Philippines, Lingayen-Dagupan Catholic Archdiocese Parish Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description

Entries for baptisms, marriages, and deaths (burials) usually consist of a narrative paragraph. Dates are usually spelled out and the name of the principal person is usually written in the margin next to the entry. After about 1920, preprinted forms with columns were sometimes used.

The FamilySearch collection of these registers in covers the years from about 1600 to the 1982. 

Since about 1600, up to 85 percent of people living in the Philippines have been members of the Roman Catholic Church.

Catholic Church records began to be recorded in the Philippines in 1569 with some records dating earlier.

There was no separation of church and state in the Philippines until the end of the Spanish administration in 1898. Generally, parish priests recorded civil and ecclesiastical documents.

Catholic Church parish registers in the Philippines were created to record the church sacraments of baptism, confirmation, marriage, and burial.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

Catholic Churches. Philippines, Lingayen-Dagupan Catholic Archdiocese Parish Registers. Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan, Dagupan City, Pangasinan, Philippines.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

Parish registers consist primarily of entries for baptisms, marriages, and deaths (burials). The registers sometimes include confirmations or parish census records and the baptismal entries may include a birth date.

Key genealogical facts found in Philippine Catholic Church baptisms are the following:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Legitimacy
  • Place and date of baptism
  • Names of the parents and grandparents
  • Names of the godparents

When looking for your ancestor’s baptismal record, remember that the entries are arranged chronologically. Baptisms for illegitimate children may be listed separately or in another set of records entitled “Confidential records,” which may have been microfilmed.

Key genealogical facts found in Philippine Catholic Church confirmation records are the following:

  • Name
  • Gender
  • Place and date of confirmation
  • Names of the parents and grandparents
  • Names of the godparents

Key genealogical facts found in Philippine Catholic Church marriage records are the following:

  • Names of those married
  • Genders of those married
  • Place and date of marriage
  • Names of the parents and grandparents
  • Names of the godparents

Usually, marriages occurred about one year before the first child was born. Elopements were common, sometimes involving a civil marriage prior to the birth of a child. Church marriages may have taken place later. Surnames of a married couple may depend on the income of one spouse’s family, rather than on the husband’s name. It is therefore wise to search for a marriage record under the surnames of both the parents of the bride and the groom.

Key genealogical facts found in Philippine Catholic Church death (burial) records are the following:

  • Name
  • Age at time of death
  • Gender
  • Place and date of death
  • Name of the spouse
  • Sometimes the names of the parents
  • Names of the surviving children
  • Cause of death

How to Use the Record

Parish registers are the best records in the Philippines to identify individuals, parents, and spouses before the nineteenth century. After this date, civil authorities began registering vital statistics, which became equally important. The information in civil sources confirms and supplements the information in church records. For instance, the parish registers may list the godparents while the civil records may list the grandparents. Be sure to search both the parish and civil records after 1860 since some families did not consistently register their children with either the church or the government.

Catholic Church records in the Philippines are generally an excellent source. They are often the only source of information about births, marriages, and deaths.

Search the collection by name

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Philippines, Lingayen-Dagupan Catholic Archdiocese Parish Registers, 1615-1982" database and digital images, FamilySearch ( accessed 30 September 2011), Silvestra Camorongan, 11 April 1919; citing Church Records, FHL micorfilm 1,213,758; Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan, Dagupan City Pangasinan, Philippines.

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