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Family Registration Certificate (FRC) is a mean of being identified with your NADRA’s record. This provides the family composition. Please note that the Family Registration Certificate (FRC) helps in Embassy use mostly but cannot be used for any Legal requirement. You can apply for FRC in the following three categories:
  • By Birth – The produced certificate will list your family including the details of your parents and siblings.
  • By Marriage – The produced certificate will list your family including the details of your spouse and children.
  • By Adoption – The produced certificate will list your family including the details of your guardian.

However, the reporting of births is not compulsory so the records may be sporadic. Unfortunately there was also a fire in the central repository in Pakistan in 1948, when lots of the civil documents were lost. To see if there are any surviving records of your family, you need to contact the Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths in the municipality from which you think your ancestors came. It's worth remembering that there are often variations in the spellings and combinations of names.

From time to time, births were reported in local newspapers, some of which are held at the National Archives of Pakistan. However, in many cases these only give an approximate year of birth.

Marriage records also vary but Muslims are required to register marriage with the Nikah Registrar. Any copies of the certificate, known as the Nikah Nama, will be in Urdu. Marriage records are held with the local registrar in Pakistan.