Guatemala Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Guatemala Baptisms, 1730-1917
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Record Description
Record Type: Baptism Record
Collection years: 1730-1917
Language: English
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Baptism / Christening

  • Name
  • Gender
  • Christening Date
  • Christening Place
  • Residence
  • Birth Date
  • Father's Name
  • Mother's Name

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Locality Baptisms, 1730-1917 Marriages, 1750-1930 Deaths, 1760-1880
Alta Verapaz 114,519 18,837 0
Baja Verapaz 96,098 33,504 0
Chimaltenango 7,301 1,398 0
Chiquimula 4,577 0 0
El Progreso 0 2,208 0
Guatemala 114,360 18,504 20,921
Huehuetenango 11,411 0 0
Jutiapa 978 541 0
Quezaltenango 116,979 37,618 0
Totals 466,233 112,610 20,921

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"Guatemala bautismos, 1730-1917." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org  : 15 May 2018. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.
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