Dominican Republic Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues

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Known Issues

Question #1: When browsing El Seybo > Santa Cruz del Seybo > Nacimientos 1883-1884, 1893-1902 (algún desorden cronológico), image 397 has a note stating that pages are missing. Are those pages available?
Answer #1: These pages are missing from the original record and are not available on FamilySearch.

Question #2: Are the records found when browsing El Seybo > Santa Cruz del Seybo > Nacimientos 1883-1884, 1893-1902 (algún desorden cronológico) birth records or marriage records?
Answer #2: Images 398-519 are birth records that were executed to serve the additional purpose of establishing the legitimacy of the births. A 1944 reformation of the law regarding civil registration includes a fine for parents who do not register their children within 30 days of birth. Prior to that time, it was not uncommon to create a birth record for a child or even an older individual by having the parents and witnesses certify, after the fact, that the child was indeed legitimately born to the parents. The difficulty in reading these documents and their similarity to marriage entries make these legitimate child entries look very much like marriage entries.

Question #3: When browsing Samaná > Santa Bárbara de Samaná > Matrimonios 1945, images 27 – 45 appear to be from a town of La Descubierta. What is their proper designation?
Answer #3: These images should be designated as Independencia > La Descubierta> Matrimonios 1945.

Question #4: Are the records found when browsing Santiago > Santiago de los Caballeros > Matrimonios 1887-1900, images 193-347 death records instead of marriage records?
Answer #4: Images 193-347 are Defunciones (Death) records for the dates 12 June 1899 through 21 October 1900.

Question #5: Are the records found when browsing Distrito Nacional > Santo Domingo > Nacimientos 1860-1876 marriage-related records instead of birth records?
Answer #5: These records are not birth records but marriage-related record, specifically Matrimonios 1860-1866 y Promesas de Matrimonios 1875-1877 from Film 1410987 (52 images of matrimonios and 22 images of Promesas de matrimonios).

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