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== Collection Time Period ==
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== Record Description ==
  
This collection of records from local civil registry offices throughout the country includes birth, marriage, and death records for 1898 to 1980.  
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This collection includes the local copies of birth, marriage, and death certificates housed at the Bureau of Records Management in Manila, Philippines. It comprises records of birth, marriage, and death certificates created at local civil registry offices throughout the Philippines. Records are not available for all localities; the coverage varies by city/locality. Additional records will be added to this collection. Browse the collection in FamilySearch to determine current coverage. For local civil registration records for Metropolitan Manila, please see the collection "Philippines, Manila Civil Registration (Local), 1899-1980." Marriage and Death records are for the most part handwritten in English.  
  
== Record Description  ==
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The recording of civil events in a person's life, such as birth, marriage and death, required valid evidence, therefore making these records very reliable.
  
This collection includes the local copies of birth, marriage, and death certificates housed at the Bureau of Records Management in Manila, Philippines. It comprises records of birth, marriage, and death certificates created at local civil registry offices throughout the Philippines. Records are not available for all localities; the coverage varies by city/locality. Additional records will be added to this collection. Browse the collection in FamilySearch to determine current coverage. For local civil registration records for Metropolitan Manila, please see the collection "Philippines, Manila Civil Registration (Local), 1899-1980." Marriage and Death records are for the most part handwritten in English. A few of the earlier marriage  
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Until 1889, there was no central civil administration to collect, interpret, and preserve the civil registration records. Most vital records from before 1889 come from Catholic parish and diocesan archives.&nbsp;
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In 1889, the Spanish government created the Central Office of Statistics (Central Estadística). This subdivision of the Bureau of Civil Administration (Dirección General de Administración Civil) required each parish priest to periodically give the government a detailed list of the births, marriages, and deaths in his area. Although the Catholic clergy had previously maintained such records and even occasionally submitted them to the government, this was the first time that they had been required to regularly submit detailed reports. This system continued until the end of the Spanish administration in 1898.&nbsp;
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After the Philippine Revolution of 1898, the church and state became separate. Within the first few years, officials responsible for civil registration were appointed in each municipality. In 1922, the Civil Records Centralization Act required “all municipal secretaries to submit quarterly reports on all registration matters to the Chief of the Division of Archives.” In 1930, civil registration became mandatory and, in 1932, the Bureau of Census and Statistics was created to oversee all civil registration in the Philippines. It was not until 1940 that most registrations began to be recorded.&nbsp;  
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For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1410394/waypoints Browse].
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This collection of records from local civil registry offices throughout the country includes birth, marriage, and death records for 1898 to 1980.&nbsp;
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The records of birth, marriage and death provides important information of events in a person's life; therefore, it became necessary for legal authorities to record and keep these events in their citizens life, in formal books, for the benefit of civil and personal purposes.
  
 
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
 
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
  
The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.  
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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.  
  
 
{{Collection citation
 
{{Collection citation
| text = <!--bibdescbegin-->Philippines, Civil Registry Office. Local civil registration offices throughout the Philippines. Bureau of Records Management, Manila, Philippines.<!--bibdescend-->
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| text = Civil Registrar. Philippines civil registration. National Census and Statistics Office, Manila, Philippines.}}  
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Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article [[Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]].
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[[Philippines, Local 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  ===
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== Record Content  ==
  
'''The key genealogical facts found in&nbsp;birth records may include:'''
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Image:Philippines Civil Registration (local copies) DGS 5364491 23 Birth Certificate.jpg|Birth certificate
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Image:Philippines Civil Registration (local copies) DGS 5364267 41 Marriage.jpg|Marriage Certificate
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Image:Philippines Civil Registration (local copies) DGS 5364269 23 Death Certificate.jpg|Death Certificate
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*Date and place of the event
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'''These birth records usually contain the following information:'''  
*Name of the principal
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*Gender of principal and date of birth  
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*Legitimacy
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*Parents' names, residence, and/or place of origin
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*Names of witnesses
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'''The key genealogical facts found in&nbsp;marriage records may include:'''
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*Province, city and medical facility if birth occurred there
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*Name and gender of child
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*Date of birth
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*Father's name, religion, nationality and race
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*Father's age, birthplace and occupation
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*Mother's maiden name, religion, nationality and race
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*Mother's age and birthplace
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*How many previous deliveries for mother
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*Date and place of marriage for parents
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*Name of priest or informant
  
