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Guide to '''Province of Cotabato family history and genealogy''': birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
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== History ==
 
== History ==
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===1. Online Civil Registration Records===
 
===1. Online Civil Registration Records===
Your search should start with several online collections of civil registration records:
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The following online collections '''may''' have records for your town.  There is a '''small possibility''' that some of the records for your town have been indexed. A comprehensive index will search all the available indexed records of these  collections at once: [https://www.familysearch.org/search/hr/search '''Search Historical Records'''.] Do not be discouraged if records for your town are not found in these collections. The next section of this article '''2. Microfilm Copies of Civil Registration Records in the FamilySearch Catalog''', should lead you to many more records.
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*'''1706-1911''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index?owc=3L72-KXD%3A233579601%3Fcc%3D1935452 Cotabato, Philippines Civil Registration (Spanish Period), 1706-1911], images, incomplete.
 
*'''1706-1911''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index?owc=3L72-KXD%3A233579601%3Fcc%3D1935452 Cotabato, Philippines Civil Registration (Spanish Period), 1706-1911], images, incomplete.
 
*'''1888-1986''' - {{RecordSearch|1410394|Philippines Civil Registration (Local), 1888-1986}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''1888-1986''' - {{RecordSearch|1410394|Philippines Civil Registration (Local), 1888-1986}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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=== 2. Microfilm Copies of Civil Registration Records Searched at a Family History Center ===
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=== 2. Microfilm Copies of Civil Registration Records in the FamilySearch Catalog ===
You can also search microfilmed copies of available civil registration records. If the locality and time period you need are not included in the online records, the next step is to try to find them in the microfilm collection of the Family History Library. These microfilms may be viewed at [https://familysearch.org/locations/ Family History Centers] around the world. To find a microfilm:
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You can also search microfilmed copies of available civil registration records. If the locality and time period you need are not included in the online records, the next step is to try to find them in the microfilm collection of the Family History Library. Currently, they are being digitized, and plans are to complete that project by 2020. Check back occasionally to see if your records have become available. In the meantime, some of them might be available at a [https://www.familysearch.org/help/fhcenters/locations/ '''Family History Center'''] near you. <br>
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To find a microfilm:
    
:::a. Click on this link to see a list of [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=168579&query=%2Bplace%3A%22Philippines%2C%20Cotabato%22 '''records for Philippines, Cotabato'''].
 
:::a. Click on this link to see a list of [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=168579&query=%2Bplace%3A%22Philippines%2C%20Cotabato%22 '''records for Philippines, Cotabato'''].
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:::d. Click on '''"Civil Registration"''' topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
 
:::d. Click on '''"Civil Registration"''' topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
 
:::e. Choose the correct '''event and time period''' for your ancestor.   
 
:::e. Choose the correct '''event and time period''' for your ancestor.   
:::f. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record. [[File:FHL icons.png|75px]].  The magnifying glass indicates that the microfilm is indexed. Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the microfilm. The microfilm icon indicates it is only available on microfilm and can be viewed at the Family History Library and some family history centers.
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:::f. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record. [[File:FHL icons.png|75px]].  The magnifying glass indicates that the microfilm is indexed. Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the microfilm.  
    
=== 3.Writing for Records ===
 
=== 3.Writing for Records ===
*Civil registry documents that can be obtained from the '''Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).''' [https://psa.gov.ph/civilregistration/requesting-civil-registry-document '''Click here'''] for detailed instructions for requesting certificates by mail.  [https://www.ecensus.com.ph/Default.aspx '''Click here'''] to order records online.
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*Civil registry documents that can be obtained from the '''Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)''', 1945 -.[https://psa.gov.ph/civilregistration/requesting-civil-registry-document '''Click here'''] for detailed instructions for requesting certificates by mail.  [https://www.psaserbilis.com.ph/Default.aspx '''Click here'''] to order records online.
*A copy of the records have been retained in local civil registry offices. Because many records were lost or damaged in the war, checking both the national office and local office might help find a surviving record. To write to them, address your letter to:<br>
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*Civil registry records from the National Archives, prior to 1945. See ''Philippines Civil Registration (Archives Division)'' collection listed above under ''1. Online Civil Registration Records'' to find the starting date for your province. [http://nationalarchives.gov.ph/services/acad/ '''Click here''' for the '''Archives Collection and Access Division'''.] . Here you will find instructions and forms for ordering records from the National Archives.
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*A copy of the records have been retained in local civil registry offices. Because many records were lost or damaged in the war, checking both the national office and local office might help find a surviving record. [https://psa.gov.ph/lcr-directory/soccsksargen '''Click here'''] for a directory of office telephone numbers, fax numbers, and sometimes e-mail addresses. To write to them, address your letter to:<br>
    
'''City Civil Registry'''<br>
 
'''City Civil Registry'''<br>
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For other religions, Google the denomination and the location.  Many churches maintain websites.<br>
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English is the official language of the Philippines. This [[Letter Writing Guide for Genealogy|'''Letter Writing Guide''']] will help you with organizing your letter and phrasing your requests.
 
