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== Record Description ==
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| RW_URL_04 =[http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/PHILIPPINES/2003-09/1064799073 Philippine Research]
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This collection of records from local civil registry offices throughout the country includes birth, marriage, and death records for 1898 to 1980.  
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== What is in the Collection?  ==
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This collection consists of governmental vital records from across the Philippines for the years 1888-1984. The originals are housed at the Bureau of Records Management in Manila. Additional records will be added to this collection as they become available.  
  
The records will include the local copies of birth, marriage, and death certificates housed at the Bureau of Records Management in Manila, Philippines. It comprises records of birth, marriage, and death certificates created at local civil registry offices throughout the Philippines. Records are not available for all localities; the coverage varies by city/locality. Additional records will be added to this collection. Browse the collection in FamilySearch to determine current coverage. For local civil registration records for Metropolitan Manila, please see the collection "Philippines, Manila Civil Registration (Local), 1899-1980." Marriage and Death records are for the most part handwritten in English.
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Browse the collection in FamilySearch to determine current coverage. For local civil registration records for Metropolitan Manila, please see the collection [[Philippines, Manila Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]. Records are not available for all localities; the coverage varies by city/locality.
 
 
The recording of civil events in a person's life, such as birth, marriage and death, required valid evidence, therefore making these records very reliable.
 
 
 
Until 1889, there was no central civil administration to collect, interpret, and preserve the civil registration records. Most vital records from before 1889 come from Catholic parish and diocesan archives.
 
 
 
In 1889, the Spanish government created the Central Office of Statistics (Central Estadística). This subdivision of the Bureau of Civil Administration (Dirección General de Administración Civil) required each parish priest to periodically give the government a detailed list of the births, marriages, and deaths in his area. Although the Catholic clergy had previously maintained such records and even occasionally submitted them to the government, this was the first time that they had been required to regularly submit detailed reports. This system continued until the end of the Spanish administration in 1898.
 
 
 
After the Philippine Revolution of 1898, the church and state became separate. Within the first few years, officials responsible for civil registration were appointed in each municipality. In 1922, the Civil Records Centralization Act required “all municipal secretaries to submit quarterly reports on all registration matters to the Chief of the Division of Archives.” In 1930, civil registration became mandatory and, in 1932, the Bureau of Census and Statistics was created to oversee all civil registration in the Philippines. It was not until 1940 that most registrations began to be recorded.
 
 
 
The records of birth, marriage and death provides important information of events in a person's life; therefore, it became necessary for legal authorities to record and keep these events in their citizens life, in formal books, for the benefit of civil and personal purposes.
 
 
 
For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1410394/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.
 
 
 
=== 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.
 
 
 
{{Collection citation | text= "Philippines, Civil Registration (Local), 1888-1982." Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org: accessed 2013. Citing National Census and Statistics Office, Manila.}}
 
 
 
[[Philippines, Local Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
 
 
 
== Record Content  ==
 
  
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== Collection Content ==
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This collection contains birth, marriage, and death records. The records are evenly balanced by type, with births, marriages, and deaths each constituting an approximately equal portion of the collection.
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=== Sample Images ===
 
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<gallery>
Image:Philippines Civil Registration (local copies) DGS 5364491 23 Birth Certificate.jpg|Birth certificate
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Image: 005369970 00070 Birth Record.jpg|Birth Record
Image:Philippines Civil Registration (local copies) DGS 5364267 41 Marriage.jpg|Marriage Certificate
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Image:Philippines Civil Registration (local copies) DGS 5364267 41 Marriage.jpg|Marriage Record
 
Image:Philippines Civil Registration (local copies) DGS 5364269 23 Death Certificate.jpg|Death Certificate
 
Image:Philippines Civil Registration (local copies) DGS 5364269 23 Death Certificate.jpg|Death Certificate
 
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</gallery>  
  
'''Birth records usually contain the following information:'''
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==What Can This Collection Tell Me? ==
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The following lists indicate potential information given in each type of record. It must be remembered that every record may not provide all the listed information, as record-keeping practices often varied by time and location. 
  
