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

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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]

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Finding Your Ancestors' Town in Puerto Rico

  • 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.

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AdjuntasAguadaAguadillaAguas BuenasAibonitoAñascoAreciboArroyoBarcelonetaBarranquitasBayamónCabo RojoCaguasCamuyCarolinaCanóvanasCatañoCayeyCeibaCialesCidraCoamoComeríoCorozalCulebraDoradoFajardoFloridaGuánicaGuayamaGuayanillaGuaynaboGuraboHatilloHormiguerosHumacaoIsabelaJayuyaJuana DiazJuncosLajasLaresLas MariasLas PiedrasLoízaLuquilloManatiMaricaoMaunaboMayagüezMocaMorovisNaguaboNaranjitoOrocovisPatillasPeñuelasQuebradillasPonceRincónRio GrandeSabana GrandeSalinasSan GermánSan JuanSan LorenzoSan SebastiánSanta IsabelToa AltaTrujillo AltoUtuadoViequesVega BajaVega AltaToa AltaVillalbaYabucoaYaucoMap of the 78 municipalities of Puerto Rico.png


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

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

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Civil Registration

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.

Church Records

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

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  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Puerto Rico," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, 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.