Guatemala Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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{{FamilySearch_Collection|CID=CID1614809 |title=Guatemala, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1977|location=Central America}}<br>  
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<p><span class="fck_mw_template">{{FamilySearch_Collection|CID=CID1614809 |title=Guatemala, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1977|location=Central America}}</span><br>  
 
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== Title in the Language of the Records  ==
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<h2> Title in the Language of the Records  </h2>
 
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<p>Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica en Guatemala.  
Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica en Guatemala.  
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<h2> Record Description  </h2>
== Record Description  ==
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<p>This collection of baptism, marriage and burial records from parishes throughout Guatemala covers the years of 1581 to 1977. For a complete list of all the parishes contained in the collection, see the <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Parishes in Guatemala">Parishes in Guatemala</a> coverage table.  
 
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</p><p>Separate books were kept for the sacramental ordinances of baptism, marriage, and burial. The entries were normally made in chronological order. Some confirmations may be found within the baptisms. The earlier parish records were all handwritten in narrative form, and later records were handwritten in formatted entries. All the records are written in Spanish.  
This collection of baptism, marriage and burial records from parishes throughout Guatemala covers the years of 1581 to 1977. For a complete list of all the parishes contained in the collection, see the [[Parishes in Guatemala]] coverage table.  
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</p><p>The evangelization of Guatemalans by Catholic Church priests began in the 16th century. The records of baptisms, marriages, and burials they created help us become acquainted with the inhabitants and identify the importance of their families in the development of society. The history of cities in Guatemala is interwoven with the Catholic Church parish records. Most of the inhabitants of Guatemala were Roman Catholics; therefore, these records may well cover about 95% to 100% of the population.  
 
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</p><p>Catholic Church parish registers were created by priests authorized to record the church ordinances of baptism, confirmation, marriage, death, and burial, and other ordinances performed for the members within the jurisdiction of the parish.  
Separate books were kept for the sacramental ordinances of baptism, marriage, and burial. The entries were normally made in chronological order. Some confirmations may be found within the baptisms. The earlier parish records were all handwritten in narrative form, and later records were handwritten in formatted entries. All the records are written in Spanish.  
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</p><p>Catholic Church parish registers are the primary source for birth, marriage, and death records in Guatemala prior to the implementation of civil registration in 1877.  
 
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</p><p>For a list of records by date or locality currently published in this collection, select the <a href="https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1614809/waypoints">Browse</a> link from the collection landing page.  
The evangelization of Guatemalans by Catholic Church priests began in the 16th century. The records of baptisms, marriages, and burials they created help us become acquainted with the inhabitants and identify the importance of their families in the development of society. The history of cities in Guatemala is interwoven with the Catholic Church parish records. Most of the inhabitants of Guatemala were Roman Catholics; therefore, these records may well cover about 95% to 100% of the population.  
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<h2> Record Content  </h2>
Catholic Church parish registers were created by priests authorized to record the church ordinances of baptism, confirmation, marriage, death, and burial, and other ordinances performed for the members within the jurisdiction of the parish.  
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<p><span class="fck_mw_gallery" _fck_mw_customtag="true" _fck_mw_tagname="gallery">fckLRImage:Guatemala Guatemala City Baptisms of El Sagrario (09-0111) DGS 4455419 331.jpg|BaptismfckLRImage:Guatemala Catholic Church Records (Super Collection) (09-0111 and 09-0259) Marriage DGS 4480084 402.jpg|MarriagefckLR</span>  
 
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</p><p><b>Baptismal records generally contain the following information:</b>
Catholic Church parish registers are the primary source for birth, marriage, and death records in Guatemala prior to the implementation of civil registration in 1877.  
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<ul><li>Place of the event  
For a list of records by date or locality currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1614809/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.  
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</li><li>Date of the event  
 
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</li><li>Name of the child  
== Record Content  ==
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</li><li>Age or date of birth of the child  
 
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</li><li>Gender and legitimacy  
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</li><li>Parents’ names  
Image:Guatemala Guatemala City Baptisms of El Sagrario (09-0111) DGS 4455419 331.jpg|Baptism
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</li><li>Sometimes the names of the grandparents  
Image:Guatemala Catholic Church Records (Super Collection) (09-0111 and 09-0259) Marriage DGS 4480084 402.jpg|Marriage
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</li><li>Names of the godparents
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</li></ul>
 
