Peru, Lambayeque Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Peru, Lambayeque, Civil Registration, 1873-1998 .
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|Location of Lambayeque, Peru|
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|Title in the Languages:||Registro Civil de Lambayeque, Peru|
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- 1 What is in the Collection?
- 2 Collection Content
- 3 What Can this Collection Tell Me?
- 4 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citations for This Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in the Collection?
This collection consists of births, marriages, deaths, indexes and other records created by civil registration offices in the department of Lambayeque, Peru from 1873 to 1998. Some of these records have been indexed and are searchable as part of this collection. Additional indexed records will be published as they become available.
Earlier records are all handwritten in a narrative format. The later records are also handwritten but on a printed format. These records are written in Spanish; see the section For Help Reading these Records for translation helps.
Peru's territory, according to the Regionalization Law which was passed on November 18, 2002, is divided into 26 units: 25 regions (regiones; singular: región) and the Lima Province. The regions are subdivided into provinces (provincias), which are composed of districts (distritos). Lambayeque is a region consisting of three provinces: Chiclayo, Ferrenafe, and Lambayeque.
The registration of births, marriages, and deaths in Peru documents the civil status of the residents. Before the government instituted civil registration in Peru, the Catholic Church was the only institution tracking the births, marriages, and deaths of the population. In 1852, during the Republican Era, the government instituted civil registration. This was first done by political authorities, such as prefecture, subprefecture, and state. In 1856, this responsibility was given to municipalities. Currently, civil registration is in the hands of RENIEC, which delegates the registration process to municipal registrars.
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For genealogical research, the birth, marriage, and death records contain important information for at least two and sometimes three generations of ancestors in one document.
As of 14 December 2016 this collection included records from the following districts or municipalities:
What Can this Collection Tell Me?
Birth records may include:
Marriage records may include:
Death records may include:
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:
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These records are in Spanish. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:
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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:
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 Lambayeque. These regions neighbor Lambayeque:
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.
Citations for 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.
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