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Write, call, or personally visit the parish or church.  Ask for permission to study their records or make arrangements for them to search for you.  It is usual to pay for their help in the form of a donation to the church.  When you write, send the following:
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*Reason for the request (family history, medical, etc.).
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*Request for a photocopy of the complete original record.
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*Check or cash for the search fee (usually about $10.00).
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English is the official language of the Philippines. This '''Letter Writing Guide''' will help you with organizing your letter and phrasing your requests.
      
==Church Records==
 
==Church Records==
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The Ancestry.com collections are the same, but their search engine seems more powerful.
 
*'''1642-1994''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60123 Philippines, Select Births and Baptisms, 1642-1994], index, incomplete, ($).
 
*'''1642-1994''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60123 Philippines, Select Births and Baptisms, 1642-1994], index, incomplete, ($).
 
*'''1723-1957''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60130 Philippines, Select Marriages, 1723-1957], index, incomplete, ($).
 
*'''1723-1957''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60130 Philippines, Select Marriages, 1723-1957], index, incomplete, ($).
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A similar collection at MyHeritage should also be checked.  This collection shows even larger statistics. Also, frequently, the search engines at these partner sites bring up slightly different results.  Your ancestor may show up on one but not the other: <br>
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The collections are also available on MyHeritage.<br>
 
*'''1642-1994''' - [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-30062/philippines-births-baptisms-1642-1994?s=218489221 Philippines, Births and Baptisms, 1642-1994], index, incomplete, ($).
 
*'''1642-1994''' - [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-30062/philippines-births-baptisms-1642-1994?s=218489221 Philippines, Births and Baptisms, 1642-1994], index, incomplete, ($).
 
*'''1723-1957''' - [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-30063/philippines-marriages-1723-1957?s=218489221 Philippines, Marriages, 1723-1957], index, incomplete, ($).
 
*'''1723-1957''' - [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-30063/philippines-marriages-1723-1957?s=218489221 Philippines, Marriages, 1723-1957], index, incomplete, ($).
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'''Ancestry.com, findmypast,''' and '''MyHeritage.com''' can be searched free of charge at your local [https://familysearch.org/locations/ '''Family History Center'''] or the [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Family_History_Library '''Family History Library'''] in Salt Lake City, Utah. ''.
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'''Ancestry.com, findmypast,''' and '''MyHeritage.com''' can be searched free of charge at your local [https://www.familysearch.org/help/fhcenters/locations/ '''Family History Center'''] or the [[Family History Library]] in Salt Lake City, Utah. ''.
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=== 2. Microfilm Copies of Church Records Searched at a Family History Center ===
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=== 2. Microfilm Copies of Church Records in the FamilySearch Catalog ===
You can also search microfilmed copies of available church records. If the locality and time period you need are not included in the online records, the next step is to try to find them in the microfilm collection of the Family History Library. These microfilms may be viewed at [https://familysearch.org/locations/ Family History Centers] around the world. To find a microfilm:
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You can also search microfilmed copies of available church records. If the locality and time period you need are not included in the online records, the next step is to try to find them in the microfilm collection of the Family History Library. Currently, they are being digitized, and plans are to complete that project by 2020. Check back occasionally to see if your records have become available. In the meantime, some of them might be available at a [https://www.familysearch.org/help/fhcenters/locations/ '''Family History Center'''] near you. <br>
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To find a microfilm:
    
:::a. Click on this link to see a list of [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=168579&query=%2Bplace%3A%22Philippines%2C%20Cotabato%22 '''records for Philippines, Cotabato'''].
 
:::a. Click on this link to see a list of [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=168579&query=%2Bplace%3A%22Philippines%2C%20Cotabato%22 '''records for Philippines, Cotabato'''].
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:::d. Click on '''"Church Records"''' topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
 
:::d. Click on '''"Church Records"''' topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
 
:::e. Choose the correct '''event and time period''' for your ancestor.  '''"Bautismos"''' are baptisms. '''Matrimônios''' and '''"Casamentos"''' are marriages. ''' "Óbitos"'''  and '''Defunciones''' are deaths.  '''"Índice"''' is the index.
 
