Philippines Record Finder

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Philippines Wiki Topics
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Beginning Research
Record Types
Philippines Background
Local Research Resources

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 FamilySearch Catalog.

Find an article in this Wiki by searching for "Philippines" and the type of record you found in columns 2 or 3.

What you are looking for: Try these records first: Other useful records:
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 Philippines Court Records concerning annulments and legal separations. Also, look for records in other countries where divorce is legal.

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