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| RW_URL_01 =[http://www.death-record.com/d/s/Philippine-Islands Philippine Islands Death Records]
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| RW_URL_02 =[http://www.bibingka.com/names/ Catalog of Filipino Names]
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| RW_URL_03 =[http://forebears.io/philippines Philippines Genealogical Records]
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Pilipinas, Civil Pagpaparehistro (Archives Division)
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== What is in the Collection?  ==
  
== Record Description  ==
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The records include copies of marriage and death certificates from the Archives Division of the Bureau of Records Management. It includes many localities throughout the Philippines primarily from 1922 to 1932, but some beginning as early as 1902 and ending as late as 1945.
  
This collection includes copies of birth, marriage, and death certificates from the Archives Division of the Bureau of Records Management. It includes many localities throughout the Philippines primarily from 1922 to 1932, but some beginning as early as 1902 and ending as late as 1945. Marriage and Death records are handwritten in English for the most part. A few of the earlier marriage records are in Spanish. Spanish is also used in sections of later records.  
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Marriage and death records are handwritten in English for the most part. A few of the earlier marriage records are written in [[Spanish Genealogical Word List|Spanish]]. Spanish is also used in sections of later records; see the section "For Help Reading these Records" below.  
  
Until 1889 there was no central civil administration to collect, interpret, and preserve the civil registration records. Most vital records from before 1889 are in Catholic parish and diocesan archives.
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===To Browse this Collection===
  
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.
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{{Collection Browse Link
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For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/2018411/waypoints Browse].
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=== Coverage Table  ===
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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This coverage table shows localities, record types and years that this collection has published:
  
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
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[[Philippines, Civil Registration (Archives) Coverage Table (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
{{Collection citation
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== Collection Contents ==
| text = <!--bibdescbegin-->Municipal Secretary. Philippines, civil registration. Record Management and Archives Office, Manila, Philippines.<!--bibdescend--> }}
 
  
[[Philippines, Civil Registration (Archives Division) (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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The information found in each record varies by year. The recording of civil events in a person's life, such as birth, marriage and death, require valid evidence making these records very reliable.  
  
== Record Content  ==
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=== Sample Images ===
  
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Image:Philippines, Civil Registration (Archives Division) DGS 4014527 56 (Part 1) Birth.jpg|Birth Part 1
 
Image:Philippines, Civil Registration (Archives Division) DGS 4014527 56 (Part 2) Birth.jpg|Birth Part 2
 
 
Image:Philippines, Civil Registration (Archives Division) DGS 4014527 225 Marriage (Part 1).jpg|Marriage Part 1
 
Image:Philippines, Civil Registration (Archives Division) DGS 4014527 225 Marriage (Part 1).jpg|Marriage Part 1
 
Image:Philippines, Civil Registration (Archives Division) DGS 4014527 225 Marriage (Part 2).jpg|Marriage Part 2
 
Image:Philippines, Civil Registration (Archives Division) DGS 4014527 225 Marriage (Part 2).jpg|Marriage Part 2
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Key genealogical facts found in this collection may include:  
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'''Marriage records''' usually contain the following:
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*Husband’s name and age
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*Wife’s name and age
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*Date and place of marriage
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*Husband's birthplace, nationality, and occupation
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*Number of previous marriages of husband
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*Wife's birthplace, nationality, and occupation
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*Number of previous marriages of wife
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*Names of the husband’s parents
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*Names of the wife’s parents
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*Name of the person solemnizing the marriage and their title
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'''Death records''' usually contain the following information:
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*Municipality and province of registration
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*Name, age, and gender of deceased (keep in mind that death records for women may be filed under their married name)
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*Nationality, civil status, occupation, and residence of deceased
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*Date, place, and cause of death
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*Name of surviving spouse
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*Name of the hospital or institution, if death occurred there
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*Burial information
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*Name of attending physician
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*On death certificates after 1958, names of father and mother appear
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*On death certificates after 1958, the birth date and birthplace of deceased are given
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== How Do I Search the Collection?  ==
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'''When searching:''' As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor's given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence, age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
  
'''Births'''
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Some record sets have indexes; these indexes were created at the end of the year. Copy errors could have been made in the index, so you want to find the actual record to verify the information is correct. Using the index is a helpful way to find the actual record.
  
*Child’s name
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See the sections below for tips and uses for searching and finding the record of your ancestor in this collection and using the information in the record.  
*Child’s gender
 
*Child’s birth date.
 
*Child’s birthplace.
 
*Child’s legitimacy.
 
*Father’s name, religion, nationality, race, and occupation.
 
*Parents’ marriage date and place of marriage (city, municipality, and province).
 
  
'''Marriages'''
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If you are unable to find a record for your ancestor in this collection, see the corresponding section below.
  
