Peru, Amazonas, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Title in the Language of the Record

Registro Civil de Amazonas, Peru

What is in the Collection?

This collection includes records of births, marriages, and deaths from the department of Amazonas in Peru for the years 1939-1998.

These records are written in Spanish; see the section "For Help Reading these Records" for translation helps.

Additional images will be published as they become available.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Peru, Amazonas, Civil Registration, 1939-1998.

Collection Content

The information in each record varies by year.

Birth records generally include the following information:

  • Name and gender of child
  • Date, place and time of birth
  • Informant's name, age, civil status, and occupation
  • Informant's origin, nationality, and residence
  • Father's name, age, civil status, and occupation
  • Father's origin, nationality, and residence
  • Mother's name, age, civil status, and occupation
  • Mother's origin, nationality, and residence
  • Names of witnesses
  • Witnesses' age, occupation, and residence

Marriage records may include the following information:

  • Names and ages of the groom and bride
  • Date and place of the marriage
  • Groom's origin, occupation, and residence
  • Groom's marital status
  • Names of groom's parents, their nativity, and current residence
  • Bride's origin, civil status, occupation, and residence
  • Names of bride's parents, their nativity, and current residence
  • Names of witnesses, their age, civil status, occupation, and residence

Death records may include:

  • Informant's name, age, marital status, occupation, birthplace, nationality, and residence
  • Deceased’s gender, name and age (keep in mind that death records for women may be filed under their married name)
  • Date, time, and place of death
  • Place of birth
  • Occupation, nationality, and residence
  • Marital status/name of spouse
  • Names and ages of parents
  • Occupations and residences of parents
  • Date and place of burial
  • Names, ages, occupations, and residences of witnesses

How Do I Search the Collection?

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.

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 an estimated event date, residence, age, and family relationships.

Search the Collection

To search by image:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the appropriate "Province" category
⇒ Select the appropriate "District or Municipality" category
⇒ Select the appropriate "Record Type and Years" category which takes 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.

For Help Reading These Records

These records are in Spanish. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:

What Do I Do Next?

To learn more about using the information in civil records, view these lessons for free:

Tips to Keep in Mind

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

For 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.

Witnesses were sometimes relatives of the deceased or the deceased's parents.

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.

What if I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For?

If you are unable to find your ancestor(s) in these civil registers, then try searching in the areas surrounding Áncash. These regions neighbor Áncash:

  • The Pacific Ocean on the West,
  • La Libertad in the North,
  • Huánuco and Pasco in the East, and
  • the Lima Regions in the South with

Church records are also a good substitute when birth, marriage, and death records can’t be found or are unavailable. Before the government instituted civil registration in Peru, the Catholic Church was the only institution tracking the births, marriages, and deaths of the population.

Or your ancestor immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby areas or immigration/emigration records.

Peru Emigration and Immigration

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Don't overlook FHL Place Peru, Amazonas items or FHL Keyword Peru, Amazonas items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see Peru Archives and Libraries.

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Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.  

Collection citation:

"Peru, Amazonas, Civil Registration, 1939-1998." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Archivo Regional [Regional Archives, Amazonas].

Image Citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Peru, Amazonas, Civil Registration, 1939-1998.