Philippines Genealogy

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Guide to Philippines ancestry, family history and genealogy parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Country Information

The Philippines is an island country in Southeast Asia situated in the western Pacific Ocean. It was formerly a colony of Spain. The official languages are Filipino and English.[1]

Getting Started

Getting Started with Philippines Research

Links to articles on getting started with Philippines research.
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Philippines Research Tools

Links to articles and websites that assist in Philippines research.

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Finding Your Ancestors' Town in Philippines

  • 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, Philippines Finding Town of Origin, to search a variety of records that might provide that information.

Finding Your Ancestors' Province in the Philippines

Once you know the town your Filipino ancestors lived in, you will need to determine which province the town belongs to. For this you will use this gazetteer:

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Gazetteer Instructions

Abbreviations are defined beginning on page x of Volume 1. The RP under the title AREA number is a code for the province. On page xiv an xv (Volume 1), you will find a chart giving a key to the RP codes.

Philippines Clickable Map

The following map provides the locations of the many provinces in the Philippines, many of which have their own language:

Batanes ProvinceCagayan ProvinceIsabela ProvinceAurora ProvinceQuezon ProvinceCamarines Norte ProvinceCamarines Sur ProvinceCatanduanes ProvinceAlbay ProvinceMasbate ProvinceBiliran ProvinceSorsogon ProvinceNorthern Samar ProvinceSamar ProvinceEastern Samar ProvinceLeyte ProvinceSouthern Leyte ProvinceDinagat Islands ProvinceSurigao del Norte ProvinceSurigao del Sur ProvinceAgusan del NorteAgusan del Sur ProvinceDavao Oriental ProvinceCompostela Valley ProvinceDavao del Norte ProvinceDavao del Sur ProvinceSarangani ProvinceSouth Cotabato ProvinceSultan Kudarat ProvinceMaguindanao ProvinceLanao del Sur ProvinceLanao del Norte ProvinceMisamis Occidental ProvinceZamboanga del Norte ProvinceZamboanga del Sur ProvinceZamboanga Sibugay ProvinceBasilan ProvinceSulu ProvinceTawi-Tawi ProvinceMalaysiaPalawan ProvinceCotabato ProvinceBukidnon ProvinceMisamis Oriental ProvinceCamiguin ProvinceSiquijor ProvinceBohol ProvinceCebu ProvinceNegros Oriental ProvinceNegros Occidental ProvinceGuimaras ProvinceIloilo ProvinceCapiz ProvinceAntique ProvinceAklan ProvinceRomblon ProvinceOccidental Mindoro ProvinceOriental Mindoro ProvinceMarinduque ProvinceBatangas ProvinceCavite ProvinceManilaLaguna ProvinceRizal ProvinceBulacan ProvinceBataan ProvinceZambales ProvincePampanga ProvinceTarlac ProvinceNueva Ecija ProvincePangasinan ProvinceNueva Vizcaya ProvinceQuirino ProvinceLa Union ProvinceBenguet ProvinceIfugao ProvinceMountain ProvinceKalinga ProvinceIlocos Sur ProvinceAbra ProvinceApayao ProvinceIlocos Norte ProvinceSultan Kudarat ProvinceSarangani ProvinceDavao del Sur ProvinceDavao Oriental ProvinceSurigao del Sur ProvinceSurigao del Norte ProvinceEastern Samar ProvinceNorthern Samar ProvinceCatanduanes ProvinceSorsogon ProvinceCamarines Norte ProvinceAurora ProvinceBiliran ProvinceRomblon ProvinceCagayan ProvinceIlocos Norte ProvinceIlocos Sur ProvinceLa Union ProvinceZambales ProvinceBataan ProvinceCavite ProvinceBatangas ProvinceMarinduque ProvinceAntique ProvinceGuimaras ProvinceNegros Occidental ProvinceSiquijor ProvinceCamiguin ProvinceMisamis Oriental ProvinceMisamis Occidental ProvinceLanao del Norte ProvinceMaguindanao ProvinceZamboanga del SurBasilan ProvinceTawi-Tawi ProvinceZamboanga del Norte ProvinceOccidental Mindoro ProvinceOriental Mindoro ProvincePangasinan ProvinceBatanes ProvinceAlbay ProvincePhilippinesprovinces.jpg
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More Philippines Research Tools

Research tools can include resources that assist in locating correct records to search and determining the correct locality to search in. Below are links and Wiki articles to research tools for Philippines.

FamilySearch Resources

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