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.