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Cementerio General de Santiago, Chile
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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Spanish: Esta es una colección de registros del Cementerio General de Recoleta, Santiago, Chile. Contiene registros del cementerio y documentaciones varias necesarias para dar sepultura en el cementerio. Las ordenes de trabajo del cementerio corresponden a traslados o reducciones de cadáveres. Las declaraciones juradas, que demuestran relación familiar, a veces estan acompañadas por certificados de nacimiento o matrimonio. Las autorizaciones son documentos que aprueban legalmente la sepultación del cadáver y los comprobantes indican el pago del servicio de sepultación. Los registros de operaciones diarias del cementerio incluye los nombres de todos los cadáveres que entraron por la puerta especificada.
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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.
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- "Chile, Santiago, Cementerio General, 1821-2011." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Cemeterio General, Santiago.
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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- Search the indexes and records of nearby public cemeteries and church cemeteries.
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"Chile, Santiago, Cementerio General, 1821-2010," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org; accessed 31 May 2012), Autorizaciones y comprobantes 1931 sep > Image 63 of 2208 images, Francisco C. Espinoza, last renewal payment made by Ana Espinosa for location of burial, 1 September 1931; citing Cemetery Records,Cementerio General de Santiago(Recoleta, Santiago).