*Province, city and medical facility if birth occurred there
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{| style="width:75%; vertical-align:top;" 
*Name and gender of child  
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*Date of birth  
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*Father's name, religion, nationality and race
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'''Birth records''' may contain: <br>
*Father's age, birthplace and occupation
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*City and province of birth
*Mother's maiden name, religion, nationality and race
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*Name of child
*Mother's age and birthplace
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*Gender, nationality, and race of child
*How many previous deliveries for mother  
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*Date of birth
*Date and place of marriage for parents  
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*Full names of father and mother, including maiden names
*Name of priest or informant
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*Occupation of father
 
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*Residence of mother, including street address, city, and province
'''Marriage records usually contain the following information:'''
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*Ages of parents at child's birth
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*Birthplaces of father and mother
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*Nationality, race, and religion of parents
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*Number of previous births to the mother
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*Legitimacy of birth
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*Date of parents' marriage, if legitimate
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*Child's weight at birth
  
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'''Marriage records''' may contain: <br>
 
*Date and place of marriage  
 
*Date and place of marriage  
 
*Groom's name and age  
 
*Groom's name and age  
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*Beginning in 1945, birthplace of bride and groom are given
 
*Beginning in 1945, birthplace of bride and groom are given
  
'''Death records usually contain the following information:'''  
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'''Death records''' may contain: <br>
 
*City and province where death occurred  
 
*City and province where death occurred  
 
*Name of medical institution if death occurred there  
 
*Name of medical institution if death occurred there  
*Name and gender of deceased  
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*Name and gender of deceased (Sometimes the death record for a woman will be filed under her married name and not her maiden name.)
 
*Age given in years, months, days and hours  
 
*Age given in years, months, days and hours  
 
*Date of death  
 
*Date of death  
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*Name of attending physician  
 
*Name of attending physician  
 
*Burial information
 
*Burial information
 
==== Record Types  ====
 
 
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| nowrap="nowrap" | Civil Registration- Births
 
| align="center" | 1898
 
| nowrap="nowrap" align="center" | 1980
 
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| nowrap="nowrap" | Civil Registration - Marriages
 
| align="center" | 1903
 
| align="center" | 1980
 
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| Civil Registration - Deaths
 
| align="center" | 1914
 
| align="center" | 1980
 
 
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== How to Use the Records  ==
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
 
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Before beginning a search in these records, it is best to know the full name of the individual in question, as well as an approximate time range for the desired record. When entered into the search engine on the Collection Page, this information provides the quickest, most reliable path to finding the correct person. Of course, other information can be substituted as necessary.
To search the birth records in this collection, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
 
 
 
*Names of parents
 
*Approximate year and place of baptism
 
*Residence of parents
 
 
 
To search the marriage records in this collection, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
 
 
 
*Name of bride or groom
 
*Approximate year and place of marriage
 
*Residence of bride or groom
 
 
 
To search the death records in this collection, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
 
 
 
*Name of deceased
 
*Approximate year and place of death
 
*Residence of the deceased
 
 
 
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==== Search the Collection  ====
 
 
 
To search the collection image by image select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Province"<br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Municipality/Town"<br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type"<br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Year Range" which will take you to the images<br> Look at the 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. Keep in mind:
 
 
 
*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
 
*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
 
*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
 
 
 
<br>
 
 
 
==== Using the Information  ====
 
 
 
If you find a record that could be for your ancestor, compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.
 
 
 
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.
 
 
 
'''For example:'''
 
 
 
*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 residence and names of the parents to locate church records.
 
*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.
 
*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.
 
*Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
 
 
 
==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
 
 
 
Some records are in English and Spanish. Spanish is also used in sections of later records.
 
 
 
==== Unable to Find your Ancestor?  ====
 
 
 
'''Keep in mind:'''
 
 
 
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another.
 
 
 
'''If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:'''
 
 
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
 
*Browse the images for records of nearby localities.
 
  
== Known Issues with This Collection ==
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=== Search by Name by Visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1410394 Collection Page] ===
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Fill in the requested information in the initial search page to return a list of possible matches. Compare the individuals on the list with what is already known to find the correct family or person. This step may require examining multiple individuals before a match is located.
  
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection, see the attached [[Philippines, Local 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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=== View Images in This Collection by Visiting the Browse Page ===
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If granted the rights to view the digitized records in this collection, the images may be accessed by following this series of links: <br>
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⇒ Select '''Browse through images''' on the initial [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1410394 collection page] <br>
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⇒ Select the appropriate '''Province''' category<br>
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⇒ Select the appropriate '''Municipality''' category<br>
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⇒ Select the appropriate '''Record Type''' category<br>
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⇒ Select the appropriate '''Year Range''' category to go to the images<br>
  
== Related Websites  ==
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Look at the image and compare 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.
  
