Dominican Republic Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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== Title in the Language of the Records  ==
 
== Title in the Language of the Records  ==
  
'''Registro Civil de la República Dominicana'''
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Registro Civil de la República Dominicana  
  
 
== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
  
The records are written both in narrative style and in formatted records. Some records appear damaged; however, genealogical information may still be extracted.  
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These records are in Spanish. This collection will include records from 1801 to 2006.  
  
For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in the Dominican Republic, Civil Registration, 1801-2006 collection, select the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//familysearch.org/records/collection/1619814/waypoints Browse].
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For a complete list of all the provinces contained in this collection, see the [[Provinces of the Dominican Republic - Civil Registration]] coverage table.  
 
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For a list of records by date or locality currently published in the Dominican Republic Civil Births collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1475794/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page
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With the adoption of the Napoleonic civil code of 1804, the Dominican Republic began the practice of civil registration, creating the offices of the civil state (oficialías del estado civil) in charge of registering the events of birth, marriage, and death in the life of its citizens. However, only some civil registration books dating back to 1823 have been found in the Bayaguana Civil Registry (Oficialía del Estado Civil de Bayaguana). Before that time, the Dominican Republic was under Haitian dominion. It wasn’t until June of 1944 that the National Congress created civil registration law 659, which provided new regulations for the functionality of the civil registration institution. One of the regulations was the creation of the Central Office of the Civil State (Oficina Central del Estado Civil), with civil registration headquarters in the capital city and one or more offices in each municipality. The registration of civil records was to be made in duplicate, and one of the original registers was to be sent annually to the Central Office for preservation. The civil records in this collection cover several municipalities (municipios) throughout the country and may include approximately 370,000 names. The birth of a child must be registered within 30 days of the birth. After that, it is considered a late registration and has penalties. However, to avoid the penalties, many children were not registered.  
 
With the adoption of the Napoleonic civil code of 1804, the Dominican Republic began the practice of civil registration, creating the offices of the civil state (oficialías del estado civil) in charge of registering the events of birth, marriage, and death in the life of its citizens. However, only some civil registration books dating back to 1823 have been found in the Bayaguana Civil Registry (Oficialía del Estado Civil de Bayaguana). Before that time, the Dominican Republic was under Haitian dominion. It wasn’t until June of 1944 that the National Congress created civil registration law 659, which provided new regulations for the functionality of the civil registration institution. One of the regulations was the creation of the Central Office of the Civil State (Oficina Central del Estado Civil), with civil registration headquarters in the capital city and one or more offices in each municipality. The registration of civil records was to be made in duplicate, and one of the original registers was to be sent annually to the Central Office for preservation. The civil records in this collection cover several municipalities (municipios) throughout the country and may include approximately 370,000 names. The birth of a child must be registered within 30 days of the birth. After that, it is considered a late registration and has penalties. However, to avoid the penalties, many children were not registered.  
 
This collection of the civil registration from the Dominican Republic covers the years 1801 to 2006.&nbsp;
 
  
 
Each civil registrar (Oficial del Estado Civil) is required to keep a duplicate registry of the original records of birth, marriage, divorce, and death. At the end of each year, the original registry, together with its corresponding index book, is sent to the Central Office of the Civil State. These civil registrations allow people to be identified as citizens and therefore able to receive governmental benefits in the future.  
 
Each civil registrar (Oficial del Estado Civil) is required to keep a duplicate registry of the original records of birth, marriage, divorce, and death. At the end of each year, the original registry, together with its corresponding index book, is sent to the Central Office of the Civil State. These civil registrations allow people to be identified as citizens and therefore able to receive governmental benefits in the future.  
  
The civil registration in the Dominican Republic is considered a great and reliable source for genealogical research.  
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The civil registration in the Dominican Republic is considered a great and reliable source for genealogical research. The records are written both in narrative style and in formatted records. Some records appear damaged; however, genealogical information may still be extracted.  
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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For a list of records by date or locality currently published in the Dominican Republic Civil Births collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1475794/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page
 
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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.<br>
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{{Collection citation
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|text= <!--bibdescbegin-->Officials of the State. Dominican Republic Civil Registration. Archivio General de la Nacion, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.<!--bibdescend-->}}
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[[Dominican Republic Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]  
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== Record Content  ==
 
== Record Content  ==
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'''The key genealogical facts found in most birth records are:'''  
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'''Birth records usually contain the following information:'''  
  
