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=== Introduction ===
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==How to Find the Records==
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=== Online Collections ===
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*'''1801–2010 :''' {{RecordSearch|1619814|Dominican Republic Civil Registration, 1801-2010}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] — index and images, FamilySearch, (free).
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*'''1590-1928 :''' [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1804229 Caribbean Births and Baptisms, 1590-1928] - Index only. Dates and information vary by place/country, FamilySearch, (free).
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*'''1591-1905 :''' [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1805647 Caribbean Marriages, 1591-1905] - Index only. Dates and information vary by place/country, FamilySearch, (free).
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*'''1790-1906 :''' [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1809321 Caribbean Deaths and Burials, 1790-1906] - Index only. Dates and information vary by place/country, FamilySearch, (free).
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*'''1726-1924 :''' [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-30119/dominican-republic-baptisms-1726-1924?s=493917561 Dominican Republic, Baptisms, 1726-1924], MyHeritage ($).
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*'''1743-1929 :''' [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-30121/dominican-republic-marriages-1743-1929?s=493917561 Dominican Republic, Marriages, 1743-1929], MyHeritage ($).
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*'''1666-1862 :''' [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-30122/dominican-republic-deaths-1666-1862?s=493917561 Dominican Republic, Deaths, 1666-1862], MyHeritage ($).
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For more information about the FamilySearch records, see:
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*[[Dominican Republic Civil Registration - FamilySearch Historical Records|Dominican Republic Civil Registration,1801-2010 - FamilySearch Historical Records]]
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*[[Dominican Republic Civil Registration - FamilySearch Historical Records|Dominican Republic Civil Births - FamilySearch Historical Records]]
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*[[Dominican Republic Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records]]
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*[[Dominican Republic Deaths - FamilySearch Historical Records]]
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===Offices to Contact===
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[https://jce.gob.do/Dependencias/Registro-Civil-actas-nacimiento-matrimonio-divorcio-defuncion Junta Central Electoral (JCE) Headquarters]<br>
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Garantía de Identidad Democracia<br>
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Av. 27 de Febrero corner Av. Luperón<br>
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Industrial Zone of Herrera<br>
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Santo Domingo, DN<br>
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Telephone for civil registration: 809-537-0188 637/633/638 <br>
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Toll Free: 1 (809) 200-1959<br>
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Fax: (809) 518-1143<br>
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Email: [mailto:rai@jce.do rai@jce.do]<br>
  
Each civil registrar (Oficial del Estado Civil) is required to keep a duplicate registry of the original records of birth, marriage, divorce, and death. At the end of each year, the original registry, together with its corresponding index book, is sent to the Central Office of the Civil State. These civil registrations allow people to be identified as citizens and therefore able to receive governmental benefits in the future.  
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Each civil registrar (Oficial del Estado Civil) is required to keep a duplicate registry of the original records of birth, marriage, divorce, and death. At the end of each year, the original registry, together with its corresponding index book, is sent to the Central Office of the Civil State.
  
The birth of a child in the Dominican Republic must be registered within 30 days of the birth. After that, it is considered a late registration and has penalties. However, to avoid the penalties, many children were not registered.
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==Historical Background==
  
=== General Historical Background  ===
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With the adoption of the Napoleonic civil code of 1804, the Dominican Republic began the practice of civil registration, creating the offices of the civil state (oficialías del estado civil) in charge of registering the events of birth, marriage, and death in the life of its citizens. However, only some civil registration books dating back to 1823 have been found in the Bayaguana Civil Registry (Oficialía del Estado Civil de Bayaguana). Before that time, the Dominican Republic was under Haitian dominion. It wasn’t until June of 1944 that the National Congress created civil registration law 659, which provided new regulations for the functionality of the civil registration institution.
  
With the adoption of the Napoleonic civil code of 1804, the Dominican Republic began the practice of civil registration, creating the offices of the civil state (oficialías del estado civil) in charge of registering the events of birth, marriage, and death in the life of its citizens. However, only some civil registration books dating back to 1823 have been found in the Bayaguana Civil Registry (Oficialía del Estado Civil de Bayaguana). Before that time, the Dominican Republic was under Haitian dominion. It wasn’t until June of 1944 that the National Congress created civil registration law 659, which provided new regulations for the functionality of the civil registration institution. One of the regulations was the creation of the Central Office of the Civil State (Oficina Central del Estado Civil), with civil registration headquarters in the capital city and one or more offices in each municipality. The registration of civil records was to be made in duplicate, and one of the original registers was to be sent annually to the Central Office for preservation.  
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One of the regulations was the creation of the Central Office of the Civil State (Oficina Central del Estado Civil), with civil registration headquarters in the capital city of Santo Domingo and one or more offices in each municipality. The registration of civil records was to be made in duplicate, and one of the original registers was to be sent annually to the Central Office for preservation.
  
