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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|Flag of the city of Mérida|
|Location of Mérida, Venezuela|
|Location of Venezuela|
|Title in the Language:||Venezuela, Mérida Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
- 8 Known Issues With This Collection
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:
- Spanish Genealogical Word List
- BYU Spanish Script Tutorial
- FamilySearch Learning Center videos:
If you speak Spanish, the following free online lesson may be helpful to learn how to use the information in these records:
- Registros Civiles y Parroquiales – Spanish
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|
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.
|Often additional information can be found in the margins of original records. For example in a birth record, you might find marriage or death information.|
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
View the Images
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page
- Select State
- Select City or Town
- Select Parish
- Select Record Type and Years to view the images.
|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at Venezuela, Archdiocese of Mérida, Catholic Church Records, 1654-2013. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see 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
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. https://FamilySearch.org : 2 January 2018. Arquidiocesis de Merida (Archdiocese of Merida), Venezuela.
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
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?
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Known Issues With This Collection
For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.