Develop for secondary evidence of marriage since these marriages are usually not registered
in the civil records.
Include the following points when getting statements from the claimants and third
The couple's tribal affiliation;
When and where the ceremony took place;
Whether the groom is a Christian, and if so, when he became a Christian. If he became
a Christian before the marriage, develop fully to determine whether he knowingly accepted
Whether the couple continued to hold themselves out as husband and wife, and if not,
whether they divorced or just separated. Get details about when and where any divorce
Information for determining whether the marriage was “substantial” if it occurred
before June 4, 1930.
Make a special determination in all cases explaining the establishment (or failure
to establish) a valid tribal or Muslim tribal marriage.
If a claimant states a province not listed in GN 00307.769B. is non-Christian, refer the question to the Foreign Service Post (FSP) in Manila,