Puerto Rico Marriages- What else you can try

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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

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) 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 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:
Wiki Page
FamilySearch(FS) Collections
Why to search the records
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 give name of spouse and children, birth information, parents' names, and physical description.
Puerto Rico Genealogies
See Wiki page
Genealogies can provide information that include date and place of marriage, and name of spouse.

Improve searching


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

Records Start

  • Civil registration records started in 1885. Records in some municipalities exist prior to 1885.
  • Catholic church records began in some parishes as early as 1645.

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

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