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== Title in the Language of the Records  ==
 
== Title in the Language of the Records  ==
  
'''Registro Civil de Guatemala'''
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Guatemala, registro civil
  
 
== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
  
This collection of civil registration records from Guatemala covers the years 1877 to 2008.
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This collection of civil registration records from Guatemala covers the years 1877 to 2008 and includes birth, marriage, and death records.
  
This collection includes the civil registration records for various departments of Guatemala. Earlier records were handwritten in narrative style; later records were handwritten in formatted registers. The text of all these records is written in Spanish. Immense genealogical information for individuals can be found in the civil records. Additional images will be published as they become available.  
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For a list of collections available for each department, see the section "FamilySearch Historical Records Collections" below.
  
Guatemala established the civil registry on September 9, 1877, and set the regulations of the institution. With the civil code of 1933, the same regulations were kept with a few modifications. With the civil code of 1964 and decree number 106, a few amendments were made which set the civil registration as it currently exists. The entire population must be registered at birth; there is a registration office in each municipality. The first records were handwritten in narrative style. Later ones were created in formatted records. The civil registry registers all the principal events in the life of the people of Guatemala, from their birth to their death. A unique code is assigned to each citizen at the time of the birth registration. This code includes the department and municipality codes of the place where the person was born. These codes are determined by the board of directors of the National Registry of the People (RENAP – Registro Nacional de las Personas). Most of the records are in relatively good preservation. However, some of the older registers may have some physical damage, but in general they are in good condition for the extraction of genealogical information.
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The first records were handwritten in narrative style. Later ones were created in formatted records. The text of all these records is written in Spanish; for translation help, see the section "For Help Reading These Records" below.
  
The National Registry of the People (RENAP – Registro Nacional de las Personas) is an institution under the Judicial Department, with the seat in Guatemala City. By law, it has offices in all the municipalities of the country. This institution is in charge of organizing and maintaining a unique registration of the native people of Guatemala and issuing a personal identification for each citizen.  
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Most of the records are in relatively good preservation. However, some of the older registers may have some physical damage, but in general they are in good condition for the extraction of genealogical information. Additional images will be published as they become available.
  
The civil registration records are a reliable source for acquiring the vital data of ancestors after 1877.  
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Guatemala established the civil registry on September 9, 1877, and set the regulations of the institution. With the civil code of 1933, the same regulations were kept with a few modifications. With the civil code of 1964 and decree number 106, a few amendments were made which set the civil registration as it currently exists. The entire population must be registered at birth; there is a registration office in each municipality.
  
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/1682771/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.  
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The civil registry registers all the principal events in the life of the people of Guatemala, from their birth to their death. A unique code is assigned to each citizen at the time of the birth registration. This code includes the department and municipality codes of the place where the person was born. These codes are determined by the board of directors of the National Registry of the People (RENAP – Registro Nacional de las Personas). RENAP is an institution under the Judicial Department, with the seat in Guatemala City.
  
=== Citation for This Collection ===
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The link to the Guatemala, Civil Registration, 1877-2008 collection covers all of Guatemala, but is not a complete collection. For a list of all the departments and cities contained in this collection, see the [[Provinces of Guatemala - Civil Registration]] coverage table.{{Collection_Browse_Link
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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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If you're looking for an ancestor in Guatemala prior to 1877, try searching the collection [[Guatemala Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].
  
{{Collection citation
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==FamilySearch Historical Records Collections==
| text=<!--bibdescbegin-->Guatemala Civil Registry. Guatemala Civil Registration. Archivo General de Centro America, Guatemala.<!--bibdescend--> }}
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Click on the name of the department in the list or the department itself (map) to see what civil records are available for that area.
 
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{{Depts of Guatemala ImageMap}}
[[Guatemala Civil Registration (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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== Record Content  ==
 
== Record Content  ==
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Image:Guatemala (Super Collection) Civil records Birth DGS 4480099 252.jpg|Birth
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Image:Guatemala (Super Collection) Civil records Marriage DGS 4480092 321.jpg|Marriage
Image:Guatemala (Super Collection) Civil records Death DGS 4480102 00213.jpg
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Image:Guatemala (Super Collection) Civil records Death DGS 4480102 00213.jpg|Death
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
'''The key genealogical facts found in most birth records are:'''
 
  
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|May contain the following information:
 
*Date and place of the birth  
 
*Date and place of the birth  
 
*Name of the child  
 
*Name of the child  
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*Parents' names, residence, or places of origin  
 
*Parents' names, residence, or places of origin  
 
*Names of the witnesses
 
*Names of the witnesses
 
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|Generally contain:
'''The key genealogical facts found in most marriage records are:'''
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*Date and place of the event  
 
*Date and place of the event  
 
*Names of the bride and groom  
 
*Names of the bride and groom  
*Their civil statuses (widowed, single, divorced) at the time of the marriage  
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*Their civil status (widowed, single, divorced) at the time of the marriage  
*Places of origin and residence of the bride and groom  
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*Birthplaces and residence of the bride and groom  
 
