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Title in the Language of the Record
България, гражданските регистри
This collection contains images and some index entries of civil registers containing births, marriages, and deaths for the districts of Sofia and Pazardzhik, acquired from archives in Bulgaria.
Citation for This Collection
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- Bulgarian National Archives. Bulgaria Civil Registers. National Archives of Bulgaria, Sofia, Bulgaria.
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Key genealogical facts found in birth records may include:
- Date and time of birth
- Name of newborn and parents
- Occupation and religious preference of parents
- Name of informant
Key genealogical facts found in marriage records may include:
- Date of marriage
- Parents’ names
- Name of witnesses
- Residence of the bride and groom
Key genealogical facts found in death records may include:
- Date of death
- Residence at the time of death
- Age at death
- Cause of death
- Burial place
How to Use the Record
Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Name indexes to baptisms, marriages, and death or burials make it possible to access a specific record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:
- The place where the event occurred
- The name and surname of the person
- The approximate date of the event
- The name of the parents or spouse
Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the records. Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.
Keep in mind: Earlier civil registration in Bulgaria was not as effective as it became after the rise of Communism in 1945. Family registers were used for vital information in 1920.
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:
- Check for variant spellings of the surnames, particularly phonetic variants.
- Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
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“Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 28 February, 2012), La Plata > San Ponciano > Matrimonios 1884-1886 > image 71 of 389 images, Artemio Avendano and Clemtina Peralta, 1884; citing Parroquia de San Ponciano en la Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Matrimonios. San Ponciano, La Plata.
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