Chile, Cemetery Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at
Access the records: Chile, Cemetery Records, 1821-2013 .


Title in the Language of the Record

Chile, Registros de Cementerios

Record Description

This collection includes municipal cemetery records for cemeteries throughout Chile including the Antofagasta, Cementario General in Santiago, Valparaíso, and Viña del Mar cemeteries. The earliest records found in this collection are from 1821 and include up unto 2013.

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

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Chile, Cemetery Records, 1821-2013.

Record Categories

Some records you may find in this collection are:

  • Burial Registers and Card Indexes
  • Burial Authorizations (also Transfer Requests, Payment Records, Receipts, and Proof of Income)

Record Content

The records were usually made close to the date of internment.

Burial Registers & Card Indexes

Burial registers and card indexes may contain the following information:

  • Name of deceased (keep in mind that death records for women may be filed under their married name)
  • Age of deceased
  • Gender of deceased
  • Cause of death
  • Place of death
  • Date of death
  • Plot location
  • Plot owner
  • Relationship of the deceased to the owner

Burial Authorization Papers

Burial authorization papers relate to each burial and may be comprised of various record types: (a) work orders correspond to transfers or reductions of cadavers, (b) sworn declarations contain family relationships with the buried person, sometimes including birth or marriage information, (c) authorization documents are legal approvals to bury an individual, and (d) receipts include burial service payment.

These records may contain the following information:

  • Cemetery name
  • Name of the deceased
  • Date and time of death
  • Age at death
  • Gender
  • Cause of death
  • Amount paid for any burial/grave-site expenses
  • Family relations to the deceased (children, extended family, etc.)

How to Use the Record

If you locate your ancestor’s burial record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given.

Burial records are often brief, so it can be easy to confuse individuals of the same name, origin, and birth date.

Compare what information is given with what you already know about your ancestor to make sure it is the correct person.

Search the Collection

To search by image:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select “Browse through images” on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the “Cemetery” category
⇒ Select the “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.

When searching:
As you are searching, it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor's given name and surname, and 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.

For Help Reading These Records

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

Using the Information

  • Use the birth date or year to search for birth records.
  • Use the locality and relative’s names to locate church records.
  • The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral records, which often include the names and residences of other family members.
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the deceased who may have been buried in the same cemetery or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

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 article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation for This Collection

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 Chile, Cemetery Records, 1821-2013.

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

“Chile, Cemetery Records, 1821-2013.” Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2013. Citing General Cemetery, Santiago, Chile.