Sunday, October 5, 2014

Civil Registration

Civil registration is the system by which a government records the vital events of its citizens and residents.
Citizens have a legal requirement to notify the relevant authority of any life event which affects the registry. Vital events that are typically recorded include live birth, death, marriage, divorce, adoption, legitimization and recognition, etc.
Civil registration derives legal documents like birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage certificates.  Of course civil registration is a key element on the genealogical research that is why we are interested in identifying when various countries began to register events.  In USA the dates varies by state with some Louisiana counties starting in the early 1800's. But today we will review the timeline for the Hispanic countries:

Argentina 1881
Brazil 1850
Bolivia 1940
Colombia 1865
Costa Rica 1888
Cuba 1885
Chile 1885
Dominican Republic 1828
Ecuador 1901
El Salvador 1879
Guatemala 1877
Honduras 1881
Mexico 1857
Nicaragua 1879
Panama 1914
Paraguay 1880
PerĂº 1886
Puerto Rico 1885
Spain 1871
Uruguay 1879
Venezuela 1873