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Access the records: Philippines Civil Registration (National), 1945-1981 .
Collection Time Period
This collection includes civil marriage and death records for 1902 to 1980.
National copies of birth, marriage, and death certificates. This set is comprised of national copies which were submitted to the National Census and Statistics Office. The records begin 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.
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.
For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse.
Citation for This Collection
The citation below 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.
- National Census and Statistics Office. Philippines, civil registration. National Census and Statistics Office, Manila, Philippines.
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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. 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.
- 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.
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.
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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Related Wiki Articles
- Philippines Civil Registration- Vital Records
- Philippines History
- Philippines, Manila Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection
"Philippines, Civil Registration, 1945-1980" database and digital images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 29 September 2011), Metropolitan Manilla > Births > 1954 > Manilla > image 8 of 169, certificate of Death for Luz Nolasco, 7 January 1954; citing National Stataistics Office, Manilla Philippines.
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