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== Title in the Language of the Record  ==
 
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== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
  
These records are in Spanish. This collection includes records from 1885 to 1903.
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This is a collection of births, marriages, and deaths for various localities in Chile. For a complete list of all the provincias and comunas included in this collection, see the [[Provinces of Chile - Civil Registration]] coverage table.  
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This collection includes records of births, marriages, and deaths for various localities in Chile from 1885 to 1903.  
  
These records are organized by province, according to the jurisdictions in place at the time of the creation of the records.  
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All the records are written in Spanish; see the "For Help Reading these Records" section below for translation guides.
  
The Related Websites header below includes some links to some old jurisdictions.  
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For a complete list of all the provincias and comunas included in this collection, see the [[Provinces of Chile - Civil Registration]] coverage table.  
  
Beginning and ending dates vary for each locality. The majority of the records have been well-preserved. Some may be faded but are still readable if the image is enlarged. Some earlier records were handwritten in narrative style; however, the majority of the records were handwritten in formatted registers with a similar style as to a ledger. Only records from a few localities have been indexed. Use the browse link to view all the images published to date. More records and images will be added in the future.  
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These records are organized by province, according to the jurisdictions in place at the time of the creation of the records.  
  
The law over civil registration in Chile was enacted in July of 1884. The office of a civil registrar, whose responsibility to keep and duplicate the registers of birth, marriage, and death was then created. These registers keep all the fundamental information for these events, which relate to the legal make up of the family. The greatest purposes of the state are to legally organize the family, preserve the identity of individuals, and provide secure citizenship.  
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The "Related Websites" section below includes some links to some old jurisdictions.  
  
The civil registration is a public service under the supervision of the Justice Department, responsible to superintend the legal constitution of the family. Through civil registration, it is possible to exercise the people’s rights related to civil status, identity, real estate, and other specific acts guarded by the law.  
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The majority of the records have been well-preserved. Some may be faded but are still readable if the image is enlarged. Some earlier records were handwritten in narrative style, however, the majority of the records were handwritten in formatted registers with a similar style as to a ledger.
  
The civil records of birth, marriage, and death in Chile are absolutely reliable for obtaining important genealogical data of ancestors.  
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Only records from a few localities have been indexed. Use the browse link to view all the images published to date.
  
For a list of records by date or locality currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1630787/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.  
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More records and images will be added as they become available.  
  
 
== Record Content  ==
 
== Record Content  ==
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The information in each record varies by year.
  
'''Birth&nbsp;records usually contain the following information:''' <gallery>
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Image:Chile Concepcion Civil Registration (09-0136) Birth DGS 4455426 11.jpg|Birth Record   
 
Image:Chile Concepcion Civil Registration (09-0136) Birth DGS 4455426 11.jpg|Birth Record   
 
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</gallery>  
  
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'''Birth records''' usually contain the following information:
 
*Date of registration  
 
*Date of registration  
*Child's name and gender  
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*Name and gender  
*Child's birth date and place of birth  
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*Birth date and place of birth  
 
*Parents’ names  
 
*Parents’ names  
 
*Parents nationality, occupation, and residence  
 
*Parents nationality, occupation, and residence  
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*Witnesses’ names
 
*Witnesses’ names
  
'''Marriage records usually contain the following information:''' <gallery>
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Image:Chile Concepcion Civil Registration (09-0136) Marriage DGS 4455425 98.jpg|Marriage Record   
 
Image:Chile Concepcion Civil Registration (09-0136) Marriage DGS 4455425 98.jpg|Marriage Record   
 
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</gallery>  
  
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'''Marriage records''' may contain the following information:
 
*Date and place of the marriage  
 
*Date and place of the marriage  
*Name, age, civil status, occupation and nationality of groom  
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*Name, age, marital status, occupation, and nationality of groom  
 
*Residence at time of marriage  
 
*Residence at time of marriage  
*Name, age, civil status, occupation and nationality of bride  
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*Name, age, marital status, occupation and nationality of bride  
 
*Residence of groom at time of marriage  
 
*Residence of groom at time of marriage  
 
*Residence of bride at time of marriage  
 
*Residence of bride at time of marriage  
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*Witnesses’ names
 
*Witnesses’ names
  
'''Death records usually conatin the following information:''' <gallery>
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Image:Chile Concepcion Civil Registration (09-0136) Death DGS 4455433 10.jpg|Death Record   
 
Image:Chile Concepcion Civil Registration (09-0136) Death DGS 4455433 10.jpg|Death Record   
 
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</gallery>  
  
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'''Death records''' may contain the following information:
 
*Date of the registration  
 
*Date of the registration  
*Name of the deceased  
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*Name of deceased  
*Gender, age, nationality, occupation and marital status of deceeased
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*Gender, age, nationality, and occupation of deceased
*Date, place and time of death  
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*Marital status/name of spouse
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*Date, place, and time of death  
 
*Cause of death  
 
*Cause of death  
 
*Burial place  
 
*Burial place  
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== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
  
'''To search this collection using the index:'''
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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.
  
