Paraguay Civil Registration

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How to Find the Records[edit | edit source]

Offices to Contact[edit | edit source]

Dirección General del Registro del Estado Civíl
Concepción entre Lapacho y Cedro
Asunción, Paraguay

Telephone: +(595 21) 560 403/7

For the regional civil registration offices, see Offices.

As of 2019, no civil registration for Paraguay have been filmed nor digitized. See Online Genealogy Records for other records that may be helpful, such as church records.

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

Civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths began in 1880.[1]

The Civil Status Registry Office "is the public institution responsible for the registration of births and deaths, celebration and registration of marriages...It processes requests to obtain copies of birth, death and marriage records."[2]

Coverage and Compliance[edit | edit source]

Information Recorded in the Records[edit | edit source]

Births 1880 to the present

Birth certificates contain:

For child:

  • Names and last name
  • Sex
  • Time, day, month, year of birth
  • Place of birth

For the parents:

  • Names and last names
  • Nationality
  • Age
  • Occupation
  • Marital status
  • Address

Other information:

  • Names and last names of grandparents
  • Medical certificate
  • Names and last names of two witnesses if the declarant does not have documents

NOTE: By a law passed in 1967, it cannot be indicated if the person is born from a legitimate union or not. Sometimes there are marginal notes which indicate acknowledgments and legitimations.

Marriages 1880 to the present

The marriage records contain:

For the bride and groom:

  • Place, time, day, month and year of marriage
  • Names and surnames
  • Ages
  • Nationality
  • Places of birth
  • Marital status
  • Profession or occupation
  • Residences

Other information:

  • Names and surnames of the parents
  • Profession or occupation
  • Address of the parents and of the witnesses.

Deaths 1880 to the present

Death records contain:

  • Names and last name of the deceased
  • Nationality
  • Age
  • Marital status
  • Occupation
  • Address of the deceased and of the person reporting the death
  • Name and surname of the last spouse if married or widowed
  • Death cause
  • Place, date and time of death
  • Witness information

Legitimations

Legitimations contain:

  • Names and last name of person being legitimized
  • Time, day, month and year of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Sex
  • Names and last names
  • Nationality
  • Age
  • Marital status
  • Profession
  • Residence of the parents as well as the witnesses and the appearing party
  • Place and date where the marriage of the parents were celebrated
  • Names and surnames of paternal and maternal grandparents

NOTE: When the child is a natural child, no information is provided regarding parents and grandparents.

NOTE: There are some marginal notes that indicate that the recognitions were carried out until 1968. These notes are intended to link the recognition made in the items under consideration with those made in other dates and places.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Ryskamp, George. Finding Your Hispanic Roots. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1997.
  2. Wikiprocedure