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== Record Description ==
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== Title in the Language of the Record  ==
  
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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Filipinas, El Registro Civil, Local
  
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.
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== Record Description  ==
  
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.  
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This collection of records from local civil registry offices throughout the country includes birth, marriage, and death records created at local civil registry offices throughout the Philippines for 1898 to 1980. Originals are housed at the Bureau of Records Management in Manila, Philippines.  
  
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.
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Records are not available for all localities; the coverage varies by city/locality.
  
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.
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Some records are in English and some are in Spanish; see the section "For Help Reading these Records" for access to translation helps.  
  
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.  
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Additional records will be added to this collection as they become available.  
  
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.  
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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 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].
  
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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For the most part, the records are handwritten in English. For any written in Spanish, see the section "Help Reading these Records" below.
  
=== Citation for This Collection ===
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=== Record Types ===
  
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.
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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.]]
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| Civil Registration - Deaths
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== Record Content  ==
 
== Record Content  ==
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'''These birth records usually contain the following information:'''
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'''Birth records''' usually contain the following information:
 
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*Province, city and medical facility if birth occurred there  
 
*Province, city and medical facility if birth occurred there  
 
*Name and gender of child  
 
*Name and gender of child  
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*Name of priest or informant
 
*Name of priest or informant
  
'''These marriage records usually contain the following information:'''
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'''Marriage records''' usually contain the following information:
 
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*Date and place of marriage  
 
*Date and place of marriage  
 
*Groom's name and age  
 
*Groom's name and age  
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*Name of groom's father and his nationality  
 
*Name of groom's father and his nationality  
 
*Maiden name of husband's mother and her nationality  
 
*Maiden name of husband's mother and her nationality  
*Bride’s name and age  
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*Bride's name and age  
*Brides's nationality, residence and marital status  
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*Bride's nationality, residence and marital status  
 
*Name of bride's father and his nationality  
 
*Name of bride's father and his nationality  
 
*Maiden name of bride's mother and her nationality  
 
*Maiden name of bride's mother and her nationality  
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*Beginning in 1945, birthplace of bride and groom are given
 
*Beginning in 1945, birthplace of bride and groom are given
  
'''These death records usually contain the following information:'''
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'''Death records''' usually contain the following information:  
 
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*City and province where death occurred  
 
*City and province where death occurred  
 
*Name of medical institution if death occurred there  
 
*Name of medical institution if death occurred there  
*Name and gender of deceased  
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*Name and gender of deceased (Sometimes the death record for a woman will be filed under her married name and not her maiden name.)
 
*Age given in years, months, days and hours  
 
*Age given in years, months, days and hours  
 
*Date of death  
 
*Date of death  
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*Name of attending physician  
 
*Name of attending physician  
 
*Burial information
 
*Burial information
 
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| nowrap="nowrap" | Civil Registration- Births
 
| align="center" | 1898
 
| nowrap="nowrap" align="center" | 1980
 
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| nowrap="nowrap" | Civil Registration - Marriages
 
| align="center" | 1903
 
| align="center" | 1980
 
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| Civil Registration - Deaths
 
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== How to Use the Records  ==
 
== How to Use the Records  ==
  
To search the birth records in this collection, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
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Some record sets have indexes; these indexes were created at the end of the year. Copy errors could have been made in the index, so you want to find the actual record to verify the information is correct. Using the index is a helpful way to find the actual record.
 
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*Approximate date that the child was born
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*Names of parents or child
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*Locality where the child was born
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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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*Name of bride or groom
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*Approximate year of marriage
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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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For death records, the information in records is usually reliable, but depends upon the knowledge of the informant.
*Name of spouse, if married
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*Estimated birth year
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==== Search the Collection  ====
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Regarding marriage and death records, name changes, shortened names, or nicknames may have been used by your ancestors, so pay attention to other relationships (parents, spouse, siblings, children, etc.) that can confirm whether you have the right person/record.
  
To search the collection image by image select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br>
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=== Search the Collection  ===
⇒Select the appropriate "Province"<br>
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⇒Select the appropriate "Municipality/Town"<br>
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⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type"<br>
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⇒Select the appropriate "Year Range" which will take you to the images<br>
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Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.  
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'''To search by index:'''<br>
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Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.
  
==== Using the Information  ====
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'''To search by image:'''
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To browse the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Province"<br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Municipality/Town"<br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type"<br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Year Range" which will take you to the images<br>
  
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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Look at the image and compare the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors 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.  
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'''When searching:'''
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As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor's given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence, age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.  
  
'''For example:'''
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===For Help Reading these Records===
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For help reading the Spanish-era records see the following guides:
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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]
  
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===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 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 residence and names of the parents to locate church records.  
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*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records [[Philippines Census]].
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*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church (see “Related Wiki Articles” section below) and land records [[Philippines Land and Property]].
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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 province. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other provinces.  
 
*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.  
*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 to identify previous marriages (whether a divorce or death dissolved a previous marriage).  
*Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.  
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*Witnesses often were relatives of the parents.
*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? ====
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==== Tips To Keep in Mind====
  
'''Keep in mind:'''
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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.
  
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
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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.
*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another.
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'''If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:'''
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Continue to search the indexes and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have lived in the same area or a nearby area.
  
