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Guatemala, Totonicapán, Civil Registration, 1877-1994
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Totonicapán Department, Guatemala
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Location of Totonicapán Department, Guatemala
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Record Description
Record Type: Civil Registration
Collection years: 1877-1994
Language: Spanish
Title in the Language: Guatemala,Totonicapán,Registros Civiles
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Registro Nacional de las Personas


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

This collection will include birth, marriage, death, indexes and other records from 1877-1994. These were created by the civil registration offices in the department of Totonicapán, Guatemala.

The civil registration records for Guatemala cover the vital events of birth, marriages, and deaths. They are organized by municipality/city. Earlier records were handwritten in narrative style; later records were handwritten in formatted registers.

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.

Images courtesy of Registro Nacional de las Personas (RENAP).

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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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:

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

The following information may be found in these records:

Birth records

  • 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 records

  • 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 records

  • 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]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

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

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

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
  • To effectively use civil records, follow these steps:
  1. 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.
  2. Search for the marriage of his or her parents. The marriage record will often give you information that leads to the parents’ birth record.
  3. Estimate the parents’ age and search for their birth records.
  4. Repeat the process for both the father and mother.
  5. If earlier generations are not in the record, search neighboring towns.
    • The phrase “dío a luz” means the same as “was born” or “gave birth to”.
  6. Search the death records for all family members.

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

  • A boundary change could have occurred, and the record of you ancestor is now in a neighboring area. Search the records and indexes of neighboring cities, provinces, and regions
  • Guatemala, Catholic Church Records - FamilySearch Historical Records are also a good substitute when civil records of births, marriages, and deaths cannot be found or are unavailable
  • 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 Click here for a list of Spanish name abbreviations
  • If you get stuck and can’t read a document or you’re not sure where to go next in your research, you can ask for help through these resources:

Hispanic Genealogy Research community on Facebook is a page sponsored by FamilySearch and here you may also post a question or upload an image of a document for further assistance. The Hispanic Genealogy Research page is designed especially for those who have Hispanic ancestry but may not be fluent in Spanish. Be sure to click like on the page on your first visit so you can receive information and updates from the page in your news feed.

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]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.

How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?[edit | edit source]

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