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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.
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FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at
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Title in the Language of the Records[edit | edit source]

Record Description[edit | edit source]

Civil registration birth records cover 1898 to 1980.

Civil registration marriage records cover 1900 to 1991.

Civil registration death records cover 1899 to 1994.

Birth, Marriage, and Death records are 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.

In 1901, the Philippines passed a law that established local civil registry offices. These offices were to record the events of birth, marriage, and death. This collection contains marriage records and death records from the city of Manila in the Philippines. In 1945, changes in the law required more information to be recorded. The records are in English and Spanish. 

The recording of civil events in a person's life, such as birth, marriage and death, require valid evidence, therefore making these records very reliable.

The recording of birth, marriage or death provides important information in a person's life, which become necessary for legal authorities and personal purposes.

For a list of records by event and date currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

Citation for This Collection[edit | edit source]

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.

Civil Registrar. Philippines, Manila, civil registration. Civil Registry Office, Manila, Philippines.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content[edit | edit source]

  Key genealogical facts in birth records generally contain the following:

  • Name of child
  • Date and place of birth
  • Gender
  • Nationality and/or citizenship status
  • Religion
  • Legitimate or illegitimate
  • Name and place of birth of parents
  • Age of parents
  • Occupation of father
  • Number of children borne by mother including the present birth
  • Remarks
  • Name and residence of physician or midwife, if used.
  • Later records include exact address of parents.

Key genealogical facts found in marriage records and marriage certificates (also called marriage contracts) generally contain the following:

  • Husband’s name
  • Wife’s name
  • Date and place of the marriage
  • Names of the husband’s parents
  • 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)

Key genealogical facts found in death records generally contain the following:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Name of the surviving spouse
  • Date and place of death
  • 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[edit | edit source]

These registrations are the best source for locating the date and place of an ancestor’s marriage or death. The marriage records may also include information about the ancestor’s parents. You can use this information to help extend the lineage. Use place information to search for other records with genealogical content.

Known Issues with This Collection[edit | edit source]

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 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.

Related Web Sites[edit | edit source]

Philippine Genealogy - Research your Family Tree

Related Wiki Articles[edit | edit source]

Contributions to This Article[edit | edit source]

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

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

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections[edit | edit source]

When you copy information from a record, you should also 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[edit | edit source]

"Philippines, Manila Civil Registration, 1899-1994." digital images, FamilySearch (https// accessed 5 May 2011). Veronicio Garcia, April 11, 1914; citing Civil Registrations, 1914, April, #2563-2720, Image 2; Civil Registry Office, City Hall of Manila, Philippines.