of the Philippines


What Is In This Collection?

This collection consists of vital records from across the Philippines for the years 1945-1987. The original records are located in the National Census and Statistics Office, Manila, Philippines.

Records are not available for all localities and the content and time period vary by area. This is an active, ongoing collection and additional records may be added.

Image Visibility

Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images available for all users. However, rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians.

These images can be viewed online by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at a Family History Center near you, or the Family History Library.

For additional information about image restrictions, please see the Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections page.

Reading These Records

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

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Philippines Civil Registration (National), 1945-1984.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The records may include the following information:

Birth

  • Place of birth
  • Name of child
  • Gender
  • Date of birth
  • Father's name, age and occupation
  • Mother's name age and occupation
  • Informant's name and address

Marriage

  • Names and ages of bride and groom
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Names and ages of bride's parents
  • Names and ages of groom's parents
  • Names of witnesses
  • Names of persons who gave consent
  • Date of Marriage license
  • Name of person who solemnized the marriage

Death

  • Deceased's name and age
  • Date and place of death
  • Marital status/Name of spouse
  • Date and place of burial
  • Name of informant

How Do I Search The Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. 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

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

View The Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

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

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. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • 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 the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • 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 and notice the asterisk for recently added or updated record

Record Finder

Consult the Philippines Record Finder Table to find other records

General Information about These Records

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 for this Collection

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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
"Philippines Civil Registration (National), 1945-1984." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 22 August 2017. Citing Civil Registrar. National Census and Statistics Office, Manila.
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