Venezuela Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003
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|Flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela|
|Location of Venezuela|
|Record Type:||Civil Registration|
|Title in the Language:||Registro Civil de Venezuela|
|National Archives of 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?
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:
- 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 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|
|Names of the bride’s parents|
|Parents' age, occupation and residence|
|Names of witnesses, their age, occupation and residence|
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.
- Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have.
- Click Search to show possible matches.
View the Images
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
- Select State
- Select City or Municipality
- Select Parish or District
- Select Record Type and Years to view the images.
|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003. 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?
- 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
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. http://FamilySearch.org : 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).
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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