Philippines, Civil Registration, Local (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type: Civil Registration
Collection years: 1888-1984
Languages: Spanish and English
Title in the Languages: Filipinas, El Registro Civil, Local
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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.

Reading These Records

Some of these records are written in Spanish; also see the section For Help Reading These Records for translation helps.

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Philippines Civil Registration (Local), 1888-1984.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:

Birth records Marriage records Death records
City and province of birth Date and place of marriage Place where death occurred
Name, gender, nationality and race of child Name and age of bride and groom Name of medical institution if death occurred there
Birth date Bride and groom's nationality, residence and marital status Name and gender of deceased (Sometimes the death record for a woman will be filed under her married name and not her maiden name)
Parents’ names Name of groom's father and his nationality Age given in years, months, days and hours
Occupation of father Name of bride’s father and his nationality Date of death
Parent’s residence, including street address, city and province Name of bride's father and his nationality Cause of death
Age of parents at child’s birth Maiden name of bride's mother and her nationality Birthplace and occupation of deceased
Birth place of parents Names of the witnesses and their residence Name of surviving spouse, if married
Nationality, race and religion of parents Names of the persons who gave consent to the marriage In what country did deceased have citizenship
Number of previous births to the mother Name and title of person who solemnized marriage Parent’s names, including mother’s maiden name
Legitimacy of birth Beginning in 1945, birthplace of bride and groom are given Name of informant and their relationship to deceased
Date of parent’s marriage Name of attending physician
Burial information

Collection Contents

Sample Images

How Do I Search The Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. Before using this collection it is helpful to know:

  • Your ancestor's given name and surname
  • Identifying information such as residence
  • Estimated marriage or birth year

Search The Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.

  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have.
  2. Click Search to show possible matches.

For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

View The Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page.

  1. Select Province
  2. Select Municipality
  3. Select Record Type
  4. Select Year Range to view the images.

For Help Reading These Records

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. Save or print a copy of the image if possible. The image citation is available by clicking on the information tab at the bottom left of the screen where you’ve found your ancestor.
  • 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.
  • 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 Philippine church and Philippine 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?

  • New information is constantly being indexed, microfilmed or updated. Periodically check back and see if your ancestor’s records have been added.
  • Church records are also a good source of genealogical information. You should obtain copies of both church records and civil registration, when possible, since they do not necessarily provide the same information. For example, baptismal registers sometimes provide the names of the fathers of illegitimate children when the civil registration does not.
  • 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 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 used 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. Or 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.
  • Click here for a list of Spanish name abbreviations
  • 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 2017. 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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