Philippines Genealogy

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Guide to Philippines ancestry, family history and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

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Country Information[edit | edit source]

The Philippines is an island country in Southeast Asia situated in the western Pacific Ocean. It was formerly a colony of Spain. The United States acquired the Philippines as a result of the 1898 Spanish-American War. The Philippines gained independence on 4 July 1946. The official languages are Filipino and English.[1]

Getting Started[edit | edit source]

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Finding Your Ancestors' Town in Philippines[edit | edit source]

  • Genealogical records are organized by geographical locality. Civil registration (government birth, marriage, and death records) and church records (christenings/baptisms, marriages, and burials) were kept at the local level. To search these records, you must know the town where your ancestors lived.
  • If you do not know your ancestors' town, follow the advice in the Wiki article, Philippines Finding Town of Origin, to search a variety of records that might provide that information.


Finding Your Ancestors' Province in the Philippines[edit | edit source]

Once you know the town your Filipino ancestors lived in, you will need to determine which province the town belongs to. For this you will use this gazetteer:


Illustration of Philippines Gazetteer
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Gazetteer Instructions

Abbreviations are defined beginning on page x of Volume 1. The RP under the title AREA number is a code for the province. On page xiv an xv (Volume 1), you will find a chart giving a key to the RP codes.

Philippines Clickable Map[edit | edit source]

The following map provides the locations of the many provinces in the Philippines, many of which have their own language:

BatanesCagayanApayaoIlocos NorteAbraIlocos SurKalingaMountainIsabelaIfugaoBenguetLa UnionNueva VizcayaQuirinoAuroraNueva EcijaTarlacPangasinanZambalesBataanBulacanMetropolitan ManilaMarinduqueRizalCaviteLagunaBatangasQuezonCamarines NorteCamarines SurCatanduanesAlbaySorsogonRomblonOccidental MindoroOccidental MindoroOriental MindoroMasbateNorthern SamarEastern SamarSamarLeyteSouthern LeyteDinagat IslandsBoholSiquijorCamiguinNegros OrientalGuimarasNegros OccidentalCapizAklanIloiloAntiqueCebuBiliranPalawanSurigao del NorteSurigao del SurAgusan del NorteAgusan del SurMisamis OrientalBukidnonCotabatoMaguindanaoMaguindanaoPampangaAuroraLanao del SurLanao del NorteMisamis OccidentalZamboanga SibugayZamboanga del SurZamboanga CityZamboanga del NorteDavao OccidentalDavao del SurSaranganiSouth CotabatoSultan KudaratDavao del NorteDavao del NorteCompostela ValleyDavao OrientalSuluBasilanTawi-TawiRepublic of the Philippines Provinces.png

Provinces[edit | edit source]