Puerto Rico Births- What else you can try

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This page will give you additional guidance and resources to find birth information for your ancestor. Use this page after first completing the birth section of the Puerto Rico Guided Research page.

Additional online resources


Additional Databases and Online Resources

Online Images (Browsable Only)

Some collections have not been indexed, but are available to browse image by image.

Time Period Record Type Collection Name Repository
1872 Slave Schedule Slave Schedules of Puerto Rico, 1872 FS green-question-mark.jpg Click the question mark for instructions for how to search catalog browsable images when there is no index. FamilySearch Catalog
1867-1876 Slave Schedule Registro de esclavos, 1867-1876 (Slave Schedule) FS green-question-mark.jpg Click the question mark for instructions for how to search catalog browsable images when there is no index. FamilySearch Catalog

Substitute records


Additional Records with Birth Information

Substitute records may contain information about more than one event and are used when records for an event are not available. Records that are used to substitute for birth events may not have been created at the time of the birth. The accuracy of the record is contingent upon when the information was recorded. Search for information in multiple substitute records to confirm the accuracy of these records.

Use these substitute records to locate birth information about your ancestor:
Wiki Page
FamilySearch(FS) Collections
Why to search the records
Cemetery Records
See Wiki Page
Gravestone inscriptions and cemetery records may include a birthdate.
Census Records
See Wiki page
Census records from 1910 onward and the Social Populations Schedule for 1935-1936 give family order in the household, sex and ages of all individuals, where born and other personal details. Many times these are estimated, so other sources need to be checked to verify accuracy.
Immigration and Naturalization Records
Immigration and Naturalization FS Collection
The naturalization records can give birth information, parents' names, physical description, names of spouse and children.
Puerto Rico Genealogies
See Wiki page
Genealogies can provide information which can provide birth date and place.
Puerto Rico Slavery Records
See Wiki page
These slave records usually include the slave's name, owner's name, job, age, height, ethnicity hair, beard, eyes, nose, mouth, unique physical attributes, and child/children's names.

Improve searching


Tips for finding births

Successfully finding birth records in online databases depends on a few key points. Try the following search suggestions:

  • Spelling variations. Your ancestor's name may be misspelled. Search with spelling variations for the first and last name of your ancestor.
  • Puerto Rican Surnames. Puerto Ricans used the last names of both parents as the surname. Try using one surname, then the other surname, or both surnames together.
  • Search given name. Search by given name (leave out the last name) with the approximate date of birth.
  • Add information. For common names, add more information to narrow the search such as approximate birth date or parent's names if known.
  • Date range. Expand the date range of the search by 5 years.
  • Search Municipality. Search using the municipality only without the country name.

Why the record may not exist


Known Record Gaps

Records Start

  • Civil registration records started in 1885. Some records do exist prior to 1885.
  • Catholic church records began in 1511.

Records Destroyed
There are no known record losses for Puerto Rico.

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