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{{Record_Search_article|CID=CID1651961 |location=Central America|title=Central America, Colonial Census Records}}&nbsp;<br>
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{{Record_Search_article|CID=CID1651961 |location=Central America|title=Central America, Colonial Census Records}}  
  
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== Title in the Language of the Record  ==
 
== Title in the Language of the Record  ==
  
 
'''Guatemala, Censos Coloniales de Centro América'''  
 
'''Guatemala, Censos Coloniales de Centro América'''  
 
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== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
  
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This Collection will include records from 1607 to 1902.
  
 
This is a collection of various censuses of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Mexico. The earlier censuses are handwritten in Spanish in narrative style; later censuses are written on formatted ledger-style forms.  
 
This is a collection of various censuses of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Mexico. The earlier censuses are handwritten in Spanish in narrative style; later censuses are written on formatted ledger-style forms.  
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'''The genealogical information found in the census includes:'''  
 
'''The genealogical information found in the census includes:'''  
  
*Name and surname
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*House number, street, square and parish where family lived
*Age at the time of the census  
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*Head of household
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*Names of person living in household
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*Age at time of census  
 
*Marital or civil status  
 
*Marital or civil status  
*Occupation
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*Professional or occupation
 
*Origin  
 
*Origin  
*Properties
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*Number of adult males and females
*Religion
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*Number of male and female children
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*Literacy
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*Religion  
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*Designation for white, Indian, native, or mixed race
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*Properties
  
 
The census is divided by municipalities or cantons.  
 
The census is divided by municipalities or cantons.  
 
For a list of records by date or locality currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1651961/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.
 
  
 
According to the “Instituto Nacional de Identificación” (National Institute of Identification), the only relevant statistical activity in the colonial period was the population censuses carried out in the province of Guatemala by the Catholic Church ecclesiastical authorities, which began in the early 1500s. Some of these colonial censuses are actually membership records. These records are housed at the Archivo Histórico Arquidiocesano (Historical Archive of the Archdiocese of Guatemala) and have great importance in the historical reconstruction of the social, economic, and cultural process of Guatemala and the Central American region of the colonial period. Some of these earlier records are quite damaged and therefore, some information is missing.  
 
According to the “Instituto Nacional de Identificación” (National Institute of Identification), the only relevant statistical activity in the colonial period was the population censuses carried out in the province of Guatemala by the Catholic Church ecclesiastical authorities, which began in the early 1500s. Some of these colonial censuses are actually membership records. These records are housed at the Archivo Histórico Arquidiocesano (Historical Archive of the Archdiocese of Guatemala) and have great importance in the historical reconstruction of the social, economic, and cultural process of Guatemala and the Central American region of the colonial period. Some of these earlier records are quite damaged and therefore, some information is missing.  
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It wasn’t until the beginning of Guatemala’s independence in 1821 that civil authorities began keeping statistical records of the country’s population.  
 
It wasn’t until the beginning of Guatemala’s independence in 1821 that civil authorities began keeping statistical records of the country’s population.  
  
<br>This collection includes a variety of civil and church censuses from about 1662-1921. In the colonial Guatemala region, the church censuses began to be recorded in the early 1500s and the civil censuses in the early 1800s.&nbsp;  
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This collection includes a variety of civil and church censuses from about 1662-1921. In the colonial Guatemala region, the church censuses began to be recorded in the early 1500s and the civil censuses in the early 1800s.&nbsp;  
  
 
The authorities’ mission for the census was that the statistics gathered would effectively contribute to the development and democracy of Guatemala.  
 
The authorities’ mission for the census was that the statistics gathered would effectively contribute to the development and democracy of Guatemala.  
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The census was regularly taken by authorized citizens. They collected the information given to them from a member of the household, who may not have known the exact data. It is recommended to use the census information with caution as there may be some mistakes. However, the information gathered will help to find other information not found in vital records.  
 
The census was regularly taken by authorized citizens. They collected the information given to them from a member of the household, who may not have known the exact data. It is recommended to use the census information with caution as there may be some mistakes. However, the information gathered will help to find other information not found in vital records.  
  
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For a list of records by date or locality currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1651961/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.
  
 
=== Citation for This Collection:  ===
 
=== Citation for This Collection:  ===
  
The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.  
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.  
  
 
{{Collection citation
 
{{Collection citation
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[[Central America, Colonial Census Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]  
 
[[Central America, Colonial Census Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]  
  
=== Record Content  ===
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== Record Content  ==
  
'''Key genealogical facts found in&nbsp;civil census include:'''
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[[Image:Guatemala Guatemala City Census 1877 (09-0207) DGS 4444042 49.jpg|thumb|right]]
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'''The genealogical information found in the census includes:''' 
  
*Name and surname
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*House number, street, square and parish where family lived
*Age at time of census  
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*Head of household
*Marital status
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*Names of person living in household
*Occupation
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*Marital or civil status 
*Origin  
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*Age at time of census
*Gender
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*Religion
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*Professional or occupation
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*Origin
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*Number of adult males and females
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*Number of male and female children
 
*Literacy  
 
*Literacy  
*Disability
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*Properties
*Religion
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*Designation for white, Indian, native, or mixed race
*Race
 
 
 
'''Key genealogical facts found in&nbsp;church census include:'''
 
 
 
[[Image:Guatemala Colonial Censuses (09-0267) DGS 4485140 260 4485131 231.jpg|thumb|right]]
 
  
*Name and surname
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The census is divided by municipalities or cantons. 
*Age
 
*Marital status
 
*Church parish of marriage
 
*Sometimes the parents’ names
 
*If the person has children and sometimes the children’s names and ages
 
  
 
== How to Use the Records  ==
 
== How to Use the Records  ==
  
To search the collection, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page ⇒ Select the Pais ⇒ Select the Provincia/Departamento ⇒ Select the Pueblo/Ciudad ⇒ Select the Año y Tipo de Registro which takes you to the images.  
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To search the collection, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page<br>⇒ Select the Pais<br>⇒ Select the Provincia/Departamento<br>⇒ Select the Pueblo/Ciudad<br>⇒ Select the Año y Tipo de Registro which takes you to the images.  
  