*Names of the parents  
 
*Names of the parents  
 
*Names of the witnesses
 
*Names of the witnesses
 
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|Usually contain the following:  
'''The key genealogical facts found in most death records are:'''
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*Place and date of death  
 
*Place and date of death  
 
*Name of the deceased  
 
*Name of the deceased  
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*Civil status and the name of the spouse, if married at the time of death  
 
*Civil status and the name of the spouse, if married at the time of death  
 
*Names of the parents  
 
*Names of the parents  
*Sometimes included&nbsp;the place of burial
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*Sometimes the place of burial
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== How to Use the Records  ==
 
== How to Use the Records  ==
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'''When searching:'''<br>
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As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor's given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence, age, an estimated event year, and one or both of the parents' names.
  
The civil registration records of Guatemala are an excellent source for genealogical research after 1877. Important genealogical data can be found in these records, which may also include data about other generations of ancestors. It is suggested to search the indexes, whenever possible, for the surnames of ancestors.  
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===Search the Collection===
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'''If part or all of the collection has been indexed:''' <br>
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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.
  
'''To search by name:'''<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.
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'''To search by image:'''<br>
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To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br> ⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br> ⇒Select the "Province" category<br> ⇒Select the "City or Municipality" category<br> ⇒Select the "Record type and year range" category which takes you to the images<br>
  
'''To browse the collection you will need to follow this series of links:'''<br> ⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br> ⇒Select the "Provincia" category<br> ⇒Select the "Ciudad o municipio" category<br> ⇒Select the "Record type and year range" category which takes you to the images<br>
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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.
  
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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=== For Help Reading These Records  ===
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These records are in Spanish. For help reading the records, see the following resources:
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*[[Spanish Genealogical Word List]]
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*[https://script.byu.edu/Pages/Spanish/en/welcome.aspx BYU Spanish Script Tutorial]
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*FamilySearch Learning Center videos:
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**[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/reading-spanish-handwritten-records-lesson-1-the-spanish-alphabet/217 Reading Spanish Handwritten Records, Lesson 1]
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**[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/reading-spanish-handwritten-records-lesson-2-words-and-dates/218 Reading Spanish Handwritten Records, Lesson 2]
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**[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/reading-spanish-handwritten-records-lesson-3-reading-spanish-records/220 Reading Spanish Handwritten Records, Lesson 3]
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===Using the Information===
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The civil registration records of Guatemala are an excellent source for genealogical research after 1877. Important genealogical data can be found in these records, which may also include data about other generations of ancestors.
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=== Tips to Keep in Mind ===
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*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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*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.
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*Titles may be clues to property ownership, occupations, rank, or status within the community.
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*Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have served in the same unit or a nearby unit.
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*Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur.
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=== Unable to Find Your Ancestor? ===
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It is suggested to search the indexes, whenever possible, for the surnames of ancestors.
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Check for variant spellings of the names.
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It's possible that some images/records may be missing; check the section "Known Issues" below by clicking on the text in the right-hand box for ways to view missing images.
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== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
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*[[Guatemala Maps]]
*[http://www.genealogyplace.com/ Genealogy Place]
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*[[Guatemala History]]
*[http://www.undercoverdetective.com/baptismalrecords.htm Undercover Detective Baptismal Records Search]
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
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*[[Guatemala, Guatemala City, Census, 1877 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Guatemala Genealogy|Guatemala]]
 
*[[Guatemala Civil Registration]]
 
*[[Guatemala Civil Registration]]
*[[Guatemala Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*If looking for an ancestor in Guatemala prior to 1877, try searching the collection [[Guatemala Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].
*[[Guatemala Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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== Contributions to This Article  ==
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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==Citations for This Collection==
 
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. 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. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.
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 Example for a Record Found in This Collection ===
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'''Collection Citation''':<br>
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{{Collection citation | text= "Guatemala, Civil Registration, 1877-2008." Index and Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Registro Nacional de las Personas y el Archivo General de Centro América, Ciudad de Guatemala [National Register of the People and Central America General Archives, Guatemala City].}}<br><br>
  
"Guatemala Civil Registration, 1877-2008," index and images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F6BJ-1JC&nbsp;: accessed 26 June 2012), Mariano Rodriguez Rossignon and Amalia Trejo, married 29 October 1921; citing Marriage Records, Guatemala Civil Registry, Guatemala Civil Registration, Archivo General de Centro America, Guatemala.
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Latest revision as of 21:39, 28 April 2015

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Contents

Title in the Language of the Records

Guatemala, registro civil

Record Description

This collection of civil registration records from Guatemala covers the years 1877 to 2008 and includes birth, marriage, and death records.

For a list of collections available for each department, see the section "FamilySearch Historical Records Collections" below.

The first records were handwritten in narrative style. Later ones were created in formatted records. The text of all these records is written in Spanish; for translation help, see the section "For Help Reading These Records" below.