*[http://itogon.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=29&Itemid=63 Municipality of Itogon – Registry Office]
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=== For Help Reading these Records  ===
*[http://www.ncca.gov.ph/about-culture-and-arts/articles-on-c-n-a/article.php?igm=2&i=181 National Archives of the Philippines Brief History]
 
*[http://www.genealogy.ph/ Philippines Genealogy]
 
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/search/RG/frameset_rg.asp?Dest=G1&Aid=&Gid=&Lid=&Sid=&Did=&Juris1=&Event=&Year=&Gloss=&Sub=&Tab=&Entry=&Guide=Philippines.ASP FamilySearch Philippines Research Outline]
 
*[http://www.death-record.com/d/s/Philippine-Islands Philippine Islands Death Records]
 
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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For help reading the Spanish-era records see the following guides:
  
*[[Philippines Civil Registration- Vital Records|Philippines Civil Registration- Vital Records]]  
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*[[Spanish Genealogical Word List]]  
*[[Philippines]]
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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]
  
== Contributions to This Article ==
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
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=== I Found the Person I Was Looking for, What Now? ===
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*Make sure to fully transcribe and cite the record entry for future reference; see below for assistance in citing this collection. Save or print a copy of the image if possible.
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*Use the information which has been discovered to find more. For instance, use the age listed in the record to estimate a year of birth, if that is yet undetermined.
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*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in the [[Philippines Census]].
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*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate [[Philippines Church Records|church]] and [[Philippines Land and Property|property]] records.
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*Continue to search the index to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. Note that family members often appear on an individual's vital records, such as in the role of witnesses to a marriage.
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=== I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking for, What Now? ===
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*When looking for a person with a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which individual is correct. Use other information, such as place of birth, age, occupation, or names of parents, to determine which candidate is the correct person. If listed, a personal title may be a clue to property ownership or occupation, either of which might be noted in other records.
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*Check for variants of given names, surnames, and place names. Transcription errors could occur in any record; also, it was not uncommon for an individual be listed under a nickname or an abbreviation of their name. See [[Abbreviations Found in Genealogy Records]] for examples of common abbreviations. Note that some women reverted to their maiden name when their husband died, and therefore could be buried under their maiden name.
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*Vary the search terms. For example, search by either the given name or surname to return broader list of possible candidates which can then be examined for matches. Alternatively, try expanding the date range; this is especially useful in searching baptismal records, as it was not unusual for a child to be baptized weeks or even months after birth.
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*Search the records of nearby localities. While it was uncommon for an individual in this period to move more than about 20 miles from their place of birth, smaller relocations were not uncommon.
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*Look at the actual image of the record to verify the information found in the online description, if possible.
  
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==Citing this Collection==
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Citing sources correctly makes it easier to refer back to information that has already been discovered; proper citations are therefore indispensable to keeping track of genealogical research. Following established formulae in formatting citations also allows others to verify completed research by helping them find and examine records for themselves.
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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To be of use, citations must include information such as the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records, if available. The following examples demonstrate how to present this information for both this particular collection as well as individual records and images within the collection:
  
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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'''Collection Citation''':<br>
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{{Collection citation | text= "Philippines, Civil Registration (Local), 1888-1984." Database with Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org: accessed 2016. Citing National Census and Statistics Office, Manila, Philippines.}}
  
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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'''Record Citation''' (or citation for the index entry):<br>
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'''Image Citation''':<br>
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{{Image Citation Link
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection ===
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== How You Can Contribute ==
  
"Philippines, Civil Registration (Local), 1898-1980" images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org: accessed 2 March 2012), Bulacan &gt; Plaridel &gt; Birth Records &gt; 1981 &gt; image 84 of 1454, Lea Sudario Pangiligan, 5 January 1981; citing Archive Division of the Bureau of Records Management, Birth records, RMAO, Metropolitan Manila.
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Record Description
Record Type: Civil Registration
Collection years: 1888-1984
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Languages: Filipinas, El Registro Civil, Local
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Archive
National Statistics Office of the Philippines


What is in the Collection?

This collection consists of governmental vital records from across the Philippines for the years 1888-1984. The originals are housed at the Bureau of Records Management in Manila. Additional records will be added to this collection as they become available.

Browse the collection in FamilySearch to determine current coverage. For local civil registration records for Metropolitan Manila, please see the collection Philippines, Manila Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records). Records are not available for all localities; the coverage varies by city/locality.

Collection Content

This collection contains birth, marriage, and death records. The records are evenly balanced by type, with births, marriages, and deaths each constituting an approximately equal portion of the collection.

Sample Images

What Can This Collection Tell Me?

The following lists indicate potential information given in each type of record. It must be remembered that every record may not provide all the listed information, as record-keeping practices often varied by time and location.

