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{{FamilySearch_Collection|CID=CID1913397 |title=Panama Catholic Church Records|location=Central America}}  
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== Title in the Language of the Records  ==
 
== Title in the Language of the Records  ==
  
Registros parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica de Panamá.  
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'''Registros parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica de Panamá.'''
  
== Collection Time Period ==
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== Record Description ==
  
 
This collection of the Catholic Church records for Panama covers the years 1707-1973.  
 
This collection of the Catholic Church records for Panama covers the years 1707-1973.  
 
== Record Description  ==
 
  
 
Entries were normally made in chronological order. In larger parishes, these records may be registered separately. In smaller parishes, the confirmations may have been included with the baptisms or even with marriages. In larger parishes, a separate book of confirmations was usually maintained. The records are in relatively fair condition, with the exception of some older records that may be damaged and therefore hard to read or missing some information. Most of the older records are handwritten in narrative style and follow a common text with some variations depending on the style used by the priest. Newer records are handwritten in formatted registers; some are even written in ledger style registers.  
 
Entries were normally made in chronological order. In larger parishes, these records may be registered separately. In smaller parishes, the confirmations may have been included with the baptisms or even with marriages. In larger parishes, a separate book of confirmations was usually maintained. The records are in relatively fair condition, with the exception of some older records that may be damaged and therefore hard to read or missing some information. Most of the older records are handwritten in narrative style and follow a common text with some variations depending on the style used by the priest. Newer records are handwritten in formatted registers; some are even written in ledger style registers.  
  
=== Record Content  ===
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Catholic Church records begun to be recorded with the arrival of the Spaniards in the 16th century; towns were colonized and evangelized at the same time, beginning in 1513. When the records in this collection were created, Panama already had created the first cathedral named Santa Maria Cathedral, now Santa Maria la Antigua. The first diocese of Panama was a suffrage of the Archdiocese of Seville, Spain, until 1548, then became suffrage of the Archdiocese of Lima, Peru, until 1835, when it became suffrage of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe of Bogota, Colombia, and in 1901 suffrage of the Archdiocese of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. Finally, in 1925 the Diocese of Panama was elevated to Archdiocese. All records created in church parishes were kept by priest and a copy sent to the diocese and later to the archdiocese.
  
'''Key genealogical facts found in baptismal records may include:'''
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By order of the Queen of Spain, authorized priests began keeping a record of all the sacramental ordinances performed at the parish level, such as baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and burials in order to record important events in the life of their parishioners.
  
*Date of baptism  
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Catholic Church parish registers are a reliable source of information for family history research, and the primary source for baptism, marriage, and death records in Panama prior to 1914, when the civil registration was created. Catholic Church parish records after 1914 can be used to complement information found in civil registers.
*Place of the event and usually the parish saint name
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*Name of the person being baptized
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*Names of the parents
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*Age of the person being baptized or the person’s birth date
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*Gender
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*Legitimacy
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*Before 1820, social class of the parents
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*Sometimes the person’s race
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<br>'''Key genealogical facts found in marriage records may include:'''
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For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1913397/waypoints Browse].
  
*Date of marriage
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
*Place of the event and usually the parish saint name
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*Names of the betrothed
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*Names of the parents
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*Names of the witnesses
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*Ages and marital statuses of the betrothed
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*Places of origin and residence of the betrothed and sometimes that of the parents
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*Legitimacy of the betrothed
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*Sometimes the race of the betrothed
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<br>'''Key genealogical facts found in burial/death records may include:'''
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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. Copies of originals are housed in different Catholic diocesan and parish archives throughout Panama.
  
*Date of death or burial
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{{Collection citation
*Place of burial or death
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| text =<!--bibdescbegin-->Catholic Church Archives in Panama. Catholic Church Records. Archdiocese of Panama, Panama City, Panama. <!--bibdescend-->}}
*Name of the deceased person
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*Sometimes the names of the parents or the spouse, if the deceased was married
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*Age of the deceased person at time of death
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*Place of residence or origin of the deceased person
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*Sometimes the race of the deceased
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== How to Use Church Records ==
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This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections. Index based on data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  
Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Name indexes to baptisms, marriages, and death or burials make it possible to access a specific record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.  
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[[Panama Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
  
When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:
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== Record Content  ==
  
