Chimaltenango Department, Guatemala Genealogy

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Department of Chimaltenango

Guide to Department of Chimaltenango ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, church records, parish registers, and civil registration.

Department of Chimaltenango

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  • The Cakchiquel group separated from the K'iché domain in 1462 and established its capital in a new region of the place called Iximché. It was there that the Spaniards had also established Santiago de los Caballeros, the first capital of Guatemala.
  • This land was part of the lands that were formerly called Los Altos. The creation of the state of Los Altos was authorized on December 25, 1838 by the congress of the Federal Republic of Central America, and it was a short-lived independent republic.
  • The Department of Chimaltenango has a population of approximately 446,000 people. [1]


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Civil Registration and Church Records

Most of the research you will do will be in these two records.

Additional online records may be listed in the Family History Library Catalog for places within Guatemala, Chimaltenango.

Reading the Records

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

Building a Family Record with a Search Strategy

Many articles on strategy are available on the Wiki, but here is a simple set of steps to guide you

  • Search for the relative or ancestor you selected. When you find his birth/baptism/christening record, then search for the births of his brothers and sisters.
  • Next, search for the marriage of his parents. The marriage record will have information that will often help you find the birth records of the parents, and even the names of their parents.
  • You can estimate the ages of the parents and determine a birth year to search for their birth records.
  • Search the death registers for all known family members.
  • Repeat this process for both the father and the mother, starting with their birth records, then their siblings' births, then their parents' marriages, and so on.
  • If earlier generations (parents, grandparents, etc.) do not appear in the records, search neighboring parishes.


  1. Wikipedia Collaborators, "Chimaltenango (departamento)," In Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, Visited 7 July 2017.