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== Title in the Language of the Record  ==
 
== Title in the Language of the Record  ==
  
'''Guatemala, Censos Coloniales de Centro América'''
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Censos Coloniales de Centro América  
  
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== Record Description  ==
  
== Record Description  ==
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[[Image:Guatemala 800px-San andres xecul church 2009.jpg|thumb|right|Guatemala 800px-San andres xecul church 2009.jpg]]
  
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This collection includes records from 1607 to 1902.  
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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.  
  
'''The genealogical information found in the census includes:'''
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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.  
 
 
*Name and surname
 
*Age at the time of the census
 
*Marital or civil status
 
*Occupation
 
*Origin
 
*Properties
 
*Religion
 
 
 
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.  
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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 authorities’ mission for the census was that the statistics gathered would effectively contribute to the development and democracy of Guatemala.  
  
 
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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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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== Record Content  ==
  
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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Image:Guatemala Guatemala City Census 1877 (09-0207) DGS 4444042 49.jpg|Census record
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Image:Guatemala Colonial Censuses (09-0267) DGS 4485140 260 4485131 231.jpg|Census Examples
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'''Census records''' usually contain the following information:
  
=== Citation for This Collection:  ===
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*House number, street, square and parish where family lived
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*Head of household
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*Names of person living in household
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*Marital or civil status
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*Age at time of census
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*Religion
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*Profession 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
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*Literacy
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*Properties
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*Designation for white, Indian, native, or mixed race
  
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 census is divided by municipalities or cantons.  
  
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== How to Use the Record  ==
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===Search the Collection===
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'''To browse this collection by image:'''<br>⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br>⇒ Select the "Country"<br>⇒ Select the "Province"<br>⇒ Select the "City or Town"<br>⇒ Select the "Record Type and Years," which takes you to the images.  
  
Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article [[Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections|Help:How to Create Source Citations for FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]].  
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Search the collection by image 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.  
  
=== Record Content  ===
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As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
  
'''Key genealogical facts found in&nbsp;civil census include:'''
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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.
  
[[Image:Guatemala Guatemala City Census 1877 (09-0207) DGS 4444042 49.jpg|thumb|right]]
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=== For Help Reading These Records  ===
  
*Name and surname
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These records are in Spanish. For help reading the records, see the following resources:  
*Age at time of census
 
*Marital status
 
*Occupation
 
*Origin
 
*Gender
 
*Literacy
 
*Disability
 
*Religion
 
*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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*[[Spanish Genealogical Word List]]
*Age
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*[https://script.byu.edu/Pages/Spanish/en/welcome.aspx BYU Spanish Script Tutorial]
*Marital status
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*FamilySearch Learning Center videos:
*Church parish of marriage
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**[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/reading-spanish-handwritten-records-lesson-1-the-spanish-alphabet/217 Reading Spanish Handwritten Records, Lesson 1]
*Sometimes the parents’ names
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**[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/reading-spanish-handwritten-records-lesson-2-words-and-dates/218 Reading Spanish Handwritten Records, Lesson 2]
*If the person has children and sometimes the children’s names and ages
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**[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/reading-spanish-handwritten-records-lesson-3-reading-spanish-records/220 Reading Spanish Handwritten Records, Lesson 3]
  
== How to Use the Records  ==
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===Other Searches===
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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.
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== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
  
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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  ==
 
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
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[[Guatemala]]  
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*[[El Salvador]]
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*[[Honduras]]
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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==Citations for This Collection==
 
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information (often called [[Transfer_the_Information#Cite_Your_Sources|citing your sources]]). This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
 
 
 
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki aticle [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
 
 
 
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collections  ===
 
  
"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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{{Collection citation | text= "Central America, Colonial Records." Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Central American General Archives, Guatemala City.}}<br>
  
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Title in the Language of the Record

Censos Coloniales de Centro América

Record Description

Guatemala 800px-San andres xecul church 2009.jpg

This collection includes 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.

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.

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

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

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Central America, Colonial Records.

Record Content

Census records usually contain the following information:

  • 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
  • Profession 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 Record

Search the Collection

To browse this collection by image:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the "Country"
⇒ Select the "Province"
⇒ Select the "City or Town"
⇒ Select the "Record Type and Years," which takes you to the images.

Search the collection by image 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.

As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

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.

For Help Reading These Records

These records are in Spanish. For help reading the records, see the following resources:

Other Searches

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Don't overlook FHL Place Central America items or FHL Keyword Central America items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog.

Known Issues with This Collection

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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

Guatemala Colonial Census

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.


Citations for This Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information (often called citing your sources). This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection citation:

"Central America, Colonial Records." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Central American General Archives, Guatemala City.

Image citation:

When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Central America, Colonial Records.