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
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== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
*Browse the images for records of nearby localities.
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== Related Websites  ==
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection, see the attached [[Philippines, Civil Registration, Local (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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== Related Websites  ==
 
*[http://itogon.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=29&Itemid=63 Municipality of Itogon – Registry Office]  
 
*[http://itogon.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=29&Itemid=63 Municipality of Itogon – Registry Office]  
 
*[http://www.ncca.gov.ph/about-culture-and-arts/articles-on-c-n-a/article.php?igm=2&i=181 National Archives of the Philippines Brief History]  
 
*[http://www.ncca.gov.ph/about-culture-and-arts/articles-on-c-n-a/article.php?igm=2&i=181 National Archives of the Philippines Brief History]  
 
*[http://www.genealogy.ph/ Philippines Genealogy]  
 
*[http://www.genealogy.ph/ Philippines Genealogy]  
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/search/RG/frameset_rg.asp?Dest=G1&Aid=&Gid=&Lid=&Sid=&Did=&Juris1=&Event=&Year=&Gloss=&Sub=&Tab=&Entry=&Guide=Philippines.ASP FamilySearch Philippines Research Outline]
 
 
*[http://www.death-record.com/d/s/Philippine-Islands Philippine Islands Death Records]
 
*[http://www.death-record.com/d/s/Philippine-Islands Philippine Islands Death Records]
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*[http://www.alaminoscity.gov.ph/cityservices/cityservices.aspx?id=39&serviceid=8 The Civil Registrar General]
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*[http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/PHILIPPINES/2003-09/1064799073 Philippine Research]
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*[http://www.bibingka.com/names/ Catalog of Filipino Names]
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*[http://www.census.gov.ph/civilregistration/problems-and-solutions Philippine Statistics Authority]
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*[http://www.parishregister.co.uk/ Parish Registers – Family History before 1837]
  
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
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*[[Philippines Civil Registration- Vital Records]]
*[[Philippines Civil Registration- Vital Records|Philippines Civil Registration- Vital Records]]<br>
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*[[Philippines, Civil Registration (Archives Division) (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Philippines, Civil Registration, National (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Philippines, Civil Registration, Spanish Period (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Philippines Births and Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Philippines Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Philippines Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Philippines, Court Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Philippines Church Records]]
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*[[Philippines Emigration and Immigration]]
 
*[[Philippines]]
 
*[[Philippines]]
  
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
== 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.  
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found it. This will help you or others to find the same record again.  
  
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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Keep track of records where you did not find information about your ancestor so you and others will not waste time looking through these records in the future.  
  
<br>Some records are in English and Spanish. Spanish is also used in sections of later records.<br>  
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
 
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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.
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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]].
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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 | text= "Philippines, Civil Registration (Local), 1888-1982." Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org: accessed 2013. Citing National Census and Statistics Office, Manila, Philippines.}}

Latest revision as of 21:42, 10 June 2014

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Contents

Title in the Language of the Record

Filipinas, El Registro Civil, Local

Record Description

This collection of records from local civil registry offices throughout the country includes birth, marriage, and death records created at local civil registry offices throughout the Philippines for 1898 to 1980. Originals are housed at the Bureau of Records Management in Manila, Philippines.

Records are not available for all localities; the coverage varies by city/locality.

Some records are in English and some are in Spanish; see the section "For Help Reading these Records" for access to translation helps.

Additional records will be added to this collection as they become available.

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 (FamilySearch Historical Records).

For the most part, the records are handwritten in English. For any written in Spanish, see the section "Help Reading these Records" below.

Record Types

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

Record Content

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

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
  • Bride'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

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 (Sometimes the death record for a woman will be filed under her married name and not her maiden name.)
  • 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

How to Use the Records

Some record sets have indexes; these indexes were created at the end of the year. Copy errors could have been made in the index, so you want to find the actual record to verify the information is correct. Using the index is a helpful way to find the actual record.

For death records, the information in records is usually reliable, but depends upon the knowledge of the informant.

Regarding marriage and death records, name changes, shortened names, or nicknames may have been used by your ancestors, so pay attention to other relationships (parents, spouse, siblings, children, etc.) that can confirm whether you have the right person/record.

Search the Collection

To search by index:
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

To search by image: To browse the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the appropriate "Province"
⇒Select the appropriate "Municipality/Town"
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type"
⇒Select the appropriate "Year Range" which will take you to the images

Look at the image and compare the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

When searching: As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor's given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence, age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

For Help Reading these Records

For help reading the Spanish-era records see the following guides:

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 Philippines Census.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church (see “Related Wiki Articles” section below) and land records Philippines Land and Property.
  • 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 province. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other provinces.
  • 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.
  • Use the marital status to identify previous marriages (whether a divorce or death dissolved a previous marriage).
  • Witnesses often were relatives of the parents.

Tips To Keep in Mind

When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

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.

Continue to search the indexes and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have lived in the same area or a nearby area.

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.

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found it. This will help you or others to find the same record again.

Keep track of records where you did not find information about your ancestor so you and others will not waste time looking through these records in the future.


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.

"Philippines, Civil Registration (Local), 1888-1982." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org: accessed 2013. Citing National Census and Statistics Office, Manila, Philippines.

 

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