Uruguay Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type: Vital Records
Collection years: 1879-1930
Language: English/Spanish
Title in the Language: Uruguay, registro civil, 1879-1930
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What is in This Collection?

This Collection includes birth records from 1879 to 1930.

The information recorded in civil registration records varied over time. The later records generally give more complete information than the earlier ones. The records in this collection are handwritten in Spanish. Earlier records are written in narrative style, and later records were written onto forms.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Most birth records include the following:

  • Place and date of registration
  • Place, date, and time of birth
  • Name of the newborn
  • Names of the parents (maiden name of the mother)
  • Parents’ places of origin or residence

Some birth records may also contain the following:

  • Occupation of the father
  • Names of the grandparents

Collection Content

Coverage Table

Place (Departamento) Event Type Years Covered in Index Number of Records
Artigas Birth 1884-1885 107
Canelones Birth 1870-1872, 1874-1904, 1914, 1919, 1921-1922, 1924-1930 22,936
Colonia Birth 1873-1903, 1913 13,768
Florida Birth 1880, 1884-1895 4,291
Lavalleja Birth 1843, 1860, 1862, 1864, 1866-1867, 1872, 1874-1875, 1878-1901, 1917-1918, 1921-1924, 1930 9,658
Maldonado Birth 1875-1903, 1981 3,830
Montevideo Birth 1828-1830, 1843, 1853, 1855, 1857, 1862-1930, 1983-1984, 1987-1988, 1998 127,080
Paysandú Birth 1807, 1845-1846, 1848, 1852, 1857-1859, 1861-1862, 1864-1865, 1867-1900, 1981 9,956
Rocha Birth 1886-1899, 1982 4,478
Salto Birth 1820, 1833, 1844, 1866-1867, 1869-1870, 1873-1874, 1877-1901, 1905, 1907, 1909-1910, 1913, 1923, 1926, 1930, 1985, 1988, 1993 11,263
San José Birth 1789, 1855, 1869, 1872, 1876-1901, 1922-1923, 1930, 1991, 1993 11,983
Soriano Birth 1855, 1868, 1871-1873, 1875-1901, 1903, 1906, 1926-1930, 1987 13,236
Tacuarembó Birth 1082, 1184, 1862, 1865, 1867, 1871-1930 6,500
Treinta y Tres Birth 1878, 1880-1882, 1884-1899 2,045

How Do I Search This Collection?

When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:

  • The location where the birth occurred
  • The name of the child or parents
  • The approximate date of birth
  • The place of birth

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person with the same name.
  • You ancestor may be using a nickname or alias.
  • Even though there is an index there may still be inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

What Do I Do Next?

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

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information. Add this new information to your records of each family. Continue to search the indexes and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have lived in the same area or a nearby area.

For example:

  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
  • Use occupations to find other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • Use the parents’ birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • Search the collection for other entries for individuals who have the same surnames as your ancestors; they may be relatives. This is especially helpful in rural areas or when the surname is unusual.

Keep in mind:

  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1900.
  • The information in the records is usually reliable but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby countries.

Church records are also a good substitute when birth, marriage, and death records can’t be found or are unavailable. Before the government instituted civil registration in Uruguay, the Catholic Church was the only institution tracking the births, marriages, and deaths of the population.

Your ancestor may have immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby areas or immigration/emigration records.

Known Issues With 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
"Uruguay Civil Registration Records, 1879-1930." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Registro Civil. Registro del Estado Civil, Montevideo.

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