Philippines, Camarines Sur, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Caceres, Parish Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type: Parish Registers
Collection years: 1716-1977
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Archdiocesan Archives, Caceres, Philippines

What is in the Collection?

This collection includes Catholic Church records from 1716 to 1977 and comes from the Archdiocese of Caceres in the Camarines Sur Province of the Bicol region in the Philippines. Original records are kept by the Archdiocese of Caceres.

Some records are in English and some are in These records are written in Spanish; some words may be in Latin; see the section "For Help Reading these Records" for access to translation helps.

For additional details about the history of these records and help using them, see the wiki article Philippines Church Records.

This is an ongoing project, so additional images will be published when they become available.

Record Categories

These parish registers include five main record groups:

  • Baptisms
  • Confirmations
  • Marriages
  • Death records
  • Parish censuses

See the Record Content section below for more details on information included in each record type.

Collection Contenta

The information found in each record varies by year.

Baptism records may include the following information:

  • Name, age, and gender
  • Date and place of baptism
  • Names of parents

Confirmation records may include the following information:

  • Name and age
  • Date and place of confirmation
  • Place of baptism
  • Names of parents

Marriage records may include the following:

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

Death/burial records usually include:

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

Parish censuses generally include:

  • Names of parishioners
  • Age of parishioners
  • Marital status
  • Date and place of census (possibly residence of each parishioner)
  • Whether baptized, where, and/or when

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.

See the sections below for tips and uses for searching and finding the record of your ancestor in this collection and using the information in the record.

If you are unable to find a record for your ancestor in this collection, see the corresponding section below.

To search by image:
To browse the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the "Parish" category
⇒Select the “Record Type and Year Range" category which takes you to the images.

Search the collection by image comparing 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.

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 residence, age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

For Help Reading these Records

For help reading the Spanish records see the following guides:

You may also come across church records wherein the form with type-written sections are in Latin: Latin Genealogical Word List

What Do I Do Next?

  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records Philippines Census.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate civil (see “Related Wiki Articles” section below) and land records Philippines Land and Property.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • The name of a marriage officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the province. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other provinces.
  • Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Use the marital status to identify previous marriages (whether a divorce or death dissolved a previous marriage).
  • Witnesses often were relatives of the parents.

Tips to Keep in Mind

When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

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

For marriage and death records, your ancestors may have used shortened names or nicknames, so pay attention to other relationships (parents, spouse, siblings, children, etc.) that can confirm whether you have the right person/record.

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?

A boundary change could have occurred and the record of your ancestor is now in a neighboring province. These provinces neighbor Camarines Sur:

  • Camarines Norte and Quezon to the north
  • The island province Catanduane in the east
  • Albay to the south

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

Civil registration records are also a good substitute when church records are insufficient. Philippines, Civil Registration, Local (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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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:

“Philippines, Camarines Sur, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Caceres, Parish Registers, 1716-1977.” Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2016. Citing Archdiocesan Archives, Caceres, Philippines.

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 Philippines, Camarines Sur, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Caceres, Parish Registers, 1716-1977.