Uruguay Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930
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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.

Reading These Records

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

If you speak Spanish, the following free online lesson may be helpful to learn how to use the information in these records:

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 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

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
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records
  • 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

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

  • Check for variants of given names, surnames, and place names or Spanish name abbreviations
  • Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume
  • 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.
  • 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

Record Finder

Consult the Uruguay Record Finder Table to find other records

Known Issues With This Collection

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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation
"Uruguay Civil Registration Records, 1879-1930." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Registro Civil del Estado, Montevideo (State Civil Registry, Montevideo).
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