Panama Genealogy

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Guide to Panama ancestry, family history, and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records

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Country Information[edit | edit source]

Panama is a country in Central America bordered by Costa Rica and Colombia. Panama is an isthmus that connects North and South America and is also considered a Caribbean nation. Vasco Nunez de Balboa discovered the Pacific ocean off the coast of Panama in 1513. Its strategic geographical location has made it a center of commerce and transportation since Spanish colonial times. After its independence from Spain in 1821, Panama became a department of Colombia until 1903 when the United States began building the Panama Canal and created the Panama Canal Zone, a major navigation hub. The official language is Spanish.[1]

Getting Started[edit | edit source]

Getting Started with Panama Research

Links to articles on getting started with Panama research.

Panama Research Tools

Links to articles and websites that assist in Panama research.

Ask the FamilySearch Community

Panama Clickable Map[edit | edit source]

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Provinces[edit | edit source]

Panama is divided into ten provinces and five indigenous regions.


Indigenous Regions

FamilySearch Resources[edit | edit source]

Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in researching your family.

Research Tutorials[edit | edit source]

Other Resources[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Panama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 28 March 2016.

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