Nicaragua Civil Registration - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Nicaragua, Civil Registration, 1809-2013
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|Flag of the Republic of Nicaragua|
|Location of Nicaragua|
|Record Type:||Civil Registration|
|Title in the Language:||Registro Civil, Nicaragua|
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
The civil registration in Nicaragua was created to record the events of birth, marriage, death, and other civil events. These records would determine and prove the civil status, existence, and condition of the population. Civil registration is mandatory in Nicaragua; therefore most of the population has been registered. Before the government instituted civil registration in Nicaragua, the Catholic Church was the only institution tracking the births, marriages, and death events of the population. The first civil registration law was created on January 30, 1879.
In 1899, this law was changed to include other civil registration events such as: the recognition of illegitimate children, emancipation and age majority declarations, divorces, annulments, absentee declarations, and others. The registers of the Catholic Church created before this law were transferred to the municipality for control.
These civil records have been preserved relatively well. Some of the older registers may have some physical damage; however, in general they are still in good condition to extract genealogical information.
As of 3 March 2018, this collection included records from the following departments of Nicaragua:
|Región Autónoma del Atlántico Norte|
|Región Autónoma del Atlántico Sur|
Reading These Records[edit | edit source]
These records are written in Spanish. For help reading them see:
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If you speak Spanish, the following free online lesson may be helpful to learn how to use the information in these records:
- Registros Civiles y Parroquiales – Spanish
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The following information is usually found in these records:
|Birth records||Marriage records||Death records|
|Date and place of birth||Date and place of marriage||Name of deceased|
|Child’s name and gender||Groom’s name, age and origin||Date, place and time of death|
|Legitimacy||Groom’s occupation and residence||Cause of death|
|Parents’ names||Bride’s name, age and origin||Legitimacy of deceased|
|Parents’ age, race, status and residence||Bride’s occupation and residence||Civil status and occupation of deceased|
|Occupation of father and mother||Names of witnesses||Name of spouse, if married|
|Names of witnesses||Parents’ names|
|Parents’ civil status and residence|
|Names of witnesses|
|Sometimes, burial information|
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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
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I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Use the residence and names of the parents to locate Nicaragua, Catholic Church Records - FamilySearch Historical Records and land records
- Church records are also a good source of genealogical information. You should obtain copies of both church records and civil registration, when possible, since they do not necessarily provide the same information. For example, baptismal registers sometimes provide the names of the fathers of illegitimate children when the civil registration does not
- There may be more than one person with the same name
- Even though this is an index there may still be inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned
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- Your ancestor may have immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby countries or immigration/emigration records
- Check for variants of given names, surnames, and place names. Transcription errors could occur in any handwritten record; also, it was not uncommon for an individual be listed under a nickname or an abbreviation of their name. Click here for a list of Spanish name abbreviations
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
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