*The place where the event occurred
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'''These baptismal records usually contain the following information:''' [[Image:Panama, CCR, birth.jpg|thumb|right|Panama, CCR, birth.jpg]]
*The name and surname of the person
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*The approximate date of the event
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*The name of the parents or spouse
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<br>Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the records. Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.
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*Name and gender of child
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*Date and place of baptism
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*Child's birth date
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*Names of the parents
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*Names of godparents
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*Before 1820, social class of the parents
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*Sometimes the person’s race
  
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.  
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'''These marriage records usually contain the following information:''' [[Image:Panama, CCR, marriage.jpg|thumb|right|Panama, CCR, marriage.jpg]]
  
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*Names of the bride and groom
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*Date and place of marriage
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*Groom's age, civil status and origin
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*Names of groom's parents
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*Bride's age, civil status and origin
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*Names of bride's parents
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*Sometimes, the legitimacy of betrothed
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*Sometimes, the race of the betrothed
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*Names of the witnesses
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*Name of officiant at wedding
  
*Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
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'''These burial/death records usually contain the following information:''' [[Image:Panama, CCR, death.JPG|thumb|right|Panama, CCR, death.JPG]]
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
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*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
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*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
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*Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment records or military records.
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*Use the parents’ birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
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*The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.  
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*Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
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*Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby; this can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
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*Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.
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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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<br>Keep in mind:
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*Date and place of death or burial
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*Name of the deceased person
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*Age and civil status of deceased
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*Sometimes, the name of spouse, if deceased was married
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*Sometimes, the names of parents
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*Place of residence or origin of the deceased person
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*Sometimes, the race of the deceased
  
*The information in church records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
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== How to Use Church Records  ==
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800.
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*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another.
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If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:
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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 "Nombre del provincia" category<br>⇒ Select the "Nombre de ciudad/pueblo" category<br>⇒ Select the "Nombre de la parroquia" category<br>⇒ Select the "Nombre de ciudad/pueblo" category<br>⇒ Select the "Tipo de registro y años" category which takes you to the images<br>
  
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
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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.  
*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.  
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
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== Record History  ==
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== Known Issues with This Collecton ==
  
Catholic Church records begun to be recorded with the arrival of the Spaniards in the 16th century; towns were colonized and evangelized at the same time, beginning in 1513. When the records in this collection were created, Panama already had created the first cathedral named Santa Maria Cathedral, now Santa Maria la Antigua. The first diocese of Panama was a suffrage of the Archdiocese of Seville, Spain, until 1548, then became suffrage of the Archdiocese of Lima, Peru, until 1835, when it became suffrage of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe of Bogota, Colombia, and in 1901 suffrage of the Archdiocese of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. Finally, in 1925 the Diocese of Panama was elevated to Archdiocese. All records created in church parishes were kept by priest and a copy sent to the diocese and later to the archdiocese.
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Panama 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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=== Why the Record Was Created  ===
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By order of the Queen of Spain, authorized priests began keeping a record of all the sacramental ordinances performed at the parish level, such as baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and burials in order to record important events in the life of their parishioners.
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=== Record Reliability  ===
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Catholic Church parish registers are a reliable source of information for family history research, and the primary source for baptism, marriage, and death records in Panama prior to 1914, when the civil registration was created. Catholic Church parish records after 1914 can be used to complement information found in civil registers.  
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== Citation for This Collection  ==
 
 
The citation below refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records. Copies of originals are housed in different Catholic diocesan and parish archives throughout Panama.
 
 
<!--bibdescbegin-->Panamá. Archdiocese of Panama, Panama City, Panama. Catholic Church Records, 1707-1973. Various Catholic Church Archives.<!--bibdescend-->
 
 
Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article [[Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]].&nbsp;
 
  
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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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|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
 
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
  
==== Examples of Source Citations for&nbsp;Church Records Found in This Collection  ====
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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“Panama, Archidocese of Panama,Church Records,” images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org: accessed&nbsp;7 June 2012), Panama, Catholic Church Records, 1707-1973 &gt; Bocas del Toro &gt; Bocas del Toro &gt; Nuestra Señora del Carmen &gt; Matrimonios 1883-1932 &gt; Image 100 of 530 images, Domingo Alvarez Castro and Sarah Davis, 1863; citing la Parroquia de Bocas del Toro.Matrimonios, Bocas del Toro.
  
