Peru, Ancash, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Áncash, Peru
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Location of Áncash, Peru
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Record Description
Record Type: Civil Registration
Collection years: 1890-2005
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Language: Peru, Áncash, Registro Civil
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Related Websites
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Ancash Regional Archives, Huaraz


What is in the Collection?

This collection includes birth, marriage, and death records created by civil registration offices in the department (state) of Áncash, Peru records from 1890-2005. Originals are kept by the Regional Archives of Áncash in Peru.

Prior to 1821, Áncash was known as Huaylás.

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, Áncash, Civil Registration, 1890-2005.

Collection Content

The information in each record varies by year.

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Coverage Table

As of 14 December 2016 this collection included records from the following provinces.

Province
Antonio Raymondi
Bolognesi
Carhuaz
Carlos Fermín Fitzcarrald
Casma
Huaraz
Huari
Huaylas
Pallasca
Pomabamba
Recuay
Santa
Yungay

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

Birth records generally include the following information:

  • Child’s name and gender
  • Date and place of birth
  • Names and ages of parents
  • Birthplaces of parents
  • Witnesses of birth

Marriage records usually include the following:

  • Names and ages of groom and bride
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Birthplaces of groom and bride
  • Names and ages of groom’s parents
  • Names and ages of bride’s parents
  • Who performed the marriage
  • Names of witnesses

Death records may include:

  • Deceased’s gender, name and age (keep in mind that death records for women may be filed under their married name)
  • Date and place of death
  • Date and place of birth
  • Marital status/name of spouse
  • Names of parents
  • Birthplaces of parents
  • Names of informant/witnesses
  • Date and place of burial

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 by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person with the same name.
  • You ancestor may be using a nickname or alias.
  • Even though there is an index there may still be inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
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 "District" category
⇒ Select the "Record Type and Year" category which takes you to the images

For help reading these records:

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

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

What Do I Do Next?

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. Keep in mind:

  • The information in church 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 1800.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

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 on the North,
  • Huánuco and Pasco on the East, and
  • the Lima Regions on the South

Your ancestor may have immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby areas or immigration/emigration records.

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.

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Don't overlook FHL Place Peru, Ancash items or FHL Keyword Peru, Ancash 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.

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, Áncash, Civil Registration, 1890-2005. Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org: accessed 2017. Citing Regional Archives, Áncash, Peru.


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, Áncash, Civil Registration, 1890-2005.


Record Citation

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Peru, Áncash, Civil Registration, 1890-2005.


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