Philippines Record Selection Table

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The table below can help you decide which records to search. In column 1 find the goal you selected. In column 2 find the types of records that are most likely to have the information you need. Then turn to that section of this outline. (The terms used in columns 2 and 3 are the same as the subject headings used in this outline and in the Locality section of the Family History Library Catalog.) Column 3 lists those sections of this outline that may also be useful. Record containing previous research (biography, genealogy, history, nobility, periodicals, and societies) could provide useful information. These have been listed repeatedly if they are especially helpful.Records containing previous research (biography, genealogy, history, nobility, periodicals, and societies) could provide information for most of the goals. These have not been repeatedly listed unless they are especially helpful for the goal.

1. If You Need 2. Look First In 3. Then Search
Age Civil Registration, Church Records Census, Public Records, Military Records
Birth date Civil Registration, Church Records Census, Military Records
Birthplace Civil Registration, Church Records Census, Public Records
Country of foreign birth Emigration and Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship Military Records
County origins and boundaries Atlases Maps, Gazetteers
Death Civil Registration, Church Records Cemeteries, Probate Records, Funeral Homes
Divorce Civil Registration*
Ethnic background Minorities
Historical background History
Immigration date Emigration and Immigration
Living relatives and guardianships Directories Orphans and Orphanages
Maiden name Civil Registration, Church Records Schools, Medical Records
Marriage Civil Registration, Church Records Public Records
Occupation Public Records Census
Parents, children, and family members Civil Registration, Church Records
Physical description Medical Records, Biography Military Records
Place-finding aids Atlases, Gazetteers History, Maps
Places of residence Directories Public Records, including cedulas or residence certificates
Religion Civil Registration Public Records
Social activities Newspapers, Societies Public Records
  • Because divorce is not legal in the Philippines, there are no divorce records. See the “Court Records” section of this outline concerning annulments and legal separations. Also, look for records in other countries where divorce is legal.