Hi. Thought this info might be useful. It comes from the Puerto Rican Historical and Genealogical Society in N.Y. (http://www/rootsweb.com/~prhgs/org.htm) Hope it helps: Puerto Rican Historical and Genealogical Resources
Department of Health, Demographic Registrar: Here is a list of offices located in the various municipalities holding birth, marriage and other vital records. There are no governmental records listing such events prior to 1885 when the task of official vital record keeping was made a governmental function. Before that date, the Catholic parish churches of the respective municipalities of Puerto Rico were the official originators and repositories of these records. The procedure for requesting abstracts of any of these official government records is as follows: If the event happened before July 22, 1931, your request for a vital record should be made to the Demographic Registrar office in the municipality where the person resided at the time. (See list below) If event occurred after July 22 your request should go to:
Departamento de Salud, Registro Demografico PO Box 11854, San Juan, PR 00910
Your request for a document must include:
1. A money order of $5.00 for each record made to the order of Secretary of the Treasury of Puerto Rico.
2. The full and complete name and surnames of the person whose record you want.
3 Your relationship to that person and why you want the document.
4. Copy of your ID, preferably a drivers license, a passport or other document that has a photo and lists your place of birth.
5. A stamped, self-addressed envelope.
Click on to the website below for list of Demographic Registrars of Puerto Rico
The Superior District Courts maintain records of wills, deeds and other legal documents related to civil and criminal cases under their jurisdiction. Each of the courts has jurisdiction over legal matters occurring in one or more municipalities. Copies of documents can be obtained through the Administrative Officer of the particular court. Fees and procedures for obtaining the legal documents vary and it is always advisable to call ahead for up-to-date fees procedural information and jurisdictions covered
Corte Superior del Disticto de Aguadilla Centro Judicial Calle Progreso, Box 1010 Aguadilla, PR 00605 (787) 891-0115 Corte Superior del Districto De PonceCarretera #1 Box 1791 Ponce, PR 007033 (787) 840-7380
Corte Superior Del Districto de Aibonito Urb. El Roble Aibonito, PR 00607 - Corte Superior del Districto de San Juan Avenida Muñoz Rivera - P.O. Box 887 Hato Rey, PR 00919 (787) 763-0590
Corte Superior del Districto de Arecibo Avenida Rotario - Box 1235 Arecibo, PR 00613 (787) 878-0060 Corte Superior del Districto de Utuado Avenida Nueva - Box 950 Utuado, PR 00761 (787) 894-2476
Corte Superior de Bayamon Carretera #2 - PO Box 60619 Bayamon, PR 00619 (787) 780-8402 Corte Superior del Districto de Mayagüez Calle León - Box 97 Mayagüez, PR 00708 (878) 832-6304
Corte Superior del Districto de Caguas Carretera #9 Caguas, PR 00625 (787) 744-0953
Puerto Rican Municipalities
Almost all of Puerto Rico's 72 municipalities (pueblos) maintain websites that contain general facts related to their history. Although not usually listed, the municipalities do have an archive where the official record of governmental transactions is kept. The websites listed below have addresses and telephone numbers of the mayor or other officials you can write or call to arrange a visit to access the contents of their "archivo municipal" Additionally these sites have photographs, biographies, histories, place names and other information that has genealogical research value.