Philippines Land and Property

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Land and Tax Records (Prestaciones Personales, Tributos)

Research use: Primarily for family relationships and to extend lineage beyond other existing records.

Record type: Deeds and land tenancy tax records, property assessments, estates and purchase agreements.

Time Period: 1800-present.

Content: Land holders’ and renters’ names, taxes and rent paid, dates of deeds, residence, land descriptions, fathers’ names and sometimes names of several generations of ancestors; date and mode of land acquisition (from a parent or grandparent, by dowry, or division).

Population coverage: 65%.

Reliability: Good.[1]

Philippine land records are in government departments, municipal archives, and sometimes other offices, such as:

The Family History Library has filmed many land records from each province and indexes to the Manila Gazette that deal with land transactions.


  1. The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Philippines,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 1986-1999.