Panama Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Panama, Catholic Church Records, 1707-1973
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|Flag of the Republic of Panama|
|Location of Panama|
|Title in the Language:||Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica de Panamá|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Known Issues with This Collection
- 7 Citing This Collection
- 8 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in This Collection?
This is a collection of Catholic Church records (such as baptism, marriage, death, and burial records) from Panama. It includes the years from 1707 to 1973.
Entries were normally made in chronological order. In larger parishes, these records may be registered separately. In smaller parishes, the confirmations may have been included with the baptisms or even with marriages. In larger parishes, a separate book of confirmations was usually maintained. The records are in relatively fair condition, with the exception of some older records that may be damaged and therefore hard to read or missing some information. Most of the older records are handwritten in narrative style and follow a common text with some variations depending on the style used by the priest. Newer records are handwritten in formatted registers; some are even written in ledger style registers.
Reading These Records
These records are written in Spanish. For help reading these records see the following guides:
- Spanish Genealogical Word List
- BYU Spanish Script Tutorial
- FamilySearch Learning Center videos:
If you speak Spanish, the following free online lesson may be helpful to learn how to use the information in these records:
- Registros Civiles y Parroquiales – Spanish
To Browse This Collection
|You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Panama, Catholic Church Records, 1707-1973.|
What Can These Records Tell Me?
The following information may be found in these records:
|Birth or confirmation records||Marriage records||Death records|
|Name and gender of child||Names of the bride and groom||Date and place of death or burial|
|Date and place of baptism or confirmation||Date and place of marriage||Deceased’s name|
|Child’s birth date||Groom’s age, civil status and origin||Age and civil status of deceased|
|Parents’ names||Names of groom’s parents||Sometimes, the name of spouse, if deceased was married|
|Names of godparents||Bride’s age, civil status and origin||Sometimes, the names of parents|
|Before 1820, social class of the parents||Names of bride’s parents||Place of residence or origin of the deceased person|
|Sometimes the person’s race||Sometimes, the legitimacy of the betrothed||Sometimes, the race of the deceased|
|Sometimes, the race of the betrothed|
|Names of witnesses|
|Name of officiant at wedding|
|Often additional information can be found in the margins of original records. For example in a birth record, you might find marriage or death information.|
How Do I Search This Collection?
You can search the index or view the images or both. Before using this collection it is helpful to know:
- Your ancestor's given name and surname
- Identifying information such as residence
- Estimated marriage or birth year
- Family relationships
Search the Index
View the Images
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
- Select Province
- Select City or Town
- Select Parish
- Select Record Type and Years to view the images.
|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at Panama, Catholic Church Records, 1707-1973. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.|
How Do I Analyze the Results?
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?
I Found the Person I was Looking For, What Now?
- Add any new information to your records
- Check the image the index was taken from to see if there is additional information
- Make sure to fully transcribe and cite the record entry for future reference; see the section Citing This Collection for assistance. Save or print a copy of the image
- Use the information to find more. For instance, use the age listed in the record to estimate a year of birth, if that is yet undetermined
- Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each spouse to find a couple's birth records and parents' names
- Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual
I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?
- Panama Civil Registration can also be a good substitute when church 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
- 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
- If you are unable to 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
Consult the Panama Record Finder Table to find other records
Known Issues with This Collection
For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered. }}
Citing This Collection
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
- "Panamá, registros parroquiales y diocesanos, 1707-1973." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 30 April 2018. Registros parroquiales católicos (Catholic parish registers), Panama.
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.
How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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