We’ve just launched a new collection with more than 5 million vital records from Puerto Rico.
Civil registration began in Puerto Rico in 1885, and the records can contain rich details, sometimes even mentioning several generations. For example, a birth record might list the names of the child, parents, and grandparents.
Before you start researching this collection, download “Using Vital Records in Puerto Rican Research” as it includes helpful tips and record samples with call-outs noting where to look for important information in the records. We’ve also included a glossary of important terms translated from Spanish to English.
We’ve also put together a research guide for Puerto Rico. Like all the others in our research guide series, you’ll find an overview of Puerto Rican history, important information about census and vital records availability, and links to significant collections on Ancestry.com. Plus links to resources beyond Ancestry.com and a timeline of important events.
So start your Puerto Rican voyage of discovery by downloading our newest research guides—Puerto Rican Resources: Family History Sources for the Isle of Enchantment and Using Vital Records in Puerto Rican Research.
About Amy Johnson Crow
Amy Johnson Crow is a Community Manager for Ancestry.com. She's a Certified Genealogist and an active lecturer and author. Her roots run deep in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states. She earned her Masters degree in Library and Information Science at Kent State University. Amy loves to help people discover the joys of learning about their ancestors and she thinks that there are few things better than a day in a cemetery. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and No Story Too Small.