“Panama, Archidocese of Panama,&nbsp;Church Records,” digital images, "FamilySearch" (https://familysearch.org: accessed&nbsp;7 March 2012), Bocas del Toro &gt; Nuestra Senora del Carmen &gt; matrimonios 1883-1932&gt; image 1 of 530, Charles Hart and Susan Grenald, 1896, citing la Parroquia de Bocas del Toro.Matrimonios, Bocas del Toro.
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Revision as of 03:53, 17 January 2013

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Contents

Title in the Language of the Records

Registros parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica de Panamá.

Record Description

This collection of the Catholic Church records for Panama covers the years 1707-1973.

Entries were normally made in chronological order. In larger parishes, these records may be registered separately. In smaller parishes, the confirmations may have been included with the baptisms or even with marriages. In larger parishes, a separate book of confirmations was usually maintained. The records are in relatively fair condition, with the exception of some older records that may be damaged and therefore hard to read or missing some information. Most of the older records are handwritten in narrative style and follow a common text with some variations depending on the style used by the priest. Newer records are handwritten in formatted registers; some are even written in ledger style registers.

Catholic Church records begun to be recorded with the arrival of the Spaniards in the 16th century; towns were colonized and evangelized at the same time, beginning in 1513. When the records in this collection were created, Panama already had created the first cathedral named Santa Maria Cathedral, now Santa Maria la Antigua. The first diocese of Panama was a suffrage of the Archdiocese of Seville, Spain, until 1548, then became suffrage of the Archdiocese of Lima, Peru, until 1835, when it became suffrage of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe of Bogota, Colombia, and in 1901 suffrage of the Archdiocese of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. Finally, in 1925 the Diocese of Panama was elevated to Archdiocese. All records created in church parishes were kept by priest and a copy sent to the diocese and later to the archdiocese.

By order of the Queen of Spain, authorized priests began keeping a record of all the sacramental ordinances performed at the parish level, such as baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and burials in order to record important events in the life of their parishioners.

Catholic Church parish registers are a reliable source of information for family history research, and the primary source for baptism, marriage, and death records in Panama prior to 1914, when the civil registration was created. Catholic Church parish records after 1914 can be used to complement information found in civil registers.

For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

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. Copies of originals are housed in different Catholic diocesan and parish archives throughout Panama.

Catholic Church Archives in Panama. Catholic Church Records. Archdiocese of Panama, Panama City, Panama.

This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections. Index based on data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

These baptismal records usually contain the following information:
Panama, CCR, birth.jpg
  • Name and gender of child
  • Date and place of baptism
  • Child's birth date
  • Names of the parents
  • Names of godparents
  • Before 1820, social class of the parents
  • Sometimes the person’s race
These marriage records usually contain the following information:
Panama, CCR, marriage.jpg
  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Groom's age, civil status and origin
  • Names of groom's parents
  • Bride's age, civil status and origin
  • Names of bride's parents
  • Sometimes, the legitimacy of betrothed
  • Sometimes, the race of the betrothed
  • Names of the witnesses
  • Name of officiant at wedding
These burial/death records usually contain the following information:
Panama, CCR, death.JPG
  • Date and place of death or burial
  • Name of the deceased person
  • Age and civil status of deceased
  • Sometimes, the name of spouse, if deceased was married
  • Sometimes, the names of parents
  • Place of residence or origin of the deceased person
  • Sometimes, the race of the deceased

How to Use Church Records

To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the "Nombre del provincia" category
⇒ Select the "Nombre de ciudad/pueblo" category
⇒ Select the "Nombre de la parroquia" category
⇒ Select the "Nombre de ciudad/pueblo" category
⇒ Select the "Tipo de registro y años" 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.

Known Issues with This Collecton

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 Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to 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.

Related Websites

Related Wiki Articles

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

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 Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

“Panama, Archidocese of Panama,Church Records,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 7 June 2012), Panama, Catholic Church Records, 1707-1973 > Bocas del Toro > Bocas del Toro > Nuestra Señora del Carmen > Matrimonios 1883-1932 > Image 100 of 530 images, Domingo Alvarez Castro and Sarah Davis, 1863; citing la Parroquia de Bocas del Toro.Matrimonios, Bocas del Toro.