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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For death records, the information in records is usually reliable, but depends upon the knowledge of the informant.
  
Be aware there may be inaccuracies such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.  
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Regarding marriage and death records, name changes, shortened names, or nicknames may have been used by your ancestors, so pay attention to other relationships (parents, spouse, siblings, children, etc.) that can confirm whether you have the right person/record.
  
'''To browse this collection you will need to follow this series of links:''' <br>⇒ Select the ''"Browse"'' link in the initial search page<br>⇒ Select the ''"Province"''<br>⇒ Select the ''"Municipality"''<br>⇒ Select the ''"Record Type and Years"'' which takes you to the images.  
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===Search the Collection===
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'''To search by index:'''<br>
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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.
  
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.  
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'''To search by image:'''<br>
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To browse this collection you will need to follow this series of links: <br>
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⇒ Select the ''"Browse"'' link in the initial search page<br>
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⇒ Select the ''"Province"''<br>
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⇒ Select the ''"Municipality"''<br>
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⇒ Select the ''"Record Type and Years"'' which takes you to the images.  
  
Civil records are important documents for genealogical research after 1884. One can also find additional information of related ancestors to further their genealogical research.  
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Look at the images and compare the information with what you already know about your ancestor to determine which one is your ancestor. 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.
  
In order to find an entry in these records, it is necessary to know the name of an ancestor, a date of an event (birth, marriage or death), and a place where the ancestor lived.  
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'''When searching:'''<br>
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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.
  
Indexes are available on some of these groups of images. If indexes are available, check these for the name first. Indexes are usually located at the beginning of a group of images or at the end. Find your ancestors name and look for the locator information next to the name (such as page, entry, or certificate number. Frequently, these indexes are arranged by the given name of the individual and sometimes use the Latin form of the name. Those volumes without indexes need to be searched chronologically for the individuals sought. This will help you find the record you are looking for in the collection.
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===For Help Reading These Records===
  
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about other people listed in the record. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.  
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These records are in Spanish. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:
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*[[Spanish Genealogical Word List]]
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*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/results.html?fq=place%3A%22Spain%22 Reading Spanish handwritten records]
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*[https://script.byu.edu/Pages/Spanish/en/welcome.aspx Script tutorial for Spanish]
  
'''For example:'''  
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===Using the Information===
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Watch these free videos about using birth, marriage, and death information:
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*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/encontre-este-registro-y-ahora-que/894 Encontré este Registro ¿y Ahora Qué?]
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*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/y-ahora-que-como-hacer-la-investigacion-genealogica/893 ¿Y Ahora Qué? Cómo Hacer la Investigación Genealógica]
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*Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
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*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.
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*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records [[Chile Census]].
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*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church records [[Chile Church Records]].
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*Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
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*The name of a marriage officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the municipality. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other municipalities.
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*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.
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*Use the marital status to identify previous marriages (whether a divorce or death dissolved a marriage).
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*Witnesses often were relatives of the parents.
  
*Use the birth date and place to find the family in census records.
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===Tips To Keep in Mind===
*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate civil and land records.
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*The father’s occupation can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
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*The parents' origin places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
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*Marriage date and place may help find their children
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*Burial place may also help to know of their migration patterns
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It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile baptism entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born, married, and died in the same place or nearby.  
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When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  
'''Keep in mind:'''
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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.
  
*The information in civil records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
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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.
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
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*There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.
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==== For Help Reading These Records  ====
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=== Unable to Find your Ancestor? ===
  
These records are in Spanish. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:  
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A boundary change could have occurred and the record of your ancestor is now in a neighboring state or region, or your ancestor immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby areas or immigration/emigration records [[Chile Emigration and Immigration]]. Watch this free video (in English) about finding immigrants from Chile to the United States: [https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/u-s-hispanic-immigrants-finding-their-place-of-origin/704 U.S. Hispanic Immigrants: Finding their Place of Origin].
  
*[[Spanish Genealogical Word List]] <br>
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Church records are also a good substitute when birth, marriage, and death records can’t be found or are unavailable.
*[[Chile Language and Languages]]
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*[[Chile Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Chile Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Chile Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Chile Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Chile Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Chile Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
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== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
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*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/tesoros-ocultos-en-los-registros-originales/914 Tesoros Ocultos en los Registros Originales]-Free course video in Spanish
*[[Chile Maps#Online_Maps|Online Maps]]  
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*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/secuencia-correcta-al-buscar-en-registros-parroquiales/14 Secuencia Correcta al Buscar en Registros Parroquiales]-Free course video in Spanish
*[[Chile History#Online_Histories|Online Histories]]  
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*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/documentos-esenciales-para-buscar-a-sus-antepasados/587 Documentos Esenciales para Buscar a Sus Antepasados]-Free course video in Spanish
*[[Chile Genealogy#Online_Genealogical_Resources|Online Genealogical Resources]]
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*[http://www.archivonacional.cl/Vistas_Publicas/publicHome/homePublic.aspx?idInstitucion=69 National Archives of Chile]-Website is in Spanish
 