 
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.  
 
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.  
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Use this collection of records to find clues about the data needed to further research an ancestor in the vital records, such as civil registration or church records.  
 
Use this collection of records to find clues about the data needed to further research an ancestor in the vital records, such as civil registration or church records.  
  
== Known Issues with This Collection ==
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== Known Issues with This Collection ==
  
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org.] Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Central America, Colonial Census Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org.] Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
  
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
  
[http://www.archivogeneraldecentroamerica.com/ Guatemala Colonial Census]  
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*[http://www.archivogeneraldecentroamerica.com/ Guatemala Colonial Census]
  
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
*[[El Salvador|El Savlador]]  
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*[[El Salvador|El Salvador]]  
 
*[[Guatemala]]  
 
*[[Guatemala]]  
 
*[[Honduras|Honduras]]  
 
*[[Honduras|Honduras]]  
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
 
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
  
"Central America, Colonial Census Records," digital images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearach.org; accessed 9 May 2012), Guatemala &gt; Chiquimula &gt; San Esteban &gt; 1821-Padrones &gt; Image 40 of 195 images, Guadalupe Gomes; citing Census Records, FHL microfilm 748,133 Item 2, Padrones de Guatemala&nbsp;: La Gomera, ladinos, Archivo General de Centro América, Guatemala.  
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"Central America, Colonial Census Records," images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearach.org; accessed 9 May 2012), Guatemala &gt; Chiquimula &gt; San Esteban &gt; 1821-Padrones &gt; Image 40 of 195 images, Guadalupe Gomes; citing Census Records, FHL microfilm 748,133 Item 2, Padrones de Guatemala&nbsp;: La Gomera, ladinos, Archivo General de Centro América, Guatemala.  
  
 
[[Category:Colonial]] [[Category:Guatemala]]
 
[[Category:Colonial]] [[Category:Guatemala]]

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Title in the Language of the Record

Guatemala, Censos Coloniales de Centro América

Record Description

This Collection will include records from 1607 to 1902.

This is a collection of various censuses of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Mexico. The earlier censuses are handwritten in Spanish in narrative style; later censuses are written on formatted ledger-style forms.

The genealogical information found in the census includes:

  • House number, street, square and parish where family lived
  • Head of household
  • Names of person living in household
  • Age at time of census
  • Marital or civil status
  • Professional or occupation
  • Origin
  • Number of adult males and females
  • Number of male and female children
  • Literacy
  • Religion
  • Designation for white, Indian, native, or mixed race
  • Properties

The census is divided by municipalities or cantons.

According to the “Instituto Nacional de Identificación” (National Institute of Identification), the only relevant statistical activity in the colonial period was the population censuses carried out in the province of Guatemala by the Catholic Church ecclesiastical authorities, which began in the early 1500s. Some of these colonial censuses are actually membership records. These records are housed at the Archivo Histórico Arquidiocesano (Historical Archive of the Archdiocese of Guatemala) and have great importance in the historical reconstruction of the social, economic, and cultural process of Guatemala and the Central American region of the colonial period. Some of these earlier records are quite damaged and therefore, some information is missing.

It wasn’t until the beginning of Guatemala’s independence in 1821 that civil authorities began keeping statistical records of the country’s population.

This collection includes a variety of civil and church censuses from about 1662-1921. In the colonial Guatemala region, the church censuses began to be recorded in the early 1500s and the civil censuses in the early 1800s. 

The authorities’ mission for the census was that the statistics gathered would effectively contribute to the development and democracy of Guatemala.

The census was regularly taken by authorized citizens. They collected the information given to them from a member of the household, who may not have known the exact data. It is recommended to use the census information with caution as there may be some mistakes. However, the information gathered will help to find other information not found in vital records.

For a list of records by date or locality currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

Citation for This Collection:

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

Guatemala Direccion General de Estadistica. Central America, Colonial Census Records. Archivo General de Centro America, Guatemala City, Guatemala.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

The genealogical information found in the census includes:

  • House number, street, square and parish where family lived
  • Head of household
  • Names of person living in household
  • Marital or civil status
  • Age at time of census
  • Religion
  • Professional or occupation
  • Origin
  • Number of adult males and females
  • Number of male and female children
  • Literacy
  • Properties
  • Designation for white, Indian, native, or mixed race

The census is divided by municipalities or cantons.

How to Use the Records

To search the collection, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the Pais
⇒ Select the Provincia/Departamento
⇒ Select the Pueblo/Ciudad
⇒ Select the Año y Tipo de Registro which takes you to the images.

Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

Use this collection of records to find clues about the data needed to further research an ancestor in the vital records, such as civil registration or church records.

Known Issues with This Collection

Important.png Problems with this collection?
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Related Websites

Related Wiki Articles

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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Central America, Colonial Census Records," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearach.org; accessed 9 May 2012), Guatemala > Chiquimula > San Esteban > 1821-Padrones > Image 40 of 195 images, Guadalupe Gomes; citing Census Records, FHL microfilm 748,133 Item 2, Padrones de Guatemala : La Gomera, ladinos, Archivo General de Centro América, Guatemala.