Birth records may contain:

  • City and province of birth
  • Name of child
  • Gender, nationality, and race of child
  • Date of birth
  • Full names of father and mother, including maiden names
  • Occupation of father
  • Residence of mother, including street address, city, and province
  • Ages of parents at child's birth
  • Birthplaces of father and mother
  • Nationality, race, and religion of parents
  • Number of previous births to the mother
  • Legitimacy of birth
  • Date of parents' marriage, if legitimate
  • Child's weight at birth

Marriage records may contain:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Groom's name and age
  • Groom's nationality, residence and marital status
  • Name of groom's father and his nationality
  • Maiden name of husband's mother and her nationality
  • Bride's name and age
  • Bride's nationality, residence and marital status
  • Name of bride's father and his nationality
  • Maiden name of bride's mother and her nationality
  • Names of the witnesses and their residence
  • Names of the persons who gave consent to the marriage
  • Name and title of person who solemnized marriage
  • Beginning in 1945, birthplace of bride and groom are given

Death records may contain:

  • City and province where death occurred
  • Name of medical institution if death occurred there
  • Name and gender of deceased (Sometimes the death record for a woman will be filed under her married name and not her maiden name.)
  • Age given in years, months, days and hours
  • Date of death
  • Cause of death
  • Birthplace and occupation of deceased
  • Name of surviving spouse, if married
  • In what country did deceased have citizenship
  • Parents' names, including mother's maiden name
  • Name of informant and their relationship to deceased
  • Name of attending physician
  • Burial information

How Do I Search the Collection?

Before beginning a search in these records, it is best to know the full name of the individual in question, as well as an approximate time range for the desired record. When entered into the search engine on the Collection Page, this information provides the quickest, most reliable path to finding the correct person. Of course, other information can be substituted as necessary.

Search by Name by Visiting the Collection Page

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page to return a list of possible matches. Compare the individuals on the list with what is already known to find the correct family or person. This step may require examining multiple individuals before a match is located.

View Images in This Collection by Visiting the Browse Page

If granted the rights to view the digitized records in this collection, the images may be accessed by following this series of links:
⇒ Select Browse through images on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the appropriate Province category
⇒ Select the appropriate Municipality category
⇒ Select the appropriate Record Type category
⇒ Select the appropriate Year Range category to go to the images

Look at the image and compare 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

For help reading the Spanish-era records see the following guides:

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking for, What Now?

  • Make sure to fully transcribe and cite the record entry for future reference; see below for assistance in citing this collection. Save or print a copy of the image if possible.
  • Use the information which has been discovered to find more. For instance, use the age listed in the record to estimate a year of birth, if that is yet undetermined.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in the Philippines Census.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and property records.
  • Continue to search the index to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. Note that family members often appear on an individual's vital records, such as in the role of witnesses to a marriage.

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking for, What Now?

  • When looking for a person with a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which individual is correct. Use other information, such as place of birth, age, occupation, or names of parents, to determine which candidate is the correct person. If listed, a personal title may be a clue to property ownership or occupation, either of which might be noted in other records.
  • Check for variants of given names, surnames, and place names. Transcription errors could occur in any record; also, it was not uncommon for an individual be listed under a nickname or an abbreviation of their name. See Abbreviations Found in Genealogy Records for examples of common abbreviations. Note that some women reverted to their maiden name when their husband died, and therefore could be buried under their maiden name.
  • Vary the search terms. For example, search by either the given name or surname to return broader list of possible candidates which can then be examined for matches. Alternatively, try expanding the date range; this is especially useful in searching baptismal records, as it was not unusual for a child to be baptized weeks or even months after birth.
  • Search the records of nearby localities. While it was uncommon for an individual in this period to move more than about 20 miles from their place of birth, smaller relocations were not uncommon.
  • Look at the actual image of the record to verify the information found in the online description, if possible.

Citing this Collection

Citing sources correctly makes it easier to refer back to information that has already been discovered; proper citations are therefore indispensable to keeping track of genealogical research. Following established formulae in formatting citations also allows others to verify completed research by helping them find and examine records for themselves.

To be of use, citations must include information such as the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records, if available. The following examples demonstrate how to present this information for both this particular collection as well as individual records and images within the collection:

Collection Citation:

"Philippines, Civil Registration (Local), 1888-1984." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org: accessed 2016. Citing National Census and Statistics Office, Manila, Philippines.

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 Philippines, Civil Registration (Local), 1888-1984.


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, Civil Registration (Local), 1888-1984.


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