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Title in the Language of the Record

Venezuela, Zulia, Arquidiócesis de Maracaibo, Registros Catolico

Record Description

This collection of church records includes baptisms, marriages, burials, confirmations, pre-marriage investigations, and other miscellaneous records from the parishes of Maracaibo in Venezuela from 1930-2012.

The records are in Spanish; see the section "For Help Reading these Records" for translation helps.

You will be able to browse through images in this collection when it is published.

Record Content

The information found in each record varies by year. Records were made by Catholic priests or their associates, recorded in Spanish, and mostly written on either lined paper or blank paper that contained pre-printed numbers.

Baptism records generally include the following information:

  • Name, age, and gender
  • Birth date and place
  • Date and place of baptism
  • Names of parents
  • Names of witnesses

Confirmation records/registers generally include:

  • Name, age, and gender
  • Date and place of confirmation
  • Names of parents
  • Names of godparents

Marriage records may include the following:

  • Names and ages of groom and bride
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Birthplaces of groom and bride
  • Names of groom’s parents
  • Names of bride’s parents
  • Who performed the marriage
  • Names of witnesses

Death records usually include:

  • Deceased’s name, gender, and age (keep in mind that death records for women may be filed under their married name)
  • Date and place of death
  • Marital status/name of spouse
  • Birthplace
  • Names of parents

How to Use the Record

Some record sets have indexes; these indexes were created at the end of the year. Copy errors could have been made in the index, so you want to find the actual record to verify the information is correct. Using the index is a helpful way to find the actual record.

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, an estimated birth, marriage, or death year, and family relationships such as a parent's name.

Search the Collection

To search by image:
To browse the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the Browse link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the Estado (State) category
⇒ Select the Ciudad o pueblo (City or Town) category
⇒ Select the Parroquia (Parrish) category
⇒ Select the Tipo de registro y años (Record Type and Years) category which takes you to the images.

Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

For Help Reading these Records

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

Using the Information

To learn more about using the information in civil records, view these lessons for free:

Tips to keep in Mind

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.

For marriage and death records, name changes, shortened names, or nicknames may have been used by your ancestors, so pay attention to other relationships (parents, spouse, siblings, children, etc.) that can confirm whether you have the right person/record.

When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

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.

Continue to search the indexes and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have lived in the same area or a nearby area.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

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

Civil registration records are also a good source of genealogical information. Venezuela Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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

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Citations for This Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection citation:

"Venezuela, Zulia, Archdiocese of Maracaibo, Catholic Church Records, 1930-2012.” Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2015. Arquidiócesis de Maracaibo, Zulio [Archdiocese of Maracaibo, Zulio].

Image citation:

The citation for an image will be available on each image once the collection is published.


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