Philippines, Manila Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Philippines, Manila, Civil Registration, 1899-1984 .
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|Flag of the Republic of the Philippines|
|Location of Manila, Philippines|
|Record Type:||Civil Registration|
|Title in the Languages:||Filipinas, Manila Registro Civil|
|Manila Civil Registry|
- 1 What is in the Collection?
- 2 Collection Content
- 3 What Can This Collection Tell Me?
- 4 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Known Issues with This Collection
- 7 Citing this Collection
- 8 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in the Collection?
This collection includes birth, marriage, and death records for the city of Manila, Philippines. See the coverage table below for date ranges of each record group. The index currently covers birth certificates from 1900-1980.
Some folders of images are not arranged chronologically and/or sequentially.
For the most part the records are in English. A few of the earlier marriage records and sections of later records are written in Spanish. See the "For Help Reading these Records" section for Spanish translation helps.
To Browse this Collection
|You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Philippines, Manila, Civil Registration, 1899-1984.|
|Description||Earliest Year||Latest Year|
|Civil Registration - Births||1898||1980|
|Civil Registration - Marriages||1900||1991|
|Civil Registration - Deaths||1890||1984|
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 varied over time.
Birth Records usually contain:
Marriage Records usually contain:
Death Records usually contain:
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 (see below), the images may be accessed by following this series of links:
⇒ Select Browse through images on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the appropriate Record Type
⇒ Select the appropriate Year
⇒ Select the appropriate Month and Certificate Numbers to go to the images
Compare the information found on the images with what is already known determine if a particular record relates to the correct person. This process may require examining multiple records before the correct person is located.
For Help Reading These Records
These records are in Spanish and English. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:
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What Do I Do Next?
I Found the Person I Was Looking for, What Now?
- 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 birth date or age and the place of birth to find the family in census records. See the Philippines Census for more information.
- Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records. See the Philippines Land and Property for assistance.
- Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
- 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. For this step, it helps to compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful if the surname is unusual.
- Witnesses often were relatives of the parents.
I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking for, What Now?
- 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.
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
- For marriage and death records, your ancestors may have used shortened names or nicknames, so pay attention to other relationships (parents, spouse, siblings, children, etc.) that can confirm whether you have the right person/record.
- If possible, look at the actual image of the record to verify the information in the online record description.
General Information About These Records
Divorce is not legal in the Philippines, but some records of annulment and legal separation are kept in the National Census and Statistics Office and in the local Domestic Relations Court of First Instance.
Only the marriage contract is forwarded to the National Census and Statistics Office. The other records remain in the office of the local civil registrar, although the couple may be given a copy of their marriage certificate. The contract is the vital record and is of most value to the researcher. The other records, though they have much of the same information, may provide other valuable clues to the discerning genealogist.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Citing this Collection
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information (often called citing your sources). This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. 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. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.
- "Philippines, Manila Civil Registration, 1899-1984." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Civil Registrar's Office, Manila, Philippines.
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How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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