*Husband’s name
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'''These marriage records usually contain the following information:'''
*Wife’s name
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*Date and place of the marriage  
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*Names of the husband’s parents
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*Names of the wife’s parents
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*Names of the witnesses
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*Names of the persons who gave consent
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*Name of the person who solemnized the marriage
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*Beginning in 1945, birthplace of the husband and wife
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*Date of the marriage license
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*Date of the certificate (marriage contract)
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'''The key genealogical facts found in&nbsp;death records may include:'''  
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*Date and place of marriage
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*Groom's name and age
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*Groom's nationality, residence and marital status
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*Name of groom's father and his nationality
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*Maiden name of husband's mother and her nationality
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*Bride’s name and age
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*Brides's nationality, residence and marital status
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*Name of bride's father and his nationality
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*Maiden name of bride's mother and her nationality
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*Names of the witnesses and their residence
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*Names of the persons who gave consent to the marriage
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*Name and title of person who solemnized marriage
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*Beginning in 1945, birthplace of bride and groom are given
  
*Name of the deceased
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'''These death records usually contain the following information:'''
*Name of the surviving spouse
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*Date and place of death  
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*The date and place of burial (cremation or removal)
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*Name of the informant
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*Name of the attending physician
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*Name of the undertaker
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*On death certificates after 1958, names of the father and mother
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*On death certificates after 1958, the birth date and birthplace of the deceased
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*Date of the certificate or the date the certificate was filed by the local civil registrar
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*Date of burial or transit permit
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=== Record Types  ===
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*City and province where death occurred
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*Name of medical institution if death occurred there
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*Name and gender of deceased
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*Age given in years, months, days and hours
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*Date of death
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*Cause of death
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*Birthplace and occupation of deceased
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*Name of surviving spouse, if married
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*In what country did deceased have citizenship
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*Parents' names, including mother's maiden name
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*Name of informant and their relationship to deceased
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*Name of attending physician
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*Burial information
  
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==== Record Types  ====
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! bgcolor="#3399ff" scope="col" | Description  
 
! bgcolor="#3399ff" scope="col" | Description  
! bgcolor="#3399ff" scope="col" nowrap="nowrap" | Earliest Year  
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! nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#3399ff" scope="col" | Earliest Year  
! bgcolor="#3399ff" scope="col" nowrap="nowrap" | Latest Year
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! nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#3399ff" scope="col" | Latest Year
 
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| nowrap="nowrap" | Civil Registration- Births  
 
| nowrap="nowrap" | Civil Registration- Births  
 
| align="center" | 1898  
 
| align="center" | 1898  
| nowrap="nowrap" align="center" | 1980
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| align="center" nowrap="nowrap" | 1980
 
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| nowrap="nowrap" | Civil Registration - Marriages  
 
| nowrap="nowrap" | Civil Registration - Marriages  
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== How to Use the Records  ==
 
== How to Use the Records  ==
  
'''When browsing this collection it is helpful to know the following:'''
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To search the birth records in this collection, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:  
  
*The place where the event occurred
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*Approximate date that the child was born
*The name and surname of the person
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*Names of parents or child
*The approximate date of the event
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*Locality where the child was born
*The name of the parents or spouse
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Select the folder for your locality, then select the birth records, death records or marriage records folder. A year range will appear, select the one that will be most helpful.  
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To search the marriage records in this collection, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
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*
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To search the death records in this collection, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
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*Name of deceased
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*Name of spouse, if married
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*Estimated birth year
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==== Search the Collection  ====
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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 "Province" category<br>⇒Select the "Municipality/Town" category<br>⇒Select the "Record Type"<br>⇒Select the "Year Range" category which will take you to the images<br>
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Look at each image 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  ====
  
 
If you find a record that could be for your ancestor, compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.  
 
