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Cementerio General de Santiago, Chile
These records are in Spanish. This collection will include records from 1821 to 2011.
This is a collection of burial records from the General Cemetery of Recoleta, Santiago, Chile. It includes cemetery registers and a variety of documents which were needed for the burial. The work orders correspond to transfers or reductions of cadavers. The judicial declarations give family relationships with the buried person and sometimes include birth or marriage records. The authorization document is a legal approval to give burial to an individual; and receipts (comprobantes) include the burial service payment. The daily log register includes the name of all cadavers entering the cemetery through a specific door and includes the service requested.
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The General Cemetery of Santiago was founded in 1821 in the commune (comuna) of Recoleta. The cemetery office keeps a record file for each burial. Various documents are included in a burial file such as the municipality permission for burial, the cemetery plot and location, purchase information, copies of source of identification, and more.
Burial records may include the following information:
- Name and age of deceased
- Date, place and time of death
- Gender of deceased
- Cause of death
- Purchaser's name and spouse who purchased grave plot
- Purchaser's residence
- Contract of sale including date and location
- Name of person requesting transfer of remains
- Destination for transfer of remains
- Original place and burial date of remains
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- The approximate burial or death date
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- 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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- Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby public cemeteries and church cemeteries.
For Help Reading These Records
These records are in Spanish. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:
- Chile in 2013
- Drawing of General Cemetery layout in 1990
- South America with insert of Santiago area in 1891
- Chile in 1884
- Chile in 1809
- English wiki entry on General Cemetery
- Spanish wiki entry on Cementerio General
- Los cementerios en el siglo XIX, un sitio web que incluye documentos, imágenes, y otras cosas
- "Memoria del Administrador del Cementerio Jeneral," an archived book, published in 1893
- "Historia i Tradiciones del Cementerio Jeneral de Santiago," an archived book, published in 1890
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