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Civil Registrar and Civil Service Records (Hojas de Servicio)

Research use: Valuable as a finding tool and supplement to civil registration where early records are lacking.

Record type: In addition to vital records, local civil registrars also recorded a number of other events, including: Registers of foundlings, legitimations, citizenship, repatriations, paternal acknowledgments, adoptions, name changes, legal separations, annulments, voided marriages, emancipation of minors, guardianships and filiation determinations. Civil service records include documentation of birth, marriage and death of government employees.

Time Period: 1903- present.

Content: Documents verifying birth, marriage and death and associated issues regarding illegitimate children and changes in marriage, etc.

Location: National Bureau of Records Management, local civil registry offices.

Population coverage: 10%.

Reliability: Good.[1]


  1. The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Philippines,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 1986-1999.