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Title in the Language of the Records

Registro Civil de San Salvador, El Salvador

Record Description

These records are in Spanish. This collection includes records from 1704 to 1977. For a complete list of all the cities contained in this collection, see the Cities of El Salvador - Civil Registration coverage table.

The civil registration was not instituted until about 1859; however, some church records were used as civil records prior to this time. The birth records were issued in municipal offices of the civil registration and a copy of the registers was sent to be archived in the Central Archives. This collection also includes the individual indexes. Copies of the registers were archived in the Central Archive in San Salvador.

The civil registration was necessary in order to keep an official record of the civil events and acts related to the civil state of the citizens. These records are a great source for genealogical research. Some of the records appear to have some damage, which have caused some loss of information. The text is in Spanish in a narrative style.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for El Salvador, Civil Registration, 1704-1977.

Record Content

Birth records usually contain the following information:

  • Name and surname of child
  • Date and place of birth
  • Gender of child
  • Parents' names

Marriage records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Groom's name, age, marital status and occupation
  • Bride's name, age and marital status
  • Groom's parents' names
  • Bride's parents' names

Death records usually contain the following information:

  • Name of deceased
  • Date and place of death
  • Age and gender of deceased
  • Parents' names of deceased

How to Use the Record

Search the Collection

To search the collection by index:
Fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

To browse the collection by image:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Department"
⇒Select the "City or Municipality"
⇒Select the "Record Type and Years" which takes you to the images.

When searching:
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, 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.

Using the Information

  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or of a residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.
  • Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • The information in marriage records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1900.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Search for the marriage record of the marriage partner if known.
  • Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.

For Help Reading These Records

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

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Don't overlook FHL Place El Salvador items or FHL Keyword El Salvador items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see El Salvador Archives and Libraries.

Known Issues with This Collection

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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:

"El Salvador, Civil Registration Records, 1815-1910." Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Civil Registry. municipal offices and city archives, El Salvador.

Record citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for El Salvador, Civil Registration, 1704-1977.

Image citation:

The citation for an image is available on each image in this collection by clicking Show Citation at the bottom left of the image screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for El Salvador, Civil Registration, 1704-1977.

 

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