Bona Rae's Philippine Genealogy Corner

Genealogy in the Philippines

While Filipinos value close family ties within their clans, very few of us, even those living abroad, have gone far to even posting their ancestors' and other relatives' data on the Internet, unlike Americans and Europeans. I, in my ultimate goal of being a genealogist as a profession, look forward to encourage more Filipinos to research on their roots.

Problems with genealogy research in this country (in my opinion)

The Great Philippine Migration

The Great Philippine Migration began during the American period, was at its peak during the Martial Law years and still continues today. With this came the inclusion of Filipino-Americans (Fil-Ams) in the vital records databases of all 50 states and the SSDI.

Some surnames, municipalities and provinces already have societies incorporated in the United States and elsewhere to help those left behind here. Please contact me if you know the website of any significant Filipino-focused society abroad that benefits a certain area or set of people (e.g. a province, a municipality or a surname). I will post it here as soon as I receive it.

Tips

What to do with relatives who were annulled

Since the Philippines remains the only country in the world that doesn't grant divorce (but does recognizes divorces granted in other countries), here are a few tips that remedy the dilemma of whether this fact should be in your database or not:

Starting Your Own Research

If you don't know where to start your own genealogical research, I suggest that you:

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