*Husband’s name
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<h3> Search the Collection  </h3>
*Wife’s name
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<p><b>To search by image:</b><br> To search the collection image by image<br> ⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page:<br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Province"<br> ⇒Select the appropriate “Municipality"<br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type"<br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Year Range" which takes you to the images.
*Date and place of the marriage
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</p><p>Look at the image and compare the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.
*Names of the husband’s parents
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*Names of the wife’s parents
 
*Names of the witnesses
 
*Names of the persons who gave consent
 
*Name of the person who solemnized the marriage
 
*Beginning in 1945, birthplace of the husband and wife
 
*Date of the marriage license
 
*Date of the certificate (marriage contract)
 
  
'''Deaths'''
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=== For Help Reading These Records  ===
  
*Name of the deceased
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Some records may be in Spanish. For help reading the records see the following guides:
*Date, place and cause of death
 
*Name of the surviving spouse
 
*Full name of the hospital or institution (if death occurred there)
 
*The date and place of burial (cremation or removal)
 
*Name of the informant
 
*Name of the attending physician
 
*Name of the undertaker
 
*On death certificates after 1958, names of the father and mother
 
*On death certificates after 1958, the birth date and birthplace of the deceased
 
*Date of the certificate or the date the certificate was filed by the local civil registrar
 
*Date of burial or transit permit
 
  
== How to Use the Record  ==
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*[[Spanish Genealogical Word List]]
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*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/results.html?fq=place%3A%22Spain%22 Reading Spanish handwritten records]
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*[https://script.byu.edu/Pages/Spanish/en/welcome.aspx Script tutorial for Spanish]
  
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2018411 Philippines, civil registration (Archives Division), 1902-1945]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
  
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==What Do I Do Next?==
  
=== Beginning Your Search  ===
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*Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
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*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
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*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
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*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
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*Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
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*The name of a marriage officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.
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*Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
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*Use the marital status/marriage number (how many times a person was married) to identify previous marriages.
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*Witnesses often were relatives of the parents.
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*If you know your ancestor’s religion, also check the church archives of that region. Divorce records may be found in other countries where a person may have gone to get a divorce, such as the United States.
  
To find your ancestors civil registration papers, it would be helpful if you know the following information:
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=== Tips to Keep in Mind  ===
  
*Ancestor's religion
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When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
*Approximate year of birth, marriage or death
 
*Name of your Ancestor
 
*Locality where their parents lived
 
  
'''Searching the Images'''
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For death records, the information in records is usually reliable, but depends upon the knowledge of the informant.
  
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br> ⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br> ⇒Select the "Province" category<br> ⇒Select the “Municipality/Town" category<br> ⇒Select the "Record Type" category which will take you to the images<br>
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For marriage and death records, your ancestors may have used shortened names or nicknames, so pay attention to other relationships (parents, spouse, siblings, children, etc.) that can confirm whether you have the right person/record.
  
Look at each image one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.
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Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.  
  
'''Using the information'''
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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.
  
If you know your ancestor’s religion, also check the church archives of that region. Divorce records may be found in other countries where a person may have gone to get a divorce, such as the United States.
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==What if I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For?==
  
'''Can't Find Information?'''
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A boundary change could have occurred and the record of you ancestor is now in a neighboring province, or your ancestor immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby areas or immigration/emigration records [[Philippines Emigration and Immigration]].
  
If you do not find the birth of the child in civil registration records, try looking in Catholic Church records for the appropriate area.  
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Until 1889 there was no central civil administration to collect, interpret, and preserve the civil registration records. Most vital records from before 1889 are in Catholic parish and diocesan archives. Church records are also a good substitute when birth, marriage, and death records can’t be found or are unavailable.  
  
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*[[Philippines Church Records]]
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*[[Philippines Births and Baptisms, Coverage Table (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
If you do not find the birth of the child in this collection, check the other digital collections for the Philippines published at FamilySearch.org:
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=== General Information about These Records  ===
  
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1410394 Philippines, Civil Registration (Local), 1898-1980]
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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.  
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1852584 Philippines, Civil Registration (National), 1945-1980]
 
  
== Related Websites  ==
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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.
  
*[http://net.lib.byu.edu/fslab/researchoutlines/Asia/Philippines.pdf Research Help for Philippines Civil Registration and Other Philippine Records]
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In 1932 the Bureau of Census and Statistics was created to oversee civil registration. Many civil records were destroyed during World War II.  
*[http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/PHILIPPINES/2003-09/1064799073 Philippine Research helps]
 
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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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.
  
