Philippines, Manila Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Title in the Language of the Records

Filipinas, Manila Registro Civil.

Record Description

This collection contains images of birth, marriage, and death records for the city of Manila, Philippines. Includes indexes. Some folders of images are not arranged chronologically and/or sequentially.

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.

After the Philippine Revolution of 1898, the church and state had separated. Within the first few years, officials responsible for civil registration were appointed in each municipality. In 1922 the Civil Records Centralization Act required “all municipal secretaries to submit quarterly reports on all registration matters to the Chief of the Division of Archives.”

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

Coverage Table

Description Earliest Year Latest Year
Civil Registration- Births 1898 1980
Civil Registration - Marriages 1900 1991
Civil Registration - Deaths 1899 1994

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, Manila Civil Registration, 1899-1994" Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2013. Citing Civil Registrar. Civil Registry Office, City Hall of Manila.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

These birth records usually contain the following information:

  • Name and gender of child
  • Child's date and place of birth
  • Child's race
  • Name and birthplace of father
  • Father's occupation
  • Maiden name of mother and her birthplace
  • Name of physician or midwife and their residence

These marriage records or marriage contracts usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of the marriage
  • Name and age of groom
  • Groom's marital status, nativity and residence
  • Names of groom's parents
  • Name and age of bride
  • Bride's marital status, nativity and residence
  • Names of bride's parents
  • Names of the witnesses and their residence
  • Names of the persons who gave consent
  • Name of the person who solemnized the marriage
  • Beginning in 1945, the birthplace of bride and groom
  • Date of the marriage license
  • Date of the certificate (marriage contract)

These death records usually contain the following information:

  • Name, age and gender of deceased
  • Marital status, nativity and race of deceased
  • Name of spouse
  • Day, month and year when death occurred
  • Place of death
  • Duration of illness
  • Cause of death
  • Name of physician and his residence
  • On death certificates after 1958, names of father and mother appear
  • On death certificates after 1958, birth date and birthplace of deceased
  • Sometimes, burial information or transit permit given

How to Use the Record

To begin your search for birth records, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of parents or child
  • Approximate date that the child was born
  • Locality where the child was born

To begin your search for marriage records, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of bride or groom
  • Approximate year of marriage

To begin your search for death records, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of deceased
  • Approximate year of death

Search the Collection

To search the collection image by image select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page:
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type"
⇒Select the appropriate "Year"
⇒Select the appropriate "Month and Certificate Numbers" which will take 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.

General Information About These Records

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.

Only the marriage contract is forwarded to the National Census and Statistics Office. The other three remain in the office of the local civil registrar, although the couple may be given a copy of their marriage certificate. The contract is the vital record and is of most value to the researcher. The other three records, though they have much of the same information, may provide other valuable clues to the discerning genealogist.

Late registrations (beyond 30 days after the fact) are recorded in red ink. If the registration is over six months late, additional documents testifying to the validity of the parentage and legitimacy of the child will be included with the birth certificate. The additional documents may be:

  • Photographs
  • Baptismal certificates
  • Local civil registrar reports
  • Third-person affidavits
  • Police investigation report

These registrations are the best source for locating the date and place of an ancestor’s marriage or death.

For more information, see Philippines Civil Registration- Vital Records.

Known Issues with This Collection

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

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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.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"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.