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Title in the Language of the Record

Filipinas, Negros Occidental, Diócesis de Bacolod, Registros Parroquiales

Record Description

This collection will include records of confirmations, marriages, deaths, parish censuses, diocesan orders and decrees for some parishes in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bacolod, Philippines from 1755-1976. Original records are located in the various parish archives of the diocese.

Some records may be in Spanish; see the section "For Help Reading these Records" below for translation help.

You will be able to browse through images in this collection when it is published.

Record Content

These records may mostly be hand-written (not on type-written forms), and may be difficult to read.

Confirmation registers/lists may contain the following information:

  • Name
  • Legitimacy to parents
  • Names of parents
  • Name of godfather and/or godmother
  • The date and place of the confirmation will be at the top of the first page of the register

Marriage records may contain the following information:

  • Names and ages of groom and bride
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Birthplaces of groom and bride
  • Groom’s parents’ names
  • Bride’s parents’ names
  • Marital status of groom and bride
  • Groom’s occupation
  • Names of witnesses

Death records may contain the following information:

  • Name, gender, and age of deceased (keep in mind that the death records of women may be filed under their married names)
  • Date and place of death
  • Date and place of burial
  • Marital status/name of spouse
  • Names of parents
  • Names and residences of informants/witnesses

How to Use the Record

When searching: As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor's given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence, age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

Some record sets have indexes; these indexes were created at the end of the year. Copy errors could have been made in the index, so you want to find the actual record to verify the information is correct. Using the index is a helpful way to find the actual record.

See the sections below for tips and uses for searching and finding the record of your ancestor in this collection and using the information in the record.

If you are unable to find a record for your ancestor in this collection, see the corresponding section below.

Search the Collection

To search by image: To browse the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the 'Provincia' (Province) category
⇒ Select the 'Barangay' (Village) category
⇒ Select the 'Parroquia' (Parish) category
⇒ Select the 'Tipo de registro y años (tomo)' (Record type and years (volume)) category which takes you to the images.

Search the collection by image 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.

For Help Reading these Records

These records are in Spanish. For help reading the records see the following guides:

Using the Information

  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records Philippines Census.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate civil (see “Related Wiki Articles” section below) and land records Philippines Land and Property.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • The name of a marriage officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the province. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other provinces.
  • Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Use the marital status to identify previous marriages (whether a divorce or death dissolved a previous marriage).
  • Witnesses often were relatives of the parents.

Tips to Keep in Mind

When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

For death records, the information in records is usually reliable, but depends upon the knowledge of the informant.

For marriage and death records, your ancestors may have used shortened names or nicknames, so pay attention to other relationships (parents, spouse, siblings, children, etc.) that can confirm whether you have the right person/record.

Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.

Continue to search the indexes and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have lived in the same area or a nearby area.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

A boundary change could have occurred and the record of your ancestor is now in a neighboring province. These provinces neighbor Negros Occidental:

  • The island province Guimaras and Iloilo on Panay island to the northwest

Or your ancestor immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby areas or immigration/emigration records. Philippines Emigration and Immigration

Civil registration records are also a good substitute when church records are insufficient. Philippines, Civil Registration, Local (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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

Citation for This Collection

The citation for an image will be available on each image once the collection is published.

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, Negros Occidental, Roman Catholic Diocese of Bacolod, Parish Registers, 1755-1976.” Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2014. Citing Diocese of Negros Occidental, Bacolod, Philippines.


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