*[[Philippines Civil Registration- Vital Records|Philippines Civil Registration- Vital Records]]<br>
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== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
*[[Philippines Genealogy]]
 
*[[Philippines]]
 
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Philippines, Civil Registration (Archives Division) (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
  
{{Contributor_invite}}
 
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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== Citing This Collection ==
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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.
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'''Collection Citation''':<br>
  
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
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{{Collection citation | text= "Philippines, Civil Registration (Archives Division), 1902-1945." Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Archives Division, Bureau of Records Management, Manila, Philippines.}}
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'''Image Citation''':<br>
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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'''[[#top|Top of Page]]'''
  
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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==How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?==
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{{Contributor invite}}
  
“Philippines, Civil Registration (Archives Division), 1902-1945,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-26328-12067-68?cc=2018411&amp;wc=MMTB-T6T:n698794654), Abra &gt; Bangued &gt; Births &gt; 1922-1931, &gt; image 5 of 199, &gt; Petra Trinidad age 25; citing Municipal Secretary. Philippines, civil registration. Record Management and Archives Office, Manila, Philippines.
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Record Description
Record Type: Civil Registration
Collection years: 1902-1945
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Languages: Filipinas, El Registro Civil del División de Archivos
FamilySearch Resources
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National Archives of the Philippines


What is in the Collection?

The records include copies of marriage and death certificates from the Archives Division of the Bureau of Records Management. It includes many localities throughout the Philippines primarily from 1922 to 1932, but some beginning as early as 1902 and ending as late as 1945.

Marriage and death records are handwritten in English for the most part. A few of the earlier marriage records are written in Spanish. Spanish is also used in sections of later records; see the section "For Help Reading these Records" below.

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Philippines Civil Registration (Archives Division), 1902-1945.

Coverage Table

This coverage table shows localities, record types and years that this collection has published:

Philippines, Civil Registration (Archives) Coverage Table (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Collection Contents

The information found in each record varies by year. The recording of civil events in a person's life, such as birth, marriage and death, require valid evidence making these records very reliable.

Sample Images

Marriage records usually contain the following:

  • Husband’s name and age
  • Wife’s name and age
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Husband's birthplace, nationality, and occupation
  • Number of previous marriages of husband
  • Wife's birthplace, nationality, and occupation
  • Number of previous marriages of wife
  • Names of the husband’s parents
  • Names of the wife’s parents
  • Name of the person solemnizing the marriage and their title

Death records usually contain the following information:

  • Municipality and province of registration
  • Name, age, and gender of deceased (keep in mind that death records for women may be filed under their married name)
  • Nationality, civil status, occupation, and residence of deceased
  • Date, place, and cause of death
  • Name of surviving spouse
  • Name of the hospital or institution, if death occurred there
  • Burial information
  • Name of attending physician
  • On death certificates after 1958, names of father and mother appear
  • On death certificates after 1958, the birth date and birthplace of deceased are given

How Do I Search the Collection?

When searching: As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor's given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence, age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

Some record sets have indexes; these indexes were created at the end of the year. Copy errors could have been made in the index, so you want to find the actual record to verify the information is correct. Using the index is a helpful way to find the actual record.

See the sections below for tips and uses for searching and finding the record of your ancestor in this collection and using the information in the record.

If you are unable to find a record for your ancestor in this collection, see the corresponding section below.

Search the Collection

To search by image:
To search the collection image by image
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page:
⇒Select the appropriate "Province"
⇒Select the appropriate “Municipality"
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type"
⇒Select the appropriate "Year Range" which takes you to the images.

Look at the image and compare the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

For Help Reading These Records

Some records may be in Spanish. For help reading the records see the following guides:

What Do I Do Next?

  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
  • 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 the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • The name of a marriage officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.
  • Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Use the marital status/marriage number (how many times a person was married) to identify previous marriages.
  • Witnesses often were relatives of the parents.
  • If you know your ancestor’s religion, also check the church archives of that region. Divorce records may be found in other countries where a person may have gone to get a divorce, such as the United States.

Tips to Keep in Mind

When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

For death records, the information in records is usually reliable, but depends upon the knowledge of the informant.

For marriage and death records, your ancestors may have used shortened names or nicknames, so pay attention to other relationships (parents, spouse, siblings, children, etc.) that can confirm whether you have the right person/record.

Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.

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.

What if I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For?

A boundary change could have occurred and the record of you ancestor is now in a neighboring province, or your ancestor immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby areas or immigration/emigration records Philippines Emigration and Immigration.

Until 1889 there was no central civil administration to collect, interpret, and preserve the civil registration records. Most vital records from before 1889 are in Catholic parish and diocesan archives. Church records are also a good substitute when birth, marriage, and death records can’t be found or are unavailable.

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 with This Collection

Important.png Problems with this collection?
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.


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 (Archives Division), 1902-1945." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Archives Division, Bureau of Records Management, Manila, Philippines.


Image Citation:

When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Philippines, Civil Registration (Archives Division), 1902-1945.


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