Panama Genealogy

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Guide to Panama ancestry, family history, and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records

Country Information

Panama is a country in Central America bordered by Costa Rica and Colombia. Panama is an isthmus that connects North and South America and is also considered a Caribbean nation. Vasco Nunez de Balboa discovered the Pacific ocean off the coast of Panama in 1513. Its strategic geographical location has made it a center of commerce and transportation since Spanish colonial times. After its independence from Spain in 1821, Panama became a department of Colombia until 1903 when the United States began building the Panama Canal and created the Panama Canal Zone, a major navigation hub. The official language is Spanish.[1]

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Provincial Territories

  • Embera, see Darién Province
  • Guna Yala, see Panamá and Colón
  • Ngobe-Bugle, created in 1997 from parts of Bocas del Toro, Chiriquí, and Veraguas

Sub-Provincial Territories

  • Madugandí (within Panamá province)
  • Wargandí (within Darién province)

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  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Panama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 28 March 2016.

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