*Date and time of registration  
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*Date, place and time of registration  
*Place of registration
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*Registrant's occupation and residence
*Witnesses’ names
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*Date, place and time of birth  
*Name of the registrant
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*Name and gender of child  
*Date and time of birth  
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*Name of the child  
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*Child’s legitimacy  
 
*Child’s legitimacy  
 
*Parents’ names  
 
*Parents’ names  
 
*Parents’ occupations and residence  
 
*Parents’ occupations and residence  
*Sometimes the names of the grandparents
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*Grandparents' names (sometimes)
  
'''The key genealogical facts found in most marriage records are:'''  
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'''Marriage records&nbsp; usually contain the following information:'''  
  
*Place and date of registration
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*Date and place of marriage
*Registrant names (in this case the couple)  
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*Registrants' names (in this case the couple)  
 
*Groom’s age, marital status, and occupation  
 
*Groom’s age, marital status, and occupation  
*Groom’s legitimacy and parents' names  
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*Groom’s legitimacy  
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*Groom's parents' names  
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*Groom's residence
 
*Bride’s age and marital status  
 
*Bride’s age and marital status  
*Bride’s legitimacy and parents' names  
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*Bride’s legitimacy  
*Residence of parents
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*Bride's parents' names  
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*Date of betrothal promise
 
*Witnesses’ names  
 
*Witnesses’ names  
 
*Witnesses’ age, marital status, and occupation  
 
*Witnesses’ age, marital status, and occupation  
*Date of the betrothal promise
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*Name of civil official
*Marriage date
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'''The key genealogical facts found in most death records are:'''  
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'''Death records usually contain the following information:'''  
  
*Place of registration
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*Date, place and time of registration  
*Date of registration
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*Registrant's name  
*Time of registration  
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*Registrant's age, marital status, occupation, origin, and residence  
*Registrant name  
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*Name of deceased
*Registrant’s age, marital status, occupation, origin, and residence  
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*Age, marital status and legitimacy of deceased
*Date, time, and place of death
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*Date, place and time of death
*Deceased name
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*Deceased age, marital status, and legitimacy  
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*Deceased parents
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*Parents' origin and residence
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*Cause of death  
 
*Cause of death  
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*Parents of deceased
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*Parents' origin and residence
 
*Witnesses' names
 
*Witnesses' names
  
 
== How to Use the Records  ==
 
== How to Use the Records  ==
  
To search the collection, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page ⇒ Select the Provincia ⇒ Select the Localidad ⇒ Select the Volume and Year Range which takes you to the images.  
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To begin your search you will need to know the following
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*Name
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*Residence
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*Date of the event
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==== Search the Collection  ====
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To search the Dominican Republic, Civil Registration, 1801-2010 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 "Locality"<br> ⇒ Select the "Volume and Year Range" which takes you to the images<br>
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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 ancestor’s name and look for the locator information next to the name (such as page, entry, or certificate number). This will help you find the record you are looking for in the collection.  
  
 
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.  
 
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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==== Using the Information  ====
  
 
The registration of birth, marriage, and death are a great source for extracting important genealogical information such as: dates, places, given names and surnames, residence of the parents, and sometimes the residences of the grandparents. Witnesses often were relatives of the parents. In order to find a record, it is necessary to know the name and year of the event of an ancestor. It is recommended to first search for the name in the corresponding register’s index.  
 
The registration of birth, marriage, and death are a great source for extracting important genealogical information such as: dates, places, given names and surnames, residence of the parents, and sometimes the residences of the grandparents. Witnesses often were relatives of the parents. In order to find a record, it is necessary to know the name and year of the event of an ancestor. It is recommended to first search for the name in the corresponding register’s index.  
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==== For Help Reading These Records  ====
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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]] <br>
  
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/records/collection/1475794/waypoints Dominican Republic, Births]
  
 
When you copy information from a record, you should 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.  
 
When you copy information from a record, you should 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.  
  
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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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]].
  
"Dominican Republic Civil Registration, 1801-2010," images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 19 June 2012), Santo Domingo &gt; Santo Domingo &gt; Vol. 443-2, 1855-1862 &gt; Images 16 of 207, Francisca Trinidad, born 21 October 1855; citing Officials of the State, Dominican Republic Civil Registration. Archivio General de la Nacion, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
  
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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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.<br>
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{{Collection citation | text= "Dominican Republic Civil Births" Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Archivo General de la Nación, Santo Domingo.}}
  
[[Category:Dominican_Republic|Civil]]
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<br> [[Dominican Republic Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]

Revision as of 22:37, 8 November 2013

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.

