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== Title in the Language of the Records  ==
 
== Title in the Language of the Records  ==
  
Registro Civil de la República Dominicana  
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República Dominicana, Registro Civil
  
== Record Description  ==
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== What is in the Collection? ==
  
These records are in Spanish.
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This collection will include civil records from 1801 to 2006. The records include birth, marriage, and death certificates from various localities in the Dominican Republic and may include approximately 370,000 names.  
This collection will include records from 1801 to 2006.  
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For a complete list of all the provinces contained in this collection, see the [[Provinces of the Dominican Republic - Civil Registration]] coverage table.  
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The records are in [[Spanish Genealogical Word List|Spanish]]; see the section [https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/Dominican_Republic_Civil_Registration_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)#For_Help_Reading_These_Records "For Help Reading these Records"] for access to translation helps.  
  
With the adoption of the Napoleonic civil code of 1804, the Dominican Republic began the practice of civil registration, creating the offices of the civil state (oficialías del estado civil) in charge of registering the events of birth, marriage, and death in the life of its citizens. However, only some civil registration books dating back to 1823 have been found in the Bayaguana Civil Registry (Oficialía del Estado Civil de Bayaguana). Before that time, the Dominican Republic was under Haitian dominion. It wasn’t until June of 1944 that the National Congress created civil registration law 659, which provided new regulations for the functionality of the civil registration institution. One of the regulations was the creation of the Central Office of the Civil State (Oficina Central del Estado Civil), with civil registration headquarters in the capital city and one or more offices in each municipality. The registration of civil records was to be made in duplicate, and one of the original registers was to be sent annually to the Central Office for preservation. The civil records in this collection cover several municipalities (municipios) throughout the country and may include approximately 370,000 names. The birth of a child must be registered within 30 days of the birth. After that, it is considered a late registration and has penalties. However, to avoid the penalties, many children were not registered.  
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The records are written both in narrative style and in formatted records. Some records appear damaged; however, genealogical information may still be extracted.  
  
Each civil registrar (Oficial del Estado Civil) is required to keep a duplicate registry of the original records of birth, marriage, divorce, and death. At the end of each year, the original registry, together with its corresponding index book, is sent to the Central Office of the Civil State. These civil registrations allow people to be identified as citizens and therefore able to receive governmental benefits in the future.  
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This is an ongoing active collection. Additional records will be added to this collection. Check the browse headers for the collection to determine current coverage. For a complete list of all the provinces contained in this collection, see the [[Provinces of the Dominican Republic - Civil Registration]] coverage table.  
  
The civil registration in the Dominican Republic is considered a great and reliable source for genealogical research. The records are written both in narrative style and in formatted records. Some records appear damaged; however, genealogical information may still be extracted.
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For a list of records by date or locality currently published in the Dominican Republic Civil Births collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1475794/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page
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== Collection Content ==
 
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=== Citation for This Collection ===
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{{Collection citation | text= "Dominican Republic Civil Births" Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Archivo General de la Nación, Santo Domingo.}}
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<br> [[Dominican Republic Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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== Record Content ==
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'''Birth records usually contain the following information:'''
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'''Birth records''' may contain the following information:  
  
*Date, place and time of registration
 
*Registrant's occupation and residence
 
*Date, place and time of birth
 
 
*Name and gender of child  
 
*Name and gender of child  
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*Date, place, and time of birth
 
*Child’s legitimacy  
 
*Child’s legitimacy  
*Parents’ names  
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*Parents’ names and ages
 
*Parents’ occupations and residence  
 
*Parents’ occupations and residence  
*Grandparents' names (sometimes)
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*Grandparents' names  
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*Date, place, and time of registration
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*Registrant's occupation and residence
  
'''Marriage records&nbsp; usually contain the following information:'''
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'''Marriage records''' usually contain the following information:  
  
 
*Date and place of marriage  
 
*Date and place of marriage  
*Registrants' names (in this case the couple)
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*Names and ages of groom and bride
*Groom’s age, marital status, and occupation
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*Marital status of groom and bride
*Groom’s legitimacy
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*Legitimacy of groom and bride
*Groom's parents' names  
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*Parents' names and ages
 
*Groom's residence  
 
*Groom's residence  
*Bride’s age and marital status
 
 
*Bride’s legitimacy  
 
*Bride’s legitimacy  
*Bride's parents' names
 
 
*Date of betrothal promise  
 
*Date of betrothal promise  
 
*Witnesses’ names  
 
*Witnesses’ names  
 
*Witnesses’ age, marital status, and occupation  
 
*Witnesses’ age, marital status, and occupation  
*Name of civil official
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*Name of civil official and/or marriage officiator
  
