Atlántida, Honduras Genealogy

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Department of Atlántida

Guide to Department of Atlántida family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

Department of Atlántida

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History

The department was formed in 1902 from territory previously parts of the departments of Colón, Cortés, and Yoro. Ceiba is known as the night life city in the Atlántida department. There are tourist coming from all over the world to enjoy the Caribbean weather and beach resorts.
Another important city in the area is Tela. Similar to La Ceiba, Tela has incredible resorts that make this city an attractive destination.
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Most of your genealogical research for the Honduras will be in two main record types: civil registration and church records. This article will teach you methods for locating and searching these two record groups.

Civil Registration

In 1881, the Honduras began the practice of civil registration: registry of the original records of birth, marriage, divorce, and death.

You will need to know the town where your family lived and to which department or region the town belonged. This list of place names will help you find your town.

1. Online Digital Records for Civil Registration

For many localities, digital copies of civil registration can be searched online:

Births, marriages, deaths, indexes and other records created by civil registration offices in Honduras. Some of these records have been indexed and are searchable as part of this collection. Additional images and indexed records will be published as they become available.
"Nascimientos" are births. Matrimonios are marriages. "Defunciones" are deaths.

2. Microfilm Copies of Civil Registration Records in the FamilySearch Catalog

If the locality and time period you need are not included in the online records, the next step is to find them in the microfilm collection of the Family History Library. Currently, they are being digitized, and plans are to complete that project by 2020. Check back occasionally to see if your records have become available. In the meantime, some of them might be available at a Family History Center near you.
To find a microfilm:

a. Click on this link to see a list of records for Honduras, Atlántida.
b. Click on "Places within Honduras, Atlántida" and a list of towns and cities will open.
c. Click on the town or city you wish to search.
d. Click on "Civil Registration" topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
e. Choose the correct event and time period for your ancestor.
f. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record. FHL icons.png. The magnifying glass indicates that the microfilm is indexed. Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the microfilm.

Church Records

The majority of Hondurans were Catholic and were registered in entries for baptisms, marriages, deaths, and burials in the local church records. Often two and sometimes three generations are indicated in the registers, with personal information on the family.

1. Online Digital Records for Church Records

For many localities, digital copies of Catholic church records can be searched online:

2. Microfilm Copies of Church Records in the FamilySearch Catalog

If the locality and time period you need are not included in the online records, the next step is to find them in the microfilm collection of the Family History Library. Currently, they are being digitized, and plans are to complete that project by 2020. Check back occasionally to see if your records have become available. In the meantime, some of them might be available at a Family History Center near you.
To find a microfilm:

a. Click on this link to see a list of records for Honduras, Atlántida.
b. Click on "Places within Honduras, Atlántida" and a list of towns and cities will open.
c. Click on the town or city you wish to search.
d. Click on "Church Records" topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
e. Choose the correct event and time period for your ancestor.
f. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record. FHL icons.png. Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the microfilm.

Reading the Records

  • Online interactive slideshow lessons are available to help you learn to read these records:




Search Strategies

To effectively use civil and church records, follow these steps:

  1. Search for the relative or ancestor you have selected. When you find the person’s birth record, search for the births of his or her brothers and sisters.
  2. Search for the marriage of his or her parents. The marriage record will often give you information that leads to the parents’ birth record.
  3. Estimate the parents’ age and search for their birth records.
  4. Repeat the process for both the father and mother.
  5. If earlier generations are not in the record, search neighboring municipios.
  6. Search the death records for all family members.