=== Information Recorded in Civil Registers  ===
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==Coverage and Compliance==
  
<gallery perrow="3" heights="120px" widths="160px" caption="Dominican Republic Civil Registration Record Examples">
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The birth of a child in the Dominican Republic must be registered within 30 days of the birth. After that, it is considered a late registration and has penalties. To avoid the penalties, many children were not registered.  
Image:Dominican Republic Civil Registration Births (09-0260) DGS 4318870 147.jpg|Birth Record
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Image:Dominican Republic Civil Registration (10-0144) (10-0145) Marriage DGS 4553123 622.jpg|Marriage Record 1
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These civil registrations allow people to be identified as citizens and therefore able to receive governmental benefits in the future.
Image:Dominican Republic Civil Registration (10-0144) (10-0145) Marriage DGS 4553123 622 page 2.jpg|Marriage Record 2
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Image:Dominican Republic Civil Registration (10-0144) (10-0145) Death DGS 4553125 81.jpg|Death Record
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==Information Recorded in the Records==
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Birth records may contain the following information:
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===Birth Records===
  
 
*Name and gender of child  
 
*Name and gender of child  
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*Registrant's occupation and residence
 
*Registrant's occupation and residence
  
Marriage records usually contain the following information:
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===Marriage Records===
  
 
*Date and place of marriage  
 
*Date and place of marriage  
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*Name of civil official and/or marriage officiator
 
*Name of civil official and/or marriage officiator
  
Death records may contain the following information:
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===Death Records===
  
 
*Name and age of deceased (keep in mind that death records for women may be filed under their married name)  
 
*Name and age of deceased (keep in mind that death records for women may be filed under their married name)  
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*Informant's marital status, occupation, origin, and residence
 
*Informant's marital status, occupation, origin, and residence
  
=== Extract Forms  ===
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== Examples of Civil Registration Records  ==
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<gallery perrow="3" heights="120px" widths="160px" caption="Dominican Republic Civil Registration Record Examples">
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Image:Dominican Republic Civil Registration Births (09-0260) DGS 4318870 147.jpg|Birth Record
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Image:Dominican Republic Civil Registration (10-0144) (10-0145) Marriage DGS 4553123 622.jpg|Marriage Record 1
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Image:Dominican Republic Civil Registration (10-0144) (10-0145) Marriage DGS 4553123 622 page 2.jpg|Marriage Record 2
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Image:Dominican Republic Civil Registration (10-0144) (10-0145) Death DGS 4553125 81.jpg|Death Record
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== Extract Forms  ==
  
 
The following extract forms were created by Dr. George Ryskamp, JD, AG. These particular forms are designed to be used for Spanish research; however, they can help in other research areas, such as Italy, France, Portugal, etc. Click on the type of record form you would like to use and print it for your own files.  
 
The following extract forms were created by Dr. George Ryskamp, JD, AG. These particular forms are designed to be used for Spanish research; however, they can help in other research areas, such as Italy, France, Portugal, etc. Click on the type of record form you would like to use and print it for your own files.  
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These forms are designed to help you quickly analyze and organize your documents. They can become a personal index for your family records.
 
These forms are designed to help you quickly analyze and organize your documents. They can become a personal index for your family records.
 
=== Births (nacimientos)  ===
 
 
*[[Dominican Republic Civil Registration - FamilySearch Historical Records|Dominican Republic Civil Registration,1801-2010 - FamilySearch Historical Records]]
 
*[[Dominican Republic Civil Registration - FamilySearch Historical Records|Dominican Republic Civil Births - FamilySearch Historical Records]]
 
 
=== Marriages (matrimonios, casamientos)  ===
 
 
*[[Dominican Republic Civil Registration - FamilySearch Historical Records|Dominican Republic Civil Registration,1801-2010 - FamilySearch Historical Records]]
 
*[[Dominican Republic Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records]]
 
 
=== Divorce Records  ===
 
 
=== Deaths (defunciones)  ===
 
 
*[[Dominican Republic Civil Registration - FamilySearch Historical Records|Dominican Republic Civil Registration,1801-2010 - FamilySearch Historical Records]]
 
*[[Dominican Republic Deaths - FamilySearch Historical Records]]
 
 
 
 
 
==How to Find the Records==
 
 
=== Online Collections  ===
 
 
*'''1801 – 2010''' -  {{RecordSearch|1619814|Dominican Republic Civil Registration, 1801-2010}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] — index and images
 
 
*'''1590-1928 :''' [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1804229 Caribbean Births and Baptisms, 1590-1928] - Index only. Dates and information vary by place/country.
 
*'''1591-1905 :''' [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1805647 Caribbean Marriages, 1591-1905] - Index only. Dates and information vary by place/country.
 
