TYPES OF CIVIL RECORDS


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BIRTH CIVIL REGISTRATION RECO​RDS


Birth records could be completely handwritten records, or a form filled out with handwritten or typed text depending on the time period when they were created. Before the invention of photocopies, when people requested a copy of a birth record, the civil registration officials would provide a certificate of the record. Birth certificates could be a literal and complete transcription of the record or an extract of the same. The Spanish terms used to refer to these are usually: acta, partida, certificado, and extracto de nacimiento. Each civil birth entry may contain the following information:

  • given names and surname(s) of the newborn
  • the hour, day, month, and year of birth
  • the town (distinguishable from the municipality or judicial district of the birth)
  • the street address of the house, or the hospital, in which the birth took place
  • declarant's marital status, age and/or place of birth and/or residence, and relationship to the new born child
  • given names and surnames, birthplaces, age, domicile, professions, race and marital status of the parents, including their places of birth, marital status, professions, and in some cases, dates of birth
  • given names and surnames, birthplaces, professions, race and marital status of the maternal and paternal grandparents, and/or if they have died.
  • names of the witnesses who were present for the act of recording the birth

Sample Birth Record



Transcription

En vista del poder conferido á Don Pedro José Fordoya Datario Civil del distrito décimo á presencia delos testigos que lo suscriben por Don Domingo Caldas de treinta   años,   soltero,   comerciante,   natu- ral   y   vecino   de   Lima   en el   mismo dis- trito, Calle Octava de Carabaya Número doscientos   diez, para   hacer   registrar en el libro respectivo, la   partida de   nacimien to del varon Sebastian Lorenzo Domingo Caldas nacido en Lima el dia dos de Enero de mil ochocientos setenta y cinco; el que fué   manifestado   al   Datario,   el   dia   seis del   mismo   mes   y año, como   hijo   natu- ral que reconoce el poderdante y de doña Rosa   Alvina   Rolando, de   diez y seis años,   soltera,   natural   de   Lima. Por   lo- cual   yó   Pastor   Gimenes     Guarda   de los   Registros   del   Estado   Civil,   registro por   duplicado,   la   correspondiente    par- tida de nacimiento de órden del Señor Alcalde y en presencia   de   los   testigos Don Rosendo Fernandez de treinta años casado,   empleado;   y Don Adolfo Marino de treinta y tres años, casado, empleado ambos   domiciliados   en   Lima.     Leida que les fué, la firmaron conmigo, el Señor Alcalde los testigos y el Datario.

(Firmas)


​  Nº 1
  Sebastian Lorenzo
  Domingo Caldas



Translation

In view of th​e power conferred to Mr. Pedro José Fordoya Civil Registrar of the tenth district   in   presence   of   the   witnesses that sign   it   with   Mr.   Domingo   Caldas   of thirty years [of age], single, merchant,   born in   and   resident of   Lima   in the same dis- trict, Eighth   Street   of   Carabaya   Number two hundred and ten,   to   make   record   in the   respective   registry,   the   birth   record of Sebastian Lorenzo Domingo Caldas, male born in Lima the second day of January of eighteen hundred and seventy-five; who was showed to the Civil Registrar on the sixth of the same month and year, as natural-born son recognized by the constituent and of Mrs. Rosa   Alvina   Rolando,   of   sixteen years [of age], single, born in Lima. Reason for which I   Pastor   Gimenes  Guardian   of the   Records of the   Civil   Registry,   record in duplicate, the   corresponding   certificate of   birth   by   order   of   Mister   Mayor   and   in   the   presence   of   the   witnesses Mr. Rosendo Fernandez of thirty years [of age], married, employee; and Mr. Adolfo Marino of thirty three years [of age] married, employee both domiciled in Lima. After being read to them,   it   was   signed   by   Mister   Mayor, the witnesses and the Civil Registrar.

​(Five Signatures)

 Nº 1
  Sebastian Lorenzo
  Domingo Caldas

 

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