Dominican Republic Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)
|This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.|
- 1 Title in the Language of the Records
- 2 Record Description
- 3 Record Content
- 4 How to Use the Records
- 5 Known Issues with This Collection
- 6 Related Websites
- 7 Related Wiki Articles
- 8 Contributions to This Article
- 9 Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections
Title in the Language of the Records
Registro Civil de la República Dominicana
This collection will eventually 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 may be added to this collection. Check the wiki or browse 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.|
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 to Use the Records
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.
For death records, the information in records is usually reliable, but depends upon the knowledge of the informant.
Regarding 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.
Search the Collection
To search the Dominican Republic, Civil Registration, 1801-2010 collection by index:
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.
To search by image:
To browse the Dominican Republic, Births collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the "Province"
⇒ Select the "Locality"
⇒ Select the "Volume and Year Range" 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.
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
These records are in Spanish. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:
Using the Information
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.
Tips to Keep in Mind
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.
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.
Unable to Find Your Ancestor?
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).
Known Issues with This Collection
For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to email@example.com. 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.
- Archivo General de la Nación Website is in Spanish.
- Online maps of the Dominican Republic
- Online history of the Dominican Republic
- Online genealogical resources for Dominican Republic research
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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections
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Citation for This Collection
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
- "Dominican Republic Civil Births" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing National General Archives, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.