Posted by Ancestry Team on June 9, 2014 in Collections, Research

PuertoRicoWe’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 Plus links to resources beyond 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.


  1. Luis Rivera

    Thank you very much for updating and adding these records to (as well as creating these guides for the records). Hopefully now more English-speaking Puerto Ricans will be willing and able to tackle the task of discovering their ancestors. Which will hopefully increase the amount of contact with genetic cousins! Exciting stuff!!

  2. Anna

    I have been through these records so many times for years and couldn’t locate the death records for my great grandparents. I had their birth and marriage records as well as my great grandfather’s WWI & WWII registration records. I already knew he served in one of the Wolrld Wars, however I could never find his death record. I knew approximately when he died and was only off by a few days when today I found his death record. I was totally shocked to find in in another municipality. His death record also advised that he served in WWI which would makes sense as my grandfather was his first born. I hope to find my great grandmother’s record too. Thank you for finally uploading these. I look forward to seeing Puerto Rico church records here too!

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