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<p><b>Marraige records generally contain the following information:</b>
'''Baptismal records generally contain the following information:'''
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</p>
 
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<ul><li>Place of the event  
*Place of the event  
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</li><li>Date of the event  
*Date of the event  
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</li><li>Names of the betrothed  
*Name of the child  
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</li><li>Age, marital status, and sometime the race of the betrothed  
*Age or date of birth of the child  
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</li><li>Birthplace or place of residence  
*Gender and legitimacy  
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</li><li>Gender and legitimacy  
*Parents’ names  
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</li><li>Parents’ names  
*Sometimes the names of the grandparents  
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</li><li>Witnesses’ names
*Names of the godparents
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</li></ul>
 
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<h2> How to Use the Records  </h2>
'''Marraige records generally contain the following information:'''
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<p><b>To search using the index:</b><br> 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. Keep in mind:  
 
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</p>
*Place of the event  
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<ul><li>There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.  
*Date of the event  
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</li><li>You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.  
*Names of the betrothed  
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</li><li>Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
*Age, marital status, and sometime the race of the betrothed  
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</li></ul>
*Birthplace or place of residence  
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<p><b>To browse the collection you will need to follow this series of links:</b><br> ⇒Select "Browse" link in the initial search page<br> ⇒Select "Department" category<br> ⇒Select "City or Town" category<br> ⇒Select "Parish" category<br> ⇒Select "Record Type and Years" category which takes you to the images.<br>  
*Gender and legitimacy  
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</p><p>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.  
*Parents’ names  
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</p><p>Parish registers are the best records to identify individuals, parents, and spouses before 1877. After this date, civil authorities began registering vital events, and civil records become equally important. The information in civil records confirms and supplements the information in church records. For instance, the parish registers may list the godparents while the civil records may list the grandparents. The parish registers may be the only records available for genealogical research before civil registration was implemented in 1877. In order to find information in these church records, it is necessary to know the name of the ancestor and an approximate year of the birth.  
*Witnesses’ names
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</p>
 
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<h4> For Help Reading These Records </h4>
== How to Use the Records  ==
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<p>These records are in Spanish. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:  
 
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</p><p><a _fcknotitle="true" href="Spanish Genealogical Word List">Spanish Genealogical Word List</a> <br>  
'''To search using the index:'''<br> 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. Keep in mind:  
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</p>
 
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<h2> Known Issues with This Collection  </h2>
*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.  
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<p><span class="fck_mw_template">{{HR Known Issues}}</span>For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached <a href="Guatemala Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues">Wiki article</a>. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to <a href="mailto:support@familysearch.org">support@familysearch.org</a>. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.  
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</p>
*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
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<h2> Related Websites  </h2>
 
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<p><a href="http://www.undercoverdetective.com/baptismalrecords.htm">Undercover Detective Baptismal Records Search</a>
'''To browse the collection you will need to follow this series of links:'''<br> ⇒Select "Browse" link in the initial search page<br> ⇒Select "Department" category<br> ⇒Select "City or Town" category<br> ⇒Select "Parish" category<br> ⇒Select "Record Type and Years" category which takes you to the images.<br>  
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</p>
 
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<h2> Related Wiki Articles  </h2>
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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<p><a _fcknotitle="true" href="Guatemala">Guatemala</a>
 
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</p>
Parish registers are the best records to identify individuals, parents, and spouses before 1877. After this date, civil authorities began registering vital events, and civil records become equally important. The information in civil records confirms and supplements the information in church records. For instance, the parish registers may list the godparents while the civil records may list the grandparents. The parish registers may be the only records available for genealogical research before civil registration was implemented in 1877. In order to find information in these church records, it is necessary to know the name of the ancestor and an approximate year of the birth.  
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<h2> Contributions to This Article  </h2>
 
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<p><span class="fck_mw_template">{{Contributor invite}}</span>
==== For Help Reading These Records ====
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</p>
 
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<h2> Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  </h2>
These records are in Spanish. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:  
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<p>Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: <a href="https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/records/collection/1614809/waypoints">Guatemala, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1977</a>
 
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</p><p>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.  
[[Spanish Genealogical Word List]] <br>  
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</p><p>A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections">Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections</a>.
 