*'''1790-1906 :''' [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1809321 Caribbean Deaths and Burials, 1790-1906] - Index only. Dates and information vary by place/country.
 
 
===Offices to Contact===
 
 
==Historical Background==
 
 
==Coverage and Compliance==
 
 
==Information Recorded in the Records==
 
  
 
==References==
 
==References==
  
=== Search Strategies  ===
 
 
To effectively use civil records, follow these steps:
 
  
#Search for the relative or ancestor you have selected. When you find the person’s birth record, search for the births of his or her brothers and sisters.
 
#Search for the marriage of his or her parents. The marriage record will often give you information that leads to the parents’ birth record.
 
#Estimate the parents’ age and search for their birth records.
 
#Repeat the process for both the father and mother.
 
#If earlier generations are not in the record, search neighboring municipios.
 
#Search the death records for all family members.
 
  
 
[[es:Registro Civil de la República Dominicana]]
 
[[es:Registro Civil de la República Dominicana]]
  
 
[[Category:Dominican_Republic]] [[Category:Civil_Registration]]
 
[[Category:Dominican_Republic]] [[Category:Civil_Registration]]

Latest revision as of 19:34, 13 January 2021

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How to Find the Records[edit | edit source]

Online Collections[edit | edit source]

For more information about the FamilySearch records, see:

Offices to Contact[edit | edit source]

Junta Central Electoral (JCE) Headquarters
Garantía de Identidad Democracia
Av. 27 de Febrero corner Av. Luperón
Industrial Zone of Herrera
Santo Domingo, DN

Telephone for civil registration: 809-537-0188 637/633/638
Toll Free: 1 (809) 200-1959
Fax: (809) 518-1143
Email: rai@jce.do

Each civil registrar (Oficial del Estado Civil) is required to keep a duplicate registry of the original records of birth, marriage, divorce, and death. At the end of each year, the original registry, together with its corresponding index book, is sent to the Central Office of the Civil State.

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

With the adoption of the Napoleonic civil code of 1804, the Dominican Republic began the practice of civil registration, creating the offices of the civil state (oficialías del estado civil) in charge of registering the events of birth, marriage, and death in the life of its citizens. However, only some civil registration books dating back to 1823 have been found in the Bayaguana Civil Registry (Oficialía del Estado Civil de Bayaguana). Before that time, the Dominican Republic was under Haitian dominion. It wasn’t until June of 1944 that the National Congress created civil registration law 659, which provided new regulations for the functionality of the civil registration institution.

One of the regulations was the creation of the Central Office of the Civil State (Oficina Central del Estado Civil), with civil registration headquarters in the capital city of Santo Domingo and one or more offices in each municipality. The registration of civil records was to be made in duplicate, and one of the original registers was to be sent annually to the Central Office for preservation.

Coverage and Compliance[edit | edit source]

The birth of a child in the Dominican Republic must be registered within 30 days of the birth. After that, it is considered a late registration and has penalties. To avoid the penalties, many children were not registered.

These civil registrations allow people to be identified as citizens and therefore able to receive governmental benefits in the future.

Information Recorded in the Records[edit | edit source]

Birth Records[edit | edit source]

  • Name and gender of child
  • Date, place, and time of birth
  • Child’s legitimacy
  • Parents’ names and ages
  • Parents’ occupations and residence
  • Grandparents' names
  • Date, place, and time of registration
  • Registrant's occupation and residence

Marriage Records[edit | edit source]

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Names and ages of groom and bride
  • Marital status of groom and bride
  • Legitimacy of groom and bride
  • Parents' names and ages
  • Groom's residence
  • Bride’s legitimacy
  • Date of betrothal promise
  • Witnesses’ names
  • Witnesses’ age, marital status, and occupation
  • Name of civil official and/or marriage officiator

Death Records[edit | edit source]

  • Name and age of deceased (keep in mind that death records for women may be filed under their married name)
  • Marital status/spouse's name of deceased
  • Date, place, and time of death
  • Cause of death
  • Date and place of birth
  • Parents of deceased
  • Parents' origin and residence
  • Witnesses' names
  • Informant's name and age
  • Date, place, and time of registration
  • Informant's marital status, occupation, origin, and residence

Examples of Civil Registration Records[edit | edit source]

Extract Forms[edit | edit source]

The following extract forms were created by Dr. George Ryskamp, JD, AG. These particular forms are designed to be used for Spanish research; however, they can help in other research areas, such as Italy, France, Portugal, etc. Click on the type of record form you would like to use and print it for your own files.

Birth/Baptism Extract Form

Marriage Extract Form

Death/Burial Extract Form

These forms are designed to help you quickly analyze and organize your documents. They can become a personal index for your family records.

References[edit | edit source]