'''Death records usually contain the following information:'''
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'''Death records''' may contain the following information:  
  
*Date, place and time of registration
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*Name and age of deceased (keep in mind that death records for women may be filed under their married name)
*Registrant's name  
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*Marital status/spouse's name of deceased  
*Registrant's age, marital status, occupation, origin, and residence
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*Date, place, and time of death  
*Name of deceased
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*Age, marital status and legitimacy of deceased  
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*Date, place and time of death  
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*Cause of death  
 
*Cause of death  
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*Date and place of birth
 
*Parents of deceased  
 
*Parents of deceased  
 
*Parents' origin and residence  
 
*Parents' origin and residence  
*Witnesses' names
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*Witnesses' names  
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*Informant's name and age
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*Date, place, and time of registration
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*Informant's marital status, occupation, origin, and residence
  
== How to Use the Records  ==
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
  
To begin your search you will need to know the following
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'''When searching:''' <br> As you are searching, it is helpful to know such information as your relative'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 relative and that your relative may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
  
*Name
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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.
*Residence
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*Date of the event
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==== Search the Collection  ====
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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.
  
To search the Dominican Republic, Civil Registration, 1801-2010 collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br>⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br> ⇒ Select the "Province"<br>⇒ Select the "Locality"<br> ⇒ Select the "Volume and Year Range" which takes you to the images<br>
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If you are unable to find a record for your ancestor in this collection, see the corresponding section below.
  
Indexes are available on some of these groups of images. If indexes are available, check these for the name first. Indexes are usually located at the beginning of a group of images or at the end. Find your ancestor’s name and look for the locator information next to the name (such as page, entry, or certificate number). This will help you find the record you are looking for in the collection.  
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'''Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1619814 Collection Page]:'''<br> Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.  
  
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.  
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'''View images for "Dominican Republic, Births, 1801-2006" collection by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/1619814/waypoints Browse Page:]''':<br>⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page <br> ⇒ Select the "Province" <br> ⇒ Select the "Locality" <br> ⇒ Select the "Record Type and Years" which takes you to the images.  
  
==== Using the Information  ====
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Search the collection images one by one, 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.
  
The registration of birth, marriage, and death are a great source for extracting important genealogical information such as: dates, places, given names and surnames, residence of the parents, and sometimes the residences of the grandparents. Witnesses often were relatives of the parents. In order to find a record, it is necessary to know the name and year of the event of an ancestor. It is recommended to first search for the name in the corresponding register’s index.
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=== For Help Reading These Records ===
  
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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These records are in Spanish. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:
  
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Dominican Republic Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
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*[[Spanish Genealogical Word List]]  
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*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/results.html?fq=place%3A%22Spain%22 Reading Spanish handwritten records]
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*[https://script.byu.edu/Pages/Spanish/en/welcome.aspx Script tutorial for Spanish]
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
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To learn more about using the information in civil records, view this lesson for free: [https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/la-investigacion-genealogica-en-republica-dominicana/331 La Investigación Genealógica en República Dominicana] - Spanish
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*Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.  
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*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.
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*Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
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*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.  
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*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.
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*Use the marital status to identify previous marriages, that is, whether a divorce or death dissolved a previous marriage.
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*Witnesses often were relatives of the parents.
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=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
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The birth of a child must be registered within 30 days of the birth. After that, it is considered a late registration and has penalties. Therefore, if parents knew they wouldn't meet the deadline, then to avoid the penalties, many children were not registered.
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For death records, the information in records is usually reliable, but depends upon the knowledge of the informant.
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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.
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When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
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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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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.
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=== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?===
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A boundary change could have occurred and the record of you ancestor is now in a neighboring state or region, or your ancestor immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby areas or immigration/emigration records: [[Dominican Republic, Miscellaneous Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].
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Church records are also a good substitute when birth, marriage, and death records can’t be found or are unavailable: [[Dominican Republic Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].
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== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~domwgw/mhhbcgw.htm Dominican Republic Genealogy GenWeb Project]
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[http://www.agn.gov.do/ Archivo General de la Nación] Website is in Spanish.  
  
