Quetzaltenango Department, Guatemala Genealogy

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Quetzaltenango (Xelajú or familial Xela) is a "department" in the western highlands of Guatemala. It is named in part for the Quetzal bird, a national symbol of the nation. The chief city is Quetzaltenango for many years the second largest city of Guatemala. Some records of importance to genealogists are located here, while many others for the area are stored in Guatemala City.