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Puerto Rico Genealogy

Puerto Rico Wiki Topics
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Beginning Research
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Puerto Rico Background
Local Research Resources

Guide to Puerto Rico ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.

Country InformationEdit

Puerto Rico is a United States Territory in the Caribbean whose nearest neighbors are the Dominican Republic, British Virgin Islands, and Anguilla. It was formerly a colony of Spain. The official languages are Spanish and English.[1]

Getting StartedEdit

Getting Started with Puerto Rico Research

Links to articles on getting started with Puerto Rico research.

More Resources

Puerto Rico Research Tools

Links to articles and websites that assist in Puerto Rico research.


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Finding Your Ancestors' Town in Puerto RicoEdit

  • 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, Puerto Rico Finding Town of Origin, to search a variety of records that might provide that information.


Puerto Rico MapEdit

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MunicipalitiesEdit

Sovereignty. Spain 1493, United States 1898.[2]

Subdivisions. Puerto Rico is a territory of the US with commonwealth status. There are 78 municipalities (municipios).

FamilySearch ResourcesEdit

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Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in researching your family.

Online RecordsEdit

Civil RegistrationEdit

Births, marriages, deaths, indexes and other records created by civil registration offices in Puerto Rico. Some records may date prior to 1885 as a few municipalities began civil registration before that date. Some of these records have been indexed and are searchable as part of this collection. Additional indexed records will be published as they become available.

To search the same collection by municipality, use:


A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

This collection is also available on Ancestry.com: Puerto Rico, Civil Registrations, 1885-2001, ($), whcich can be searched without fees at an Family History enter.

Church RecordsEdit

Baptisms or christenings, marriages, and burials created by Catholic churches.

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:


Other ResourcesEdit

Research TutorialsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Puerto Rico," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puerto_Rico, accessed 17 May 2016.
  2. Christina K. Schaefer, Genealogical Encyclopedia of the Colonial Americas: a Complete Digest of the Records of All the Countries of the Western Hemisphere (Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing, 1998), 127. WorldCat 39622039; FHL Ref Book 929.11812 D26s.