Peru, Cajamarca, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Peru, Cajamarca, Civil Registration, 1938-1996 .
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Cajamarca, Peru
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Record Description
Record Type: Civil Registration
Collection years: 1938-1996
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Languages: Perú, Cajamarca, Registro Civil
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Archivo Regional de Lambayeque, Chiclayo (Lambayeque Regional Archive, Chiclayo).

What is in the Collection?

This Collection includes records from 1938 to 1996.

Copies of original civil registration records of births, marriages, and deaths from the department of Cajamarca in Peru. The original records are housed in the Archivo Regional de Cajamarca.

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

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Peru, Cajamarca, Civil Registration.

Collection Content

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Coverage Table

As of 12 December 2016 this collection included records from the following provinces.

San Ignacio
Santa Cruz

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

Birth records usually contain the following information:

  • Place of registration
  • Name of child
  • Date, time and place of birth
  • Legitimacy
  • Presenter's name, age, civil status, occupation and residence
  • Number of previous children of this mother
  • Parents’ names, age, civil status, occupation and origin
  • Witnesses' names, age, civil status and residence

Marriage records usually contain the following information:

  • Place and date of registration
  • Names of the groom and bride
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Groom’s age, civil status, occupation, origin and current residence
  • Names of groom's parents
  • Bride's age, civil status, origin and current residence
  • Names of bride's parents
  • Parish name and date of their religious wedding
  • Names of witnesses

Death records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of death
  • Name and gender of deceased
  • Race, age and civil status of deceased
  • Presenter's name, age, civil status, occupation, residence and origin
  • Place of origin of deceased
  • Cause of death
  • Parents’ names and their place of origin
  • Burial information

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 or Municipality" 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:

Spanish Genealogical Word List For more information about using civil records, view these lessons for free:

What Do I Do Next?

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.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?

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

  • Equador and Piura on the North,
  • Amazonias on the East,
  • La Libertad on the South, and
  • Lambayeque on the West

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

Peru Emigration and Immigration

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, Cajamarca items or FHL Keyword Peru, Cajamarca 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, Cajamarca, Civil Registration, 1938-1996" Database with Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2016. Citing Archivo Regional de Lambayeque.

Record citation (or citation for the index entry):

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, Cajamarca, Civil Registration, 1938-1996.

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, Cajamarca, Civil Registration, 1938-1996.

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