Puerto Rico Marriages- What else you can try
This page will give you additional guidance and resources to find marriage 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
- 1885-2001: Puerto Rico, Civil Registrations at Ancestry ($)
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|
|1811-1874||Marriage Records||Matrimonios, 1811-1874 (Marriages)||FamilySearch Catalog|
Additional Records with Marriage 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 marriage events may not have been created at the time of the marriage. 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 marriage information about your ancestor:|
|Why to search the records|
|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.|
|The naturalization records give name of spouse and children, birth information, parents' names, and physical description.|
|Genealogies can provide information that include date and place of marriage, and name of spouse.|
Tips for finding marriages
Successfully finding marriage 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
- Civil registration records started in 1885. Some records do exist prior to 1885.
- Catholic church records began in some parishes as early as 1645.
There are no known record losses for Puerto Rico.