:::e. Choose the correct '''event and time period''' for your ancestor.  '''"Bautismos"''' are baptisms. '''Matrimônios''' and '''"Casamentos"''' are marriages. ''' "Óbitos"'''  and '''Defunciones''' are deaths.  '''"Índice"''' is the index.
:::f. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record. [[File:FHL icons.png|75px]].  The magnifying glass indicates that the microfilm is indexed. Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the microfilm. The microfilm icon indicates it is only available on microfilm and can be viewed at the Family History Library and some family history centers.
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:::f. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record. [[File:FHL icons.png|75px]].  The magnifying glass indicates that the microfilm is indexed. Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the microfilm.  
    
===3.  Writing to Request Records===
 
===3.  Writing to Request Records===
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Or write directly or call the parish.  [http://www.cbcponline.net/kidapawan/html/parishes.html '''Click here'''] for addresses and telephone numbers for parishes in Kidapawan.<br>
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Or write directly or call the parish.  See [http://www.thecatholicdirectory.com/directory.cfm?fuseaction=show_country&country=PH '''The Catholic Directory'''] for addresses and telephone numbers for parishes.<br>
 
[http://marbeldiocese.freeservers.com/parishes.htm '''Click here'''] for addresses and telephone numbers for parishes in Marbel.
 
[http://marbeldiocese.freeservers.com/parishes.htm '''Click here'''] for addresses and telephone numbers for parishes in Marbel.
       
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'''For other religions,''' Google the denomination and the location.  Many churches maintain websites.<br>
    
Write, call, or personally visit the parish or church.  Ask for permission to study their records or make arrangements for them to search for you.  It is usual to pay for their help in the form of a donation to the church.  When you write, send the following:  
 
Write, call, or personally visit the parish or church.  Ask for permission to study their records or make arrangements for them to search for you.  It is usual to pay for their help in the form of a donation to the church.  When you write, send the following:  
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English is the official language of the Philippines. This '''Letter Writing Guide''' will help you with organizing your letter and phrasing your requests.
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English is the official language of the Philippines. This [[Letter Writing Guide for Genealogy|'''Letter Writing Guide''']] will help you with organizing your letter and phrasing your requests.
    
==Reading the Records==
 
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*Many records are written in Spanish. You do not have to be fluent in Spanish to read your documents. Genealogical records usually contain a limited vocabulary. Use this [[Spanish Genealogical Word List|Spanish Genealogical Word List]] to translate the important points in the document.  Handwriting skills are taught in [https://script.byu.edu/Pages/the-spanish-documents-pages/sp-overview(english) BYU Spanish Script Tutorial].
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*Online interactive slideshow lessons are available to help you learn to read these records:
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*Online Learning Center class on reading Spanish handwriting:
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:*[https://www.familysearch.org/help/helpcenter/lessons/paleogra-what-deciphering-spanish-handwriting-introduction Deciphering Spanish Handwriting]<br>
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:*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/reading-spanish-handwritten-records-lesson-1-the-spanish-alphabet/217 Reading Spanish Handwritten Records, Lesson 1]
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:*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/reading-spanish-handwritten-records-lesson-2-words-and-dates/218 Reading Spanish Handwritten Records, Lesson 2]
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:*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/reading-spanish-handwritten-records-lesson-3-reading-spanish-records/220 Reading Spanish Handwritten Records, Lesson 3]
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*Detailed instructions for reading Spanish records, examples of common documents, and practice exercises for developing skills in translating them can be found in the [[Spanish Records Extraction Manual|'''Spanish Records Extraction Manual.''']]
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*[https://script.byu.edu/Pages/the-spanish-documents-pages/sp-overview(english) '''The Spanish Documents Script Tutorial'''] also provides lessons and examples.<br>
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cotabato Cotabato Wikipedia]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cotabato Cotabato Wikipedia]
 
*[http://cotabatoprov.gov.ph Cotabato Province Government Website]
 
*[http://cotabatoprov.gov.ph Cotabato Province Government Website]
*[http://www.philippine-islands.ph/en/cotabato_north_cotabato-philippines.html Cotabato (North Cotabato)]
   
*[http://www.zamboanga.com/z/index.php?title=Cotabato_Province,_Philippines Cotabato Province, Philippines]
 
*[http://www.zamboanga.com/z/index.php?title=Cotabato_Province,_Philippines Cotabato Province, Philippines]
 
*[http://zip-codes.philsite.net/cotabato.htm ZIP Codes & Phone Area Code]
 
*[http://zip-codes.philsite.net/cotabato.htm ZIP Codes & Phone Area Code]

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