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===1. Online Civil Registration Records===
Your search should start with several The following online collections '''may''' have records for your town. There is a '''small possibility''' that some of civil registration the records for your town have been indexed. A comprehensive index will search all the available indexed recordsof 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.<br>
*'''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
=== 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. 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>
To find a microfilm:
=== 3.Writing for Records ===
*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.ecensuspsaserbilis.com.ph/Default.aspx '''Click here'''] to order records online.*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.*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>
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A similar collection at The collections are also available on 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>
*'''1642-1994''' - [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-30062/philippines-births-baptisms-1642-1994?s=218489221 Philippines, Births and Baptisms, 1642-1994], index, incomplete, ($).
*'''1723-1957''' - [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-30063/philippines-marriages-1723-1957?s=218489221 Philippines, Marriages, 1723-1957], index, incomplete, ($).
'''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 [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Family_History_Library '''[Family History Library''']] in Salt Lake City, Utah. ''.
=== 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. 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>
To find a microfilm:
==Reading the Records==
*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/Spanishthe-spanish-documents-pages/en/welcome.aspx sp-overview(english) BYU Spanish Script Tutorial].
*Online interactive slideshow lessons are available to help you learn to read these recordsLearning Center class on reading Spanish handwriting:  :*[https://www.familysearch.org/learningcenterhelp/lessonhelpcenter/reading-spanish-handwritten-records-lesson-1-the-spanish-alphabet/217 Reading Spanish Handwritten Records, Lesson 1] :*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lessonlessons/readingpaleogra-spanishwhat-handwritten-records-lesson-2-words-and-dates/218 Reading Spanish Handwritten Records, Lesson 2] :*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/readingdeciphering-spanish-handwrittenhandwriting-records-lesson-3-reading-spanish-records/220 Reading introduction Deciphering Spanish Handwritten Records, Lesson 3Handwriting]<br>
*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.''']]
*[https://script.byu.edu/Pages/home.aspx the-spanish-documents-pages/sp-overview(english) '''The Spanish Documents Script Tutorial'''] also provides lessons and examples.<br>
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cotabato Cotabato Wikipedia]
*[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://zip-codes.philsite.net/cotabato.htm ZIP Codes & Phone Area Code]

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