If you find a record that could be for your ancestor, compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.  
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*Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing 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 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 records.  
 
*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church records.  
 
*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.  
 
*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 marriage number to identify previous marriages.  
 
*Use the marriage number 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.
 
*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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==== Unable to Find your Ancestor?  ====
  
 
'''Keep in mind:'''  
 
'''Keep in mind:'''  
  
*The information in church records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
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*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.  
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800.  
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*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another.
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another.
  
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*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
 
*Browse the images for records of nearby localities.
 
*Browse the images for records of nearby localities.
 
== Record History  ==
 
 
Until 1889, there was no central civil administration to collect, interpret, and preserve the civil registration records. Most vital records from before 1889 come from Catholic parish and diocesan archives.
 
 
In 1889, the Spanish government created the Central Office of Statistics (Central Estadística). This subdivision of the Bureau of Civil Administration (Dirección General de Administración Civil) required each parish priest to periodically give the government a detailed list of the births, marriages, and deaths in his area. Although the Catholic clergy had previously maintained such records and even occasionally submitted them to the government, this was the first time that they had been required to regularly submit detailed reports. This system continued until the end of the Spanish administration in 1898.
 
 
After the Philippine Revolution of 1898, the church and state became separate. Within the first few years, officials responsible for civil registration were appointed in each municipality. In 1922, the Civil Records Centralization Act required “all municipal secretaries to submit quarterly reports on all registration matters to the Chief of the Division of Archives.” In 1930, civil registration became mandatory and, in 1932, the Bureau of Census and Statistics was created to oversee all civil registration in the Philippines. It was not until 1940 that most registrations began to be recorded.
 
 
=== Why the Record Was Created  ===
 
 
The records of birth, marriage and death provides important information of events in a person's life; therefore, it became necessary for legal authorities to record and keep these events in their citizens life, in formal books, for the benefit of civil and personal purposes.
 
 
=== Record Reliability  ===
 
 
The recording of civil events in a person's life, such as birth, marriage and death, required valid evidence, therefore making these records very reliable.
 
  
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
[[Philippines]]  
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*[[Philippines Civil Registration- Vital Records|Philippines Civil Registration- Vital Records]]<br>
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*[[Philippines]]
  
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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=== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ===
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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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]].  
  
<br> Records are in Spanish. Spanish is also used in sections of later records.<br>  
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<br>Some records are in English and Spanish. Spanish is also used in sections of later records.<br>  
  
=== Citation Example for Records Found in This Collection  ===
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
  
"Philippines, Civil Registration (Local), 1898-1980" digital images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org: accessed 2 March 2012), Bulacan &gt; Plaridel &gt; Birth Records &gt; 1981 &gt; image 84 of 1454, Lea Sudario Pangiligan, 5 January 1981; citing Archive Division of the Bureau of Records Management, Birth records, RMAO, Metropolitan Manila.  
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"Philippines, Civil Registration (Local), 1898-1980" images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org: accessed 2 March 2012), Bulacan &gt; Plaridel &gt; Birth Records &gt; 1981 &gt; image 84 of 1454, Lea Sudario Pangiligan, 5 January 1981; citing Archive Division of the Bureau of Records Management, Birth records, RMAO, Metropolitan Manila.  
  
 
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]].

Revision as of 20:40, 29 January 2013

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

Contents

Record Description

This collection includes the local copies of birth, marriage, and death certificates housed at the Bureau of Records Management in Manila, Philippines. It comprises records of birth, marriage, and death certificates created at local civil registry offices throughout the Philippines. Records are not available for all localities; the coverage varies by city/locality. Additional records will be added to this collection. Browse the collection in FamilySearch to determine current coverage. For local civil registration records for Metropolitan Manila, please see the collection "Philippines, Manila Civil Registration (Local), 1899-1980." Marriage and Death records are for the most part handwritten in English.

The recording of civil events in a person's life, such as birth, marriage and death, required valid evidence, therefore making these records very reliable.

Until 1889, there was no central civil administration to collect, interpret, and preserve the civil registration records. Most vital records from before 1889 come from Catholic parish and diocesan archives. 

