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