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Guatemala Department, Guatemala
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Record Description
Record Type: Civil Registration
Collection years: 1877-2006
Language: Spanish
Title in the Language: Guatemala, Guatemala, Registros Civil
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Registros National de las Personas



What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection will include birth, marriage, death, indexes and other records from 1877-2006. These were created by the civil registration offices in the department of Guatemala, Guatemala.

As you search this collection, you will notice that some information in the records has been blacked out. Specific privacy laws in Guatemala prohibit some information classified as sensitive from being shared with the public. The information that is blacked out may be different from record type to record type, and does not negatively affect your family history research.

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Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

These records are written in Spanish. For help reading these records please see the following:

If you speak Spanish, the following free online lesson may be helpful to learn how to use the information in these records:

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Birth

  • Birth date and place
  • Name at birth
  • Gender
  • Parents’ names
  • Parents’ residence
  • Witnesses’ names
  • Informant’s names, age, occupation, marital status, birth place, and residence
  • Document date

Marriage

  • Marriage date and place
  • Groom’s name, age, occupation, birth place, resident city, and address
  • Groom’s legitimacy and parents’ names
  • Groom’s maternal and paternal grandparents’ names
  • Bride’s name, age, occupation, birth place, resident city, and address
  • Bride’s legitimacy and parents’ names
  • Bride’s maternal and paternal grandparents’ names
  • Groom’s marital status
  • Bride’s marital status
  • Document date

Death

  • Death date and place
  • Deceased’s name, gender, and age
  • Deceased’s marital status, occupation, and parents’ names
  • Cause of death
  • Informant’s name, age, marital status, occupation, birth place, resident city and address
  • Document date

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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  • Your ancestor's given name and surname
  • Some identifying information such as resident city, age, and estimated event year
  • One or both of the parents’ names

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

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

  • Add any new information to your records
  • 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
  • The phrase “dío a luz” means the same as “was born” or “gave birth to”
  • Search for the marriage of his or her parents. The marriage record will often give you information that leads to the parents’ birth record
  • Estimate the parents’ age and search for their birth records
  • Repeat the process for both the father and mother
  • Search the death records for all family members
  • 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 entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born in the same town or nearby location

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct. Also, check for variant spellings of the given and last names
  • Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times
  • Titles may be clues to property ownership, occupations, rank, or status within the community
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. In addition local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records. Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have served in the same unit or a nearby unit
  • Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur
  • Search the records of nearby departments. The Department of Guatemala is home to the country's capital, Guatemala City. These departments surround the Department of Guatemala:
    • Baja Verapaz to the North
    • El Progreso and Jalapa to the East
    • Santa Rosa to the Southeast
    • Escuintla to the Southwest
    • Sacatepéquez and Chimaltenango to the West
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Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Guatemala.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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