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
*[[Dominican Republic]]
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*[[Dominican Republic Civil Registration]]
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*[[Dominican Republic Maps#Online_Maps|Online maps of the Dominican Republic]]
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*[[Dominican Republic History#Online_History|Online history of the Dominican Republic]]
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*[[Dominican Republic Genealogy|Online genealogical resources for Dominican Republic research]]
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*[[Dominican Republic Genealogy|Dominican Republic]]
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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== Citing this Collection ==
  
{{Contributor invite}}
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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.
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "Dominican Republic, Civil Registration, 1801-2010." Database with Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Archivo General de la Nación, Santo Domingo [General Archive of the Nation, Santo Domingo].}}<br><br>
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Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/records/collection/1475794/waypoints Dominican Republic, Births]
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== How You Can Contribute ==
  
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
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{{Contributor invite}}
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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[[Category:Civil Registration]]

Latest revision as of 19:56, 18 August 2016

Dominican Republic

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.
Access the records: Dominican Republic, Civil Registration, 1801-2010  and Dominican Republic, Births, 1801-2006.
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Title in the Language of the Records

República Dominicana, Registro Civil

What is in the Collection?

This collection will include civil records from 1801 to 2006. The records include birth, marriage, and death certificates from various localities in the Dominican Republic and may include approximately 370,000 names.

The records are in Spanish; see the section "For Help Reading these Records" for access to translation helps.

The records are written both in narrative style and in formatted records. Some records appear damaged; however, genealogical information may still be extracted.

This is an ongoing active collection. Additional records will be added to this collection. Check the browse headers for the collection to determine current coverage. For a complete list of all the provinces contained in this collection, see the Provinces of the Dominican Republic - Civil Registration coverage table.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Dominican Republic, Births, 1801-2006.

Collection Content

Sample Images

Birth records may contain the following information:

  • Name and gender of child
  • Date, place, and time of birth
  • Child’s legitimacy
  • Parents’ names and ages
  • Parents’ occupations and residence
  • Grandparents' names
  • Date, place, and time of registration
  • Registrant's occupation and residence

Marriage records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Names and ages of groom and bride
  • Marital status of groom and bride
  • Legitimacy of groom and bride
  • Parents' names and ages
  • Groom's residence
  • Bride’s legitimacy
  • Date of betrothal promise
  • Witnesses’ names
  • Witnesses’ age, marital status, and occupation
  • Name of civil official and/or marriage officiator

Death records may contain the following information:

  • Name and age of deceased (keep in mind that death records for women may be filed under their married name)
  • Marital status/spouse's name of deceased
  • Date, place, and time of death
  • Cause of death
  • Date and place of birth
  • Parents of deceased
  • Parents' origin and residence
  • Witnesses' names
  • Informant's name and age
  • Date, place, and time of registration
  • Informant's marital status, occupation, origin, and residence

How Do I Search the Collection?

When searching:
As you are searching, it is helpful to know such information as your relative'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 relative and that your relative may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

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.

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

View images for "Dominican Republic, Births, 1801-2006" collection by visiting the Browse Page::
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the "Province"
⇒ Select the "Locality"
⇒ Select the "Record Type and Years" which takes you to the images.

Search the collection images one by one, 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.

For Help Reading These Records

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

What Do I Do Next?

To learn more about using the information in civil records, view this lesson for free: La Investigación Genealógica en República Dominicana - Spanish

  • 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 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, that is, whether a divorce or death dissolved a previous marriage.
  • Witnesses often were relatives of the parents.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

The birth of a child must be registered within 30 days of the birth. After that, it is considered a late registration and has penalties. Therefore, if parents knew they wouldn't meet the deadline, then to avoid the penalties, many children were not registered.

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.

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?

A boundary change could have occurred and the record of you ancestor is now in a neighboring state or region, or your ancestor immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby areas or immigration/emigration records: Dominican Republic, Miscellaneous Records (FamilySearch Historical Records).

Church records are also a good substitute when birth, marriage, and death records can’t be found or are unavailable: Dominican Republic Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records).

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Don't overlook FHL Place Dominican Republic items or FHL Keyword Dominican Republic items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog.

Related Websites

Archivo General de la Nación Website is in Spanish.

Related Wiki Articles

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:

"Dominican Republic, Civil Registration, 1801-2010." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Archivo General de la Nación, Santo Domingo [General Archive of the Nation, Santo Domingo].

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 Dominican Republic, Civil Registration, 1801-2010.

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 Dominican Republic, Civil Registration, 1801-2010.
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 Dominican Republic, Births, 1801-2006.

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