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

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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: 1654-2013
Language: Spanish
Title in the Language: Venezuela, Mérida Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica
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What Is in the Collection?

This collection will include records of baptism, marriage, and also death/burial, and other ordinances from 1654 to 2013 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; also see the section For Help Reading These Records for translation helps.

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, 1654-2013.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The information in these records usually 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 Contents

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.

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How Do I Search the Collection?

Some record sets have indexes; these indexes were created at the end of the year. Copy errors could have been made in the index, so you want to find the actual record to verify the information is correct. Using the index is a helpful way to find the actual record. 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.

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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.

For Help Reading These Records

For help reading these Spanish records see the following guides:

What Do I Do Next?

To learn more about using the information available in these records, view these lessons for free:

I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • If possible, look at the actual image of the record to verify the information found in the online description.
  • 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.

I Can't Find Who 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 records of nearby areas or immigration/emigration records. Venezuela Emigration and Immigration
  • Civil registration records are also a good source of genealogical information. Venezuela Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)


Citing This Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.
 
Collection Citation:

"Venezuela, Archdiocese of Mérida, Catholic Church Records, 1654-2013" Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Archdiocesan Archives, Mérida, Venezuela.


Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Venezuela, Archdiocese of Mérida, Catholic Church Records, 1654-2013.

Image Citation:

When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Venezuela, Archdiocese of Mérida, Catholic Church Records, 1654-2013.

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