Philippines Record Selection Table
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.
- Column 3 lists those types of records that may also be useful.
Records containing previous research (biography, genealogy, history, nobility, periodicals, and societies) could provide useful information for most goals. These are listed repeatedly when they are especially helpful for a goal.
| The terms used in columns 2 and 3 are the same as the subject headings used in many Wiki articles and in the Locality section of the Family History Library Catalog.|
Find an article in this Wiki by searching for "Philippines" and the type of record you found in columns 2 or 3.
|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|
|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 Philippines Court Records concerning annulments and legal separations. Also, look for records in other countries where divorce is legal.