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Title in the Language of the Record
Registros Civiles de Chile
This is a collection of births, marriages, and deaths for various localities in Chile. These records are organized by province, according to the jurisdictions in place at the time of the creation of the records. The Related Websites header below includes some links to some old jurisdictions. 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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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.
The collection of the civil registry from the province of Concepcion covers the municipalities of Santa Juana and Lota. About 90 to 95% of the population was registered for these localities.
This collection of civil records for Chile includes the years 1885-1932. For the municipalities of Lota and Santa Juana in the Province of Concepcion, it covers the years 1885-1932. For the municipality of Lota, it covers births, marriages, and deaths from 1889 to 1901, with separate indexes for the records from 1885-1932. For the municipality of Santa Juana, it covers births from 1885-1903, marriages from 1887-1901, and deaths from 1885-1901.
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.
The civil records of birth, marriage, and death in Chile are absolutely reliable for obtaining important genealogical data of ancestors.
Citation for This Collection
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.
- Registro Civil. Chile Civil Registration. Archivo General del Registro Civil, Santiago, Chile.
Original records are also housed at the following local Civil Registry Offices:
- Lota (Concepción). Servicio de Registro Civil e Identificación. Registros Civiles, 1889-1901.
- Santa Juana (Concepción). Servicio de Registro Civil e Identificación. Registros Civiles, 1885-1903.
The key genealogical facts found in most birth records are:
- Date of registration
- Name and sex of the child
- Date and place of the birth
- Parents’ names, nationality, occupation, and residence
- Name, age, occupation, and residence of the registrant
- Witnesses’ names
The key genealogical facts found in most marriage records are:
- Date and place of the marriage
- Names and nationality of the betrothed
- Ages of the betrothed
- Marital statuses of the betrothed before the marriage
- Residences of the betrothed at time of marriage
- The names of the betrothed parents
- Occupations of the betrothed
- Witnesses’ names
The key genealogical facts found in most death records:
- Date of the registration
- Name of the deceased
- Deceased’s sex, nationality, age, occupation, and marital status
- Deceased’s residence
- Names of the deceased’s parents
- Date and place of death
- Cause of death
- Burial place
- Name of the registrant
- Registrant’s age, occupation, and residence
- Witnesses’ names
How to Use the Record
Civil records are important documents for genealogical research after 1884. One can also find additional information of related ancestors to further their genealogical research.
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. Search the index first if there is one. A register may have an index at the end or sometimes at the begining; there can also be separate index registers.
Some records have indexes at the end of the volume. 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.
Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Use the locator information in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the records. Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination. Be aware that as with any index, transcription errors may occur.
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.
- Use the birth date and place to find the family in census records.
- Use the residence and names of the parents to locate civil and land records.
- The father’s occupation can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
- The parents' origin places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
- Marriage date and place may help find their children
- Burial place may also help to know of their migration patterns
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.
Keep in mind:
- The information in civil records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
- Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
- There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.
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- Chile, National Archives
- SciELO-Historia (Santiago): 41 n.2, julio-diciembre 2008: 447-493. ISSN 0073-2435. División político-administrativa de Chile, 1786-1826
- Wikipedia - Historia de la organización territorial de Chile
- Table of administrative divisions for Chile
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"Chile, Civil Registration, 1885-1903," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XFSL-WN1 : accessed 9 May 2012), Blanca Rosa Pincheira Gonzales, 1903; citing Birth Records, FHL microfilm 1,160,381; Santa Juana (Concepción). Registro Civil, Archivo General del Registro Civil.
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