Venezuela, Archdiocese of Mérida, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Venezuela, Archdiocese of Mérida, Catholic Church Records, 1654-2015
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Mérida, Venezuela
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Location of Mérida, Venezuela
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Record Description
Record Type: Church
Collection years: 1654-2015
Language: Spanish
Title in the Language: Venezuela, Mérida Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica
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What is in This Collection?

This collection will include records of baptism, marriage, and also death/burial, and other ordinances from 1654 to 2015 for the parishes under the Archdiocese of Merida.

These parish records have been preserved relatively well. In general they are in good condition to extract genealogical information. Some of the older registers may appear to have some physical damage, therefore, some data may have been lost or may be very difficult to read.

Parish priests performed the baptisms, marriages, deaths, burials, and other holy sacraments in their assigned parish or parishes. All the original parish records were kept in the parish archive. However, the older records were, and currently are, sent annually to the archdiocesan archive to be preserved and centralized in one place. Most of the earlier population were Roman Catholics, therefore, parish records cover 95 to 100% of a city’s population. This collection only includes the parish records that were centralized at the archive of the Archdiocese of Merida (Arquidiócesis de Mérida).

Reading These Records

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:

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Venezuela, Archdiocese of Mérida, Catholic Church Records, 1654-2015.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The information in these records may include the following:

Baptismal records Marriage records Death records
Date and place of the baptism Date and place of marriage Deceased’s name, gender, and age
Name and gender Names and ages of bride and groom Marital status/name of spouse
Date of birth Sometimes the marital status (widowed, single, divorced) at the time of the event Date and place of burial
Legitimacy Place of birth and residence of the bride and groom Date and place of death
Parents’ names, residence, and/or place of birth Parents’ names and residence Names of parents
Name of godparents Name of witnesses

Collection Content

The information found in each record varies by year. Records were made by Catholic priests or their associates, recorded in Spanish, and mostly written on either lined paper or blank paper that contained pre-printed numbers.

Sample Images

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

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page

  1. Select State
  2. Select City or Town
  3. Select Parish
  4. Select Record Type and Years to view the 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
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
  • Compile information for every person who has the same surname as your ancestor; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual
  • 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?

  • In Latin America, two or three generations are often indicated in church registers, along with their birthplaces or residences. If, however, earlier generations are not listed with the relative or ancestor selected, try searching parishes located within a close proximity
  • A boundary change could have occurred and the record of your ancestor is now in a neighboring state or region, or your ancestor immigrated to another country. Search the Venezuela Emigration and Immigrationrecords of nearby areas
  • Venezuela Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records) are also a good source of genealogical information

Research Helps

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

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
"Venezuela, Arquidiócesis de Mérida, registros parroquiales y diocesanos, 1654-2015." Database with images. FamilySearch. : 2 January 2018. Arquidiocesis de Merida (Archdiocese of Merida), Venezuela.
Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
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Known Issues With This Collection

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