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 ==
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==Record Description==
  
This collection will include records from 1801 to 2010.  
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These records are in Spanish. This collection will eventually include civil records from 1801 to 2006. The records include birth, marriage and death certificates from various localities in the Dominican Republic.  
  
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.  
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This is an ongoing active collection. Additional records may be added to this collection. Check the wiki or browse the collection to determine current coverage.
  
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.  
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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.  
  
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.  
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The civil records in this collection cover several municipalities (municipios) throughout the country and may include approximately 370,000 names. These registrations include birth, marriage, and death records. 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. Therefore, if parents knew they wouldn't meet the deadline, then to avoid the penalties, many children were not registered.  
  
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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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 [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1475794/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page  
 
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  
 
=== 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.<br>
 
 
{{Collection citation|text= <!--bibdescbegin-->Officials of the State. Dominican Republic Civil Registration. Archivio General de la Nacion, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.<!--bibdescend-->}}
 
 
[[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.]]
 
  
 
== Record Content  ==
 
== Record Content  ==
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'''The key genealogical facts found in most birth records are:'''
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Birth records may contain the following information:
  
*Date, place and time of registration
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*Name and gender of child
*Registrant's occupation and residence
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*Date, place, and time of birth  
*Date, place and time of birth  
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*Name and gender of child
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*Child’s legitimacy  
 
*Child’s legitimacy  
*Parents’ names  
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*Parents’ names and ages
 
*Parents’ occupations and residence  
 
*Parents’ occupations and residence  
*Grandparents' names (sometimes)
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*Grandparents' names
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*Date, place, and time of registration
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*Registrant's occupation and residence
  
'''The key genealogical facts found in most marriage records are:'''
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Marriage records usually contain the following information:
  
 
*Date and place of marriage  
 
*Date and place of marriage  
*Registrants' names (in this case the couple)
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*Names and ages of groom and bride
*Groom’s age, marital status, and occupation
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*Marital status of groom and bride
*Groom’s legitimacy
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*Legitimacy of groom and bride
*Groom's parents' names  
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*Parents' names and ages
 
*Groom's residence  
 
*Groom's residence  
*Bride’s age and marital status
 
 
*Bride’s legitimacy  
 
*Bride’s legitimacy  
*Bride's parents' names
 
 
*Date of betrothal promise  
 
*Date of betrothal promise  
 
*Witnesses’ names  
 
*Witnesses’ names  
 
*Witnesses’ age, marital status, and occupation  
 
*Witnesses’ age, marital status, and occupation  
*Name of civil official
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*Name of civil official and/or marriage officiator
  
'''The key genealogical facts found in most death records are:'''
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Death records may contain the following information:
  
*Date, place and time of registration
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*Name and age of deceased (keep in mind that death records for women may be filed under their married name)
*Registrant's name  
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*Marital status/spouse's name of deceased  
*Registrant's age, marital status, occupation, origin, and residence
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*Date, place, and time of death
*Name of deceased
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*Cause of death
*Age, marital status and legitimacy of deceased  
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*Date and place of birth
*Date, place and time of death  
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*Cause of death  
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*Parents of deceased  
 
*Parents of deceased  
 
*Parents' origin and residence  
 
*Parents' origin and residence  
 
*Witnesses' names
 
*Witnesses' names
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*Informant's name and age
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*Date, place, and time of registration
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*Informant's marital status, occupation, origin, and residence
  
== How to Use the Records ==
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==How to Use the Records==
  
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br>⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br>⇒Select the ''Provincia'' category<br>⇒Select the ''Localidad'' category<br>⇒Select the ''Tipo de registro y años'' category which takes you to the images.<br>
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To begin your search you should know the following:
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*The person’s name
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*The approximate location of an event
  
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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Keep in mind:
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
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*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
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*The information in records is usually reliable, but depends upon the knowledge of the informant.
  
