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Title in the Language of the Records
Catastro y Censo General de la Ciudad de Guatemala de 1877.
This collection of census enumerations of the city of Guatemala was taken in 1877.
The census enumeration pages are written in Spanish on ledger-style forms with columns. The genealogical information found in the census includes: name and surname, age at the time of the census, marital status, occupation, origin, gender, literacy and religion. The census is divided by canton.
This census covers only the city of Guatemala, which at the time contained the majority of the country’s population. The census was taken by regular citizens, therefore, there may be some errors in the spelling or data, as they recorded the information while the questions were answered verbally. The census enumerations are handwritten on ledger-style, legal-sized forms. The column headings at the top of the page are printed on the forms.
The census was taken to identify the living population, their education, origin, and social groups.
The census is a reliable source for statistical information. Some of the genealogical information that is not found in other records can be used to help research the exact vital data. Some data found in the census may also not be in the vital records.
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- "Guatemala, Ciudad de Guatemala, Census, 1877" Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Dirección General de Estadística. Archivo General de Centro América.
These census enumeration schedules generally contain the following information:
- Complete locality including the canton, street, house number, block number, and parish name
- Given name and surname of each individual living in each house or property
- Name of the head of household
- Age of each individual
- Marital status or civil status
- Occupation of each individual
- Birthplace of each individual
- Gender of the adults: male or female
- Gender of the children: boys or girls
- Whether an individual knows how to write
- Mental or physical disabilities
- Race: whites, Indians (natives), mixed (mulatto)
How to Use the Records
Census records are especially valuable to quickly identify a family group, their residence, and the birthplace for each person along with their ages, which may help to search for other record types. Census records can provide information about persons where church and civil records may be incomplete. However, use the information with caution, since it may contain inaccuracies. The informant (perhaps a member of the family or a neighbor) may have not known the facts or deliberately falsified the information.
To search using the index:
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.
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⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Nombre de Departamento" category
⇒Select the "Nombre de Ciudad" category
⇒Select the "Nombre de Parroquia"
⇒Select the "Nombre de Canton"
⇒Select the "Tipo de Registro e Año" category which takes you to the images.
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.
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Guatemala, Guatemala, Ciudad de Guatemala, Censo, 1877. database and digital images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MNKD-TJM: accessed 14 March 2012), Francisca Gonzales, 1877; citing Census Records, FHL micorfilm 744,850; Archivo General de Centroamérica, Guatemala City, Guatemala. "Guatemala, Guatemala, Ciudad de Guatemala, Censo de 1877". Dirección General de Estadística, Guatemala. FHL microfilm, 6 reels. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.