Costa Rica Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Costa Rica Marriages, 1750-1920
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Costa Rica
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Record Description
Record Type: Marriages
Collection years: 1750-1920
Language: English
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This index is an electronic index for the years 1750 to 1920.

This index is not complete for any particular place, region or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.

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Coverage Table

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Locality Baptisms, 1700-1915 Marriages, 1750-1920 Deaths, 1787-1900
Alajuela 847 1,835 0
Cartago 70,787 20,543 545
Costa Rica 4,497 197 30,960
Heredia 8,293 11,576 0
San José 92,150 23,698 0
Totals 176,574 57,849 31,505

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  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate other church and land records
  • It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile marriage entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents
  • Continue to search the marriage records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born nearby

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?

  • Civil registration records are also a good source of genealogical information. See Costa Rica Civil Registration for further 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
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  • 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
  • A boundary change could have occurred and the record of your ancestor is now in a neighboring area. Search the records and indexes of neighboring cities, provinces, and regions
  • Consult the Costa Rica Record Finder to find other records

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Collection Citation

"Costa Rica matrimonios, 1750-1920." Database. FamilySearch. : 14 June 2016. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.

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