Quetzaltenango Department, Guatemala Genealogy

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Department of Quetzaltenango

Guide to Department of Quetzaltenango ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, church records, parish registers, and civil registration.

Department of Quetzaltenango

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  • Quetzaltenango was founded in 1825, having been Quezaltenango /Soconusco, one of the original departments of the State of Guatemala.
  • The Quetzaltenango area was part of the region where the ephemeral State of Los Altos was formed.
  • The Department of Quetzaltenango was officially created on September 16, 1845.
  • The Department of Quetzaltenango has a population of approximately 625,000 people. [1]


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Civil Registration and Church Records

Most of the research you will do will be in these two records.

Additional online records may be listed in the Family History Library Catalog for places within Guatemala, Quetzaltenango.

Reading the Records

  • Online interactive slideshow lessons are available to help you learn to read these records:

Building a Family Record with a Search Strategy

Many articles on strategy are available on the Wiki, but here is a simple set of steps to guide you

  • Search for the relative or ancestor you selected. When you find his birth/baptism/christening record, then search for the births of his brothers and sisters.
  • Next, search for the marriage of his parents. The marriage record will have information that will often help you find the birth records of the parents, and even the names of their parents.
  • You can estimate the ages of the parents and determine a birth year to search for their birth records.
  • Search the death registers for all known family members.
  • Repeat this process for both the father and the mother, starting with their birth records, then their siblings' births, then their parents' marriages, and so on.
  • If earlier generations (parents, grandparents, etc.) do not appear in the records, search neighboring parishes.


  1. Wikipedia Collaborators, "Quetzaltenango (departamento)," In Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quetzaltenango_(departamento). Visited 1 August 2017.