Peru, Lima, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Lima, Peru
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Location of Lima, Peru
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Record Description
Record Type: Civil Registration
Collection years: 1874-1996
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Language: Peru, Lima, Registro Civil
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General Archives of the Nation, Lima


What is in the Collection?

This collection includes birth, marriage, and death records from 1874-1996 for the city of Lima and other surrounding municipalities.

Before the government instituted civil registration, the Catholic Church was the only institution tracking the births, marriages, and deaths of the population. Civil registration in Peru started on June 21, 1852. 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.

Peru's civil registration identifies all its residents and issues certificates regarding their identity. These records include births, marriages, and death of the residents. In 1876, Peru’s census counted a population of 2.6 million residents, with just over 100,000 of those living in Lima. By 1900, Peru’s population numbered 3.8 million, with 223,807 in Lima.

The earlier records are all handwritten in a narrative format. The later records are also handwritten but on a printed format. Some of their text may also vary slightly.

Additional information about these records can be found in the wiki article Peru Civil Registration.

The Family History Library’s collection includes civil registers from the following municipalities:

  • Lima o Cercado de lima 
  • Ancón 
  • Barranco 
  • Chorrillos 
  • Lurigancho 
  • Magdalena del Mar 
  • Magdalena Vieja 
  • Miraflores 
  • San Miguel (previously known as San Miguel del Mar) 
  • Santiago de Surco (previously known as San José de Surco)

Reading These Records

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

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What Can these Records Tell Me?

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Birth records Marriage records Death records
Date and place of the registration Date and place of the registration Time, date, and place of the registration
Child’s name and gender Date and place of marriage Deceased’s name, gender, and age (keep in mind that death records for women may be under their married name)
Child’s date and place of birth Groom’s full name and age Date, place and time of death
Legitimacy Groom’s marital status, occupation, nationality, and residence Cause of death
Parents’ names, their age and residence Names of groom’s parents and their residence Parents’ names of deceased
Names of witnesses Bride’s full name and age Sometimes, name of spouse
Bride’s marital status, occupation, nationality, and residence Names of witnesses, their age(s) and residence
Names of bride’s parents and their residence Name of person registering death and their relationship to the deceased
Couple’s statement of religious affiliation
Names of witnesses


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  • Identifying information such as residence
  • Estimated marriage or birth year
  • Family relationships

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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:

  • 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?

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  • 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.
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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.

The birth, marriage, and death records contain important information for at least two and sometimes three generations of ancestors in one document.

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

A boundary change could have occurred and the record of your ancestor is now in a neighboring region. Your ancestor may have also 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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Collection Citation:

"Peru, Lima, Civil Registration, 1874-1996." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing National General Archives, Lima, Peru.

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