Contents

Title in the Language of the Records

Registro Civil de la República Dominicana

Record Description

These records are in Spanish. This collection will include records from 1801 to 2006.

For a complete list of all the provinces contained in this collection, see the Provinces of the Dominican Republic - Civil Registration coverage table.

With the adoption of the Napoleonic civil code of 1804, the Dominican Republic began the practice of civil registration, creating the offices of the civil state (oficialías del estado civil) in charge of registering the events of birth, marriage, and death in the life of its citizens. However, only some civil registration books dating back to 1823 have been found in the Bayaguana Civil Registry (Oficialía del Estado Civil de Bayaguana). Before that time, the Dominican Republic was under Haitian dominion. It wasn’t until June of 1944 that the National Congress created civil registration law 659, which provided new regulations for the functionality of the civil registration institution. One of the regulations was the creation of the Central Office of the Civil State (Oficina Central del Estado Civil), with civil registration headquarters in the capital city and one or more offices in each municipality. The registration of civil records was to be made in duplicate, and one of the original registers was to be sent annually to the Central Office for preservation. The civil records in this collection cover several municipalities (municipios) throughout the country and may include approximately 370,000 names. The birth of a child must be registered within 30 days of the birth. After that, it is considered a late registration and has penalties. However, to avoid the penalties, many children were not registered.

Each civil registrar (Oficial del Estado Civil) is required to keep a duplicate registry of the original records of birth, marriage, divorce, and death. At the end of each year, the original registry, together with its corresponding index book, is sent to the Central Office of the Civil State. These civil registrations allow people to be identified as citizens and therefore able to receive governmental benefits in the future.

The civil registration in the Dominican Republic is considered a great and reliable source for genealogical research. The records are written both in narrative style and in formatted records. Some records appear damaged; however, genealogical information may still be extracted.

For a list of records by date or locality currently published in the Dominican Republic Civil Births collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page

Record Content

Birth records usually contain the following information:

  • Date, place and time of registration
  • Registrant's occupation and residence
  • Date, place and time of birth
  • Name and gender of child
  • Child’s legitimacy
  • Parents’ names
  • Parents’ occupations and residence
  • Grandparents' names (sometimes)

Marriage records  usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Registrants' names (in this case the couple)
  • Groom’s age, marital status, and occupation
  • Groom’s legitimacy
  • Groom's parents' names
  • Groom's residence
  • Bride’s age and marital status
  • Bride’s legitimacy
  • Bride's parents' names
  • Date of betrothal promise
  • Witnesses’ names
  • Witnesses’ age, marital status, and occupation
  • Name of civil official

Death records usually contain the following information:

  • Date, place and time of registration
  • Registrant's name
  • Registrant's age, marital status, occupation, origin, and residence
  • Name of deceased
  • Age, marital status and legitimacy of deceased
  • Date, place and time of death
  • Cause of death
  • Parents of deceased
  • Parents' origin and residence
  • Witnesses' names

How to Use the Records

To begin your search you will need to know the following

  • Name
  • Residence
  • Date of the event

Search the Collection

To search the Dominican Republic, Civil Registration, 1801-2010 collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the "Province"
⇒ Select the "Locality"
⇒ Select the "Volume and Year Range" which takes you to the images

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 ancestor’s name and look for the locator information next to the name (such as page, entry, or certificate number). This will help you find the record you are looking for in the collection.

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.

Using the Information

The registration of birth, marriage, and death are a great source for extracting important genealogical information such as: dates, places, given names and surnames, residence of the parents, and sometimes the residences of the grandparents. Witnesses often were relatives of the parents. In order to find a record, it is necessary to know the name and year of the event of an ancestor. It is recommended to first search for the name in the corresponding register’s index.

For Help Reading These Records

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

Spanish Genealogical Word List

Known Issues with This Collection

Important.png Problems with this collection?
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

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 support@familysearch.org. 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 Websites

Dominican Republic Genealogy GenWeb Project

Related Wiki Articles

Dominican Republic

Contributions to This Article

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: Dominican Republic, Births

When you copy information from a record, you should 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 for This Collection

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

"Dominican Republic Civil Births" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Archivo General de la Nación, Santo Domingo.


Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.