Philippines Births and Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Collection Time Period

This collection includes the years 1642 through 1994.

Record Description

This index is an electronic database of information. The entries are primarily from the IGI along with some entries derived from compiled and original records such as:

  • Family Records
  • Church Records
  • Civil Registration

It may also include indexes generated by the internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church.

There may be entries that cite a specific source such as the following:

  • "Vital Record of Rhode Island, 1636-1850: a Family Register for the People" by James Arnold
  • "Paul Dingwell Genealogical Collection" by Paul Dingwell
  • A county or state vital record registration

These entries are in this collection for one of the following reasons:

  • They were submitted by private individuals to the LDS Church and as such are part of the IGI resulting in their inclusion in this index.
  • They have been indexed through the internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church. If this is the case, the index they are a part of has been included as part of this database.

The Vital Record Index databases are not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records although some sub-indexes (an index to a set of records within the database) have been found. When we identify a sub-index, we remove it from the database and post it separately on FamilySearch under its appropriate title.

This index is not complete for any particular place or region.

Record Content

The key genealogical facts found in birth or baptism index entries may include:

  • Name of the child
  • Gender
  • Names of the parents
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace
  • Baptism date (if the source is a church record)
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

Coverage Table

This collection is a partial index of records for the localities listed below as of April 2010. The table below shows the number of records by locality. Localities not listed may not have any records in this collection.

Most of these records date from the time period indicated in the columns below; however, there may be records before and after these dates. Record counts where the locality information was incomplete are included below under the country name. Because of this, you may wish to search only by country.

As this is an index of records compiled from various sources, it is strongly recommended that you verify the information in original records. Due to privacy laws not all records may be displayed.

Locality Births and Baptisms, 1642-1994 Marriages, 1723-1957 Deaths and Burials, 1726-1957
Abra 0 10,200 19,816
Agusan 0 1,760 0
Agusan del Norte 0 7,950 6,436
Agusan del Sur 0 156 711
Aklan 27,355 11,643 32,208
Albay 0 46,735 139,717
Antique 0 12,086 37,985
Aurora 0 831 2,177
Basilan 0 1,384 1,428
Bataan 0 13,463 31,516
Batanes 0 299 715
Batangas 0 115,320 220,022
Benguet 0 10,854 11,847
Bohol 0 65,692 188,162
Bukidnon 0 5,199 2,169
Bulacan 0 56,062 114,662
Cagayan 0 35,037 104,429
Camarines Norte 0 24,481 32,529
Camarines Sur 0 32,206 74,319
Camiguin 0 6,551 10,537
Capiz 0 21,573 68,967
Catánduanes 0 9,574 12,532
Cavite 0 64,571 175,392
Cebú 9,288 164,438 317,069
Cotabato 0 5,719 5,651
Davao 0 4,316 17,310
Davao del Norte 0 148 0
Davao del Sur 0 33,511 12,942
Davao Oriental 0 6,008 6,973
Eastern Samar 0 5,774 8,568
Ifugao 0 0 1,549
Ilocos Norte 0 43,981 113,976
Ilocos Sur 0 39,735 88,927
Iloilo 47,944 64,760 178,221
Isabela 0 18,084 51,070
Kalinga-Apayao 0 1,260 5,235
La Union 0 42,296 89,285
Laguna 0 67,229 156,712
Lanao del Norte 0 1,772 4,880
Lanao del Sur 0 1,109 0
Leyte 2,835 47,093 156,130
Maguindanao 0 821 0
Marinduque 0 5,250 10,210
Masbate 0 14,094 15,419
Metropolitan Manila 189,670 235,024 485,429
Mindanao 0 0 1,005
Mindoro 0 0 7,031
Misamis 0 1,593 2,313
Misamis Occidental 0 18,206 24,272
Misamis Oriental 0 21,671 56,152
Mountain Province 0 2,757 7,645
Negros del Norte 2,340 11,276 15,825
Negros Occidental 0 54,511 167,331
Negros Oriental 0 29,194 88,719
North Cotabato 0 7,742 0
Northern Samar 0 5,535 6,485
Nueva Ecija 0 61,373 133,506
Nueva Vizcaya 0 6,452 18,420
Occidental Mindoro 0 6,207 7,427
Oriental Mindoro 0 17,062 22,749
Palawan 0 3,704 8,122
Pampanga 0 61,603 130,598
Pangasinan 0 125,356 351,382
Philippines 25,033 129,132 397,653
Quezon 0 73,640 143,539
Rizal 21,138 63,373 111,847
Romblon 0 4,979 15,157
Samar 0 12,433 38,917
Siquijor 0 5,903 12,515
Sorsogon 0 18,863 43,371
Southern Leyte 8,536 10,813 8,942
Sulu 0 968 1,396
Surigao 0 405 19,684
Surigao del Norte 0 7,925 2,977
Surigao del Sur 0 14,541 5,375
Tarlac 0 47,805 149,640
Tayabas 0 2,416 8,636
Zambales 0 29,889 67,740
Zamboanga 0 3,658 5,788
Zamboanga del Norte 0 11,500 13,283
Zamboanga del Sur 0 18,847 19,348
Totals 334,139 2,247,381 5,128,622

How to Use the Record

Use this index to help you learn more about your ancestors. The information could help you identify family relationships and lineages as well as direct you to original records of your ancestors, which may contain additional information.

In birth or baptism records, if a surname is not listed for the child, the indexer often assigns the father’s surname to the child. This surname may not be correct. So if you are looking for a birth or baptism, search by the given name of the child, adding parents' names and as much locality information as is permitted.

Finding the Original Source for an Entry in This Collection

Each entry in this index has a source listed which includes a batch number. You will need to trace the batch number for the individual entry to learn its source. Please see the following wiki articles for more information on batch numbers:

If an FHL film number is given in the entry for your ancestor, search for it in the Family History Library Catalog.

Record History

For over 30 years, volunteer indexers extracted this information from microfilm copies of the original records. This is an index of some births or baptisms throughout the Philippines. The index is not necessarily complete for any particular place or region.

Why This Record Was Created

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsored the indexing of this collection to help individuals find information about their ancestors.

Record Reliability

Church records and civil registration were official records and are some of the most reliable sources of information available for those who were born, married, or died in Philippines.

Related Web Sites

Philippine Genealogy - Research your Family Tree

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Related Wiki Articles

Philippines Church Records

Philippines, Manila Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Collections)

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should also 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.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections.

Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection

"Philippines Births and Baptisms, 1642-1994." index, FamilySearch ( accessed 1 April 2011. entry for Juan Marcelo Joayan, baptized 18 August 1781; citing Church Records, FHL microfilm 1,357,092; Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records.

Sources of Information for This Collection

"Philippines Births and Baptisms, 1642-1994," index, "FamilySearch" ( Index includes the IGI, digital copies of original records, and compiled records. FHL digital and microfilm copies. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.