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</p>
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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<h3> Citation for This Collection:  </h3>
 
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<p>The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.  
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Guatemala Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
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</p><p><span class="fck_mw_template">{{Collection citation | text= &quot;Guatemala, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1977&quot; Index and Images. &lt;i&gt;FamilySearch&lt;/i&gt;. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013.}}</span>
 
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</p><p><a href="Guatemala Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection">Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.</a>
== Related Websites  ==
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</p>
 
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[http://www.undercoverdetective.com/baptismalrecords.htm Undercover Detective Baptismal Records Search]
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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[[Guatemala]]
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== Contributions to This Article  ==
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{{Contributor invite}}  
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/records/collection/1614809/waypoints Guatemala, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1977]
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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.  
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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=== Citation for This Collection:  ===
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.  
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{{Collection citation | text= "Guatemala, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1977" Index and Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013.}}  
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[[Guatemala Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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Revision as of 01:21, 15 December 2013

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.

Contents

Title in the Language of the Records

Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica en Guatemala.

Record Description

This collection of baptism, marriage and burial records from parishes throughout Guatemala covers the years of 1581 to 1977. For a complete list of all the parishes contained in the collection, see the <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Parishes in Guatemala">Parishes in Guatemala</a> coverage table.

Separate books were kept for the sacramental ordinances of baptism, marriage, and burial. The entries were normally made in chronological order. Some confirmations may be found within the baptisms. The earlier parish records were all handwritten in narrative form, and later records were handwritten in formatted entries. All the records are written in Spanish.

The evangelization of Guatemalans by Catholic Church priests began in the 16th century. The records of baptisms, marriages, and burials they created help us become acquainted with the inhabitants and identify the importance of their families in the development of society. The history of cities in Guatemala is interwoven with the Catholic Church parish records. Most of the inhabitants of Guatemala were Roman Catholics; therefore, these records may well cover about 95% to 100% of the population.

Catholic Church parish registers were created by priests authorized to record the church ordinances of baptism, confirmation, marriage, death, and burial, and other ordinances performed for the members within the jurisdiction of the parish.

Catholic Church parish registers are the primary source for birth, marriage, and death records in Guatemala prior to the implementation of civil registration in 1877.

For a list of records by date or locality currently published in this collection, select the <a href="https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1614809/waypoints">Browse</a> link from the collection landing page.

Record Content

fckLRImage:Guatemala Guatemala City Baptisms of El Sagrario (09-0111) DGS 4455419 331.jpg|BaptismfckLRImage:Guatemala Catholic Church Records (Super Collection) (09-0111 and 09-0259) Marriage DGS 4480084 402.jpg|MarriagefckLR

Baptismal records generally contain the following information:

  • Place of the event
  • Date of the event
  • Name of the child
  • Age or date of birth of the child
  • Gender and legitimacy
  • Parents’ names
  • Sometimes the names of the grandparents
  • Names of the godparents

Marraige records generally contain the following information:

  • Place of the event
  • Date of the event
  • Names of the betrothed
  • Age, marital status, and sometime the race of the betrothed
  • Birthplace or place of residence
  • Gender and legitimacy
  • Parents’ names
  • Witnesses’ names

How to Use the Records

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. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

To browse the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select "Department" category
⇒Select "City or Town" category
⇒Select "Parish" category
⇒Select "Record Type and Years" 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.

Parish registers are the best records to identify individuals, parents, and spouses before 1877. After this date, civil authorities began registering vital events, and civil records become equally important. The information in civil records confirms and supplements the information in church records. For instance, the parish registers may list the godparents while the civil records may list the grandparents. The parish registers may be the only records available for genealogical research before civil registration was implemented in 1877. In order to find information in these church records, it is necessary to know the name of the ancestor and an approximate year of the birth.

For Help Reading These Records

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

<a _fcknotitle="true" href="Spanish Genealogical Word List">Spanish Genealogical Word List</a>

Known Issues with This Collection

Important.png Problems with this collection?
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached <a href="Guatemala Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues">Wiki article</a>. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to <a href="mailto:support@familysearch.org">support@familysearch.org</a>. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Related Websites

<a href="http://www.undercoverdetective.com/baptismalrecords.htm">Undercover Detective Baptismal Records Search</a>

Related Wiki Articles

<a _fcknotitle="true" href="Guatemala">Guatemala</a>

Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. Guidelines are available to help you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide. If you would like to get more involved join the WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: <a href="https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/records/collection/1614809/waypoints">Guatemala, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1977</a>

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 <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections">Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections</a>.

Citation for This Collection:

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

"Guatemala, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1977" Index and Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013.

<a href="Guatemala Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection">Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.</a>