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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===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 "Record Type and Years" which takes you to the images.
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To search the Dominican Republic, Births 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.
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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 or end of a group of images. 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.
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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. Regarding birth records, sometimes a child was named but died very young, and the parents would give the same name to the next child born of the same gender. Regarding marriage and death records, name changes, shortened names, or nicknames may have been used by your ancestors, so pay attention to the other relationships (parents, spouse, siblings, children).
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====Using the Information====
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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.  
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*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land 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 county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.
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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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*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.
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*Use the marital status/marriage number (how many times a person was married) to identify previous marriages.
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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.
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*Witnesses often were relatives of the parents.
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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]]
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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]
  
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
  
 
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Dominican Republic Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org 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.  
 
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Dominican Republic Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org 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.  
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===Unable to Find your Ancestor?===
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A boundary change could have occurred and the record of you ancestor is now in a neighboring locality.
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Church records are also a good substitute when birth, marriage, and death records can’t be found or are unavailable.
  
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~domwgw/mhhbcgw.htm Dominican Republic Genealogy GenWeb Project]
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*[[Dominican Republic Maps#Online_Maps|Online maps of the Dominican Republic]]
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*[[Dominican Republic History#Online_History|Online history of the Dominican Republic]]
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*[[Dominican Republic Genealogy|Online genealogical resources for Dominican Republic research]]
  
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
 
*[[Dominican Republic]]
 
*[[Dominican Republic]]
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*[[Dominican Republic Genealogy]]
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*[[Dominican Republic Civil Registration]]
  
== Contributions to This Article ==
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==Contributions to This Article==
  
 
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections ==
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==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.  
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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]].  
 
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 ===
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===Citation for This Collection===
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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>
  
"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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{{Collection citation | text= "Dominican Republic Civil Births" Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Archivo General de la Nación, Santo Domingo.}}
  
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Revision as of 18:02, 10 April 2014

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 eventually include civil records from 1801 to 2006. The records include birth, marriage and death certificates from various localities in the Dominican Republic.

This is an ongoing active collection. Additional records may be added to this collection. Check the wiki or browse the collection to determine current coverage.

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

The civil records in this collection cover several municipalities (municipios) throughout the country and may include approximately 370,000 names. These registrations include birth, marriage, and death records. 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. Therefore, if parents knew they wouldn't meet the deadline, then to avoid the penalties, many children were not registered.

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 may contain the following information:

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

Marriage records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Names and ages of groom and bride
  • Marital status of groom and bride
  • Legitimacy of groom and bride
  • Parents' names and ages
  • Groom's residence
  • Bride’s legitimacy
  • Date of betrothal promise
  • Witnesses’ names
  • Witnesses’ age, marital status, and occupation
  • Name of civil official and/or marriage officiator

Death records may contain the following information:

  • Name and age of deceased (keep in mind that death records for women may be filed under their married name)
  • Marital status/spouse's name of deceased
  • Date, place, and time of death
  • Cause of death
  • Date and place of birth
  • Parents of deceased
  • Parents' origin and residence
  • Witnesses' names
  • Informant's name and age
  • Date, place, and time of registration
  • Informant's marital status, occupation, origin, and residence

How to Use the Records

To begin your search you should know the following:

  • The person’s name
  • The approximate location of an event

Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
  • The information in records is usually reliable, but depends upon the knowledge of the informant.

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 "Record Type and Years" which takes you to the images.

To search the Dominican Republic, Births 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 or end of a group of images. 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 and compare the information with what you already know about your ancestor to determine which one is your ancestor. Regarding birth records, sometimes a child was named but died very young, and the parents would give the same name to the next child born of the same gender. Regarding marriage and death records, name changes, shortened names, or nicknames may have been used by your ancestors, so pay attention to the other relationships (parents, spouse, siblings, children).

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.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land 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 county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Use the marital status/marriage number (how many times a person was married) to identify previous marriages.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Witnesses often were relatives of the parents.

For Help Reading These Records

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

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.

Unable to Find your Ancestor?

A boundary change could have occurred and the record of you ancestor is now in a neighboring locality.

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

Related Websites

Related Wiki Articles

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.