Dominican Republic Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues
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Problem #1: Missing records: At the El Seybo > Santa Cruz del Seybo > Nacimientos 1883-1884, 1893-1902 (algún desorden cronológico) waypoint, Image 397 notes that pages are missing. The page number on Image 397 indicates that 46 pages are missing.
Answer #1: The missing records are not available with FamilySearch.
Problem #2: Birth records at the following link appear to actually be marriage records: El Seybo > Santa Cruz del Seybo > Nacimientos 1883-1884, 1893-1902 (algún desorden cronológico).
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. 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.
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