In 1889, the Spanish government created the Central Office of Statistics (Central Estadística). This subdivision of the Bureau of Civil Administration (Dirección General de Administración Civil) required each parish priest to periodically give the government a detailed list of the births, marriages, and deaths in his area. Although the Catholic clergy had previously maintained such records and even occasionally submitted them to the government, this was the first time that they had been required to regularly submit detailed reports. This system continued until the end of the Spanish administration in 1898. 

After the Philippine Revolution of 1898, the church and state became separate. Within the first few years, officials responsible for civil registration were appointed in each municipality. In 1922, the Civil Records Centralization Act required “all municipal secretaries to submit quarterly reports on all registration matters to the Chief of the Division of Archives.” In 1930, civil registration became mandatory and, in 1932, the Bureau of Census and Statistics was created to oversee all civil registration in the Philippines. It was not until 1940 that most registrations began to be recorded. 

For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

This collection of records from local civil registry offices throughout the country includes birth, marriage, and death records for 1898 to 1980. 

The records of birth, marriage and death provides important information of events in a person's life; therefore, it became necessary for legal authorities to record and keep these events in their citizens life, in formal books, for the benefit of civil and personal purposes.

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.

Civil Registrar. Philippines civil registration. National Census and Statistics Office, Manila, Philippines.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

These birth records usually contain the following information:

  • Province, city and medical facility if birth occurred there
  • Name and gender of child
  • Date of birth
  • Father's name, religion, nationality and race
  • Father's age, birthplace and occupation
  • Mother's maiden name, religion, nationality and race
  • Mother's age and birthplace
  • How many previous deliveries for mother
  • Date and place of marriage for parents
  • Name of priest or informant

These marriage records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Groom's name and age
  • Groom's nationality, residence and marital status
  • Name of groom's father and his nationality
  • Maiden name of husband's mother and her nationality
  • Bride’s name and age
  • Brides's nationality, residence and marital status
  • Name of bride's father and his nationality
  • Maiden name of bride's mother and her nationality
  • Names of the witnesses and their residence
  • Names of the persons who gave consent to the marriage
  • Name and title of person who solemnized marriage
  • Beginning in 1945, birthplace of bride and groom are given

These death records usually contain the following information:

  • City and province where death occurred
  • Name of medical institution if death occurred there
  • Name and gender of deceased
  • Age given in years, months, days and hours
  • Date of death
  • Cause of death
  • Birthplace and occupation of deceased
  • Name of surviving spouse, if married
  • In what country did deceased have citizenship
  • Parents' names, including mother's maiden name
  • Name of informant and their relationship to deceased
  • Name of attending physician
  • Burial information

Record Types

Description Earliest Year Latest Year
Civil Registration- Births 1898 1980
Civil Registration - Marriages 1903 1980
Civil Registration - Deaths 1914 1980

How to Use the Records

To search the birth records in this collection, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Approximate date that the child was born
  • Names of parents or child
  • Locality where the child was born

To search the marriage records in this collection, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

To search the death records in this collection, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of deceased
  • Name of spouse, if married
  • Estimated birth year

Search the Collection

To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Province" category
⇒Select the "Municipality/Town" category
⇒Select the "Record Type"
⇒Select the "Year Range" category which will take you to the images

Look at each image 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

If you find a record that could be for your ancestor, compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.

For example:

  • 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 residence and names of the parents to locate church records.
  • 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 marriage number 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.

Unable to Find your Ancestor?

Keep in mind:

  • 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 one record to another.

If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Browse the images for records of nearby localities.

Related Websites

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. Guidelines are available to help you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide. If you would like to get more involved join the WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

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.


Some records are in English and Spanish. Spanish is also used in sections of later records.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Philippines, Civil Registration (Local), 1898-1980" images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 2 March 2012), Bulacan > Plaridel > Birth Records > 1981 > image 84 of 1454, Lea Sudario Pangiligan, 5 January 1981; citing Archive Division of the Bureau of Records Management, Birth records, RMAO, Metropolitan Manila.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.