Venezuela Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995
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|Location of Venezuela|
|Title in the Language:||Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica en Venezuela|
- 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 of church records covers the years 1577 to 1995 and includes parishes in several dioceses and archdioceses of Venezuela. This collection of baptisms, marriages, and burials were created, registered, and kept in separate registers by the priest in authority of the parish jurisdiction. Regularly two registers were created, the original was kept at the parish archive and a duplicate copy was sent to the diocesan archive for preservation.
The entries were normally created in chronological order. Some confirmations may be found within the baptisms book. The earlier parish records were all handwritten in narrative form, and later records were handwritten in formatted entries.
The parish registers may be the only records available for genealogical research before civil registration was implemented in 1873. Most of the parish records in this collection were acquired from the diocesan archives. Other archdiocesan registers have been published separately from this collection.
As of 23 January 2018, this collection included records from the following states in Venezuela:
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 lessons may be helpful to learn how to use the information in these records:
- Documentos esenciales para buscar a sus antepasados - Spanish
- Registros Civiles y Parroquiales – Spanish
To Browse This Collection
|You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995.|
What Can These Records Tell Me?
The following information may be found in these records:
|Baptismal and Confirmation records||Marriage records||Death records|
|Name, age, and gender||Names and ages of groom and bride||Deceased’s name, gender, and age|
|Birth date and place||Date and place of marriage||Date and place of death|
|Date and place of baptism||Birthplaces of groom and bride||Marital status/name of spouse|
|Date and place of confirmation||Names of groom’s parents||Birthplace|
|Names of parents||Names of bride’s parents||Names of parents|
|Names of godparents||Who performed the marriages|
|Names of witnesses||Names 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 baptismal 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 Record Type and Years to view the images.
|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995. 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
- 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
What If I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For?
- 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.
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, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995." Database and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 18 January 2018. Citing Archdiocesan Archives, 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
| Problems with this collection?|
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