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Costa Rica Marriages, 1750-1920
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Costa Rica
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Location of Costa Rica
Record Description
Record Type: Marriages
Collection years: 1750-1920
Language: English
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  • The names of the bride and groom
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Birth years and ages
  • The names of the parents

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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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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • 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?[edit | edit source]

  • 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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