El Salvador Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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El Salvador, Marriages, 1810-1930 .
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El Salvador
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Record Description
Record Type: Marriage
Collection years: 1810-1930
Languages: English
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What is in This Collection?

This is an index of selected Catholic Church marriage records from various locations in El Salvador. The year range in this collection 1810 to 1930. However some records may be from earlier or later years.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

  • Name
  • Age
  • Spouse's Name
  • Spouse's Birth Date
  • Event Date
  • Event Place
  • Father's Name
  • Mother's Name
  • Spouse's Mother's Name

Collection Content

Coverage Table

The Coverage Table shows the places and time periods of the original records in this collection. The table indicates how many records the collection has from each place. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.

Locality Baptisms, 1750-1940 Marriages, 1810-1930 Deaths*
El Salvador 6,296 1,407 3
La Libertad 0 190 0
San Miguel 5,670 0 0
San Salvador 29,757 7,508 0
Sonsonate 141,032 15,583 0
Usulután 35,745 3,474 0
Totals 218,500 28,162 3

How Do I Search This Collection?

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  • Your ancestor's given name and surname
  • Identifying information such as residence
  • Estimated marriage or birth year

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How Do I Analyze the Results?

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What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • If possible, look at the actual image of the record to verify the information found in the online description.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in civil, church or census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate other church and land records.
  • Compile information for every person who has the same surname as your ancestor; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.

I Can’t Find The Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • Check for variants of given names, surnames, and place names. Transcription errors could occur in any handwritten record; also, it was not uncommon for an individual be listed under a nickname or an abbreviation of their name.
  • Civil registration records are also a good source of genealogical 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.
  • There may be more than one person with the same name.
  • You ancestor may be using a nickname or alias.
  • 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.
  • Your ancestor may have immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby countries or immigration/emigration records.

Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation

"El Salvador, Marriages, 1810-1930. Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.

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