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*[http://www.scielo.cl/scielo.php?pid=S0717-71942008000200005&script=sci_arttext SciELO-Historia (Santiago) División Político-administrativa de Chile, 1786-1826 (41 n.2, julio-diciembre 2008: 447-493. ISSN 0073-2435)]-Article is in Spanish
'''Other Resources'''
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*[http://www.dibam.cl/archivo_nacional/ Chile, National Archives]  
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*[http://www.scielo.cl/scielo.php?pid=S0717-71942008000200005&script=sci_arttext SciELO-Historia (Santiago)]: 41 n.2, julio-diciembre 2008: 447-493. ISSN 0073-2435. División político-administrativa de Chile, 1786-1826
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*[http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historia_de_la_organizaci%C3%B3n_territorial_de_Chile#Divisi.C3.B3n_de_1833_a_1925 Wikipedia - Historia de la organización territorial de Chile]
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chile Table of administrative divisions for Chile]
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
*[[Chile]]
 
 
*[[Chile Civil Registration]]
 
*[[Chile Civil Registration]]
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*[[Chile Cemeteries]]
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*[[Chile]]
  
 
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
  
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Keep track of records where you did not find information about your ancestor so you and others will not waste time looking through these records in the future.  
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
 
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
  
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FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.

Contents

Title in the Language of the Record

Registros Civiles de Chile

Record Description

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Chile, Civil Registration, 1885-1903.

This collection includes records of births, marriages, and deaths for various localities in Chile from 1885 to 1903.

All the records are written in Spanish; see the "For Help Reading these Records" section below for translation guides.

For a complete list of all the provincias and comunas included in this collection, see the Provinces of Chile - Civil Registration coverage table.

These records are organized by province, according to the jurisdictions in place at the time of the creation of the records.

The "Related Websites" section below includes some links to some old jurisdictions.

The majority of the records have been well-preserved. Some may be faded but are still readable if the image is enlarged. Some earlier records were handwritten in narrative style, however, the majority of the records were handwritten in formatted registers with a similar style as to a ledger.

Only records from a few localities have been indexed. Use the browse link to view all the images published to date.

More records and images will be added as they become available.

Record Content

The information in each record varies by year.

Birth records usually contain the following information:

  • Date of registration
  • Name and gender
  • Birth date and place of birth
  • Parents’ names
  • Parents nationality, occupation, and residence
  • Name, age, occupation, and residence of registrant
  • Witnesses’ names

Marriage records may contain the following information:

  • Date and place of the marriage
  • Name, age, marital status, occupation, and nationality of groom
  • Residence at time of marriage
  • Name, age, marital status, occupation and nationality of bride
  • Residence of groom at time of marriage
  • Residence of bride at time of marriage
  • Names of groom's parents
  • Names of bride's parents
  • Witnesses’ names

Death records may contain the following information:

  • Date of the registration
  • Name of deceased
  • Gender, age, nationality, and occupation of deceased
  • Marital status/name of spouse
  • Date, place, and time of death
  • Cause of death
  • Burial place
  • Name of the registrant
  • Registrant’s age, occupation, and residence

How to Use the Record

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.

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

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

Search the Collection

To search by index:
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.

To search by image:
To browse this collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the "Province"
⇒ Select the "Municipality"
⇒ Select the "Record Type and Years" which takes you to the images.

Look at the images and compare the information with what you already know about your ancestor to determine which one is your ancestor. 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.

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.

For Help Reading These Records

These records are in Spanish. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:

Using the Information

Watch these free videos about using birth, marriage, and death information:

  • Encontré este Registro ¿y Ahora Qué?
  • ¿Y Ahora Qué? Cómo Hacer la Investigación Genealógica
  • 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 Chile Census.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church records Chile Church Records.
  • 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 municipality. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other municipalities.
  • 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 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.

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 state or region, or your ancestor immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby areas or immigration/emigration records Chile Emigration and Immigration. Watch this free video (in English) about finding immigrants from Chile to the United States: U.S. Hispanic Immigrants: Finding their Place of Origin.

Church records are also a good substitute when birth, marriage, and death records can’t be found or are unavailable.

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found it. This will help you or others to find the same record again.

Keep track of records where you did not find information about your ancestor so you and others will not waste time looking through these records in the future.


Citation for This Collection

The citation for an image is available on each image in this collection by clicking Show Citation at the bottom left of the image screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Chile, Civil Registration, 1885-1903.

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

"Chile, Civil Registration, 1885-1903." Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing National General Archives, Santiago, Chile.