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Title in the Language of the Records
Registro Civil de Lima, Peru.
Civil registration in Peru started on June 21, 1852.
This collection includes records from 1874-1997. The text of the records is in Spanish.
The earlier records are all handwritten in a narrative format. The later records are also handwritten but on a printed format. Some of their text may also vary slightly.
Additional information about these records can be found in the wiki article Peru Civil Registration.
Before the government instituted civil registration in Peru, the Catholic Church was the only institution tracking the births, marriages, and deaths of the population. In 1852, during the Republican Era, the government instituted civil registration. This was first done by political authorities, such as prefecture, subprefecture, and state. In 1856, this responsibility was given to municipalities. Currently, civil registration is in the hands of RENIEC, which delegates the registration process to municipal registrars.
In 1876, Peru’s census counted a population of 2.6 million residents, with just over 100,000 of those living in Lima. By 1900, Peru’s population numbered 3.8 million, with 223,807 in Lima. The Family History Library’s collection includes civil registers from the following municipalities:
- Lima o Cercado de lima
- Magdalena del Mar
- Magdalena Vieja
- San Miguel (previously known as San Miguel del Mar)
- Santiago de Surco (previously known as San José de Surco)
Civil registration in Peru identifies all its residents and issues certificates regarding their identity. The registration of births, marriages, and deaths documents the civil status of the residents.
The information in civil records may be the most accurate available for finding an ancestor who lived in Peru. Parish records would be next best since they were created much earlier than the civil records.
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Important information found in birth records include:
- Date and place of the registration
- Child's name and gender
- Child's date and place of birth
- Parents’ names, their age and residence
- Names of witnesses
Important information found in marriage records include:
- Date and place of the registration
- Date and place of marriage
- Groom's full name and age
- Groom's marital status, occupation, nationality and residence
- Names of groom's parents and their residence
- Bride’s full name and age
- Bride's marital status, occupation, nationality and residence
- Names of bride's parents and their residence
- Couple's statement of religious affiliation
- Names of witnesses
Important information found in death records include:
- Time, date, and place of registration
- Name, age and gender of deceased
- Date, place, and time of death
- Cause of death
- Parents' names of deceased
- Sometimes, name of spouse
- Names of witnesses their age(s) and residence
- Name of person registering death and their relationship to the deceased
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For genealogical research, the birth, marriage, and death records contain important information for at least two and sometimes three generations of ancestors in one document.
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- "Peru, Lima, Civil Registration, 1874-1996." Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Registro Civil. Archivo General de la Nación.