Venezuela Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003
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Record Description
Record Type: Civil Registration
Collection years: 1873-2003
Language: Spanish
Title in the Language: Registro Civil de Venezuela
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
National Archives of Venezuela

What is in This Collection?

This collection will include records from 1873 to 2003. It includes births, marriages, and deaths that are registered in separate books at different municipal offices of the civil registry. Most records are well-preserved. Earlier records are handwritten in Spanish; newer records are handwritten, also in Spanish, in formatted records. Some localities may be listed under their old administrative jurisdictions, depending on the time of the creation of the record.

Before 1873, the Catholic Church was the only organization that recorded important events in a person’s life, such as baptism, marriage, and death or burial. However, in the early months of 1826, the government began creating the civil records of the judicial and non-judicial civil acts of their citizens under the National Treasury Department in the mortgage annotations office. The government also wanted a duplicate copy of the Catholic Church registers to use for civil records.

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 Civil Registration, 1873-2003.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information is usually found in these records:

Birth records Marriage records Death records
Name of civil authority of local municipality Date and place of marriage Date and place of registration
Date and place of registration Name of local civil authority Name of local civil authority
Presenter of child (usually the father) Name and age of groom Name of local informant, their occupation and residence
Name and gender of child Groom's legitimacy Name and age of deceased
Date, time and place of birth Groom's occupation, marital status, and origin Date, time and place of death
Legitimacy of child Groom's religion Sometimes, cause of death is given
Parents’ names, including maiden name of mother Names of the groom’s parents Sometimes, spouse's name if deceased was married
Occupation of father Parents' age, occupation and residence Sometimes, parents’ names if deceased was a minor
Names of witnesses Name and age of bride Burial information
Bride's occupation, marital status and origin
Bride's religion
Names of the bride’s parents
Parents' age, occupation and residence
Names of witnesses, their age, occupation and residence

Collection Content

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
  • Family relationships

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 Municipality
  3. Select Parish or District
  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?

  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
  • 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 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. Try checking the Venezuela, Catholic Church Records
  • 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

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 Civil Registration, 1873-2003." Database with images. FamilySearch. : 2017. Citing "Archivo General de la Nación (General Archive of the Nation)". Ministerío del Poder Popular para la Cultura, Caracas. (Ministry of Popular Power for Culture, Caracas.)Registro principal caracas, Venezuela (state primary record archives, Venezuela).
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
Image Citation:
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