Philippines, Civil Registration (Archives Division) (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Title in the Language of the Record

Pangmamamayang pagtatalâ (Sangáy ng Artsibo)

Record Description

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.

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.

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.

For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

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)

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

"Philippines, Civil Registration (Archives Division), 1902-1945." Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2013. Citing Archives Division, Bureau of Records Management, Manila.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

These birth records usually contain the following information:

  • Child's name and gender
  • Child’s date and place of birth
  • Child’s nationality
  • Child’s legitimacy
  • Names of parents, including maiden name of mother
  • Parents' age, birthplace and occupation
  • Number of children born to this mother

These marriage records usually contain the following information:

  • 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

These death records usually contain the following information:

  • Municipality and province of registration
  • Name, age and gender of deceased
  • 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 to Use the Record

To search the birth records in this collection, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Names of parents
  • Father's occupation
  • Parent's birth years

To search the marriage records in this collection, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of ancestor
  • Occupation of parent's
  • Birth year and place of ancestor

To search the marriage records in this collection, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of deceased
  • Birth year and place
  • If your ancestor was married at the time of their death, the name of the spouse

Search the Collection

To search the collection image by image select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page:
⇒Select the appropriate "Province"
⇒Select the appropriate “Municipality/Town"
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type" ⇒Select the appropriate "year range" which takes you to the images.

Look at the images one by one comparing 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.

Using the Information

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.

Unable to Find your Ancestor?

If you do not find the birth of the child in civil registration records, try looking in Catholic Church records for the appropriate area.

If you do not find the birth of the child in this collection, check the other digital collections for the Philippines published at

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Contributions to This Article

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Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

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.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

“Philippines, Civil Registration (Archives Division), 1902-1945,” images, FamilySearch (, Abra > Bangued > Births > 1922-1931, > image 5 of 199, > Petra Trinidad age 25; citing Municipal Secretary. Philippines, civil registration. Record Management and Archives Office, Manila, Philippines.