Most of the records are in relatively good preservation. However, some of the older registers may have some physical damage, but in general they are in good condition for the extraction of genealogical information. Additional images will be published as they become available.

Guatemala established the civil registry on September 9, 1877, and set the regulations of the institution. With the civil code of 1933, the same regulations were kept with a few modifications. With the civil code of 1964 and decree number 106, a few amendments were made which set the civil registration as it currently exists. The entire population must be registered at birth; there is a registration office in each municipality.

The civil registry registers all the principal events in the life of the people of Guatemala, from their birth to their death. A unique code is assigned to each citizen at the time of the birth registration. This code includes the department and municipality codes of the place where the person was born. These codes are determined by the board of directors of the National Registry of the People (RENAP – Registro Nacional de las Personas). RENAP is an institution under the Judicial Department, with the seat in Guatemala City.

The link to the Guatemala, Civil Registration, 1877-2008 collection covers all of Guatemala, but is not a complete collection. For a list of all the departments and cities contained in this collection, see the Provinces of Guatemala - Civil Registration coverage table.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Guatemala, Civil Registration, 1877-2008.

If you're looking for an ancestor in Guatemala prior to 1877, try searching the collection Guatemala Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records).

FamilySearch Historical Records Collections

Click on the name of the department in the list or the department itself (map) to see what civil records are available for that area.


Guatemala, Petén, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)Guatemala, Petén, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)Guatemala, Huehuetenango, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)Guatemala, Quiche, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)Guatemala, Alta Verapaz, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)Guatemala, Baja Verapaz, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)Guatemala, San Marcos, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)Guatemala, Quetzaltenango, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)Guatemala, Totonicapán, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)Guatemala, Sololá, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)Guatemala, Retalhuleu, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)Guatemala, Suchitepequez, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)Guatemala, Chimaltenango, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)Guatemala, Sacatepequez, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)Guatemala, Guatemala, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)Guatemala, Escuintla, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)Guatemala, Santa Rosa, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)Guatemala, Jutiapa, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)Guatemala, Jalapa, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)Guatemala, Chiquimula, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)Guatemala, El Progreso, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)Guatemala, Zacapa, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)Guatemala, Izabal, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)Guatemala, Huehuetenango, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)Guatemala, Quiche, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)Guatemala, Alta Verapaz, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)Guatemala, Baja Verapaz, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)Guatemala, San Marcos, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)Guatemala, Quetzaltenango, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)Guatemala, Totonicapán, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)Guatemala, Sololá, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)Guatemala, Retalhuleu, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)Guatemala, Suchitepequez, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)Guatemala, Chimaltenango, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)Guatemala, Sacatepequez, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)Guatemala, Guatemala, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)Guatemala, Escuintla, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)Guatemala, Santa Rosa, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)Guatemala, Jutiapa, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)Guatemala, Jalapa, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)Guatemala, Chiquimula, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)Guatemala, El Progreso, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)Guatemala, Zacapa, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)Guatemala, Izabal, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)Departments-of-Guatemala.jpg


Record Content

Birth Records Marriage Records Death Records
May contain the following information:
  • Date and place of the birth
  • Name of the child
  • Child’s gender
  • Child’s date of birth
  • Legitimacy
  • Parents' names, residence, or places of origin
  • Names of the witnesses
Generally contain:
  • Date and place of the event
  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Their civil status (widowed, single, divorced) at the time of the marriage
  • Birthplaces and residence of the bride and groom
  • Names of the parents
  • Names of the witnesses
Usually contain the following:
  • Place and date of death
  • Name of the deceased
  • Civil status of the deceased at the time of death
  • Civil status and the name of the spouse, if married at the time of death
  • Names of the parents
  • Sometimes the place of burial

How to Use the Records

When searching:
As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor's given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence, age, an estimated event year, and one or both of the parents' names.

Search the Collection

If part or all of the collection has been indexed:
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.

To search by image:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Province" category
⇒Select the "City or Municipality" category
⇒Select the "Record type and year range" 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.

For Help Reading These Records

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

Using the Information

The civil registration records of Guatemala are an excellent source for genealogical research after 1877. Important genealogical data can be found in these records, which may also include data about other generations of ancestors.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • 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.
  • Titles may be clues to property ownership, occupations, rank, or status within the community.
  • Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have served in the same unit or a nearby unit.
  • Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

It is suggested to search the indexes, whenever possible, for the surnames of ancestors.

Check for variant spellings of the names.

It's possible that some images/records may be missing; check the section "Known Issues" below by clicking on the text in the right-hand box for ways to view missing images.

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Known Issues with This Collection

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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection, please read the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, feel free to report them at 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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Citations for This Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. 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. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection Citation:

"Guatemala, Civil Registration, 1877-2008." Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Registro Nacional de las Personas y el Archivo General de Centro América, Ciudad de Guatemala [National Register of the People and Central America General Archives, Guatemala City].

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Guatemala, Civil Registration, 1877-2008.

Image Citation:

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 Guatemala, Civil Registration, 1877-2008.

 

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