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

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Title in the Language of the Record

Filipinas, registros parroquiales de la Arquidiócesis Católica de Lingayen

Record Description

This collection of registers covers the years from 1615 to 1982.

This collection contains indexes to baptisms, marriages, and burials from the Catholic Church parish registers of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan covering the years 1615-1982.

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.

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.

Church records are very important for family research. Civil authorities did not consistently register vital events in the Philippines until the nineteenth century. Church records, on the other hand, were well kept from 1569 (in accordance with the directives of the Council of Trent), with some records dating even earlier. They are generally an excellent source—and many times the only source—of names, dates, and places of births, marriages, and deaths.

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.

See the Philippines Church Records article for more details.

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, Lingayen-Dagupan Catholic Archdiocese Parish Registers, 1615-1982." Index. Citing 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

These baptism records may contain the following information:

  • Name of child
  • Gender of child
  • Age of child
  • Approximate year of birth
  • Place and date of baptism
  • Names of the parents

These marriage records may contain the following information:

  • Name of bride and groom
  • Gender of bride and groom
  • Ages
  • Approximate year of birth
  • Name of bride and groom's parents
  • Place and date of marriage
  • Names of the godparents

These death or burial records may contain the following information:

  • Name of deceased
  • Gender of deceased
  • Age at time of death
  • Approximate year of birth
  • Place and date of death
  • Name of the spouse
  • Names of parents
  • Cause of death

How to Use the Record

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

  • Name of your ancestor
  • Residence of ancestor

Search the Collection

To search this 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 look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Usually, marriages occurred about one year before the first child was born.
  • When looking for your ancestor’s baptismal record, remember that the entries are arranged chronologically.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Note the founding date of the parish you are searching. If the date is after your ancestor would be recorded, search records of the parent parish. See the Catholic Directory of the Philippines. If your ancestor lived before the beginning date of the church records, the older parish may be far from the new one.
  • If you cannot find records at a parish, they may have been sent to the diocese. Find the diocese in the Catholic Directory of the Philippines.

General Information About These Records

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

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.

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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Philippines, Lingayen-Dagupan Catholic Archdiocese Parish Registers, 1615-1982" 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.