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This article describes a collection of records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.
Aragua, Venezuela
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Location of Aragua, Venezuela
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Location of Venezuela
Record Description
Record Type: Church
Collection years: 1790-2011
Language: Spanish
Title in the Language: Venezuela, Diócesis de Maracay, Registros Parroquiales
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes Catholic Church records from parishes for 1790 to 2011 from the Diocese of Maracay in the Aragua state as set in the early 21st century. Original records are kept by the Diócesis de Maracay in Venezuela. The diocese was established in 1958, but many parishes pertaining to it existed long before the diocese was created. The city Maracay was officially established in 1701. These records include three main record groups:

  • Baptisms
  • Confirmations
  • Marriage records
  • Death records

For additional details about the history of these records and help using them, see the wiki article Venezuela Church Records.

Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

These records are written in Spanish. For help reading these records see the following guides:

If you speak Spanish, the following free online lesson may be helpful to learn how to use the information in these records:


You will be able to browse through images in this collection when it is published.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Birth Records

  • Name, age, and gender
  • Birth date and place
  • Date and place of baptism
  • Names of parents
  • Names of witnesses

Confirmation Records

  • Name, age, and gender
  • Date and place of confirmation
  • Names of parents
  • Names of godparents

Marriage Records

  • Names and ages of groom and bride
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Birthplaces of groom and bride
  • Names of groom’s parents
  • Names of bride’s parents
  • Whether each was baptized
  • Place of baptism
  • Who performed the marriage
  • Names of witnesses

Burial records

  • Deceased’s name, gender, and age
  • Date and place of death
  • Date of birth
  • Marital status/name of spouse
  • Names of parents
  • Cause of death

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching 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


View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select Municipio (City or Municipality)
  2. Select Parroquia (Parish)
  3. Select Tipo de registro y años (Record Type and Years) to view the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • 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?[edit | edit source]

  • 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
  • Venezuela Civil Registration are also a good substitute when baptism, marriage, and burial records can’t be found or are unavailable
  • New information is constantly being indexed, microfilmed or updated. Periodically check back to see if your ancestor’s records have been added. You can see if the area you’ve been looking in has been recently updated by going to Historical Records Collections. Watch for an asterisk for recently added or updated records.

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Venezuela.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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:
A citation will be available on the Collection Details page when the collection is published.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
Image Citation:
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?[edit | edit source]

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.