Uruguay Locating Place of Origin

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Sometimes the most difficult part of researching your immigrant Uruguayan ancestor is locating their hometown. If your Hispanic ancestor came from Uruguay to the United States, the following record types might provide that elusive clue to their place of origin.

Important Tips

Before you can begin to search in the records of Uruguay you must find that one record that gives the name of his or her hometown. You must also know enough about the ancestor to positively identify him in the records. Dates (even if they are approximate), places, and familial connections are key to helping you decide if a person you find, who has the same name as your ancestor, really is your ancestor.

  • Do you know the name of his parents?
  • Do you know his birth, marriage, or death date or can you calculate an approximate range of years to search for his birth, marriage, or death?
  • Do you know the name of his wife? Did they marry before or after coming to the United States?
  • Do you know the names of any of his siblings?

Documents in the home

Often the document you need to pinpoint the place of origin of your Uruguay ancestor is already found at home. These might include the following:

  • Birth certificates
  • Marriage certificates or licenses
  • Death certificates
  • Obituaries
  • Funeral cards
  • Journals
  • Photographs
  • Letters
  • Family Bible
  • Naturalization papers
  • Citizenship papers
  • Military service records

Other record types that might also provide clues

If you don't find the record you need at home, you may consider a search for any one or several of these types of documents. Often the key to finding the place of origin is to view every document you can find on your ancestor no matter how significant or insignificant you might think it is.

Records index

Try searching in the two national indexes for your ancestor. These indexes are:

  • Civil Registration Index. This nationwide index is available on microfilm. This index covers birth, marriages, and deaths from 1900-1930. You can find the microfilm numbers in the catalog. If your ancestor was born before 1900 try searching in the department indexes. These indexes are necessary in locating the civil registration records for Uruguay. There might be places missing from the index.
  • Catholic Church Records Index. There is an index to the transcriptions that are available. You will ned to look at the index in order to determine what microfilm to look at for the transcription. There might be places missing from the index.