Venezuela, Diocese of San Cristóbal, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Venezuela, Diocese of San Cristóbal, Catholic Church Records, 1601-1962
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Táchira, Venezuela
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Record Description
Record Type: Catholic Church
Collection years: 1601-1962
Language: Spanish
Title in the Language: Venezuela, Diócesis de San Cristóbal, Registros Parroquiales y Diocesanos
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What is in This Collection?

This collection includes records dating from 1601 to 1954 from Catholic parishes under the Diocese of San Cristóbal located in the State of Táchira. The collection consists of baptism, marriage, and death records. Although the San Cristóbal diocese was only established in 1922, many parishes it serves date from the 19th century, and some of the parishes it serves date back to the 17th century. The city of San Cristóbal was founded in 1561 and has consistently been an important city in its region.

Some of these records have been indexed and are searchable as part of this collection.

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. Baptisms are between 1601 and 1949, Marriages are between 1644 and 1954, and Deaths are between 1601 and 1952.

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

Reading These Records

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

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What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:

Baptism Records

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

Confirmation Records

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

Marriage Records

  • Names of groom and bride
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Birthplaces of groom and bride
  • Names of groom’s parents
  • Names of bride’s parents
  • Who performed the marriage
  • Names of witnesses

Death Records

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

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How Do I Search This Collection?

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  • Your ancestor's given name and surname
  • Identifying information such as residence
  • Estimated marriage or birth year

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  • For marriage and death records, name changes, shortened names, or nicknames may have been used by your ancestors, so pay attention to other relationships (parents, spouse, siblings, children, etc.) that can confirm whether you have the right person/record. 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
  • Continue to search the indexes and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have lived in the same area or a nearby area

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

Citations for This Collection

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Collection Citation
“Venezuela, Diocese of San Cristóbal, Catholic Church Records, 1601-1962.” Database with images. FamilySearch. : 9 January 2017. Diócesis de San Cristobal (Diocese of San Cristobal), Venezuela.
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