Uruguay Civil Registration

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How to Find the Records[edit | edit source]

Online Collections[edit | edit source]

Check the Wiki page or the FamilySearch Catalog for a department to see online or other collections tor that department.

Offices to Contact[edit | edit source]

General Directorate of the Civil Registry
Headquarters Building
Av. Uruguay 933
Montevideo, Uruguay

For inquiries, see partidas.digitales@dgrec.gub.uy

Records are also in the Offices of the Civil Registry in each department capital.

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

Civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths began in 1879.[1]

Before 1892 the General Directorate of the Civil Registry was called Notary of Government and Finance.

The majority of the registers are in good condition, except in some departments. In any case, the duplicates in the Direccion General del Registro Civil in Montevideo are in very good condition.

Coverage and Compliance[edit | edit source]

Information Recorded in the Records[edit | edit source]

The following extraction forms (in Spanish) were created by Dr. George Ryskamp, ​​JD, AG. to help when using the records.

Baptism / Birth Extraction Form

Marriage Extraction Form

Death / Burial Extraction Form

Births[edit | edit source]

Birth certificates contain:

For the child:

  • Given name
  • Sex
  • Time
  • Day, month, year
  • Place of birth

For the father, mother, grandparents and witnesses:

  • Given name
  • Surname
  • Profession
  • Nationality
  • Residence
  • Age

Marriages[edit | edit source]

Marriage records contain:

For the bride and groom:

  • Given name
  • Surname
  • Dates of birth
  • Place of marriage
  • Age (sometimes)
  • Residence
  • Nationality
  • Profession

For the parents and witnesses:

  • Given name
  • Surname
  • Age
  • Marital status
  • Profession
  • Nationality
  • Residence

Deaths[edit | edit source]

Death certificates contain:

For the deceased:

  • Given name
  • Surname
  • Sex
  • Age
  • Profession
  • Nationality
  • Place of birth (sometimes)
  • Residence
  • Marital status of the deceased
  • Cause of death
  • Name of the doctor who issued the certificate
  • Spouse's name if married, widowed
  • Names of children

For the parents, grandparents and witnesses:

  • Given name
  • Surname
  • Profession
  • Nationality
  • Residence
  • Marital status

Recognition of natural children (illegitimate)[edit | edit source]

This is a document whereby the father or mother legally accepts a child born outside marital bonds. This person may or may not be married. If married, the spouse's written permission was needed to make such recognition, unless the child was born before the marriage.

Recognition records contain:

For the person making the recognition:

  • Given name
  • Surname
  • Marital status
  • Nationality
  • Age
  • Residence
  • Sex
  • Profession

For the person recognized:

  • Given name
  • Surname
  • Marital status
  • Sex
  • Age
  • Nationality
  • Residence
  • Profession

Divorces[edit | edit source]

Divorce records contain for each spouse:

  • Given name
  • Surname
  • Date of birth
  • Other relevant information

Foundlings[edit | edit source]

Foundling records contain:

  • Date and time the child was found
  • Place where the child was found
  • Apparent age
  • Any scars or other identifying marks
  • Message that accompanied the child
  • Description of the clothes or anything else that could help with the recognition of the child

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Ryskamp, George. Finding Your Hispanic Roots. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1997.