Philippines, Civil Registration, National (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Revision as of 17:04, 14 October 2011

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


Collection Time Period

This collection includes civil marriage and death records for 1902 to 1980.

Record Description

National copies of birth, marriage and death certificates. The collection will comprise two sets of records. One set is of national copies submitted to the Archives Division primarily between 1922 and 1934. The other, much larger set is national copies which were submitted to the National Census and Statistics Office. This latter set begins in 1945 and is an ongoing active collection. Records are not available for all localities and the coverage varies by locality. Additional records will be added to this collection. Marriage and Death records are handwritten in English for the most part. A few of the earlier marriage records are in Spanish. Spanish is also used in sections of later records.

Record Content

The key genealogical facts found in most marriage records include:

  • Husband’s name
  • Wife’s name
  • Date and place of the marriage
  • Names of the husband’s parents
  • Names of the wife’s parents
  • Names of the witnesses
  • Names of the persons who gave consent
  • Name of the person who solemnized the marriage
  • Beginning in 1945, birthplace of the husband and wife
  • Date of the marriage license
  • Date of the certificate (marriage contract)

The key genealogical facts found in most death records include:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Name of the surviving spouse
  • Date and place of death
  • The date and place of burial (cremation or removal)
  • Name of the informant
  • Name of the attending physician
  • Name of the undertaker
  • On death certificates after 1958, names of the father and mother
  • On death certificates after 1958, the birth date and birthplace of the deceased
  • Date of the certificate or the date the certificate was filed by the local civil registrar
  • Date of burial or transit permit

How to Use the Record

These registrations are the best source for locating the date and place of an ancestor’s marriage or death. The marriage records may also include information about the ancestor’s parents. You can use this information to help extend the lineage. Use place information to search for other records with genealogical content. Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Name indexes to marriages make it possible to access a specific marriage record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:

  • The county where the marriage occurred
  • The name of the person at the time of marriage
  • The approximate marriage date
  • The marriage place
  • The name of the intended spouse

Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the marriage records. Compare the information in the marriage 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 marriage 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 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.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • The name of the 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 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.

Keep in mind:

  • The information in marriage records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1900.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.

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

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Search for the marriage record of the marriage partner if known.
  • Check for a different index; there are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.

Record History

In 1901, the Philippines passed a law that established local civil registry offices. These offices were to record the events of birth, marriage, and death. This collection contains marriage records and death records from several cities in the Philippines. In 1945, changes in the law required more information to be recorded. The records are in English and Spanish.

Why the Record Was Created

The recording of birth, marriage or death provides important information in a person's life, which become necessary for legal authorities and personal purposes.

Record Reliability

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

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The Philippines, Civil Registration, 1945-1996 collection contains records of marriage and death certificates from various localities in the Philippines. Records are organized by province, record type, year, and then municipality.

While browsing this collection, some localities, year ranges, or specific images are either missing or appear to be missing.

Click here for a full list of causes associated with the missing information. 

Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should also 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 Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections.

Examples of Sources Citations for a record in This Collection

"Philippines, Civil Registration, 1945-1980" images, FamilySearch ( accessed 29 September 2011).entry for Rebecca Labson, died January 5, 1955; citing Civil Records, Metropolitan Manilla, Births, 1955, Manilla Image 6: National Stataistics Office, Manilla Philippines.

Sources of information for This Collection

Birth Certificates, 1945-1980. National Statistics Office, Manila, Philippines.
Marriage Certificates, 1945-1980. National Statistics Office, Manila, Philippines.
Death Certificates, 1945-1980. National Statistics Office, Manila, Philippines.