Philippines, Civil Registration, National (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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- 1 Record Description
- 2 Record Content
- 3 How to Use the Record
- 4 Known Issues for this Collection
- 5 Related Websites
- 6 Related Wiki Articles
- 7 Contributions to This Article
- 8 Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections
This collection includes civil marriage and death records for 1902 to 1980.
The records include birth, marriage and death certificates from various localities in the Philippines. Additional records for Manila can be found in the Philippines, Manila Civil Registration, 1899-1994 collection. Records are not available for all localities and the content and time period vary by locality. Additional records may be added to this collection. Check the wiki or browse the collection to determine current coverage. Original records are located in the National Census and Statistics Office, Manila, Philippines.
National copies of birth, marriage, and death certificates. This set is comprised of national copies which were submitted to the National Census and Statistics Office. The records begin in 1945 and is an ongoing active collection. Records are not available for all localities and the coverage varies by locality. Additional records will be added to this collection. Marriage and Death records are handwritten in English for the most part. A few of the earlier marriage records are in Spanish. Spanish is also used in sections of later records.
In 1901, the Philippines passed a law that established local civil registry offices. These offices were to record the events of birth, marriage, and death. This collection contains marriage records and death records from several cities in the Philippines. In 1945, changes in the law required more information to be recorded. The records are in English and Spanish.
The recording of birth, marriage or death provides important information in a person's life, which become necessary for legal authorities and personal purposes.
The recording of civil events in a person's life, such as birth, marriage and death, require valid evidence, therefore making these records very reliable.
For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browselink from the collection page.
Birth records usually contain the following information:
- Name of child
- Place of birth
- Place of residence of parents
- Maiden name of mother
- Name of father
- Gender of child
- Date of birth
- Birthplace of mother and father
- Age of parents
- Occupation of father
- Religion of parents
- Mother and father's place of birth
Marriage records usually contain the following information:
- Husband’s name
- Wife’s name
- Date and place of the marriage
- Names of the husband’s parents
- Names of the wife’s parents
- Names of the witnesses
- Names of the persons who gave consent
- Name of the person who solemnized the marriage
- Beginning in 1945, birthplace of the husband and wife
- Date of the marriage license
- Date of the certificate (marriage contract)
Death records usually contain the following information:
- Name of the deceased
- Name of the surviving spouse
- Date and place of death
- The date and place of burial (cremation or removal)
- Name of the informant
- Name of the attending physician
- Name of the undertaker
- On death certificates after 1958, names of the father and mother
- On death certificates after 1958, the birth date and birthplace of the deceased
- Date of the certificate or the date the certificate was filed by the local civil registrar
- Date of burial or transit permit
How to Use the Record
To search for the birth records in this collection, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
- Name of parents or child
- Approximate date that the child was born
- Locality where the child was born
To search for the marriage records in this collection, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
- Name of bride or groom
- Approximate year of marriage
- Place of marriage
To search for the death records in this collection, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
- Name of deceased
- Approximate year of death
- If your ancestor was married at the time of their death, the name of their spouse.
Search the Collection
To search the collection image by image:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page:
⇒Select the appropriate "Province"
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type"
⇒Select the appropriate "Year Range" category
⇒Select the appropriate "Municipality" which will take you to the images.
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.
Using the Information
- 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 along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
- Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
- Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
- The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.
- 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.
Keep in mind:
- The information in marriage records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
- Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1900.
- There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.
- The marriage records may also include information about the ancestor’s parents.
Unable to Find your Ancestor?
- Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
- Search for the marriage record of the marriage partner if known.
- Check for a different index; there are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
General Information About These Records
These registrations are the best source for locating the date and place of an ancestor’s marriage or death.
Known Issues for this Collection
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Related Wiki Articles
- Philippines Civil Registration- Vital Records
- Philippines History
- Philippines, Manila Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections
Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: Philippines, Civil Registration (National), 1945-1982
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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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.
- "Philippines, Civil Registration (National), 1945-1981." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing National Census and Statistics Office, Manila, Philippines.